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If you are looking for a homemade vegan gravy that is sure to be enjoyed by all this Thanksgiving, then look no further! It’s quick and easy to make and sure to be a crowd-pleaser for holidays, special occasions and even weeknight dinners!

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Can we all agree that gravy is an all-time favorite condiment to slather on everything? Although we automatically associate this magic sauce with holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, it can also be used at any occasion (or no occasion at all).

It’s best paired with the classic mashed potatoes but would also go so well with some bean burgers, roasted vegetables, mini pot pies, or these perfect fluffy breakfast biscuits

Your next Thanksgiving dinner (or any meal) will be extra tasty with this tasty quick vegan gravy. 

Normally traditional gravy is cooked with a meat-based stock, but we made this vegan version with veggie bouillon and it tastes amazing!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Very quick to make.
  • Plant-based and vegan-friendly (meatless!)
  • Great for special occasions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Inexpensive to make.
  • So flavorful!

What Goes Into This Recipe

Making this veggie gravy is so easy and uses only a handful of simple ingredients. You might even have all you need already in your kitchen!

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  • Water and vegetable bouillon: This combination works perfectly for this simple vegan gravy recipe, but you can also use vegetable broth if desired.
  • Vegetable oil: Any medium-heat healthy vegetable oil works to cook the onion and make the roux for the gravy.
  • Yellow onion: Just a bit to add more flavor.
  • All-purpose flour: Used to thicken the gravy. You can also use a gluten-free flour such as brown rice flour to make a gluten-free gravy.
  • Salt & Pepper: To season the gravy.

How To Make Easy Vegan Gravy

Here’s an overview of the steps to make this easy vegan gravy recipe. Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions!

  • 1) Start by either boiling or microwaving the water and bouillon cube until it’s a well-combined broth, then set it aside.
  • 2) In a small pot over medium heat, add the vegetable oil and onions and saute until the onions become translucent and tender. Lower to a simmer, add the flour, and stir until your roux has a smooth consistency.
  • 3) Add the broth, salt, and pepper, and stir over low heat until it thickens.

Expert Tips 

  • Whisking is the key to smooth out the flour.
  • Make sure you allow your onions time to cook for added flavor.
  • Looking to add something more to your vegetable gravy? Consider throwing in some diced mushrooms or minced celery for a chunkier gravy.
  • Season with smoked paprika if you are looking for a smoky flavor.

FAQs

Can you freeze vegan gravy?

Sure thing! You can freeze the leftover sauce in an airtight container and it will keep for about 3 months. Once you’re ready to use again, just thaw the container in your fridge overnight and reheat in a pan (remember to stir while reheating it). It might get thicker over time so feel free to thin it out with some more stock or just a bit of plant-based milk. Also, consider freezing this gravy into small portions in ice cube trays.

Is this a light or dark gravy?

One thing to keep in mind is that the brand of vegetable bouillon you use in this recipe will have an impact on the final color of the sauce. If you use a lighter cube, then the final product will be lighter, and if you use a dark one, it will be darker. It seems very simple but it’s important to know this before you start.

Does vegan gravy reheat well?

It does! It may get congealed in the fridge, but once you heat it up it will loosen up again.

Can I make this simple gravy gluten-free?

Sure thing! Use brown rice flour instead of all-purpose flour to yield a gluten-free option of this vegan gravy.

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How to Serve Homemade Vegetarian Gravy

The great thing about this made-from-scratch gravy is that it is perfect for whatever you would normally put gravy on! (especially your yummy Thanksgiving recipes!)

  • Sweet Potatoes: You might automatically think of pouring gravy on regular mashed potatoes, but consider using this simple gravy on sweet potatoes as well for the perfect mix of sweet and savory!
  • Stuffing: Gravy is simply delicious on top of this popular side dish.
  • Biscuits: Try your hand at a plant-based version of biscuits and gravy or for something a little different pair them with these butternut squash biscuits.
  • Green Beans: A super simple holiday side dish, these beans are quick and zesty. These greens bean fries are a great option as well!
  • French Fries: Serve them up with your favorite fries as a dip or drizzled over the top.

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Easy Vegan Gravy

4.97 from 56 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 1.5 cups
If you are looking for a homemade vegan gravy that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser this Thanksgiving, then look no further! It’s quick and easy to make and sure to be a crowd pleaser for holidays, special occasions and even weeknight dinners!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 vegetarian bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • cup of diced yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Start by either boiling or microwaving the water and bouillon cube until it's a well-combined broth, then set it aside.
  • In a small pot over medium-heat, add the vegetable oil and onions and saute until the onions become translucent tender. Lower to a simmer, add the flour, and stir until your roux has a smooth consistency.
  • Add the broth, salt, and pepper, and stir over low heat until it thickens.

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Notes

  • Whisking is the key to smooth out the flour.
  • Make sure you allow your onions time to cook for added flavor.
  • Looking to add something more to your vegetable gravy? Consider throwing in some diced mushrooms or minced celery for a chunkier gravy.
  • Season with smoked paprika if you are looking for a smoky flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gSodium: 488mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 0.3IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

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Additional Info

Author: Toni Okamoto
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Method: Stove
Diet: Vegan
Keywords: asian plant-based, better than from a can, dairy free thanksgiving, easy vegan gravy, fast. quick, from scratch, Gluten-free Zucchini Bread, holidays, homemade, how to make gravy, meatless gravy, vegan gravy, vegan gravy recipe, vegetable gravy
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