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What is Nooch

Nooch is short for nutritional yeast.

Nutritional yeast is a nutritious and delicious deactivated yeast.

Nutritional yeast or Nooch is often used to:

  • Add in protein to a meal or snack
  • As a source of B12 (especially for those following a plant based diet)
  • To kick up fiber content at a meal
  • To mimic the flavor of cheese.

Nooch itself can be purchased in the bulk food section or in convenient packaging in most grocery stores.

What is Nooch Sauce Made of?

Nooch sauce is as a cheesy sauce made entirely from plants. Nooch sauce is usually made with cashews, but may use other types of nuts as well such as pistachios or soybeans.

While nooch itself is one simple ingredient, to create nooch sauce we will need:

  • Lime
  • Cashews
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Nooch sauces is SUPER easy to make and takes about 5 minutes once the cashews are soaked. In fact, if you have a very high powered blender or food processor you can skip the cashew soakign altogether to save time.

Sauce in dish with limes on side
Nutritional Yeast Sauce Ingredients

Is Nutritional Yeast Good for You?

I don’t believe in good foods and bad foods.  While I believe in food neutrality the abundance of vitamins and minerals in nooch sauce include:  

How Do you Use Nooch?

I use nooch sauce on pretty much everything I would use cheese on.  

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

Some foods I use nooch sauce on 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. So just make cashew soacking a priority first thing in the A.M. (and leave them alone) to make life easy.

Ways to Use Nooch Sauce

Should You Keep Nutritional Yeast In the Fridge?

No. It’s not necessary to keep nutritional yeast in the fridge. However, refridgeration can preserve nooch for longer.

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?


Gluten is typically found in wheat, rye, and barley products. This nutritional yeast sauce does not contain gluten products. However, you should always check the source of your nutritional yeast to make sure it’s not produced in a factory alongside with gluten products if you are not able to have gluten.

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. 

What other things can I add to nutritional yeast sauce?

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 noooch sauce?  Drop me some ideas in the comments below!

Nooch Facts

What is nooch?

nooch is short for nutritional yeast which is a deactivated yeast.

How can I use Nooch?

burgers, pizza, popcorn, mac and cheese, soups, salads nachos

What are some key nutrients in nooch

B12, Fiber, protein

How Long Does Nooch Last?

Nooch can be refridgerated for up to two years. Nooch sauce will last about 1 week in the fridge.

Nooch Sauce

Creamy vegan cheese sauce made with nutritional yeast.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time5 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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