The BEST Vegan Sausage Gravy

Nothing goes better over biscuits than a classic sausage gravy, and this is the BEST vegan sausage gravy there is! It has all of the flavor and texture but no meat, butter, or even flour! This vegetarian breakfast gravy recipe is also easily made oil-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. It is just pure magic and the perfect meatless country gravy for a cozy plate of plant-based biscuits and gravy!


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True story: I’ve never actually had sausage gravy. However, I know this dairy-free gravy recipe is every bit as good as the original because I’ve served it to plenty of people who HAVE had and loved sausage gravy, and they are all shocked by how good it is!

Mainly, my mom. I actually made this recipe on a whim one day when she was coming over for brunch. When I told her about it, she exclaimed “I LOVE sausage gravy!” (which was a total surprise to me by the way.) 

What a happy accident! When my mom tried this meat-free sausage gravy poured over our vegan biscuits, she loved it so much she literally licked the plate clean. And if you knew my mom, you’d know that’s a rarity and enormous compliment. Now, this easy breakfast gravy is a staple in our mother-daughter brunches (along with sparkling rose!).

This veggie sausage gravy recipe is a lot like our 3-ingredient cashew gravy, except we use sunflower seeds instead of cashews to make the creamy base. And of course, we added some freshly browned vegan sausage to the whole thing for the perfect texture match. Just magical overall!

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Head-on photo of a biscuit cut in half topped with vegetarian sausage gravy and a sprinkle of minced herbs. There's a pile of biscuits in 3 stacked plates in the background.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • There’s no butter or flour involved. No need to make a roux! We’re going to use a blender or food processor to make a sunflower cream that will take the place of butter, flour, and milk!
  • It’s so good. I know that sounds trite and maybe not very convincing, but it’s true. In the realm of flavor parties, this ranks high in my Top 10.
  • It is SO easy to make. Using store-bought vegan sausage and requiring little to no cook-down time, this vegan sausage gravy is easy enough to throw together on a Sunday morning in your pjs while drinking a coffee and chatting with guests.

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Ingredients in Meatless Sausage Gravy

For the sunflower cream, you’ll need:

For the rest of the gravy:

  • Olive oil – Optional, for browning the sausage. You can also just use a non-stick pan or cast iron skillet.
  • Vegan sausage patties – The flavor and texture of your gravy will vary depending on what vegan sausage patties you use. Brands we’ve tried and loved: Gardein, Ozo, MorningStar. I also think they’d be good with Jack and Annie’s or Meatless Farms, Beyond Meat, and Impossible, but we haven’t tried those yet.
  • Red pepper flakes – Optional, for some spicy!

MAKE IT GLUTEN-FREE: To keep this recipe gluten-free, make sure you’re using a gluten-free vegan sausage. We recommend Jack and Annie’s or Beyond Meat!

MAKE IT OIL-FREE: To make this oil-free, saute the vegan sausage in water or a non-stick skillet. You’ll also want to use a low-oil or no-oil vegan sausage. Admittedly, this is fairly hard to find in stores. If you have a recommendation, please leave it in the comments!

Close up overhead shot of meatless breakfast gravy in a cast iron pan being stirred by a wooden spoon.

How to Serve Plant-Based Breakfast Gravy

Serve this meatless gravy hot over our flaky vegan herb biscuits or homestyle waffles and enjoy! 

How to Store Leftover Vegetarian Country Gravy

FRIDGE OR FREEZER: Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week or the freezer for up to 8 weeks. 

TO REHEAT: When reheating, you will need to whisk in more water, as the gravy thickens considerably as it sits. The flavor also deepens as it sits, so you shouldn’t need to add more seasoning. 

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Close up overhead shot of meatless breakfast gravy in a cast iron pan being stirred by a wooden spoon.

Easy Vegan Sausage Gravy

Brittany Roche
Nothing goes better over biscuits than a classic sausage gravy, and this is the BEST vegan sausage gravy there is! It has all of the flavor and texture but no meat, butter, or even flour! This vegetarian breakfast gravy recipe is also easily made oil-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. It is just pure magic and the perfect meatless country gravy for a cozy plate of plant-based biscuits and gravy!
4.89 from 9 votes
Course Vegan Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the sunflower cream:

For the rest of the gravy:

Instructions
 

  • PREP THE SUNFLOWER CREAM: Add all the ingredients for the sunflower cream to your high-speed and heat-safe blender or food processor. Cover with the lid and let this sit while you cook the sausage. This will soften the sunflower seeds and make an even smoother cream.
  • COOK THE SAUSAGE: Heat the optional oil in a non-stick or cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add the chopped sausage and cook for 7-10 minutes to brown. Then, turn off the heat while you make the sunflower cream.
  • BLEND THE SUNFLOWER CREAM: Next, cover and blend all the ingredients for the sunflower cream, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed, until the mixture is completely smooth and creamy.
  • BRING IT TOGETHER: Return the skillet with the sausage to medium low heat and pour in the sunflower cream. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and stir until totally combined. If the texture is good for you at this stage and the gravy is warmed through, turn off the heat. If it’s too thick, add another 2 Tbsp of water at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. If it’s too thin for you, continue to cook the gravy on low heat, stirring, often until your desired texture is reached.
  • SERVE: Serve this vegan gravy over our vegan herb biscuits or homestyle waffles and enjoy! See notes for storage and reheating instructions.

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Notes

  • SAUSAGE OPTIONS: The flavor and texture of your gravy will vary depending on what vegan sausage patties you use. Brands we know and trust: Ozo, Gardein, Meatless Farm, Jack and Annie’s, Beyond Meat, MorningStar, and Impossible. 
  • GLUTEN-FREE: To keep this recipe gluten-free, make sure you’re using a gluten-free vegan sausage. We recommend Jack and Annie’s or Beyond Meat!
  • SUNFLOWER SEED OPTIONS: If you don’t have or can’t use sunflower seeds, try cashews or hulled hemp seeds instead!
  • OIL-FREE: To make this oil-free, saute the vegan sausage in water or a non-stick skillet. You’ll also want to use a low-oil or no-oil vegan sausage. Admittedly, this is fairly hard to find. If you have a recommendation, please leave it in the comments!
  • LEFTOVERS: Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week or the freezer for up to 8 weeks. When reheating, you will need to whisk in more water, as the gravy thickens considerably as it sits. The flavor also deepens as it sits, so you shouldn’t need to add more seasoning. 
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 1gCalories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 8gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 1572mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g
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    10 Comments

    1. Hello and thank you for this recipe. My experience with sunflower seeds is they are more gritty when blended than cashews. Is the taste of sunflower seeds better for this recipe? Cashews tend to have a sweeter flavor.
      1. Hi, Mimi! If you blend the sunflower seeds enough they do lose their grittiness. We like the sunflower seeds for this precisely because they're a little less sweet, but cashews would totally work. Thanks for reaching out; hope this helps.
    2. Oh my goodness, this was fabulous! I made it with what I had on hand, so I did use cashews, and added a little extra seasoning from your recipe for sausage style walnut meat: just a little sprinkle of the following things liquid smoke, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and a sprinkle of sage. I ate it over some whole wheat bread I toasted in the toaster. I can’t believe how fabulously delicious this is! Thank you so much. Your recipes are always amazing!
    3. Wah! I literally can not buy vegan sausages where I live anymore! It's VERY sad. I have tried making my own seitan versions and they are "okay" but nothing like the delicious spicy Fieldroast Chipotle ones I used to use and add to lots of dishes. I read one of your readers comments though and realized that duh! Of course I could make chorizo walnut meat and then just use THAT! I'm Canadian and "biscuits and sausage gravy" are NOT a "thing" we typically do but it sure sounds interesting. Will try one Sunday brunch! Thanks!
      1. You could totally do that! You might also want to bake the walnut chorizo at a low heat for 20-30 minutes before adding it to the gravy. That will help the flavor adhere better. Let us know how it goes if you try it!
    4. As Brittany's Mom, I can tell you folks... These vegan biscuits and sausage gravy that B & T make for me every Mother's Day is the BEST biscuit & sausage gravy I have ever tasted. And I have had this dish down South, where, I believe, the non-vegan recipe originated. PS: Oh Yay - I'm glad B mentioned she also serving a nice sparkling rose' !

      5 stars

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