Spicy, classic vegan buffalo sauce that goes with everything. This recipe is made without butter for a delicious whole foods option for those that want it!
Hot sauce is on my list of top faves. And buffalo sauce is on the top of my list of top faves. This recipe is made with all whole foods, and super easy, in a blender!
Vegan Buffalo Sauce
I really can’t think of anything that you can’t smother with buffalo sauce. Pizza? Yep. Lasagna? SO good. Tacos, burritos, wraps, sandwiches….the list goes on! Most recently, I loved my trial of a bagel smothered with my new Vegan Cream Cheese Recipe and drizzled with this buffalo sauce!
Can Vegans eat buffalo sauce?
It all depends on the brand or recipe! Some buffalo sauces are vegan, but some contain dairy. This means it’s important to read the ingredient list carefully to ensure the one you’re grabbing has no dairy in the ingredients.
Is Frank’s Red Hot Wings sauce vegan?
Don’t let the “natural butter type flavor” in the description fool you, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce IS vegan! So feel free to grab up a bottle if you need something quick. But this recipe is super easy and even more delicious!
What is buffalo flavor?
Traditionally, buffalo flavor is a combination of butter and hot sauce! It’s used on things from chicken wings to dips. My Baked Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip is the perfect way to use it!
Is hot sauce the same as buffalo sauce?
Nope, even though they are both spicy, they are not the same! Hot sauce is simply some combination of hot pepper, salt, and vinegar. If you add butter to the hot sauce, that would get you buffalo sauce.
How it came about
Buffalo sauce originated in Buffalo, New York at a family owned restaurant called Anchor Bar. The owners received chicken wings instead of the chicken they ordered. So because they didn’t want them to go to waste, they mixed them up with some spicy sauce and served them.
They became a hit but didn’t really take off until the Buffalo Bills went to the Super Bowl, four years in a row (1990-1993), and the media featured the spicy wings.
What is Buffalo sauce made of?
Traditionally, buffalo sauce is a combination of hot sauce and butter, along with some other spices and seasonings. It’s pretty easy to create a vegan version but simply using vegan butter. But I needed to take it a step further (always bucking the system!).
So as I was looking at the ingredients in one of my favorite vegan butters, it hit me. I was going to replace the creamy butter with just the right amount of cashews and water!
It turned out incredible, so this vegan buffalo sauce recipe without butter was born! Here are the ingredients that came together for this perfection:
- Hot sauce
- Maple syrup
- White vinegar
- Soy sauce/tamari
- Lemon juice
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic powder
Tips for how to store
You can keep this sauce for up to one month in the refrigerator after making it. You’ll want to give it a good shake before using it in case anything has separated although it should be good.
Here are some of my favorite storage containers to keep this perfect for each use!
Where to use it
Here are some of my favorite recipes that use this amazing sauce!
- Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
- Baked Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
- Buffalo Chickpea Tacos
- Buffalo Chickpea Burgers
- Pistachio Buffalo Cream
How To Make Vegan Buffalo Sauce
- Put everything into a blender and blend until nice and smooth.
- Eat on everything!
How to make buffalo sauce less spicy
Since the base of buffalo sauce is hot sauce, this will be a spicy sauce. But some people can take less spice than others (ahem husband). If you find that you love buffalo sauce, but want a touch less heat, here are a few things you can do:
- add more vinegar
- add more of the cashew/water mixture (or butter if using the butter option)
- Add more lemon juice
- Add a touch more maple syrup
Homemade Vegan Buffalo Sauce (without butter)
- Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until nice and smooth.
- When done, store in an air tight container in the fridge and enjoy!
- Soak your cashews overnight if you don’t have a highspeed blender. If you forget to soak your cashews, you could boil them for about 30 minutes. You can also grind the dry cashews into a fine powder with a coffee or spice grinder.
- For the butter version, simple substitute the cashews and water with ½ cup vegan butter. You can blend on high to help melt the butter, or make this in a sauce pan instead and cook on the stove.
- This makes 1 1/2 cups sauce. Serving size is 2 tablespoons.
- Soak cashews.
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