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Nooch Popcorn

Nooch Nutritional Yeast Popcorn Recipe

Yup, you read the title correctly, NOOCH popcorn.Aka nutritional yeast popcorn. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably asking yourself, ‘what the heck is nooch??’ (if you’re a veg/vegan pro, then you’re rolling your eyes and saying, uh DUH). Even though we’ve been rocking the plant based thing for a while now, it has taken us years to figure out the nooch craze. To clarify, ‘nooch’ is super cool hippie vegan slang for nutritional yeast. Which makes sense, because if you went around calling it yeast, people would be totally weirded out and never try it.

This is definitely not a new or inventive recipe. Nutritional yeast popcorn has been loved and eaten by the masses for a long time. When people like this stuff, they REALLY like it. But, as silly as it seems, some of us just need a little guidance in breaking the nooch door down. Or at least knocking. Cautiously. And learning how to make your own version of this delicious and nutritious snack does just that. It also shows you how ridiculously easy it is to make your own popcorn.

nutritional yeast and popcorn

Before we get into the nutritional yeast popcorn recipe, let us explain what nutritional yeast even is, and why you should be eating it. First off, nutritional yeast is NOT the kind of yeast you bake with (that’s baker’s yeast). It’s also not brewer’s yeast. What it IS, is a yeast that’s grown on molasses, and then harvested, washed, and dried with heat to stop the growing processes.

Still seems a little weird, right? Well, what’s NOT weird is how freaking good it is for you. To begin with, nutritional yeast is a complete protein, which is like being the Cadillac of proteins. It’s an awesome source of B vitamins (which is what makes is such a staple in plant based diets), and it also contains iron, selenium, and zinc. Finally, it packs a substantial punch of fiber.

So let us summarize: high protein, high fiber, high vitamins and minerals. And that doesn’t even cover the other, more confusing health benefits (just google nutritional yeast for that). Guys, it’s just GOOD for you. To top it off, it tastes great. It has a tangy, cheesy flavor to it that is great on most things (but maybe not your cereal).

Nutritional yeast popcorn might sound strange but it’s SO weirdly addictive. You literally just can’t stop eating it. And not the cute piece by piece eating it, but the look-to-see-if-anyone-is-watching-and-then-shove-hand-fulls-into-your-mouth, eating it.

nutritional yeast nooch popcorn

So now, on to the nooch popcorn. We were super excited to try this. We bought a bag of nutritional yeast at Trader Joe’s, and then… It sat in our pantry for about 2 months. THEN, we bought our own popcorn. And they BOTH sat in our pantry for another 3 weeks. Yay procrastination! Finally, on a day when we were cravings a snack, but still trying to stick to our clean eating, we decided to bust it out. And ohhhhhh buddy, it’s been a consistent visitor in our kitchen ever since.

This is such a great snack option because it satisfies that snacky feeling andΒ the salty craving, but doesn’t completely derail your diet. If you’re a skeptic, just TRY it. We never thought this would be something we’d like, and now we’re hooked.

nooch nutritional yeast popcorn with Dr. D's

Our all time favorite way to eat it is with a bottle of Dr. D’s Water Keifer. Dr. D’s is another stellar find that tastes EXACTLY like grape soda, except without all the sketchy ingredients and massive amounts of sugar (and it has a ton of probiotics for a happy tummy). If you occasionally get blindsided with the soda craving, we highly suggest this stuff. Great flavor, minimal sugar. Plus it totally transports you back to your childhood when paired with a delicious bowl of this popcorn.

You can thank us when you’re done shoveling it in your mouth πŸ™‚ .

** FUN FACT: cats love nutritional yeast too and it’s completely safe for them to eat (obviously use good judgement and only give it to them in reasonably small portions). Our fuzz nugg Bella is obsessed with it!

bella eating nutritional yeast

Nutritional Yeast Popcorn


1/3 Cup Popcorn Kernels

3 Tbsp. Olive Oil

3 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast Flakes

Salt (to taste)


1. Heat oil over medium high heat in a medium sized pot, and place 3 kernels of popcorn in the oil. Once those have popped, pour in the rest of the kernels. (This ensures that your oil is heated evenly enough to pop the rest of your popcorn).

2. Cover the pot with a lid, and enjoy the weirdly satisfying sound of your popcorn popping.

3. Once the popping has nearly stopped, turn off the heat and remove the pot.

4. Pour popcorn into a bowl (we LOVE the bowls that come with a lid, it makes it super easy to shake up and combine the ingredients). Add the nooch and salt, and combine thoroughly.

5. Enjoy!

You can also add other toppings, such as butter, cayenne pepper, garlic, etc. Get creative!

Happy nooching!


  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    July 12, 2017 at 12:32 am

    i’m so obsessed with stovetop popcorn, but i haven’t tried it with nutritional yeast!! need to get on that stat!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 12, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Oh you’re going to LOVE it! It’s so weirdly amazing and addicting haha.
      Also, we’re a little embarrassed that we just now realized how easy (and incredible) stove top popcorn is! But now we’re hooked!

  • Kendall

    July 13, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Looks so good! I was definitely wondering what nooch is lol.


    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 13, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Haha thanks Kendall! We were wondering the same thing for a long time!

  • Maxi

    July 13, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    I love nutritional yeast on popcorn! It really does have a cheesy flavor!
    Oh, and I love Natural Grocer’s! We stumbled across one of the stores, while traveling from East to West Coast, in New Mexico. Their bulk teas are amazing! πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 14, 2017 at 12:23 am

      Yes! It’s SO good! And you don’t realize how much you love it until you have it haha.
      And US TOO!! Ben calls the bulk section his ‘favorite aisle’ πŸ™‚ . We could shop there every day!

  • Steph

    July 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Haha, I loved your opening paragraph. When I first read ‘Nooch’ I immediately questioned what was going on. I’ve never heard of the word before- but it’s definitely a better option over ‘yeast’.
    Maybe I’ll give it a try sometime!

    Thanks for the education! I love to learn new things every day!


    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 14, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Haha we had similar thoughts when we were first introduced to it! And even if it takes FOREVER to try it (like us), we’re sure you’ll be happy when you do :).

  • Rach

    July 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I had no idea the word “Nooch’ existed! Thanks for educating us on this! This popcorn looks tasty!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 16, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you! We didn’t either until recently haha. It’s so delicious!

  • Beatrice

    July 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    This looks delicious! I never heard of the name “nooch” for nutritional yeast, but I totally agree that it sounds better πŸ™‚ I’ve used it on scrambled eggs and toast but still haven’t gone around to trying it on popcorn. Now I have to! This looks amazing!! πŸ™‚

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      July 30, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      It’s SO delicious! You won’t be disappointed!

  • the adventurer

    August 1, 2017 at 4:49 am

    I think this changes how I see popcorn! What a great way to add something healthy to a simple snack =o) Yum!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      August 5, 2017 at 10:25 pm

      Haha good! It’s honestly such a great snack option that completely satisfies but also has nutritional benefits!

  • Robin

    August 7, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Oh, this looks good. Need to try!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      August 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      It’s delicious! We hope you like it!

  • Winsant

    December 23, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Want to immediately have these popcorn….

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