Homemade mayo is simple to make and just as tasty as store bought, with far better ingredients, healthy fats and it’s allergen friendly too. This vegan mayo features no eggs, no oil, no dairy, no soy, and no nuts, but ALL the delicious tangy mayo-y flavour you’re looking for, promise. Bonus!! Ready in 5 minutes or less.
Mayonnaise is one of those incredible condiments that can really amp up a sandwich, burger, or even a salad, such as coleslaw.
Store bought mayo tends to have a ton of oil, making it very high in calories and fat. So naturally, I wanted to make a lower calorie and lower fat, far healthier version.
Reasons you’ll love this vegan mayo recipe!
- This oil free vegan mayo is made using completely wholesome ingredients. But just because you’re eating healthy and wholesome, does NOT mean sacrificing on flavour! Trust me, this vegan mayo will NOT disappoint!
- While there are a ton of egg free mayo and vegan mayo recipes out there, most of them call for a TON of oil. This version requires no oil at all.
- Allergen friendly! As I was searching for an option without oil, I found tofu or cashews as the common base ingredient. Now, nothing wrong with either, unless you have a soy and/or nut allergy. This version is free from both soy and nuts.
What’s the greenish hue?
Enter delicious pumpkin seeds! (aka pepitas)
Yes, the colour of this vegan mayo is not quite as white as what you may be accustomed to when using pumpkin seeds.
BUT, I promise, it is SO SO good! And SO SO close to the real deal. I bet if you close your eyes and taste it, you might think it IS the real deal!
So you ready for this?
How to make it
(This is a summary with step by step photos, full recipe measurements and instructions are in the recipe card below.)
First of all, there’s no soaking required. YAY!
That means you can have this delicious oil free vegan mayo ready to consume in only 5 minutes flat!
Begin by gathering your ingredients, many of which you probably already have in your fridge and pantry.
- shelled pumpkin seeds (or pepitas)
- apple cider vinegar
- lemon juice
- prepared mustard (the regular yellow stuff you buy at the store, not powdered)
- onion powder
- black salt (optional but recommended)
The optional 8th ingredient, black salt really adds that “eggy” flavour to the mayo, but if you don’t have any, and don’t want to venture out to get some, I promise it’s still great without it.
First, grind your pumpkin seeds in your blender to get a pulverized flour like consistency.
This will help to ensure there are no loose bits of seeds floating around in your mayo later, making it creamier and perfectly textured.
Then add all remaining ingredients and process until smooth and creamy, using a little more or less water depending on your thickness preference.
How long does it keep?
Store your vegan mayonnaise in an air tight jar or container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
Alternatively, you may refrigerate some and freeze the rest to keep longer if you don’t think you’ll consume it all on time.
Freeze for up to 2 months.
How to use homemade mayo
Use this oil free vegan mayo in any way you would regular mayonnaise!
Some of my favourites include on top of these vegan chicken burgers, as a coleslaw dressing, or in potato or pasta salad.
You can even take this mayo up a notch by adding a touch of sriracha, or cayenne pepper to make a spicy mayo. Or just check out my creamy Sriracha mayo instead.
More delicious vegan spreads without oil
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- 1 cup shelled raw pumpkin seeds or pepitas
- ⅓ cup fresh water or a little more if you want a thinner mayo
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- ⅛ teaspoon black salt optional but recommended
- Add the pumpkin seeds to your blender and process until they are broken down and a flour like consistency.
- Now add all remaining ingredients and process until smooth and creamy.
- Refrigerate until ready to use, as it tastes best when cold.
A great alternative to oil based spreads. I have made this at least 4 times and love it everytime!
Thrilled you’ve been enjoying our oil free vegan mayo, Carol. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
I’m sure that this recipe tastes great, but claiming that it’s “oil-free” is very misleading. The whole point of making recipes oil-free is to eliminate or greatly reduce the fat content; this recipe is very high in fat (78% of calories from fat, per the provided nutrition info), because pumpkin seeds are naturally very high in fat (80% of calories from fat). When you can create an oil-free recipe that is actually low in fat (10% or less of calories from fat), you’ll have something that is worthy of the “oil-free” claim.
Hi Bob, the whole point of oil-free is to eliminate oil which is a highly processed and refined ingredient. The natural source, in this case, the pumpkin seeds, while high in fat, are oil-free. There is nothing misleading here. The recipe is listed as oil-free (which it is), but not fat-free, which it is not. Hope that helps clarify, and enjoy! 🙂
Absolutely! I strive to eat oil-free because oil is processed and not a whole food. I am however very happy to eat fat in whole food form! Nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut, etc! Thank you for sharing!!
My pleasure Maria. 🙂
Have you ever tried it with sunflower seeds?
I haven’t, but I think that would work well.
I will reach for this. Slight tang and lots of flavor. I’ve been looking for a really good vegan mayonnaise for a long time and this is it.
So glad you enjoyed it Sharon!