Vegan Gravy Recipe

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This is absolutely best tasting vegan gravy ever! It is very easy to make and your family and friends will be amazed by how delicious it tastes when you serve it.

I recently made this vegan gravy recipe for my cooking class and the class members were going crazy over my recipe. It is so easy to prepare, it is similar to the recipe in my Lentil Meatballs and my Smothered Tofu Chicken recipes.

Also, I absolutely love using this as a vegan turkey gravy to drench my Tofu Turkey with on Thanksgiving and the weekend afterwards. This gravy makes any food the embodiment of pure comfort and happiness.

Vegan Gravy Recipe

What Is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos?

Liquid aminos, like soy sauce or tamari, is made with soybeans. It adds the “umami” or savory flavor profile that is essential to adding depth for many recipes. I also use it in place of some salt, since it not only adds saltiness but also flavor.

Liquid aminos also has the amino acids that are present in soybeans that are necessary for vegans to eat. I love ingredients that improve my food while also adding nutritional benefit.

Unlike many common soy sauces, Bragg’s liquid aminos is gluten-free. I love using it for this reason, I never need to check the label, however if you do not have access to liquid aminos there are specifically gluten free soy sauces you can use instead.

If you are looking for a non soy based alternative, there is aminos made from coconut. It isn’t made from the actual coconut that you may be thinking of, but actually the sap of the coconut tree. It has that same umami flavor, similar to soy sauce, while also being vegan, soy free, and gluten free.

Cashew Nuts Health Benefits

I absolutely love cashews, and so do most vegans if I’m being honest. The reason why cashews are found in the majority of any vegan’s pantry is because they make the creamiest and smoothest sauces or bases, but they are also nutritionally dense.

They are high in unsaturated fats, and if you have been around here a while you’ll know that natural plant fats are essential and cannot be demonized. 

Cashews are also high in protein, fiber, copper, and a few other vitamins and minerals. Cashews, indeed nuts in general, are full of healthy calories that keep you full and energized, making them a great addition to anyone’s diet.

What Are Nutritional Yeast Flakes?

When one mentions yeast, you will usually think of the tan granules used to make bread and other wheat based bread products. However, nutritional yeast flakes are something completely different.

Although all three common yeasts are made from the same species, unlike brewer’s and baker’s, nutritional yeast is not left alive. It doesn’t have the same function as those, and is manufactured specifically to be for food.

Nutritional yeast adds an umami, savory or cheesy flavor, making it one of my favorite seasonings to add an extra “something” to my dishes.

But just like many of my ingredients, it is secretly a powerhouse. Nutritional yeast flakes contain all nine essential amino acids that you must intake, making it what is known as a complete protein. This can be rare, especially for vegans, making it an easy way to make sure you have no deficiencies.

Moreover, it contains vitamin B12, and other B vitamins in fact. Vitamin B12 is most commonly found in eggs, dairy, or meat, meaning that many vegans have a B12 deficiency if they aren’t careful.

Being deficient in vitamin B12 makes you feel sluggish and mentally foggy, which can be quoted as the reasoning for why some people’s vegan journeys fail. Adding nutritional yeast to your diet is extremely easy, as it can be added to most savory dishes quite easily, possibly eliminating the need for expensive supplements.

Easy Vegan Gravy

What Is In Vegan Turkey Gravy?

  • Vegetable Broth
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • Raw Cashews
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic
  • Cornstarch
  • Dried Thyme
  • Ground Paprika
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Ground Cayenne Pepper

How To Make Vegan Gravy Recipe

This gravy is perfect to serve with you vegan loaf, mashed potatoes, and biscuit and gravy. Check out my favorite HOLIDAY RECIPES HERE!

I used cashews for a creamy flavor, nutritional yeast flakes give a lovely flavor also and the Bragg’s liquid aminos adds great flavor to the vegan gravy recipe.

I have been making this gravy for many years and it has never failed me, it is always popular even among meat-eaters.

  1. Combine cashews, water or vegetable broth, Bragg’s liquid aminos, nutritional yeast flakes, onion powder, garlic, and cornstarch in a high-speed blender, and process until smooth.
  2. Pour sauce into a saucepan, and add thyme, Italian seasonings, paprika, and ground cayenne pepper. Heat on medium-high, while stirring constantly with a wire whisk until gravy thickens and is bubbly.
  3. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 3 days.

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Vegan Gravy

Vegan Gravy Recipe

My flavorful and easy to make Vegan Gravy Recipe, made with aromatic herbs and spices, is perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Try it over mashed potatoes or baked tofu, and it will be a huge hit with your friends and family!
5 from 16 votes
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan gravy recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 121kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 2-3 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos depending on whether you use water or veggie broth
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked for an hour
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • pinch of ground cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Combine cashews, water or vegetable broth, Bragg’s liquid aminos, nutritional yeast flakes, onion powder, garlic, and cornstarch in a high-speed blender, and process until smooth.
  • Pour sauce into a saucepan, and add thyme, Italian seasonings, paprika, and ground cayenne pepper. Heat on medium-high, while stirring constantly with a wire whisk until gravy thickens and is bubbly.
  • Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 382IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg

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36 Comments

  1. Michelle,

    Can you clairfy this one statement in your ingredient list please:

    “2-3 Tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos, depending on whether you use water or veggie broth”

    Its unclear to me under what condition I’m supposed to use the Bragg’s… if I use or don’t use veggie broth?

    Thanks in advance
    —Whack

    1. Hello Whack, basically add 2 or 3 tablespoons to taste. If you use water, you might need 3 tablespoons, if you use vegetable broth you might need only 1 or 2 tablespoons

  2. 5 stars
    This gravy was so so so delicious… we used it on your instant pot mashed potatoes and it was yummy!!! My husband used the gravy as a dip the following day with some air fried potato wedges and he said it was awesome!!! Thank you for such an easy awesome vegan gravy recipe…

  3. 5 stars
    My husband asks for your ‘cashew gravy’ when he wants comfort food. We can’t feel guilty if it is also healthy. I’m super grateful for your recipes – thank you!

    1. Kristen, I’m so happy you and your hubby enjoy this recipe, it is definitely a favorite of mine as well. Thank you for trying my recipes.

    1. 5 stars
      One of my kids said that this was the best gravy EVER and that she would drink it! Lol. I served it over mashed potatoes and will be making it for Thanksgiving dinner this year for sure.

      1. Asha, that is so exciting to read. I love it when my recipes are kids approved. Thank you so much for your feedback!

  4. 5 stars
    This gravy is amazing! Saving it to make again for company. Thank you so much for your flavorful recipes. I’m working hard to appease a carnivore and your site is helping.

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