Noochy Licious is a new nutritional yeast product made by the folks at Gloriously Vegan. It's 100% natural, non-fortified, non-GMO, dairy-free, gluten-free, organic and vegan. Do we recommend it? Read on for our review!
Quick reminder that the information in this article should not be taken as medical advice and this is a review only. I do not sell this product, but I do include links for where you can purchase. Gloriously Vegan is the brand who sells Noochy Licious. This review contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
This bag was sent to me from Noochy Licious and my review is based on my experience alone. Please read the “Cons” section and “Review Summary” before making a decision on whether to purchase.
I'll be the first to admit, I've been behind the times on the nutritional yeast (a.k.a. “nooch”) trend.
While this is a vegetarian site, I eat vegan when I can, though I had never understood the obsession with nutritional yeast as a cheese replacement. Until now!
What is Nutritional Yeast?
Nutritional yeast is a common vegan substitute to use for adding a cheesy flavor without the actual cheese. It is sold as flakes or as a powder and is generally slightly “nutty” tasting also.
It is a “dead” yeast as opposed to active yeasts like the kind used for yeast breads. Naturally low in sodium, fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan.
Some nutritional yeasts are fortified with synthetic nutrients that aren't naturally occurring in the food, but Noochy Licious is not fortified (no additives).
Noochy Licious Health Benefits
Nutritional yeast naturally contains protein and other trace minerals.
On the topic of protein: Nutritional yeast is actually a COMPLETE protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids!
I'm not sure why Noochy Licious nutritional facts are displayed for each 100 grams instead of only one serving – but keep this in mind when you're reading the label!
Note that this one is UNfortified, which means it does not have any additives or added B-12.
The 54 grams of protein for the 100 grams is for almost 1/4 of a pound. Each tablespoon of Noochy Licious actually contains about 4.5 grams of protein.
Noochy Licious is manufactured in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in small batches of several hundred at a time and come in 1-lb bags.
What Can I Add Noochy-Licious to?
Sprinkle on top of popcorn, or replace for any dish that uses grated cheese (especially parmesan!). My favorite is on pasta, veggies and salads.
Not gonna lie, I've also just eaten Noochy Licious plain when I was taste-testing – I think it's THAT good.
This is personally my favorite nutritional yeast, taste-wise. Obviously this is subjective!
Even if you're not vegan, they have very interesting information on their website about why it's better for you and the environment than regular cheese.
Cons of Noochy Licious
- While this is personally the best-tasting nutritional yeast I have tried (though I haven't tried every one out there), it is more expensive than buying from a bulk grocer.
- Their nutritional facts are confusing as it is listed for the entire bag.
- This is UNfortified – which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but something to be aware of if you are looking to add nutritional yeast specifically for the added B-12. You would need a fortified version to get the B-12 vitamins.
- I've heard from many readers that their website is confusing and prompts them to buy more than they meant to order. Additionally, their customer service seems to be hard to get ahold of, based on your comments.
Review Summary of Noochy Licious Nutritional Yeast
Noochy Licious is the brand of nutritional yeast I personally use. That said, there are some issues with their ordering process.
I've received some comments that readers have accidentally signed up for a subscription, so please pay close attention to your chosen options when ordering. I'd recommend starting with a single bag if you haven't tried it before.
Please note that since this review is based on my experience (and I am not the seller of this product), I welcome questions in the comments below that I can help answer but I will remove comments that are related to customer service. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I understand that some of you have had slow responses from them, but I am not responsible for their customer support.
If you are ready to buy your own supply of Noochy Licious nutritional yeast, you can grab a bag from their website.