Made with simple pantry ingredients, this easy vegan gravy is the perfect partner to your mashed potatoes or roast dinner. Gluten free too.
Mashed potatoes aren't complete without gravy. Nor are veggie sausages or almost any kind of roasted vegetable in my opinion! It's the ultimate sauce that brings separate parts of a roast dinner together, and I wouldn't be without it.
I've wanted to share a gluten free vegan gravy recipe on the blog for a long time, because it's something I've been making for years and years, and many of my other dishes go so well with it.
This one is made with just 7 simple ingredients (that you probably already have in your pantry) and takes 35 minutes to whip up (and most of that is simmer time).
It's perfect with sausages, mashed potatoes, roast potatoes or delicious vegan nut roast. Ideal for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, or just a Sunday lunch!
7 Ingredient Vegan Gravy - The Recipe
My parents regularly cooked by feel rather than using a recipe, so I grew up learning how to make my own vegetarian gravy from scratch.
Nowadays I often see friends getting stressed about making a vegan gravy for Thanksgiving or Christmas. When you've grown up eating meat I think it can seem quite a daunting task, but it doesn't need to be!
My easy vegan gravy is made from a base of soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid Animos (great if you want a non-fermented soy sauce), vegan butter or oil, miso, dried thyme and onion powder. I simply add gluten free flour to it to form a thick paste (you can use regular flour if you prefer), and then gradually thin the paste out with water.
Allow it to simmer for 20 minutes to let the thyme infuse the liquid, and you've got the best vegan gravy I know!
Vegan Gravy FAQs
1) What is vegan gravy made of?
Vegan gravy is usually made of a combination of various savoury ingredients and seasonings, such as soy sauce or tamari, flour, yeast extract, miso, herbs and spices and oil or plant-based butter.
2) Why is gravy not vegan?
Traditionally, gravy is made from meat stock and the leftover ingredients from cooking an animal. These products are not vegan-friendly and as such, vegans have to use alternative (but equally tasty) plant-based ingredients to make their gravy.
3) Can I buy vegan gravy?
You can, but I'd recommend making your own. It's much tastier and much cheaper! Plus, many store-bought gravy mixes are full of salt and additives, so by making your own you're getting a healthier option too.
7 Ingredient Vegan Gravy
- 2 tbsp vegan butter or olive oil
- 2 tsp miso paste
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 3 tbsp soy sauce, Braggs Soy Seasoning or tamari
- ¼ cup gluten-free flour (brown rice flour is my favourite)
- 3¼ cups vegetable stock/broth
- In a medium saucepan on a low heat, add the butter, miso, onion powder, dried thyme and soy sauce.
- As the butter melts, stir the ingredients to combine.
- Add the flour, continuing to stir until the ingredients form a thick paste.
- Add the vegetable stock about ⅓ cup at a time, stirring well to ensure it mixes thoroughly into the paste before adding more (this will help you avoid lumps by adding too much liquid too quickly).
- When all liquid is added, increase the heat slightly until the gravy is bubbling gently.
- Simmer for 20 minutes to allow the thyme to infuse the gravy and the liquid to thicken. If at any point the gravy becomes too thick, simply add a little more water to thin it.
- Serve with potatoes, nut roast or your favourite vegetable side dish!
If you’ve tried this recipe, please leave a comment or tip for others below. I'd love to know how you’ve made it your own!