You’ve gotta try this velvet-y Healthy Vegan Buffalo Sauce. It’s the perfect balance of spice, creaminess and tang and the best part is, it’s so delicious you won’t believe it’s healthy. I initially created this sauce to make cauliflower buffalo wings, but I soon realized it was delicious not only on cauliflower, but also pasta, salad and even just dipped into with crackers and veg. I ended up with leftover sauce and it was so good, I ate it with just about everything until it was gone!
Here’s the thing–buffalo sauce isn’t usually made with the best of ingredients, and the majority of vegan recipes call for vegan butter. So, I took on the challenge and wanted to create one that was free of added oils, refined sugars, vegan butters AND I made it nut-free too. We’re using just 7 ingredients, with one super secret ingredient… tahini!
You know I love to use tahini in my recipes because it’s velvet-y smooth and a great way to add healthy, whole plant fats to a recipe. It stands in as an excellent alternative to vegan butter, and also adds plant protein and copper. Oh, and before I forget, this recipe takes all of 5 minutes to make.
what’s in this healthy vegan buffalo sauce?
Tahini → This is the base of our recipe, and it adds unbeatable texture, and healthy fat to the sauce. As an alternative, you can use cashew butter!
Hot sauce → Of course, this is an absolute must when making buffalo sauce. Traditionally, Frank’s Red Hot is the most popular, but I like using this brand of healthy hot sauce.
Maple syrup → Sweetness to balance out the spice! I like this liquid sweetener as it’s refined sugar free, and also adds to the smooth texture of our sauce.
Apple cider vinegar → For balance and tang. As a bonus, ACV is wonderful for supporting digestion but if you don’t have ACV, you can opt to use regular vinegar as well.
Lemon → We’re adding acidity and brightness with fresh lemon juice, that also helps to keep the sauce fresh!
Tamari or gluten free soy sauce → This not only adds salt to the recipe, but also adds depth of flavour. You can use regular soy sauce if you’re not gluten free, and liquid aminos also works.
Smoked paprika → Because we need a little bit of that smokey flavour! Feel free to add extra spices of choice.
secrets to success
This recipe is very customizable, and with all sauces, I recommend using my recipe as a baseline, and adjusting by taste. If you prefer a saltier sauce, add more tamari, or salt. If you like it spicier, use a heavier hand with the hot sauce. Want a thinner sauce? Add water to thin. This is your time to make your cooking skills shine! Trust your taste buds.
If you want to turn this into vegan buffalo cauliflower wings, head on over to this recipe for Healthy Tahini Buffalo Cauliflower Wings.
If you try this recipe out, tag me on Instagram @veggiekins so I can see your delicious re-creations and for a chance to be featured! As always, I love when you share your reviews in the comments below, and if you make any fun substitutions, let me know how it worked out below too!
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