Vegan Hollandaise Sauce (Healthy Recipe) - Elavegan (2024)

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This vegan hollandaise sauce is creamy, silky, and flavorful with just a handful of healthy ingredients and a fool-proof method in minutes. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, and perfect for serving over veggies and a vegan eggs benedict!

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Creamy Healthy Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

While, for many, hollandaise sauce is practically synonymous with eggs benedict, there are actually plenty of other uses for this creamy sauce that are 100% vegan-friendly. Unfortunately, traditional recipes are anything but vegan-friendly. Luckily, this vegan hollandaise sauce is rich and flavorful, and there’s not a single egg (or dairy) in sight!

Instead, this recipe makes hollandaise sauce without eggs, relying on a dairy-free cream base with the classic mustard, white wine (optional), and lemon juice flavorings to hit all the classic notes. I’ve used chickpea flour as a thickener, making this a naturally gluten-free hollandaise sauce, too.

While it may not be an exact match, this easy hollandaise sauce is creamy, silky, and super delicious for all your drizzling, dipping, and spreading needs!

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What Is Hollandaise Sauce?

Hollandaise sauce is a popular French sauce, popularly used to make eggs benedict. It is one of the five French ‘mother sauces’ (meaning it is the base for many other sauce recipes) and first appeared in a French recipe book as far back as the mid-17th century.

Traditionally, Hollandaise sauce is an emulsion-based sauce made with egg yolks, melted butter, lemon juice, or a white wine vinegar reduction. It also has a fairly tricky, technically challenging recipe method that requires careful temperature control.

Luckily, this vegan hollandaise sauce recipe is 100% egg and dairy-free, and it’s also a healthier low-fat recipe, thanks to the lack of copious amounts of butter. Even better, though, this recipe is also fail-proof.

Rather than standing over the stovetop panicking about curdling eggs or the sauce ‘breaking’, this vegan hollandaise sauce is ready in just minutes, whisking together 6 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) and simmering it until thickened. It couldn’t get simpler!

I love to serve mine spooned over cooked asparagus and other veggies, and on the brunch table, but keep reading for all my top serving recommendations for this versatile dairy-free hollandaise.

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The Ingredients

  • Dairy-free cream: I love the creaminess and flavor of oat cream. However, you can use any dairy-free cream, like cashew cream or soy cream.
  • Chickpea flour: Chickpea flour is naturally gluten-free and a great thickener for this dairy-free hollandaise. Check the FAQs for substitutes.
  • Vegetable broth: Use reduced-sodium broth if preferred.
  • Mustard: Use either Dijon mustard or yellow mustard.
  • White wine: If you want to make the vegan hollandaise alcohol-free, add more vegetable broth.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice is best for flavor. For more zing, add a small amount of lemon zest too. Alternatively, use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • Salt & black pepper: Season to taste. Use white pepper if you want the sauce free of speckles.

Optional Additions:

There are several ingredients you can add to this easy vegan sauce recipe for more flavor.

  • Spices: Add extra flavor to this healthy hollandaise sauce with the addition of smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and/or nutmeg. Season to taste.
  • Garlic: You can add fresh garlic, but a pinch of garlic powder will work fine for a very subtle depth and savory flavor.
  • Fresh herbs: Depending on how you plan to serve it, there are several herbs you could add. I.e., chives, dill, tarragon, parsley, etc.
  • Nutritional yeast: For a slightly nutty/cheesy umami flavor and yellow color.
  • Kala namak (black salt): A tiny pinch of kala namak is all you need to provide a slightly eggy flavor to the dairy-free hollandaise.
  • Turmeric: Add turmeric to boost the yellow color. As a bonus, when combining turmeric and black pepper (already in the recipe), you can take advantage of the LONG list of turmeric health benefits!

For thefull ingredients list, measurements, complete recipe method, and nutritional information, read the recipe card below.

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How to Make Vegan Hollandaise Sauce?

Just three simple steps create this easy vegan hollandaise sauce recipe.

  • First, add the dairy-free cream to a small saucepan and whisk in the chickpea flour.
  • Then add the remaining ingredients and stir well again.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for a few minutes until thickened.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust any of the ingredients. i.e., more salt and pepper, white wine, lemon juice, etc. Enjoy!

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Storage Instructions

Fridge: Unlike traditional hollandaise, this vegan hollandaise sauce stores well. Allow it to cool, and then store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Reheat: Reheat the sauce on the stovetop or in a microwave until warm. If it’s too thick, add in a bit of water or plant-based milk.

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Serving Recommendations

There are several ways I love to enjoy this vegan hollandaise sauce, including:

  • Serve over cooked (broiled/ roasted) asparagus
  • Enjoy over an English muffin/ biscuits with the toppings of your choice (tofu scramble, vegan bacon, etc.)
  • Over avocado toast
  • Over stuffed mushrooms
  • Spoon over a baked potato
  • Serve with new potatoes
  • Enjoy a little over small ‘patties’ like hash browns, stuffed potato cakes, and vegetable fritters
  • Enjoy with enchiladas or tacos

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FAQs

Does hollandaise have dairy?

Yes, classic hollandaise sauce is butter-based. It also contains eggs. Luckily, though, this healthy hollandaise sauce recipe is egg and dairy-free.

What is the difference between hollandaise sauce and bearnaise sauce?

While very similar, Béarnaise sauce swaps out lemon juice for white wine and flavors the sauce with tarragon, and shallots.

Can you freeze vegan hollandaise sauce?

I haven’t tried it, though I imagine this vegan sauce would be fine in the freezer for 2-3 months. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then whisk well or blend to bring it back to the correct consistency, adding a small amount of water or plant-based milk if needed.

Can I substitute the chickpea flour?

If you aren’t worried about this being a gluten-free hollandaise sauce, you could use regular flour to create a roux (with dairy-free butter) before adding the dairy-free cream to the mixture.

Alternatively, you could experiment with using cornstarch or potato starch (both gluten-free) to thicken the sauce. Whisk the starch with a little of the liquid to create a slurry before adding them to the sauce to avoid lumps.

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Recipe Notes & Top Tips

  • Adjust the consistency: If you want a thicker or thinner sauce, add more flour (thicker) or more cream or broth (thinner).
  • Experiment with vegan creams: Different options will have different flavors and consistencies, so you may want to experiment to find your favorite option.
  • Tweak the ingredients to your liking: Add more or less lemon, mustard, salt, etc., to taste.

More Vegan Sauce Recipes

  • Avocado basil pesto
  • Yum Yum sauce
  • Homemade hoisin sauce
  • Vegan tzatziki sauce
  • Keto BBQ sauce
  • Easy peanut sauce
  • Creamy tahini dressing
  • Chinese garlic sauce
  • Vegan cheese sauce

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Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

Author: Michaela Vais

This vegan hollandaise sauce is creamy, silky, and flavorful with just a handful of healthy ingredients and a fool-proof method in minutes. It's gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, and perfect for serving over veggies and a vegan eggs benedict!

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Course Sauce

Cuisine French

Servings 4

Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup (160 g) dairy-free cream (see notes)
  • 2 Tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable broth
  • Salt, pepper, sugar to taste
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1-2 Tbsp white wine (see notes)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • You can watch the short video for visual instructions.

    First, add the dairy-free cream to a small saucepan and whisk in the chickpea flour.

  • Then add the remaining ingredients and stir well again.

  • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for a few minutes until thickened.

  • Taste the sauce and adjust any of the ingredients. i.e., more salt and pepper, white wine, lemon juice, etc. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Dairy-free cream: I used oat cream (Oatly), but any dairy-free cream is fine.
  • Whine wine: You can use more veggie broth instead.
  • For an even richer sauce, you can also add 2 tablespoons of vegan butter or oil.

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

Amount per Serving

Calories

80

% Daily Value*

Fat

5

g

8

%

Sodium

127

mg

5

%

Potassium

37

mg

1

%

Carbohydrates

5

g

2

%

Fiber

1

g

4

%

Sugar

1

g

1

%

Protein

1

g

2

%

Vitamin A

65

IU

1

%

Vitamin C

1

mg

1

%

Calcium

2

mg

%

Iron

1

mg

6

%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information is an estimate and has been calculated automatically

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