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two types of gluten free bechamel sauce in white bowls, one is yellower due to nutritional yeast
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Gluten Free Bechamel Sauce (Vegan)

Easy creamy bechamel sauce recipe that is gluten free, dairy free and vegan.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: French
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 583kcal
Author: Janelle Hama




  • Over medium heat, melt vegan butter
  • Add gluten free flour and stir through, until it has combined with the vegan butter
  • Add in ¼ of the plant based milk and stir through well. Rid clumps by stirring consistently. Repeat this step three more times until all milk has been used.
  • During the third time the milk has been added, stir through nutmeg, salt and optional nutritional yeast.
  • Once bechamel sauce has a thick and creamy consistency, it's ready.



Heat should not be higher than a low-medium heat, this is a delicate sauce to cook.
Cooking flour out with the butter is essential to rid of any graininess of the gluten free flour. As this is a gluten free flour, it will behave differently to wheat flour. It will not spread out but rather clump together. Just keep stirring.
Do not brown the roux (gf flour and vegan butter) mixture
Use cold milk for a silky smooth consistency, this is how I was taught in cooking class and it has always worked
Adding in a ¼ of plant milk at a time helps to work and whisk the vegan béchamel sauce ensuring there are no lumps
Use a thick bottom saucepan/pot this will help retain heat when taking it off the burner to whisk and smooth out
Thickening vegan béchamel can be achieved by adding more or less dairy free milk and gluten free flour. Do this with little amounts of any of the above at a time.
As this gluten free béchamel sauce cools down, a layer of skin will form on top, this is normal.
Nutritional yeast can be added when adding the nutmeg and salt. You can add as much as you like to suit your desired taste
Dijon Mustard can be added to give this vegan pasta white sauce a little sharpness, start by adding in a ½ teaspoon and adjusting from there.
Serving suggestions
Use this vegan béchamel sauce in a gluten-free vegan lasagna (I love it as it makes the best vegan lasagna white sauce), mushroom spaghetti or within your favourite pasta bake or vegetable bake.
Looking for another vegan pudding recipe? Try Muhallabi or for another cold healthy vegan dessert try mango sorbet.
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N.B., nutrition info is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. This will vary based on the specific ingredients you use


Serving: 1g | Calories: 583kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3429mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1911IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 753mg | Iron: 3mg