I have found many great dairy free recipes however it has been a challenge to replace or substitute cheese. After all what is pizza or macaroni and cheese without the cheese?
Dairy free cheeses do exist usually soy or rice based, however they often still have one ingredient that I avoid like soy, or pea protein.
Yes I can’t believe it myself but my nephew is even allergic to peas.
Additionally, I am not sure if you have ever eaten a dairy free cheese but it isn't one of my favorites, especially not after enjoying real cheese.
Dairy free cheese has a different taste and consistency; it might be great if you have never had the real thing.
I was watching the news one morning and they were using nutritional yeast flakes on the cooking segment, they said it added a cheese like flavor to dishes.
I immediately looked it up, saw that it didn’t contain any of our food allergiesand went out and bought some. I can’t believe it took so long to discover these tasty flakes!
Some vegetarians and vegans add these nutritional flakes to help meet the recommended daily allowances of protein, fiber and amino acid (check the nutritional information on your flakes).
Nutritional yeast flakes are relatively low in calories, fat, carbohydrates. 2 Tbls of these flakes has about 4 g of fiber, approx. 9 g protein and they are rich in B vitamins.
While I have come to absolutely love the taste of nutritional yeast flakes, I have to warn you they are a bit different, they do have a cheese like flavor however it is still different than real cheese.
My favorite new Dairy Free Recipe: Cheese Sauce Ingredients
In a saucepan combine all ingredients and whisk until well blended (flour and yeast dissolved). Bring to a boil stirring constantly, lower heat to low until sauce thickens 1-5 minutes.
Note: You can find nutritional flakes in your local grocery store (check the health food section) or at a specialty health food store (I have found them at Whole Foods, Raleys packaged and in bulk near the flours) or online.
This cheese is delicious poured over the top of your favorite pizza crust and toppings or poured over elbow noodles for a delicious mac and cheese.