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Is Yeast Vegan?

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Question: Is Yeast Vegan?
Can Vegans Eat Yeast?
Answer: Yes. Yeast, like mushrooms, are eukaryotic micro-organisms classified in the Fungi kingdom, which in layman's terms means that yeast is not derived from animal products or classified as an animal and is thus vegan-friendly.

So, although there are plenty of things that people put in yeast breads that are not vegan--like butter, milk and eggs--yeast breads that are prepared without these are vegan. Here are just a few vegan yeast-based recipes that have become personal favorites:

  • Vegan Baked Doughnuts
  • Vegan Chocolate Babka
  • Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
  • Vegan Easy Maple Wheat Bread
  • Vegan Oat Bread
  • Vegan Pretzel Bread
  • Vegan White Sandwich Bread
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