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Easy Make Ahead Paleo Gravy {paleo + vegan option}

  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup / 4 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy make ahead Whole30 gravy is made with no flour, silky smooth, and perfectly seasoned. The best gravy for everyone at your table that’s also super easy to make! Gluten free, Whole30, paleo, and vegan option. Can easily be doubled to serve a larger crowd.


  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups broth
  • 2 or 3 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews 
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sauté the onions and garlic. In a large skillet warm olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add diced onions and garlic and cook for about 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender and starting to caramelize. If the bottom of the pan starts to get too dark during cooking turn down the heat and add a few tablespoons of water and scrape up the caramelized bits. The water will evaporate and keep the onions from burning. This is a great trick to keep in your back pocket for all kinds of recipes!
  2. Simmer the gravy. Add thyme sprigs, cashews and broth to the pan and bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Lower to a simmer and cook for about 10-12 minutes, until liquid has reduced by almost half and the cashews look plump and soft. Remove thyme sprigs and discard.
  3. Blend until smooth. Transfer the contents of the skillet to a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  4. Reduce if needed. If the gravy seems a bit too thin, return to the skillet on low to simmer and reduce slightly, stirring frequently so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately or cool and store until ready to use.


This recipe is easily doubled to serve 8 instead of 4 people.

The best way to reheat this gravy is on the stove top. Generally speaking, cashew based sauces retain the best texture when heated on a low temperature and stirred frequently. I like to use a whisk when re-heating but a flat ended wooden spatula will also work!

If you want to reheat in the microwave do so at 30 seconds intervals, stopping to stir in between, until warmed through.

This gravy will keep in the refrigerator for 5-6 days in a sealed container.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: thanksgiving, christmas, holiday, comfort food, potatoes, gravy, whole30, paleo, flourless, gluten free, vegan, cashews, thyme