When I set out to share how to make vegan white sauce with all the new vegan cooks out there I had no clue there were so many different ways to do it. The video just below shows how I grew up watching my grandmother and mother make a white sauce. Only without any of the cruelty filled ingredients.
But when I set out to find a video that demonstrated this simple process I was flabbergasted to learn you can just as easily make your vegan white sauce gluten free too by using potato’s, tofu or cashews as the thickening agent instead of the flour! You may laugh but this was a huge revelation to me. So rather than simply share with you the way I have always made my vegan white sauce I decided to share with you each of these methods.
Simple Vegan White Sauce ~ Bechamel
- Coconut oil or vegan butter
- Coconut milk, almond milk or other veggie milk
You melt some fat in a pan. Shake in some flour. Stir-stir-stir over medium heat so it doesn’t burn and cook it into a rue (which means cook it until the flour doesn’t taste “raw”). Slowly pour in your milk while whisking to avoid lumps. Salt and pepper to taste. POOF! You just made a white sauce!
How To Make Vegan White Sauce ~ Potato Based & Gluten Free
Guys, I have no clue why we never thought to make white sauce in this way before but it’s a real eye opener for me. As you’ll see when you watch this video (or read the overview below) it is ridiculously simple and makes a delicious white sauce for just about any use.
- Coconut milk or other veggie milk
- Steamed or boiled potatoes (we think starchy potatoes like Idaho work best)
This video goes into some detail on how to make your own veggie milk. Don’t let this frighten you. You don’t have to make it yourself. Store bought coconut, almond or other veggie milk works just fine. On the other hand if you want to make your own it is stupid simple as she shows.
Put your steamed potatoes into your blender. Cover with veggie milk and blend until smooth. That makes your white sauce “base”. You can then spice and thin it to taste based on what you are planning to make with it.
Fat Free Vegan White Sauce or Béchamel Sauce
- Tofu (silk or other soft works best)
- Almond or other veggie milk for thinning to desired consistency
This vegan white sauce is totally fat and gluten free. I think of this recipe as more of a “sauce base” than as a sauce in and of itself. But that is a bonus because you can make it in advance and use it to whip up a creamy soup or sauce for veggies or something like stroganoff in a hurry. Keeping this on hand makes for quick meals and we are all in favor of that. Also, recipes don’t get any easier than this one. If you know of one I WANT to know about it. Share in the comments please 🙂
So there you have it, now you know how to make vegan white sauce in three great ways. And don’t forget two of them are gluten free, too! Why not give them all a try and see which one you like best. You may find you like them all and will simply use a different “white sauce base” (as I have come to think about them) for different kinds of dishes. For example, I have come to LOVE the potato based white sauce for cream soups but I keep a batch of the tofu based bechamel in the fridge for making quick cream dishes like creamed peas or to use in place of sour cream.
Do you know how to make vegan white sauce in a way we didn’t cover? We’d love to hear about it. Why don’t you share it in the comments below so we an all learn from your success 🙂