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Homemade Vegetable Bouillon Powder

This easy Vegetable Bouillon Powder is a great way to add incredible flavor to those soups, casseroles, and veggie dishes. It is super quick and simple to make in only minutes and also makes a terrific vegetable broth substitute.

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Growing up, we always used bouillon cubes to flavor dishes because it was easy, inexpensive, and just made stuff taste better. Nowadays, I opt for a better option that is bursting with flavor and without any of the negative traditional ingredients.

You’ll love this vegan bouillon powder because it’s…

  • Herby
  • Super-flavorful
  • Can be made in minutes
  • Inexpensive
  • Requires few ingredients
  • Adds amazing flavor to dishes
  • Customizable
  • Delicious!

Back in the day, mom had no idea that those little seasoning cubes from the grocery store were not the least bit good for us. They are actually loaded with some pretty nasty ingredients.

How do you feel about monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed soy/corn/wheat gluten protein, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, beef fat, beef extract, water, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, hydrogenated soybean oil, and sulfites?

No wonder many people report allergies and headaches after eating that stuff!

A much healthier vegan bouillon option

Thankfully, there is a much healthier way to flavor food, and it doesn’t take a lot of time or cost much money. This homemade vegetable bouillon is perfect for seasoning soup, stews, chowders, casseroles, and so much more.

I love to use it to season my beans and even on vegetables like roasted Brussels sprouts or corn on the cob. It tastes delicious sprinkled over a fresh-baked potato as well. Another great seasoning to try is this Savory Spice Blend Recipe from Dr. Michael Greger, MD.

vegan stock powder poured out on white wood table with jar in background

The main ingredient is nutritional yeast. If you haven’t heard of it before, that needs to change because this stuff is delicious!

What is nutritional yeast?

Have you heard of nutritional yeast before? It is different from bakers’ or brewers’ yeast that most of us are used to hearing about. It is a deactivated yeast that is used for flavoring food.

Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy, savory flavor and can be sprinkled directly on foods like potatoes, pizza, vegetables, and more.

It comes in flakes or powder form and can usually be found in the baking aisle at many grocery stores and can often be purchased in bulk at specialty or health food stores.

Nutritional yeast is a great source of protein, B vitamins, and trace minerals.

It’s the addition of all of the herbs and spices that transforms this powdery yellow substance into a perfect substitute for those store-bought cubes and powders.

Tips for making vegan stock powder

This is the easiest herb and spice mix and takes only minutes to make. There are a couple of different options for mixing.

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

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Shake/Whisk Method

The simplest way to make this vegetable bouillon powder and the way that I like best due to ease is the shake or whisk method.

Simply add all ingredients to a jar and shake or to a bowl and whisk thoroughly until blended well. To use, for flavoring, combine one heaping tablespoonful with one cup hot water: 1 TABLESPOON mix + 1 cup hot water.

Blender Method

Some folks like to make it more powdery and prefer to add all the ingredients to their blender or food processor. Because the final product is broken down more, you’ll want to adjust the measurements when using to 1 TEASPOON mix + 1 cup of hot water.

Vegetable bouillon powder should be stored in an airtight container in your cupboard or refrigerator. Keep it on hand for adding to all your favorite dishes.

It can even be used as a vegetable broth substitute. When a recipe calls for 1 cup broth or stock, simply replace it with one cup of prepared vegan stock made with this powder.

Other great seasonings

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If you try this recipe, please let us know how you like it by rating it and leaving a comment. We love to hear from you!

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Easy Vegetable Bouillon Powder

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This homemade vegetable bouillon is perfect for seasoning soup, stews, chowders, casseroles, and so much more.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

    Shake/Whisk Method

    1. Add all ingredients to a jar and shake or to a bowl and whisk thoroughly until blended well.
    2. Poultry seasoning is completely vegan and can be found at many grocery stores or online.
    3. To use, for flavoring, combine one heaping tablespoonful with one cup hot water: 1 Tablespoon mix + 1 cup hot water.

    Blender Method

    Some folks like to make it more powdery and prefer to add all ingredients to their blender or food processor. Because the final product is broken down more, you’ll want to adjust the measurements when using 1 teaspoon mix + 1 cup hot water.

Notes

It can even be used as a vegetable broth substitute. When a recipe calls for 1 cup broth or stock, simply replace it with one cup of prepared vegan stock made with this powder.

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 50 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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marge201

Saturday 22nd of October 2022

Made it tonight and it's SO GOOD. I blended it for 10 seconds in Nutribullet. Followed the recipe except: 1. • ¼t celery salt 1t CELERY SEED INSTEAD 2. no sea salt 3. added 1T dried mixed veggies. Not this product but similar or same • www.iherb.com/r/frontier-co-op-deluxe-vegetable-blend-for-soup-16-oz-453-g/30744

I put 1T of the powder in a mug of hot water and it was verrrrrry pleasant.

5 stars!!

Brandi

Sunday 31st of July 2022

How much of this would I use in place of one bouillon cube? Sorry if I missed it, I couldn't find that information.

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 3rd of August 2022

Hi Brandi- That's a good question, and I'm not 100% sure of the answer. I would guess maybe about 1 tablespoon.

Heather H

Friday 22nd of July 2022

I use this almost every day! It’s Wonderful

Terri Edwards

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

Hi Heather- That's awesome to hear! There really are so many uses for this seasoning. :)

Karen

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

OMG thank you!!! I have been looking for vegetable broth without any oils or sugar. Thank you, thank you. I'll be mixing this up this evening.

Susan

Friday 11th of March 2022

I love this vegetable bouillon recipe. I use it all of the time. I use it in every soup and chili. Thank you so much!!!

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