This quick and easy Whole30 and paleo gravy recipe tastes just like your favorite Thanksgiving gravy! You would never guess this was gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free! Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes cooking time are required to make this healthy gravy recipe! Made with either tapioca starch or arrowroot powder.

bowl of creamy mashed potatoes topped with a rich Paleo Gravy ans some chopped chives

When following a Whole30 and/or paleo diet, roasted meat and vegetables are my go-to recipe for entertaining in fall and winter. Obviously, I wouldn’t dare to serve these items without the quintessential part of every roast dinner: homemade gravy!

Ordinary gravy recipes wouldn’t work for a Whole30 or paleo diet since they require butter and flour, of course. But watching my guests smother their meat and veg with gravy while I nibble on sautéed string beans is not my idea of dinner party fun either.

I clearly had to find a paleo gravy hack for this problem. Even more so with Thanksgiving being only a couple of weeks away!

I started to experiment with paleo and low-carb substitutions to make my gravy Whole30 and paleo friendly. After many trials and errors, I came up with this Easy Paleo Gravy recipe.  It is dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and Whole30 friendly! The best thing? You will not be able to tell the difference!

fluffy mashed potatoes topped with a rich Paleo Gravy and some chopped chives served in a grey bowl with a gravy dish in the background.

 

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Tapioca starch and arrowroot powder a terrific gluten-free, paleo alternative for thickening sauces and gravy. Not only does is give this Whole30 Paleo Gravy its nice, glossy sheen but it also leaves zero floury aftertaste or chalky mouthfeel.
  • This paleo gravy goes perfectly with any meat, be it a Thanksgiving turkey, or a simple beef pot roast. It’s also delicious with mashed potatoes!
  • With just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes required, this paleo gravy is quick and easy to make.
  • It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, low-carb, grain-free and every bit as delicious as traditional gravy.
  • You don’t need any drippings for making this easy Paleo Gravy recipe. Coconut aminos and poultry seasoning add the umami we need.

Paleo Gravy served in a white gravy boat with a bowl of mashed potatoes and some freshly chopped chives on the side.

Tips:

  • For a creamy, thick and smooth paleo gravy, make sure to heat your broth up before adding it to the tapioca starch or arrowroot powder slurry.
  • For the perfect roux: Once you’ve added the tapioca starch or arrowroot powder to the fat wait for at least a minute before adding the broth. The roux should be golden brown. The longer you cook a roux, the darker it gets and the more flavor your Paleo Gravy will have.
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Variations on this Whole30 Paleo Gravy recipe:

  • For an extra-rich gravy, stir a tablespoon or two of coconut cream into the gravy right in the end.
  • Got some turkey drippings you want to incorporate into this Paleo Gravy recipe?  Strain the drippings into a large bowl to remove any fat, measure them out and use them to substitute some of the broth.
  • Substitute tapioca flour or arrowroot powder with cassava flour for other velvety varieties of gluten-free roux. Cassava flour makes the most amazing roux, but I love having a paleo gravy recipe that uses pantry staples on hand!

grey bowl of fluffy mashed potatoes topped with a rich Paleo Gravy and some chopped chives - gravy boat in the background.

FAQ:

Can I make this Paleo Gravy vegan?

Yes, you can! Use coconut oil as a fat and simply substitute chicken broth with your preferred brand of organic vegetable broth. It’s also worth mentioning that no chickens are harmed in the making of poultry seasoning. Despite the name, it’s really just a blend of herbs and spices, making it vegan and gluten-free.

Do I have to use store-bought poultry seasoning?

Absolutely not! You can make your own spice blend from dried and ground marjoram, sage, rosemary, thyme, nutmeg and pepper. Here’s a great recipe with instructions! Add the coconut aminos and poultry seasoning and adjust the paleo gravy to your taste with more salt or pepper.

 fluffy creamy mashed potatoes topped with a rich Paleo Gravy and some chopped chives served in a grey bowl

How to Make This Whole30 Paleo Gravy:

To make this Whole30 paleo gravy, start by heating some fat in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Sprinkle the tapioca flour or arrowroot powder over the fat and whisk vigorously using a roux whisk or traditional whisk until smooth and fully mixed. Cook this roux for 1 minute, whisking constantly. The mixture should be bubbling and golden.

Slowly pour in the chicken stock while whisking constantly. The mixture will become a bit grainy and clumpy; keep whisking your paleo gravy until very smooth.

Cook the paleo gravy for a couple minutes or until nicely thickened, whisking regularly. If you’re making a double batch it will take slightly longer.

creamy mashed potatoes smothered with a rich paleo gravy served in a grey dish with a dishtowel wrapped around it and a small dish with chopped chives on the side.

Now that you’ve got the perfect paleo gravy recipe, you’ve already pretty much nailed the quintessential part of a paleo Thanksgiving feast. For more healthy paleo recipes, check out my round-up of Whole30/Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes.

Other recipes you’ll love:

  • Perfect Whole30 Turkey Breast and Gravy
  • Whole30 Green Bean Casserole
  • Whole30 Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
  • Whole30 Sweet Potato Casserole

More Paleo Friendsgiving Recipes your friends are sure to love:

This Thanksgiving I am excited to be teaming up with my favorite paleo food bloggers for the ultimate paleo Friendsgiving party!

Below you will find a list covering every item you could wish for when celebrating a Paleo Thanksgiving with a big group of friends:  Apart from the obligatory turkey (which would go perfectly with my Whole30 gravy), we have rounded up the best healthy paleo and/or Whole30 appetizers, sides, sauces, and desserts.

I am sure that every single one of these delicious paleo Friendsgiving recipes will wow your pals. Pick your favorites and have yourself the best Thanksgiving ever!

Dairy-free Cheese Ball by Jessy B.

dairy free paleo cheese ball on a wooden board

Charred Harvest Salad by Living Loving Paleo

Charred Harvest Salad on a white plate

Apple Cider Brined Turkey Legs by The Whole Smiths

four baked turkey legs on a white plate

Walnut Cranberry Sauce by Pretend It’s A Donut

overhead shot of a bowl of walnut cranberry sauce

Sweet Potato & Sausage Casserole by Little Bits Of

a serving of sweet potato and sausage casserole on a white plate

Bourbon Glazed Brussels Sprouts by The Whole Smiths

Roasted Brussels Sprouts in a bowl

Paleo Cornbread Muffins by Just Jessy B.

Paleo Cornbread Muffins on a cooling rack

Gluten-free Stuffing by Pretend it’s a Donut

overhead shot of gluten-free Thanksgiving stuffing in a white casserole

Roasted Delicata Squash by Whole Kitchen Sink

overhead shot of a bowl of roasted delicata squash

Whole 30 Thanksgiving Stuffing by Pretend it’s a Donut

overhead shot of whole30 stuffing in a black skillet

Scalloped Potatoes by Whole Kitchen Sink

overhead shot of whole30 scalloped potatoes

Maple Pecan Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes by Little Bits Of 

Maple Pecan Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes on a white plate

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Pudding by Healthy Little Peach

a mug of paleo pumpkin pie pudding

Paleo Chocolate Almond Cranberry Bark by Living Loving Paleo

Paleo Chocolate Almond Cranberry Bark on a white plate

 

Did you make and love this recipe? Give it your review below! 👇 And make sure to share your creations by tagging me on Instagram!

 

bowl of creamy mashed potatoes topped with a rich Paleo Gravy and some chopped chives
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Whole30 Paleo Gravy

This easy Whole30 Paleo Gravy recipe tastes just like your favorite Thanksgiving gravy! You would never guess this was gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free! Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes cooking time are required to make this healthy gravy recipe! 

Course Main Course, Sauce, side
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy-free gravy, paleo gravy, whole30 gravy
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 77 kcal
Author Cheryl Malik

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons fat like ghee, coconut oil, drippings, or lard
  • 4 tablespoons tapioca starch or arrowroot powder
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock hot, but not boiling
  • ½ - 1 tablespoon coconut aminos optional
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning

Instructions

  1. Heat fat in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Sprinkle tapioca starch or arrowroot powder over the fat and whisk vigorously until smooth.

  2. Cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly. The mixture should be golden and bubbling.

  3.  Slowly pour in the warm stock while whisking constantly. The mixture will become a bit grainy and clumpy. Keep whisking until very smooth.

  4. Cook the gravy for a couple of minutes or until thickened, whisking regularly. Add the coconut aminos and poultry seasoning. If necessary, season the gravy with more salt and pepper to taste. 

Recipe Notes

I like to use coconut aminos for a richness to the gravy, and it adds a beautiful color. However, you can easily keep it out, especially for chicken dishes, to keep the gravy a lighter color.

Nutrition Facts
Whole30 Paleo Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 144mg6%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.