The perfect accompaniment to a salad or soup, this nut and seed loaf is packed with good-for-you ingredients and savory flavor. This lentil-based loaf has sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and vegan cheddar, and is studded with crunchy walnuts and sunflower seeds. Keep it in your freezer and enjoy slices throughout the week as a snack or an add-on to meals.

Nut-and-Seed Loaf [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Serves

4

Cooking Time

45

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup French lentils
  • 3 flaxseed eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds, plus 3 tablespoons of water per egg)
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted, diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup shelled raw walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup vegan cheddar shreds
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds (optional)
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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Line a loaf pan with foil or a thin layer of oil to prevent sticking.
  3. In a medium pot, combine lentils and 1 1/2 cups water. Cover pot and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until lentils are cooked. Drain any remaining water and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the flaxseed meal with 9 tablespoons of water and stir to remove lumps. Set aside.
  5. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil. Stir in garlic, onion, red pepper, carrot, celery, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes. Sauté for about 2 minutes. Stir in cumin, oregano, and cayenne and cook another 3-5 minutes, or until vegetables are softened. Turn off heat. Stir in lentils, chickpea flour, flaxseeds, walnuts, and vegan cheddar shreds. Stir in flaxseed eggs.
  6. Transfer to a loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan. Then turn out onto a baking rack to continue cooling.
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