What are nutritional yeast flakes and what can you do with them?

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Nutritional yeast flakes – or in English nutritional yeast – are standard in the cupboards of many vegans. These vegan flakes have the property that they have a cheesy, slightly nutty and savory – some say light umami – taste and also contain many vitamins and minerals. 1 + 1 = 3 in this case: a super solution!

We dive into the nutritional yeast flakes…

What exactly are nutritional yeast flakes?

Nutritional yeast flakes = baker’s yeast whose living cells have been deactivated during the preparation process. Baker’s yeast is ‘living’ and will multiply, making bread, for example, airier. Nutritional yeast flakes no longer have this property. They are specifically made to go through life as nutritional yeast flakes – or powder – and make people happy as an addition to the meal.

Don’t worry : this yeast is related to the mushroom, they can be used by vegans with confidence.

Where can you use nutritional yeast flakes?

Nutritional yeast flakes are a popular seasoning in the vegan kitchen due to their versatility and ease of use. But you certainly don’t have to be vegan to sprinkle these flakes over your dishes. They are full of vitamins, they are low in calories, have a long shelf life and are also very tasty. You can apply them all in these ways.

like cheese

The flakes are most commonly used as a substitute for grated cheese. You can use the flakes on a simple pasta, risotto or with an omelet, in fact anywhere you would normally use grated cheese (or ground parmesan). Pay attention to the dosage, it takes some getting used to in the beginning. But also very tasty on grilled vegetables such as asparagus or crispy palm cabbage.


A great application of nutritional yeast flakes is that you can use it very well as a seasoning. In India you often see it in vegan meals, especially in curries. But it is also perfect as a seasoning in mashed potatoes or salad. It can really give a dish extra wow, without having to add a lot of salt.

In or on the sauce

The unique advantage of these flakes is that they taste like cheese, without the use of an udder. Perfect for making vegan cheese sauce, which you use in a bechamel-like sauce with a lasagna, with a mac and cheese or old skool over the cauliflower.

But you can also think of a small addition to the hummus or in the pesto. Me-go well!


A whole range of snacks could use a few sprinkles of this yeast and you don’t know what you’re in for. In particular on loaded fries, nachos, fried vegetables, kapsalon, savory cookies and even – we dare not say it – with popcorn . Yes, start sprinkling.

Need even more inspiration? On Self.com, they collected 30 different recipes with nutritional yeast flakes . Each and every one even tastier.

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