This Post is about Nooch.  

I am frequently asked about it, what it tastes like, and for recipes using Nooch.  This post will give you some info and Nooch Recipes.  Enjoy!

Nutritional Yeast = Nooch

Container of Nutritional Yeast
Inside container of Nutritional Yeast showing flakes

What is It?
From a Foods Alive email I received:

– Vegans and vegetarians have used Nutritional Yeast for years as a source of vitamin B-12.  Health seekers who strive to eat primarily a whole foods diet use nutritional yeast because it
tastes good with certain foods and adds extra nutrients to their diet.  Nutritional yeast contains 18 amino acids (forming the complete protein) and 15 minerals.

– Nutritional Yeast is grown on a mixture of cane and beet molasses. B-vitamins are added during the process to provide the yeast with the nutrients it needs to grow.  When harvested, the yeast is washed, pasteurized, and dried before it is ready for market.

Unlike baking yeast, nutritional yeast is grown solely for its nutritional value. It should not be confused with brewer’s yeast, a by-product of breweries and distilleries. Nutritional yeast is a low-fat, low-sodium, kosher, non-GMO food that contains no added sugars or preservatives.

What Does It Taste Like?
It’s a cheezy-tasting, slightly salty tasting, similar to the saltiness level in cheese.  There’s a little “grit” or texture to it, but when blended with liquids (oils, water, agave, or food processed with vegetables), or whisked, it “smooths” out the texture.

Container of Nutritional Yeast
Yeast flakes inside container

What Are the Nutritional Stats?

Holy Protein (9 g in 3 Tbsp, and 80 calories) & B-Vitamins, Batman!

Nutritional Facts on container of Nutritional Yeast
Close up of Nutritional Facts on Nutritional Yeast container
Close up of Nutritional Facts on container

10 Recipes!!!
I present you with Some of my Favorite Nooch Recipes:

1. Kale Chips
Since the above linked recipe, I have cleaned up the recipe instructions and pictures, and here is my new go-to raw vegan kale chip recipe.

Averie’s Raw Vegan Kale Chips Recipe for 1 Bunch of Kale
1 c cashews (soaked for a few hours)
1 Medium Red Pepper
Juice of half a lemon (2 Tbsp)
1/4 c Nooch (Nutritional Yeast) or more if you’re a fan of nooch.  I use 1/3c++
1 Tsp Salt (or to taste)
Optional 1/2 Tsp Agave or 1/2 of a medjool date

Wash the kale & remove tough stalks, de-seed the red pepper, drain off your soaked cashews

Ingredients needed for Raw Vegan Kale Chips 

Put all the Ingredients into a Vita-Mix or Food Processor & Blend everything together

Nutritional Yeast container
Nutrition Facts on Nutritional Yeast container
Inside container showing yeast flakes
Ingrediens in blender
 
Overhead view of ingredients in blender
Blended up ingredients for Raw Vegan Kale Chips

Apply the coating to the kale

Blended ingredients being poured over bowl of kale
Sauce on kale with spoon in large bowl

Put on Dehydrator Screens and Dehydrate until done, flipping once after a couple hours.  
Or, Bake In a 300F Oven for 20 Minutes, Flipping, and Then Baking Another 10 Minutes or so.    
You can also bake in a 200F oven with the door ajar.  It will take longer but the results will be closer to that of a dehydrator.

Raw Vegan Kale Chips spread out on dehydrator trays
Close up of coated Kale on tray
Close up of Kale coated on tray

Watch the Kale Chips very closely because if you think broccoli stench is bad, burnt kale is very naassssty. Everyone’s Oven Temps and Desired Kale Chip Crispiness Level differs, so plan on babysitting your oven for about 45 minutes in totalBut I promise, totally worth it!

Dehydrate (or bake) til Crispy-n-Crunchy

Finished Raw Vegan Kale Chips on dehydrator tray
Hand holding one Kale Chip

Look at the cheezy, noochey, cashew-ey goodness just stuck on the kale leaf like price stickers stuck to the bottom of your new dishes.

Hand holding one kale ship showing the crisped on sauce
They’re like little Trees of Noochey Goodness
Hand holding Raw Vegan Kale Chip
Close up of dehydrated Raw Vegan Kale Chip
Raw Vegan Kale Chips stacked in container
Get a load of that vegan cheezy action baked right in

Store any extras (won’t be a problem!) in a sealed container. 

Raw Vegan Kale Chips in clear container

I Love these things….

Close up Kale chip on dehydrator tray

…And Skylar begs me for kale chips!

Young girl sitting at Childs table smiling
Young girl sitting at table eating Raw Vegan Kale Chips

2. high Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
Start with Nooch & PB 
The nooch is optional, but it gives that little hint of savory or saltiness to the peanut butter very similar to a Reese’s PB Cup.  If you don’t have nooch, you can still make these and they will “turn out” just fine.

 Peanut Butter and Nutritional Yeast in green bowl

Add Chocolate, and voila, you’ve got Raw Vegan Peanut Butter CupsIn about 10 Minutes!

Split Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup on paper liner
Close up of filling inside a Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup
Split and stacked Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup

3. Popcorn with Nooch

Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast in bowl

Directions:
Use 2 Tbsp Organic Popcorn kernels, place in a brown paper bag, microwave for 90 seconds.  And after popping, I spray the popcorn with cooking and/or coconut oil spray and douse liberally with: 
Nooch
cinnamon
NuNaturals Stevia 
Maca
Chocolate (or carob) Chips

I found these items at Whole Foods that I’ve been dousing all over my popcorn but I recommend online shopping to save money!  iherb.com use code AVE630 to save $5 on your order

 Spectrum Coconut Spray Oil
Container of Nutritional Yeast Flakes
Bag of Macaroons Powder
 Popcorn’s Ready in 90 Seconds!
 
Finished popcorn in large bowl
 Close up of popcorn in bowl
Sawdust Maca Powder Sprinkled
Close up of popped popcorn kernels in bowl
Nooch Close Up = Vegan Cheezy Goodness
Close up of popcorn coating

Chocolate Chips Added!

Popcorn in bowl with added chocolate chips

4. Raw Vegan Spinach Dip
This is a raw, dairy-free, creamed spinach dip sure to delight all.  It is loaded with spinach and has a delicious creamy taste. Serve with flax crackers or cut veggies. You may just be tempted to make it a meal!  Click for Picture & Recipe Source
and Click for Another Source

Creamed Spinach Dip

 

 
Ingredients: 
10oz of Fresh, Organic Spinach
1/2 Organic Red Onion
1.5 cups organic, unpasteurized almonds (soaked and dehydrated)
0.5 cups organic, really raw cashews (soaked and dehydrated)
0.25 cups of organic, cold-pressed olive oil
1.5 cups water
1/3 cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 TBSP Nutritional Flakes
4 garlic cloves
2 tsp sea salt
Optional: 1 tsp of psyllim husk (increases thickness of dip)
Preparation: 
Chop spinach and red onion and place in mixing bowl.
Put remaining ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Combine blender contents in bowl and mix.
Chill for 1-2 hours to increase the dips thickness.
Garnish with chopped red bell pepper for color.

 

5. One Pot Gluten Free Vegan Mac-N-Cheese with Nooch.   This will keep you warm in your tummy without having to use any Kraft Easy Mac!

One Pot Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

6. Sprinkle Nooch on top of raw, steamed, or sauteed veggies.  
Add other spices such as paprika, cumin, ginger, onion, garlic, S & P, etc. to suit your tastes.

Shown: Zucchini wedges and cauliflower with Nooch, Paprika, and Pepper.
Zucchini and cauliflower sprinkled with nutritional yeast, paprika and pepper

7. Raw Cheddar Dipping Sauce for Veggies or as a Salad Dressing

Raw Cheddar Dipping Sauce in blender
Dip all your raw veggies in this!  Or Pour over cooked veggies as a “cheezy cheddar alfredo sauce”.   Or thin out with oil and use as a cheezy salad dressing.

This Recipe is Similar to My Kale Chip Coating from Above but what follows is an alternate version I found

Ingredients: 
1 cup raw cashews, sunflower seeds or almonds
½ large red bell pepper
¼ cup water
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon tahini
1½ teaspoon sea salt
1 clove garlic
2 teaspoon onion powder (or a small slice of onion or 1 Tbsp of green onion)
Preparation: 
Blend all ingredients until creamy. Add more water if it is too thick.
And Enjoy the Dip!!!  Or use it as a salad dressing if you combine it with a little oil such as flax, hemp, or olive oil to Thin it Out A Bit.
Ingredients for Raw Cheddar Dipping Sauce in blender
Blended up Raw Cheddar Dipping Sauce

8. Here’s my other Salad Dressing Recipe Using Nooch:
 Averie’s Cheezy Hemp Salad Dressing Recipe

9. Add 2 Tbsp of Nooch to my Sweet & Tangy Chicken-Less Salad

Sweet & Tangy Chicken-Less Salad on romaine leavesThe Nooch will add a slightly cheeze-infused flavor to the Sweet-n-Tangy Chicken-Less Salad and will complement & balance the slight sweetness of the O.J. & Agave in This Recipe

Close up of Sweet & Tangy Chicken-Less Salad

10.  Add 2 Tbsp Nooch to My Sweet-n-Nutty Un-Chicky Salad Recipe

Sweet-n-Nutty Un-Chicky Salad in clear container
Close up of Sweet-n-Nutty Un-Chicky Salad


Serve the Sweet-n-Nutty Un-Chicky Salad with Nooch over a Bed of Greens.  Dulse Flakes for added savory flavor work wonderfully with nooch.

Sweet-n-Nutty Un-Chicky Salad over mixed salad

11. Averie’s Raw Vegan Cheezy Spread (Recipe Also Appears in This Post)
1 c raw cashews (soaked for a few hours)
3-4 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast (nooch).  More if you like things really cheezy flavored like I do!
2-3 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Salt & Pepper to Taste
Optional other spices added to taste: garlic, onions, cumin, etc.
Yields: Approx 1 cup of Vegan Cheezy Spread

Container of Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional Facts of Nutritional Yeast on container
Inside container of nutritional yeast

Soaking my nuts (TWSS!)

Nuts soaking in water in bowl

Blend everything together in your Vita or Food Processor or Magic Bullet, and enjoy!

12.
“Spicy Doritos” Cheezy Dip with Raw Veggies

Spicy Doritos Cheezy Dip in clear handled container
Up close of Spicy Doritos Cheezy Dip

 

Two red peppers on countertop
Hand holding head of broccoli

13. Cheezy Vegetable Bake

Cheezy Vegetable Bake on grey and white plate

 

Close up fo Cheezy Vegetable Bake in foil lined pan

Plated Cheezy Vegetable Bake

 

I hope those Recipes Using Nooch have inspired you to try it!


You’re saying this looks great, I’m going to try it!  But Where do I find it?
You can find it at Whole Foods or other health food stores (Trader Joe’s and most regular grocery stores Do Not Carry It)

Or, Order it From iherb.com.  Here’s the Now Brand, and Here’s the Brand I Use called KAL.

***Use code AVE630 at check out to save $5 off your order from iherb.com***

Questions
1. Do You Use Nooch?  Does This Post Make You Want to Try It?  Did Any of the Recipes Inspire You or Catch Your Eye?

2. If You’re a Nooch User, what’s your favorite recipe or way to use it?  Links welcome in the comments.  I would love to see your favorites and ways you’re using it! 

3. Are there any other ingredients that you see tossed around in the ‘sphere that you are a bit clueless about and want some more info about or recipe suggestions using those ingredients because you’re intrigued but have no idea where to begin?  
Maca, Mesquite, Lucama, Coconut Oil, Cocao Butter, Tahini, Agave, Yacon Syrup, come to mind, but what else do you need help with?  Maybe I can do another post like this one discussing other ingredients/recipes that are a bit of a mystery to you!

4. What’s something that you’ve tried lately (probably because of the blogosphere) that you wouldn’t ordinarily have tried?  Or what have you started loving and incorporating into your diet because you were inspired to try it and now you’re so glad you did and can’t believe you lived without it for so long?
For me, maca, nooch, coconut oil are three staples that a year ago were not, at all.

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