Feb 03, 2014

Savory Bean Gravy. Vegan and Oil-free!

Hello beautiful readers! I’ve been absent from your inbox for a few days. It’s good to be back! And I am super excited to share this fabulous and nutritious gravy idea with you. Why I never thought of this before is a mystery to me. It’s such a simple recipe and it’s more delicious than any brown gravy I’ve ever had! PLUS, it’s made with beans for an extra heapin’ helpin’ of nutrients.

Most gravies are loaded with oil and thickened with flour. Forget those health-stealing culprits. All you need is love… I mean BEANS! Sorry. I know I can be corny sometimes. Anyway, without further ado or silliness, here is the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup red beans (pinto, adzuki, kidney or any other red bean will work)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 TBS sweet white miso
  • 1 TBS Spike salt-free all purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp Bragg Organic Sprinkle (or sub 1 tsp ground thyme)
  • 2 tsp dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 TBS nutritional yeast

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Warm in a saucepan.
  • Serve!
Hello, perfect gravy! No thickeners needed. No oil needed. Yeah, it’s good.

Makes about 2 cups. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

20 responses to “Savory Bean Gravy. Vegan and Oil-free!”

  1. This is a simply awesome idea. ie simple and awesome. I have a nut / lentil / tofu / bean loaf in the freezer I made with my not terribly top secret anymore recipe a couple of weeks ago. Going to have to try this gravy to go with it.

  2. Sarah says:

    All I can figure out to say right now is that you are a genious! It's not nearly accurate enough, but you have me tongue tied!

  3. Helyn says:

    Well thank you Sarah! šŸ™‚

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi, thanks for this and other great recipes. I am allergic to soy, can you tell me what the miso does for this gravy, is it for flavor or consistency? Thanks so much.

  5. Helyn says:

    You're welcome! The miso is for flavor. You could use chickpea miso which most health food stores have and is soy free. Hope this helps!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi Helyn! I'm so excited to see a bean-based gravy because my hubby doesn't like mushrooms and most vegan/plant based gravies are mushroom-based. Looking forward to making this! P.S. I tried to make the apple/mushroom sausages with oats instead of soy curls and the taste and consistency were definitely off. Maybe it was me but based on how they turned out I don't think I would make them again, just an FYI!
    -Laura

  7. Helyn says:

    Thanks Laura! Yes, I'm not surprised about the sausages. The soy curls really make them what they are.. Sorry they didn't turn out well for you using the oats!

  8. Kath says:

    I can only buy barley miso (in England) which tastes horrible to me. Any suggestions for subs?

  9. Helyn says:

    You could sub with some tamari or any other low-sodium soy sauce.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much, I have never heard of chickpea miso but will find it asap!

  11. Helyn says:

    You're welcome! šŸ™‚

  12. Helyn – this is down right fantastic! LOVE this idea.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely wonderful! Best gravy recipe I've tried anywhere. Thank you so much for all you do to make whole food eating delicious.

  14. Helyn says:

    (((big smile)))ā€¦ you're welcome!

  15. Mine didn't look the same colour but it was really tasty. Going to have to share this recipe with mum as healthy gravy alternative to the massel instant vegan one she uses for us. I think it would work equally with lentils instead of beans. I think I would leave out the miso though as a bit salty. I don't have the spike seasoning so used mixed herbs which worked well. I made a mac / cheese dish for the kids once on hols using a thinned down red lentil dahl mixed with some cheese (would work fine with nooch though too) – I liked it better than the flour version of roux / chs sauce.

    Going to perhaps try the left over gravy as a salad dressing. Maybe thinned a bit??

  16. Helyn says:

    Yes, I'm sure it would work well with lentils. And depending on which bean you use I guess the color could vary greatly. Salad dressing? There's an idea!!

  17. You're a genius!!! I was just wondering what I was gonna do for gravy, now that I've given up gluten. I can hardly wait to try it!

  18. Helyn says:

    Awesome, Dave! Let me know how you like it šŸ™‚

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