What is it?
Nutritional yeast is a versatile and tasty food supplement made from sugar cane and beet molasses. The deactivated yeast, which is usually used to leaven bread, is not unlike brewers yeast in texture, without the bitter beery taste. Sold in flakes or granules and also known as mooch, nutritional yeast is used worldwide by vegans and vegetarians and is an ideal supplement with a rich, cheesy taste.
Why use it?
A great source of iron, magnesium and the all-important B complex vitamins, nutritional yeast also contains all 9 essential amino acids making it a complete protein, akin to those found in meats. It assists the body in the absorption of other nutrients, aids tissue repair and can prevent muscle loss. A single serving of nutritional yeast can contain a whole days vitamin D. Magic!
Who is it for?
Anyone interested in maintaining a balanced plant-based diet might be familiar with this classic vegan supplement. The yellow flakes have a nutty, cheesy taste and thoroughly enhance flavour profiles of many savoury dishes. Its high in fibre and protein and fortified versions contain micronutrients like B12 and is naturally dairy AND gluten free!
When to use it?
Use nutritional yeast in place of parmesan cheese or as a seasoning. Liven up a white sauce, cheese up a cheesy sauce, add depth to soups or casseroles or simply shake the flakes over warm popcorn and enjoy. Bake a batch of crisp yeast crackers, whip up a nutty cauliflower cheese casserole or add it to the old reliable, mac and cheese, nutritional yeast is an essential in any vegan pantry!
Where to buy it?
As vegans, we love Engevita brand nutritional yeast flakes. tehy are nutty, tasty and versatile. We stock both the organic and fortified versions. Check out the range and add to your basket to build your essential vegan pantry at www.plantini.co.uk !