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Walnut Lentil Loaf [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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This is not your average lentil loaf! This loaf is taken to the next level thanks to the addition of walnuts that adds more protein to the meal and makes it even more filling. The sweet and savory barbecue sauce makes the meal extremely flavorful and a hit with everyone.

Walnut Lentil Loaf [Vegan, Gluten-Free]





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For the Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 5 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 5 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

For the Lentil Loaf:

  • 1 cup green lentils, uncooked
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 cups mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, closely packed
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup oat flour (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 4 tablespoons psyllium husks powder
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (save 1/2 cup for glaze) (recipe above)
  • Salt and pepper


To Make the Barbecue Sauce:

  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil. Cook lentils for 15-20 minutes.
  3. In a non-stick pan, fry onion and garlic for 2-5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat and add mushrooms, spinach, and thyme. Let simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. If the water haven’t evaporated completely after simmering, drain through a strainer.
  6. Turn off heat and mix in 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce (don’t forget to save the remaining for the glaze).
  7. On a non-stick pan, roast walnuts on medium-high heat until golden.
  8. In a food processor, add 2 cups cooked lentils and pulse until roughly blended. Add barbecue veggies and pulse just for a few seconds. Make sure not to pulse until smooth.
  9. Transfer all ingredients in a big bowl and combine with the remaining lentils, oat flour, breadcrumbs, walnuts, psyllium seeds husk powder, salt, and pepper.
  10. In a loaf pan, place parchment paper and transfer batter. Make sure to press down with a spoon or fork. Glaze with the remaining barbecue sauce.
  11. Roast for 40-50 minutes.
  12. Remove from loaf pan and let cool on a cooling rack for 10-15 minutes, before removing parchment paper.
  13. Remove parchment paper and wait another 5 minutes before cutting (this will bring a firmer texture).





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11 comments on “Walnut Lentil Loaf [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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Peg Pedone
10 Months Ago

Is it the phone AP that’s giving really confusing directions for this recipe?! And at what oven temp do you “roast” this at?

Russell Aitken
10 Months Ago

Emily Dinglebeck. Nut loaf for you?

Mel Every
10 Months Ago

I make one which is very similar in Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows cookbook; just delicious!

Barb Benda
10 Months Ago

I have to change the walnuts to pecans because of a life long allergy! Great recipe!!!

Arianna Winkle
11 Nov 2017

So glad you are going to try it!!!

Mel Every
12 Nov 2017

You could probably substitute any kind of nut (I use cashews a lot), or seed like sunflower, pumpkin, or substitute with a dried fruit like raisin, goji berry or date.

Barb Benda
13 Nov 2017


Kat Kavner
10 Months Ago

Reed Kavner in case you are looking for a loaf that transcends the ordinary

Arianna Winkle
10 Months Ago

Mai Lee

Mai Lee
11 Nov 2017


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10 Months Ago

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