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Easy Make Ahead Paleo Gravy {paleo + vegan option}

  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups gravy 1x


Easy make ahead paleo gravy! Rich and full of flavor, this gravy is made without any binders or thickeners – perfect for your paleo or vegan table!


  • 1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, avocado oil, coconut oil, or bacon fat
  • 3 cups broth of choice 
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cashews 
  • a few grinds of black pepper 
  • salt to taste 


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat with fat of choice. 
  2. Sauté thinly sliced onions and garlic for about 5-8 minutes, until golden brown and soft. Add a splash of water during cooking if the bottom of the pan gets too dark – like it might start to burn. If the onions burn the flavor of the gravy will be very bitter. 
  3. Add thyme sprigs, cashews and broth to the pan and bring to a boil, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Lower to a simmer and cook for about 12-15 minutes, until liquid has reduced, onions and garlic are very tender, cashews look plump and soft, and thyme is starting to fall apart. 
  4. Remove thyme sprigs and blend everything else in the blender until smooth. 
  5. If the gravy is too thin, return to the saute pan and simmer on low to reduce. Stir frequently, until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Season to taste with salt and serve. 


Can be made ahead and re-heated. Thin with a little more broth if necessary when re-heating.