This vegan mayo is also paleo, keto, and Whole 30 approved. Easy, creamy and no food processor, blender or other tools required! Just a spoon, a bowl, and 5 simple ingredients that produce quite a spread in minutes.
What is vegan or paleo mayo?
This vegan, keto, and paleo mayo is a great substitute for its traditional mayo counterpart, and comes without eggs, dairy, sugar, refined oils, or additives.
It’s healthier while being just as thick and creamy as a classic mayonnaise. It uses similar acids (vinegar and lemon juice) and seasonings (dijon mustard) to balance out the fats (cashew butter).
What’s in vegan mayo?
Just 5 healthy ingredients:
- Cashew butter
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Dijon mustard
Plus water to thin it out and give it that creamy mayonnaise consistency.
Cashew butter is the base as it’s creamy, subtle in flavor (and easy to disguise with seasonings), and naturally sweet – meaning no additional sugar is needed.
How to make vegan mayo
Step 1: In a bowl, add cashew butter, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Mix thoroughly with a spoon or whisk.
Step 2: Slowly add in water until it reaches a creamy mayo consistency (about 1/4c of water) and keep stirring or whisking.
Step 3: Season to taste (more salt or dijon as you’d like) and then serve!
What to eat with vegan and paleo mayo
Vegan and paleo mayo is a great substitute anytime you’re making a recipe that calls for mayo or as its own as a healthy dip!
Our favorite ways to use vegan and paleo mayo:
- Spread on any paleo bread
- With sweet potato fries
- With breadfruit chips (they taste just like potato crisps!)
- As a thickener for vegan crab cakes
- As part of a salad dressing
- As a pizza dip or pizza sauce
Vegan and paleo mayo tips
- Don’t have cashew butter on hand? Grab our recipe here to make it in a pinch. Put 1 cup of cashews in a food processor and let it blend for 20 minutes to make 1/2 cup of cashew butter. Then, add the rest of the ingredients!
- Substitutions: You can replace apple cider vinegar with rice vinegar (I’ve done this plenty of times with the same success).
How long does vegan mayo last?
Stored in a jar in the refrigerator, it should last at least 7 days.
Can I substitute other nuts for the cashews?
Unfortunately other nuts won’t produce the same flavor. Cashews are an extremely versatile nut as they’re quite neutral in flavor. So if you were to substitute with almonds for example, you’d get a much stronger and nuttier flavor that doesn’t taste as mayonnaise-like.
Cashews are also great because their natural sweetness removes any need for added sugars.
Creamy Vegan Mayo (Paleo, Keto, Whole 30)
- 1/2 cup cashew butter
- 1 tbsp lemon juice or half a lemon
- 1 tbsp apple cider vingar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- Mix cashew butter, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, and salt in a bowl thoroughly with a spoon or whisk.
- Slowly add in water while stirring until it’s a creamy mayo consistency.
- Adjust to taste (add more salt or dijon as you’d like) and serve!
- It’s best to use raw cashew butter. Roasted cashew butter usually has added oils and a nuttier flavor that’s harder to mask.
- If it's too drippy, you can put it in the fridge for 15 minutes to set. Then, add more cashew butter 1/2 tsp at a time to get a thicker consistency.
- Optional: Add in 1 finely chopped garlic clove (if you like a garlicky mayo).
Serving Size 1 tbsp
Servings Per Container 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 53 Calories from Fat 37.8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.2g 6%
Saturated Fat 0.7g 4%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 102.7mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 3.0g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Protein 1.7g 3%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Recipe adapted from: From My Bowl
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