Can you bake bread with nutritional yeast? (+5 health benefits)

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you bake bread with nutritional yeast?”, and what are the health benefits of using nutritional yeast in your recipes.

Can you bake bread with nutritional yeast?

No, bread cannot be baked using nutritional yeast in place of baker’s yeast. Both these types of yeast are strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae but have a different end-use. Baker’s yeast is alive when bought and produces carbon dioxide as a by-product of fermentation when added to bread or activated in warm water and sugar.

What is baker’s yeast?

Baker’s yeast gets its name from its wide applications in the baking industry. It is manufactured in the dormant form and is added to food where it acts as a leavening agent. The fermentable sugars present in food act as food for yeast. Yeast converts these sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide giving the bread a rich yeasty flavor. Carbon dioxide is what traps within the bread and causes it to rise while baking.

What are the different types of baker’s yeast? 

Instant yeast

It has a smaller grain size and a greater number of live yeast cells per unit volume than active dry yeast. As the name suggests, this yeast needs no time for rehydration and is directly poured into the dough mixture.

Osmotolerant yeast

High salt and sugar concentration hinder yeast growth. Hence, in bread with higher sugar content, osmotolerant yeast comes to the rescue.

Cream yeast

Cream yeast is just compressed yeast in a liquid state. This compressed yeat slurry is widely used by bread industries.

Active dry yeast

It is relatively stable than other forms of yeast and has bigger grains than instant yeast. It is sold in its dormant form and requires proofing before adding to the dough.

Brewer’s yeast

As the name suggests, it is used by breweries to make alcohol. Brewer’s yeast is also used for its nutritional benefits. It keeps the digestive system healthy and has considerable amounts of chromium.

Rapid-rise yeast

It is a type of instant yeast but with smaller grain size and a greater dissolution rate. It provides a pronounced carbon-dioxide yield.

Compressed yeast

It is basically dry cream yeast shaped into small or large blocks wrapped with foil. Despite being very perishable, it is still used in bakeries.

All you need to know about nutritional yeast

Nutritional yeast is a different strain of S.cereviseae that comes in its deactivated form and is entirely used for its nutritional benefits. It is also known as ‘nooch’ and is hailed among vegans for its cheesy taste. The glutamic acid present in nutritional yeast gives it a rich umami flavor.

After harvesting, this strain of yeast is exposed to heat to deactivate the cells and then dried and packaged. Nutritional yeast also comes in the fortified form where additional vitamins or nutrients are added to improve its nutritional profile.

How to store nutritional yeast

After opening, do not keep the nutritional yeast in the non-resealable bag. Instead, transfer it to a dry and sterilized glass container with a tight lid.

I bought in a plastic container, keep it as it is in the pantry like other spices or put it in the freezer to keep it around for longer.

How to use nutritional yeast in recipes?

Add it to your pasta, soups, vegetables, sauces, crackers, eggs, nachos, or even popcorns for a cheesy flavor and nutrient boost. It is also added to pet food to improve its nutritional profile.

  • Sprinkle over your risotto, mac-n-cheese, or any other pasta where you use parmesan.
  • Add to your soups or sauces as a thickening agent.
  • Use it to make whole wheat bread to add extra flavor and make it nutrient-dense.
  • Add it in vegan mozzarella and gouda cheese for a cheesy flavor.
  • Sprinkle it on top of roasted vegetables or add in mashed potatoes.

Health benefits of nutritional yeast

  1. Nutritional yeast is considered a complete protein source because of the presence of the nine essential amino acids.
  2. Only a Tbsp of nutritional yeast provides 30-180% of RDI for B vitamins. Vitamin B12 is essential for cognitive functions, energy metabolism, and erythropoiesis. Hence, nutritional yeast helps prevent B12 deficiency which is very prevalent in vegans.
  3. Anti-oxidants like glutathione and selenomethionine present in nutritional yeast protect the cells against oxidative damage.
  4. The carbohydrates, beta-glucan and alpha-manan, present in nutritional yeast boost immune health by preventing Ecoli and Salmonella infections.
  5. Beta-glucan has also been found to lower the bad cholesterol levels in the blood.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you bake bread with nutritional yeast?”, and what are the health benefits of using nutritional yeast in your recipes.

References

https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-nutritional-yeast-3376833

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/nutritional-yeast#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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