Whether you call it Noochie or Noochy, this brand of nutritional yeast is sure to make a huge difference to your vegan diet.
The benefits of this product are well described. From adding protein, minerals, and vitamins to your meals to helping protect against oxidative damage, lowering cholesterol, and many others, this is a yeast product with serious health credentials.
Noochy Licious by Gloriously Vegan is a new type of nutritional yeast. Not only is it 100 percent natural, but it's also non-GMO, non-fortified, dairy-free, gluten-free, organic, and vegan. But does it taste any good and does it live up to the hype?
We decided to find out, read on for our full review of Gloriously Vegan's Noochy Licious. But first, what is nutritional yeast anyway?
Nutritional Yeast 101
Nutritional yeast is a food supplement that's derived from Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, a single-celled organism. This organism is deliberately grown on molasses then harvested. The yeast growth is then washed and dried with heat, which kills or deactivates it. Because nutritional yeast is inactive, it can't grow like a standard baker's product will. As a result, it has no leavening properties.
If the process sounds a little factory farm-like, you don't need to worry. Nutritional yeast is a member of the fungi family like mushrooms, so no animals are harmed in the process of making yeast flakes and the end product is fully vegan.
Many nutritional yeast brands add additional nutrients to their yeast flakes in the form of additives, much like how cereal brands "fortify" their products. But Noochy Licious is non-fortified and completely void of any questionable additions.
Nutritional yeast is often called nooch.
Our Noochy Licious Review
Now that we've sorted the fortified from the unfortified and the nooch from the Noochy, let's take a closer look at Noochy Licious.
How Noochy Licious by Gloriously Vegan Works
Noochy Licious is produced and sold by Gloriously Vegan, a relatively young, US-based company. To get your hands on what's being touted as the "best-tasting" nooch on the market, you have two options, purchase directly from the company on its website here, or head to Noochy Licious' Amazon store here.
While we would normally suggest ordering directly from the company, it must be said that the Noochy Licious website leaves a lot to be desired, and ordering from Amazon is substantially easier and simpler. If you decide to buy directly, be prepared to scroll past several pages of long-form advertising copy before you actually see the online store itself.
That said, if you have some time and don't mind skimming past the hard sales tactics, there is some great information on nutritional yeast's health benefits and its application in vegan cheese on Noochy Licious' site.
Noochy Licious Delivery
Noochy Licious nutritional yeast is made in small batches in Cedar Falls, Iowa, by Gloriously Vegan. The company only makes several hundred one-pound batches at a time, so if the cheesy-flavor nooch is currently unavailable, it's because Noochy Licious is currently working on a new crop of yeast flakes.
Shipping is via USPS and is free when you order directly from the company. If you order from Amazon, you may cop additional charges. Shipments are received quickly, according to our own review experience and that of the many happy Noochy Licious customers.
Using Noochy Licious Nutritional Yeast
If you're unsure of how to get the best out of your Noochy Licious yeast, and the accompanying health benefits, here are some top ideas to try:
These are just a few ideas, and if you've used yeast before, you'll know that you can add it to practically anything.
If you're after more inspiration, Noochy has you covered thanks to its free digital recipe books: Noochy Licious Recipes and Vegan Meat-Free Crowd Pleasers.
We think the To Die For Buffalo Cauliflower Wings WIth Blue "Cheese" Dip and the Velvety Butter Tofu dishes are excellent, just make sure you cook enough to share because these are crowd-pleasers, even if you're feeding carnivores.
The Benefits of Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast not only tastes great, it's also pretty good for you. Here are a few of the benefits you could get:
Pros & Cons
- A US-based and owned company
- Small-batch, artisan product
- A firm favorite in the vegan community (check out the Amazon reviews)
- Good for your body and the environment
- Excellent way to fulfill your cravings for that cheesy flavor
- Nutritional yeast imparts several positive health benefits
- Each Noochy Licious review notes the product's tastiness
- Use Noochy in a variety of dishes, the possibilities are endless
- Not just for people, your pets could also benefit from some Noochy in their diet
- No added preservatives or nasties, so you can be sure of powder purity
- Oodles of umami in each bite!
- Noochy Licious sells out fast so you need to be quick off the mark to fill your cart
- The Noochy website is not easy to navigate and feels very salesy
- Nutritional information is hard to decipher at first without going to Google for unit conversions
- It can be hard to find contact information for the brand
Food For Thought
Nutritional yeast is a healthy and fully vegan source of fiber, protein, and B vitamins.
The cheesylicious-umami taste means it's a perfect addition to all sorts of dishes.
To summate our review, Noochy is making a product that's going to see a lot of sales in the coming years, and it's easy to see why: the brand has elevated nutritional yeast to an art form.
We want all the Noochy we can get our hand on and think you should jump on the umami-packed Noochy train too!