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Learning how to make vegan sausage using seitan is actually pretty simple. Seitan can definitely seem intimidating, but once you get in there and start trying out recipes, you'll be so happy you did! This vegan breakfast sausage is a little sweet (hey maple syrup) and a little spicy (thanks chili flakes) and a LOT delicious.
Vegan Breakfast Sausage Links
I'm the type of person that loves to jump around and try new recipes ALL THE TIME. It's rare that I actually eat the same thing over and over again...unless we are talking about mashed potatoes...or these vegan breakfast sausage links. They've been on my plate almost every single day since I perfected the recipe. Cannot get enough.
The texture is excellent, they fry up so nicely in a pan with a little oil (but you can also just eat them steamed), and the flavors are totally THERE. The best part is that my omnivore husband AND my picky 4-year-old really enjoy these.
These seitan sausages remind me a lot of Field Roast's vegan sausages, which we really like. (The Apple Sage flavor is BOMB and I love adding it to potato hash.)
What is Seitan?
Seitan, also known as "wheat meat", is made using vital wheat gluten. You might have read an article or two full of fear mongering about how unhealthy seitan is. However, unless you have a gluten allergy/intolerance, seitan is absolutely fine to eat and does have many health benefits. Making your own seitan means you can be certain that yours doesn't contain ingredients like a crap ton of sodium, MSG, artificial coloring, etc.
Health Benefits of Seitan
- Seitan is totally cholesterol-free, unlike animal products
- It is PACKED with protein (when compared to beef and chicken, it actually has more protein per calorie)
- Seitan is extremely low in fat (½ gram per serving) and contains no saturated fat
- 1 serving has 10% DV of iron
Here is the nutrition label for more information on vital wheat gluten.
Unfortunately, there really is no suitable replacement for the vital wheat gluten in this recipe to make it gluten-free. You can check out this vegan sausage patty made from pinto beans or this crumbled tempeh sausage for other ideas.
How to Make Vegan Seitan Sausage
This method is pretty basic and becomes easier the more you make it.
First, you'll need to blend together some chickpeas, veggie stock, soy sauce, and maple syrup. In separate bowl, whisk together some vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, and the seasonings (there a lot, but TRUST ME, it's worth it!) If you hate spicy foods, just leave out the chili flakes.
Combine the chickpea + stock mixture with the gluten mixture and form into a ball. Divide into 8-10 pieces and form into sausage links. Next, you'll just roll up the sausages like you would a piece of candy - with the ends twisted - in foil. Don't want aluminum foil directly touching your food? I get it. You can roll it up in parchment paper with the foil on the outside.
Next, steam for 45 minutes. They should absolutely be done at this point, but if for some reason your sausages come out gummy or stretchy - they are not cooked through and need more time.
At this point, the sausage is done. If you want to take it another step, you can fry them up with a little oil for some crispiness.
Store them in the fridge. If you want to make a double batch or know you won't eat 8 sausages within a few days, you can freeze these sausages for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave or on the stove.
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Vegan Maple Breakfast Sausage Links
- ½ cup chickpeas cooked
- ½ cup vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 cup vital wheat gluten
- ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sage
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
- ½ teaspoon thyme leaves
- ½ teaspoon red pepper/chili flakes optional*
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- pinch of black pepper
- Blend together chickpeas, vegetable stock, maple syrup and soy sauce until there are no large chunks of chickpeas.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Stir in the chickpea/veggie stock mixture.
- Knead with your hands just until it forms a dough ball.
- Divide the ball into 8-10 pieces and roll into sausage links.
- Wrap the sausage links in foil and twist the ends like you would a piece of candy (think Tootsie Roll style - see photo above)
- Steam the sausages for 45 minutes.
- You can serve them just steamed, but if you want some crisp on your sausage links, fry them in a little oil.
- Store the remaining sausage links in the fridge. Or, freeze for up to 3 months.