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Easy Vegan Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce)

Classic creamy vegan béchamel is a white sauce used for a variety of dishes like vegan lasagna, moussaka, pasta, mac’n’cheese, gratin, as well as savory crepes, galettes and roasted veggies. This easy recipe will take you no more than 10 minutes to make!

Vegan bechamel in a saucepan with a spoon.

If you are looking for a dairy free white sauce, I’ve got a perfect recipe for you.

Incredibly creamy, savory, cheesy sauce made with a handful of ingredients within minutes.

Enjoy it for your favorite veganized classic dishes like vegan lasagna, pasta or gratin.

Why This Vegan Béchamel Recipe Is The Best:

  • easy;
  • requires just a few staple ingredients;
  • whole food;
  • vegan (and vegetarian);
  • dairy-free;
  • can be made gluten-free (see notes);
  • can be made nut-free (see notes);
  • healthy;
  • nutritious;
  • contains plant-based protein;
  • versatile;
  • savory;
  • cheesy;
  • freezable;
  • delicious.

This vegan white sauce is as close to the real thing as it can get.

This sauce is a perfect base for vegan hollandaise, vegan cheese sauce, vegan queso or Mornay sauce.

Upgrade it with your favorite flavors, like garlic, spices, chili, herbs, roasted garlic or mustard to make it extra special.

Vegan white sauce in a saucepan.

Ingredients

  • olive oil;
  • flour;
  • almond milk;
  • nutmeg;
  • nutritional yeast;
  • salt.

While most of vegan béchamel recipes call for vegan butter or margarine, I found that using olive oil produces same results without the danger of using palm oil, that vegan butter often contains.

You can use your favorite non-dairy milk like oat, almond, soy or cashew milk (see recipe variations).
Ingredients for vegan bechamel sauce.

How to Make Vegan White Sauce

To see quick step-by-step directions, check this vegan bechamel web story.

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk continuously for about 1 minute until bubbling.

Add warm almond milk and continue whisking until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency (usually a few minutes after the boiling point). This will take up to 5 minutes.

Keep in mind that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools down.

Add nutritional yeast, nutmeg and salt and stir to combine. Enjoy!

Dripping dairy-free bechamel sauce.

Serving Options

Use vegan béchamel sauce for vegan lasagna, moussaka, pasta, mac’n’cheese, gratin, savory crepes, galettes and roasted veggies.

Alternatively, use it as a base for a vegan cheese sauce, vegan queso, Mornay sauce or vegan hollandaise.

Let me know how you ended up using this vegan white sauce in the comments below 🙂

Vegan Eggplant Lasagna on a Plate.

Cook’s Tips

  • This creamy dreamy vegan béchamel sauce is as close to the real thing as it can get.
  • It is made with a handful of staple ingredients and doesn’t require more than 10 minutes to make.
  • While most of vegan béchamel recipes call for vegan butter or margarine, I found that using olive oil produces same results without the danger of using palm oil, that vegan butter often contains.
  • For the most silky consistency, use warm milk. Just microwave it shortly before using.
  • You don’t have to brown the roux. Start adding milk when it is bubbling.
  • To avoid lumps, add the milk gradually to the roux and whisk consistently.
  • To thicken the sauce, gradually add more flour to it. To thin it up, add more milk.
  • Store the sauce in the fridge for up to 3 days. As it cools down, a layer of skin will form and the sauce will get thicker. Add some milk to thin it up when you reheat it in a saucepan.
  • To freeze the sauce, let it cool and transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw it overnight, then reheat in a saucepan with a bit of plant-based milk until it reaches the right consistency. Blend it in case there are lumps.
  • Use vegan béchamel sauce for vegan pot pie, vegan lasagna, moussaka, pasta, mac’n’cheese, gratin, savory crepes, galettes, roasted veggies or a base for a vegan cheese sauce, vegan queso, Mornay sauce or vegan hollandaise.

Vegan white sauce in a sauce pitcher.

Recipe Variations

  • Upgrade the sauce with your favorite flavors, like garlic, spices, chili, herbs, roasted garlic or mustard.
  • Use your favorite non-dairy milk like oat, rice, soy or cashew milk. If you have nut intolerance, use oat, rice or soy milk.
  • To make it gluten-free, use gluten free flour blend or 1.5 tbsp rice flour and 1.5 tbsp tapioca flour.
  • For a soy-free version, skip the nutritional yeast.

A spoonful vegan bechamel sauce.

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Easy Vegan Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce)

If you are looking for creamy vegan béchamel sauce, try this tried-and-true white sauce recipe, used for a variety of vegan classic dishes like vegan lasagna, moussaka, pasta, mac'n'cheese, gratin, as well as savory crepes, galettes and roasted veggies. This easy recipe will take you no more than 10 minutes to make!
Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine French
Keyword dairy free bechamel, dairy free bechamel sauce, dairy free white sauce, vegan bechamel, vegan bechamel recipe, vegan bechamel sauce, vegan white sauce
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 67kcal
$3

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk continuously for about 1 minute until bubbling.
  • Add warm almond milk and continue whisking until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency (usually a few minutes after the boiling point). This will take up to 5 minutes. Keep in mind that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools down.
  • Add nutritional yeast, nutmeg, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Enjoy!

Notes

Cook’s Tips

  • This creamy dreamy vegan béchamel sauce is as close to the real thing as it can get.
  • It is made with a handful of staple ingredients and doesn't require more than 10 minutes to make.
  • While most of vegan béchamel recipes call for vegan butter or margarine, I found that using olive oil produces same results without the danger of using palm oil, that vegan butter often contains.
  • For the most silky consistency, use warm milk. Just microwave it shortly before using.
  • You don't have to brown the roux. Start adding milk when it is bubbling.
  • To avoid lumps, add the milk gradually to the roux and whisk consistently.
  • To thicken the sauce, gradually add more flour to it. To thin it up, add more milk.
  • Store the sauce in the fridge for up to 3 days. As it cools down, a layer of skin will form and the sauce will get thicker. Add some milk to thin it up when you reheat it in a saucepan.
  • To freeze the sauce, let it cool and transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw it overnight, then reheat in a saucepan with a bit of plant-based milk until it reaches the right consistency. Blend it in case there are lumps.
  • Use vegan béchamel sauce for vegan pot pie, vegan lasagna, moussaka, pasta, mac'n'cheese, gratin, savory crepes, galettes, roasted veggies or a base for a vegan cheese sauce, vegan queso, Mornay sauce or vegan hollandaise.

Recipe Variations

  • Upgrade the sauce with your favorite flavors, like garlic, spices, chili, herbs, roasted garlic or mustard.
  • Use your favorite non-dairy milk like oat, rice, soy or cashew milk. If you have nut intolerance, use oat, rice or soy milk.
  • To make it gluten-free, use gluten free flour blend or 1.5 tbsp rice flour and 1.5 tbsp tapioca flour.
  • For a soy-free version, skip the nutritional yeast.

Equipment

saucepan
whisk
measuring spoons

Nutrition

Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 0.2mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.01g | Calcium: 0.5mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Vegan Bechamel Sauce Pinterest Pin.
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Hilton

Friday 6th of January 2023

Is there a substitute for the nutritional yeast? It’s a trigger for us gout sufferers.

Elena Szeliga

Friday 6th of January 2023

You can use a mixture of onion and garlic powder instead of the nutritional yeast. Please let me know how it turned out if you decide to give it a try :)

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About Elena Szeliga

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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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