Nutritional What? Yeast

Wow just ventured out and trying this , an odd yes cheese puff taste when added to foods.

Please pass the “Nooch”

As the name implies, nutritional yeast is packed with some healthy goodness. It is typically fortified with B vitamins, including vitamin B12, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. It’s also a sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, low-fat food that is a relatively good source of fiber, iron, and protein.

And call it a happy coincidence, but nutritional yeast does double duty by providing vitamin B12 and cheesy flavor, a need and a desire of many who follow plant-based diets.

Though originally adored as a supplement, nutritional yeast recipes now abound thanks to this ingredient’s natural cheesy, savory, nutty and near umami flavor. Just a bit can cure cravings for the salty, pungent nemesis of dairy-free foodies. But it isn’t just about cheesiness. As you will taste in the nutritional yeast recipes below, this humble ingredient can do everything from adding the richness of egg yolks to providing depth to baked goods.

Note that nutritional yeast is available flaked or in powdered form, but I find the flakes to be easiest to measure, and they readily dissolve. Also, not all brands are fortified with B vitamins.

What If I Can’t Eat Yeast?

Many who follow an anti-candida diet cringe at anything with the word “yeast” attached, but there has been no scientific evidence that nutritional yeast promotes the growth of candida in humans, particularly since it is a deactivated yeast. 

And though the savory flavor of nutritional yeast comes from glutamic acid, this is not the same as the commercial additive monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Glutamic acid is a naturally-occurring amino acid found in many fruits, vegetables, and meats.

Many practitioners give their anti-candida patients the go ahead with nutritional yeast, but it is still best to consult your physician regarding any medical concern.

How Can You Use It? Enjoy These Nutritional Yeast Recipes!

Click the title or the image to head straight to any of these nutritional yeast recipes. You just might be surprised how many different ways this versatile ingredient can be used!

Recipe

French Toast with Nooch & strawberry or blueberries

Ingredients

▪ 1 cup plain or unsweetened dairy-free milk alternative (such as almond milk

▪ 2 tablespoons buckwheat (can sub all-purpose,millet flour

▪ 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

▪ 1 tablespoon sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar

▪ ¾ to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

▪ ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

▪ ⅛ teaspoon salt

▪ 4 to 6 slices stale bread (sprouted whole wheat or gluten-free bread work well)

▪ 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil, cooking

▪ Fresh fruit (like strawberries or blueberries ) and pure maple syrup, for serving

Instructions

1 Preheat your oven to 375ºF.

2 Place the milk alternative, flour, nutritional yeast, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a blender, and blend for 30 seconds.

3 Pour the mixture into a dish, and soak bread slices in it for 30 to 60 seconds per side. Carefully remove slices to a wire rack placed over a baking sheet or wax paper (to catch drips). Continue with additional slices until all of the liquid is absorbed.

4 Heat ½ tablespoon oil over medium low heat. Add 2 slices of the dipped toasted, and let cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly golden on the bottom. Carefully flip, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden.

5 Place the cooked slices on the rack in your oven, and let bake for 5 minutes, while you cook the next 2 slices.

6 Remove the lightly baked slices and serve with maple syrup. Repeat until all slices are cooked, baked, and served.

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