While shopping at Whole Foods yesterday we found these new treats. I’m not sure how long they’ve been on the market but they are new to us. We’re always on the look out for fun crunchy cheesy tasting gluten free and dairy free snacks. So far we’ve not had much luck. These sounded promising but would it pass the teenager test.
After tasting just a few, my son requested we buy more as soon as possible. They have a great crunchy texture and a cheesy taste like Cheetos, but they’re gluten and dairy free. These snacks get their cheesy taste from nutritional yeast. This is how the Robert’s American Gourmet website describes nutritional yeast used in their product: “Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast produced by culturing it with a mix of sugarcane and beet molasses, and then harvesting, washing, drying and packaging the yeast. Nutritional yeast is a nutritional substitute and source of protein and vitamins, specifically B-complex vitamins. It is naturally low in fat and sodium. The yeast has a desirable flavor described by many as nutty, creamy or cheesy.”
I’ve used nutritional yeast to make Karina’s Kitchen Best Vegan Baked Mac & Cheese. I thought it tasted very cheesy and so do these snacks. This is an ingredient I plan on playing with and adding to more dishes. According to a few websites I’ve read but can’t recall the exact location, nutritional yeast is not a problem for people with Candida and are told not to eat yeast. That would be the active yeast they are avoiding. But always check with your doctor. Many people who eat vegan use nutritional yeast not only because of the cheese taste but the important B vitamins that can be missing in a vegan diet.
Back to these snacks. We all loved them, even those living in my house who stick their nose up at nutritional yeast admitted they really liked them. I’m heading back to the store today for more. Oh, and they cost $2.49 a bag so it won’t break the bank to buy a case. Yes, I’ll be buying a case to get that 10% discount from Whole Foods. Might as well. I know they’ll keep sending me back for more. Enjoy!