Yellow Spice (a.k.a. vegan parmesan)

Baby wants his vitamin B-12!

The other day I was getting ingredients out of the refrigerator, and then I looked over and saw my 11 month old baby standing inside the refrigerator, gleefully licking the top of our jar of “yellow spice.” I couldn’t resist snapping this photo!  (And then, of course, I took the lid off the jar and gave it a good scrub.)

Yellow Spice is something I came up with several years ago when looking to replace parmesan in a vegan diet.  It is very simple to make and has become a staple in our home.    We shake it on spaghetti and other pasta, popcorn, vegetables…basically anywhere you would use a parmesan cheese.  I’ve tried soy parmesan in the past and honestly, it is just plain gross.  This is nothing like that.  Nutritional yeast has its own unique flavor and it is one that most omnivores probably have not had the pleasure of experiencing, and that’s a shame, because it is so good in its own right.  My husband thinks it is because of the name — I mean, who thinks, “ooh, nutritional yeast.  That sounds yummy!”  In our family, we have dubbed this mixture “yellow spice” and we love to shake it on everything.  As a bonus, it is super high in vitamin B-12, a vitamin that might otherwise by lacking in a vegan diet.  I think our baby knew he needed the B-12!


  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes *
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


Place all ingredients into a clean coffee grinder.  Grind until powdery, and until it will clump together when when you pinch a bit in between your fingers.  Transfer to a spice shaker.  Sprinkle anywhere you would use parmesan cheese!

*  Red Star vegetarian support formula nutritional yeast is a reliable source of vitamin B-12.  I get mine in the bulk bins at Fred Meyer.

2 comments Add yours
  1. Hello from BabyCenter Community! (code name: SillyMommy07)

    We LOVE nutritional yeast in our household! I found a shelf-stable variety at my local WinCo Foods store — which has wonderful bulk food items — and I just about bought the entire 40-pound container of it! I keep it in the fridge anyway so it’s a cool refresher or helps cool down oatmeal or other hot foods.

  2. So flippin’ cute! We make something similar, but it’s called pizza shake in our family. You know, because it’s what we shake on take-out pizza to add a wee bit of nutrition and substance.

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