This Vegan Bechamel Sauce is super creamy, quick to make, and delicious.
Back in my Gastronomy Master, the Chef used to say that no cook should call himself a cook if he can not make a perfect bechamel sauce eye's wide shot!
I also think that mastering a Bechamel sauce is a skill that everyone should master. You can use this sauce for various dishes, such as pasta, lasagna, casseroles, and any other dish that needs a creamy and saucy component, such as this Vegan Eggplant Involtini.
To make a traditional Bechamel Sauce, you need
- vegan butter
- wheat flour
See quantities and full instructions in the recipe card.
Optionally you can add Pepper, preferably White Pepper, so the Sauce looks White, without black spots.
I am making a vegan bechamel sauce with extra virgin olive oil (you can also use vegan butter or margarine), chickpea flour, fresh almond milk, nutmeg, pepper, and salt.
You can optionally add Nutritional Yeast to add some Dairy Flavor that the traditional milk delivers.
Feel free to use black pepper (as I did) when the sauce goes into another preparation, and you don't need a pure white sauce.
You can use any other plant-based milk, always choosing a creamy one. You just need to replace the plant milk with the same quantity.
I also like adding nutritional yeast. It contributes to the "dairy-like" flavor we are used to getting from a traditional dairy-based bechamel sauce.
Adding Nutritional Yeast to your diet is a good idea
According to WebMed, nutritional yeast is rich in nutrients often lacking from vegetarian and vegan diets. It’s also free of gluten, soy, and sugar, making it an excellent dietary addition for people with food sensitivities. However, research shows that its nutritional content can benefit any diet.
This bechamel with almond milk is the one that I use to make other dishes such as
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Recipe: Vegan Bechamel Sauce Recipe
- Start making the bechamel by melting the vegan butter or adding the olive oil on a saucepan and adding the flour.2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 8 tablespoons chickpeas flour
- When it starts to brown, cook it for 1 minute more and add the vegetable milk.4 cups almond milk
- Stir with a whisk until it starts to get creamy. Add the nutritional yeast, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon Fine sea salt, pinch Pepper
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