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Better Brown Gravy

Better Brown Gravy

Serves: 8

Category: Salads, Dressings, Dips and Sauces

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Turn up the flavor with this tasty gravy. Try it with Dr. Fuhrman’s Mushroom and White Bean Loaf or Cauliflower, Spinach Mashed “Potatoes.”

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1 medium onion, thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon ground dried mushrooms, any variety
2 teaspoons coconut aminos
1 tablespoon Dr. Fuhrman's VegiZest or other no salt seasoning, adjusted to taste
2 cups water
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon dried sage
1/8 teaspoon black pepper


Heat 1/8 cup water in a medium saucepan, add onions and garlic, cover and cook over low heat until onions are soft. (see note)

Add the flour, arrowroot powder, nutritional yeast, dried mushrooms, coconut aminos and VegiZest. Gradually add the water, stirring constantly. While stirring, bring the gravy to a boil and allow it to thicken. Add vinegar, sage and black pepper.

This healthful gravy is wonderful paired with Dr. Fuhrman's Mushroom and White Bean Loaf or Cauliflower, Spinach Mashed "Potatoes".

Note: If you want a gravy with a smoother consistency, blend the cooked onion and garlic in a food processor or high powered blender with 1 cup of water. Reduce remaining water to 1 cup.

Calories 40; Protein 2 g; Carbohydrates 8 g; Sugars 1 g; Total Fat 0.2 g; Saturated Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 40 mg; Fiber 1.4 g; Beta-Carotene 1 ug; Vitamin C 2 mg; Calcium 16 mg; Iron 0.4 mg; Folate 11 ug; Magnesium 14 mg; Potassium 70 mg; Zinc 0.7 mg; Selenium 3.1 ug

Comments (11):



06/22/2008 02:04 PM

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I have been very hungry for gravy but thought that for one to be good it would need an oil. I did two things differently. I pureed the onion and garlic after cooking them with 1 of the cups of water, flour, arrowroot powder and yeast. Also, more seasoning was added and red pepper was added as well.


11/20/2009 04:38 PM

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This gravy is very good. I didn't like the onions in this, it felt too much like french onion soup. So... I vitamixed them. Perfect. Smooth like the gravy we are used too.


06/12/2011 11:28 AM

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This is delicious! I made this to pour over a Lentil Loaf. Just perfect!


04/26/2014 07:37 PM

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Delicious! Great with all sorts of things.

Elaine Garces

05/01/2014 04:40 PM

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This gravy is so delicious. - as are all the gravy recipes on DF website. Thank you!


11/18/2015 10:41 PM

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Can someone direct me to "spinach mashed potatoes" recipe please. Can't find that. Sounds great.

lee and marvin

11/19/2015 12:44 AM

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11/19/2015 07:46 AM

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PNkerry1: are you talking about the Cauliflower, Spinach Mashed Potatoes? If so, it's under Main Dishes, Vegan
This comment was last edited on 11/19/2015 07:46 AM


11/19/2015 08:18 AM

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How does one make this gluten free please?


11/19/2015 08:21 PM

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Dear sweet,
omit the wheat flour. Is arrowroot gluten free? I don't know, but use cashews instead to thicken it and they make a very creamy texture . Especially if whipped at high speed in a vitamix for a few minutes. I've also used hemp seeds or chia seeds to thicken sauces and soups. Instead of flour or other thickeners.I works really well and I don't have to use wheat flour for anything.
By the way, for really fantastic cauliflower mash, add a can of white beans to the mix, wow it's like the real thing and not watery.

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11/19/2017 10:16 AM

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Your comments are very helpful.  I don't want to buy a huge bag of whole wheat flour for three tablespoons, and the cashew substitution sounds better anyway.  Thank you.  


All of us

01/29/2018 11:20 AM

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Thank you Olivia! Your comments are very helpful. I will be using your suggestions.