View Full Version : Anyone have a substitute for nutritional yeast in cheezy sauces?
05-05-2009, 04:19 PM
I see the nutritional yeast in a lot of the cheezy recipes.
Anyone have a 100% raw substitute for this taste?
05-05-2009, 04:32 PM
Nutritional yeast makes me sick, so I use a mild miso instead (but that's not 100% raw). A bit of kelp powder could work . . .
Often you can just leave out the nutritional yeast and the recipe works fine.
05-05-2009, 05:33 PM
I make perfectly cheesy sauces and cheeses without nutritional yeast.
The key for me is to add a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, some raw mustard, and unrefined salt. This seems to give the cheesy flavour without resorting to nutritional yeast or miso.
05-06-2009, 01:13 AM
klomasious's ingredients sound good as far as flavor. I might also add a tiny bit of red bell pepper and a touch of cumin. Too much garlic would be bad.
But don't forget to use something with some fat in it. Cashews or sunflower seeds are the first foods that come to mind.
I imagine you could even create something very similar to nutritional yeast by blending a bunch of the above ingredients, spreading the mixture thinly, dehydrating the hell out of it, and grinding it into a powder. A little turmeric would even give it a similar color...
...Not that I would ever go through the trouble of trying this, but it might be novel to have a parmesan shaker of this stuff sitting on the table.
What's wrong with nutritional yeast? I just bought a bag of it today,:confused:
05-06-2009, 02:34 AM
Coconut, yes, forgot to add about the tumeric, adds colour for that extra authenticness.And red bell peppers too, I add them sometimes, depends on whether it's for pizza or tacos etc.
I always use a nut base, usually macadamias but also sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds...
Myca, nothing wrong with nutritional yeast darls! Just some, including me, choose not to use it because it's not raw. But you might choose to keep it in your diet for B12 (if you do, make sure it's a nutritional yeast fortified with B12, it doesn't come naturally in the yeast, but many brands are naturally fortified with it).
05-06-2009, 04:40 AM
Rejuvelac is GREAT for making cheeses and giving alfredo sauces that cheesy taste w/o adding nutritional yeast. Miso works as well, as do probiotics added to the cheese mix. :) HTH! :D
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