Vegan Brown Gravy is a delicious addition to every holiday meal. It is a cornerstone of the American diet, and this recipe will help you keep eating it, even though it’s vegan!

This gravy is simple, rich, flavorful, satisfying, and absolutely delicious poured over Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes, Air Fried Cauliflower, Vegan Lentil Loaf, or Smashed Brussels Sprouts. You should also try to make bangers and mash with vegan sausages. It’s fantastic!

This vegan gravy is a quick and easy recipe that takes just 20 minutes to prepare, with a few simple ingredients. And it’s so delicious that after you’ve had it, you will want to pour it over everything.

Traditionally, beef drippings are used to make brown gravy. That’s what gives it the brown color and meaty taste. But you can easily make it vegan by replicating the ingredients with a beef-flavored vegan broth or standard vegetable broth, with a dab of soy sauce for an added savory flavor.

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Vegan Brown Gravy Recipe 

Broth

The best vegan broth to use is one with a beef flavor. If you can’t find a beef-flavored variety, you can use regular vegetable broth as well.

Soy sauce

To give it a more savory beefy taste, and to make it gluten-free, you can use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or Tamari.

Flour or starch

To make the gravy thicker, I prefer to use gluten-free all-purpose flour, but you can also use cornstarch, arrowroot, or potato starch.

Nutritional Yeast Flakes

For a rich umami taste, you can add nutritional yeast flakes.

Avocado Oil

For a richer gravy, I prefer to use avocado oil. You may also use coconut oil or some other neutral oil, or you can also leave it out for oil-free gravy. 

Herbs

To add flavor, you can use fresh herbs such as oregano, sage, and thyme. If you don’t have specific herbs, Italian seasoning will suffice.

Garlic Powder

The garlic in the gravy adds a wonderful aromatic flavor.

Onion Powder

For creamy and rich flavor, use onion powder. The onion powder adds to the deliciously savory gravy flavor.

Avocado Oil Benefits

Avocados are high in vitamin E and contain no cholesterol or trans fats. These nutrient-dense fruits also contain important vitamins and minerals, including riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin A. The body of certain avocado varieties has as many as 25% unsaturated fat. Avocado oil does not contain any of the nutrients contained in avocado fruit. On the other hand, avocado oil is one of the best cooking oils, particularly for high heat. 

Avocado oil is obtained by grinding the avocado pulp. It contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid that has heart-healthy properties. If you’re searching for safe ways to reduce or sustain stable blood pressure, avocado oil is a good option. When eaten in moderation, the monounsaturated fats in this oil will help lower blood pressure and protect your heart while also returning saturated and Trans fat to your body.

This oil seems to guard against free radicals, according to studies. It lowers cholesterol and fat levels in diabetic patients, which can lead to heart disease. This oil is a great source of lutein, a carotenoid found naturally in the eye. It contains antioxidants, which are important for maintaining eye protection.

Avocado oil has a high amount of oleic acid, which aids weight loss combined with physical exercise and a balanced diet.

Nutritional Yeast Flakes Nutrition Facts

Nutritional yeast is normally dairy-free and gluten-free. As a result, it can be beneficial for those with food allergies or sensitivities, including those on strict diets.  It also contains no sugar or soy and is low in fat.

Vitamin B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, B-12, fiber, and high-quality protein are all found in nutritional yeast. Potassium, calcium, and iron are also present. Since nutritional yeast contains vitamin B-12, it can be especially beneficial to vegetarians and vegans.

The yeast strain of nutritional yeast, S. cerevisiae, can help to strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation caused by bacterial infections. It can also assist with diarrhea treatment.

Nutritional yeast seems to help with weak nails and hair loss, according to some studies. It can also reduce acne and improve other common skin issues, particularly in adolescence. Since nutritional yeast is high in folic acid, it can help pregnant women have a healthier pregnancy.

Vegetable Broth

Vegetables are a high-nutrient, low-calorie food that is good for all. It aids in the maintenance of your fitness as well as the provision of essential nutrients. Using vegetable broth in the same manner, has nutritional benefits.

It not only tastes good, but it also has a long list of health benefits, including easing cold symptoms, preventing diabetes, stabilizing blood pressure, detoxifying, improving metabolism, avoiding anemia, preventing cardiovascular disease, having healthy skin, strengthening bones, and improving eye vision.

What Is Liquid Aminos?

Liquid Aminos is a food seasoning that resemble soy sauce in appearance and flavor. It can be made by fermenting salt and water with coconut sap, or an acidic soybean treatment, to break them into free amino acids.

Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks. It contains both essential and non-essential amino acids, which play important roles in the body.

Liquid aminos is naturally vegan and gluten-free. As a result, it has become a popular gluten-free soy sauce replacement. It gives a savory, salty taste to meals. My favorite brand is Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

Garlic Powder

Garlic powder contains a significant number of minerals and antioxidants that aid in the immune system’s strengthening. It can help prevent flu and bacterial infections. Garlic use has also been found to lower the risk of contracting colds and other illnesses in several studies.

Onion Powder

Onion powder is rich in essential vitamins like vitamin B and C, minerals like manganese, calcium, iron, and potassium, and a slew of antioxidants, which are effective in curing a variety of illnesses such as sore throat, high blood sugar, cardiac attacks, fatigue, and even cancer.

How To Make Vegan Brown Gravy

You may be tempted to use store-bought packet gravy, but this homemade recipe is much healthier and tastier. This recipe only takes a few minutes longer to prepare, but the superior flavor and nutrients are well worth the time.

  1. Heat the avocado oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the all-purpose flour and whisk, until the flour starts browning.
  3. Add the nutritional yeast flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, and vegetable broth.
  4. Whisk continuously to prevent clumps. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15–20 minutes, or until thickened.
  5. Serve immediately over mashed potatoes, or something else that requires a delicious, rich, and flavorful gravy.

Tips For Making Vegan Brown Gravy

  • For a thicker consistency, mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder with 2 tablespoons water and whisk into the gravy.
  • If you don’t like avocado oil, you can replace it with coconut oil or other neutral oil.
  • When you leave it on the heat for too long, it will thicken even more than you want. If this occurs, add some water or broth to the pot, and whisk it to thin the gravy out.

Nutrition
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 446 kcal, Carbohydrates: 51.6g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 15.1g, Saturated fat: 3.4g, Sodium: 4226mg, Calcium: 62mg, Potassium: 1407mg, Dietary fiber: 9.6g, Sugar: 3.2g, Iron: 8mg.

What To Eat With Vegan Brown Gravy?

This gravy can be used in a variety of ways:

➔   This goes along with a vegan meatloaf or vegan nut roast.

➔   It goes well with vegan mashed potatoes or cheesy broccoli potato mash, or vegan cauliflower mashed potatoes.

➔   It also pairs well with sweet potato fries and vegan biscuits.

➔   Serve with roasted vegetables or steamed vegetables if you like.

➔   As pasta sauce, gravy is also fantastic.

➔   You will love to serve it over vegan stuffing, breaded tofu, and lentil loaves.

➔   Use this gravy with mushroom roast

➔   and so many others!

How To Store and Freeze Gravy?

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days and reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave. If it becomes too thick when reheating, use a little water to thin it out.

If you want to freeze some, let it cool completely before putting it in a freezer-safe dish. When you’re about to use it, let it thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating as usual.

You’ll enjoy this vegan gravy because it’s…
●      Simple

●      Easy to make and just takes 20-25 minutes

●      Inexpensive

●      Creamy and smooth

●      Delicious on mashed potatoes

●      Flavorful

●      Relaxing

●      Healthy

●      Kid-friendly

●      So tasty!

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 77 kcal / 322 kJ
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 3 g

Cooking Time

  • Cooking: 25 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • For:
  • 12 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the avocado oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the all-purpose flour and whisk, constantly until the flour starts browning, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the nutritional yeast flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, Bragg's Liquid Aminos, and vegetable broth.
  4. Whisk continuously to prevent clumps. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until thickened.
  5. Serve immediately over mashed potatoes, or something else that requires a delicious, rich, and flavorful gravy.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.