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What is Nooch Made of?

The thing about us vegans is- we like to keep things as lazy and simple as possible.  Thus we coined the term “nooch” sauce to avoid the tongue fumble “nutritional yeast sauce,” which is what “nooch sauce” really is. 

Nooch sauce is best defined as a cheesy like sauce made entirely from plants. These plants typically take the form of cashews and nutritional yeast- amongst some other simple ingredients. 

Sauce in dish with limes on side
Vegan Nooch Sauce
Nutritional Yeast Sauce Ingredients
Nutritional Yeast Sauce Ingredients

Is Nutritional Yeast Good for You?

Nutritional yeast became my first friend amidst my vegan transition. Like all vegan newbies,  I wasn’t sure what I would do in a world. 

  • Without cheese
  • Without cream sauce
  • With limited seasoning options
  • Amidst such limited flavors

Nutritional yeast satisfies both  the pallet and many nutritional needs unique to vegan.  These benefits include: 

How Do you Use Nooch?

Nooch is a cheese sauce imposter in vegan form. Thus, where cheese goes, nooch can go too! 

I typically batch cook this sauce once a week and keep it handy for…. well literally everything I need in my life. 

Some festivities I might add nooch sauce to include: 

  • Tacos
  • Gnocchi
  • Lasagna
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Dipping sauce
  • Avocado toast
  • Chickpea mash
  • Nachos
  • Potatoes 
  • Pastas
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Stir fries
  • Tofu 

Nooch is as easy as 1-2-3.  The longest part is literally just waiting for the cashews to soak (don’t watch them. They get nervous and time will come to a God awful stand still!)

Cashew watching requires patience which this RD lacks. So just make it a priority first thing in the A.M. to make life easy.

Ways to Use Nooch Sauce
Ways to Use Nooch Sauce

Is Nutritional Yeast Healthier Than Cheese?

The simple answer here is- yes and no (need more clear as mud advice- go ahead and continue to follow this RD!) 

In all seriousness- thats ACTUALLY how food works.  There are no absolutes in nutrition.

Fun fact about this dietitian- I actually HATE the word healthy! I don’t believe that there is one save all food that can fit every biological need that the body has. 

I also can think of a nutritional value of every food on this planet.  This includes BOTH cheese AND nutritional yeast.

Cheese Rounds on a Shelf
Cheese Versus Nutritional Yeast
Sliced Lime
Lime Flavor Helps Vegan Cheese Sauce.

Should You Keep Nutritional Yeast In the Fridge?

Store your nutritional yeast in a cool dark place to preserve vitamins. Nutritional yeast will do just fine in a sealed container on your counter. 

Nutritional yeast can be refrigerated for up to 2 years.  

The expiration date on nutritional yeast really doesn’t hold a lot of value.  High temperatures and moisture will cause nutritional yeast to perish more quickly.


Is Nooch Sauce Gluten Free?

If you make your sauce from scratch yes! Gluten is typically found in wheat, rye, and barley products. This nutritional yeast sauce contains none of those. 

However, if you start getting the creative bone and throw additional ingredients into this recipe that could change real fast! 

For example, if you want a thicker sauce and attempt to add flour. The sky is the limit on creativity-as long as you don’t have gluten sensitivity or intolerance. 

Cashews In Dish
Cashews In Vegan Cheese Sauce
Apple Cider Vinegar is used to create Nooch Sauce

IWhat other things can I add to nutritional yeast sauce?

The foods I love to put into my body change with my mood every day.  I create many variations of this cheese inspired vegan sauce on a regular basis. Some ways I might add variety to nooch sauce include: 

  • Adding Garlic
  • Add Sriracha or jalapenos
  • Create a more cream based sauce by adding coconut milk
  • Create a melty cheese-like nutritional yeast sauce using tapioca starch
  • Add some potato for texture.
  • Add some sweet potato to change the flavor
  • Add pistachio instead of cashew (I know it sounds crazy, but trust me on this one!)

There is no right or wrong way to do nutritional yeast sauce.  What are some ways you enjoy vegan cream sauce.  Drop me some ideas in the comments below!

Nooch Sauce

Creamy vegan cheese sauce made with nutritional yeast.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: nooch sauce, vegan cheese sauce
Servings: 12
Cost: $5


  • High Powered Blender.


  • 2 tbsp lime juice fresh squeezed
  • 1 cup cashews soaked 1 hour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar


  • combine all ingredients in high powered blender. Blend for 3 minutes on high speed.



Shena Jaramillo. Registered Dietitian

Hi I'm Shena. I'm an eating disorders dietitian in Washington state. I hold bachelors degrees nutrition & dietetics, cultural anthropology & psychology. I believe in honoring your hunger, having your cake whenever you want it, and that critically analyzing diet culture can change the world!

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