This walnut meat is a vegan ground meat substitute that you can use in tacos, pizza, Bolognese sauce, lasagna, and so many other recipes! It's cholesterol free and a great alternative to the usual gluten and soy products. This is the ultimate in healthy cooking that tastes amazing! It's also quite easy to make. Cauliflower, walnuts, tomato paste, and some other seasonings––that's it! Just mix it all up and bake it for a delicious vegan ground meat!

Cauliflower and Walnut Ground ‘Meat’ [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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  • 1 medium sized cauliflower, chopped into large chunks including the core
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 5 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon tamari (soy sauce or Braggs amino also work fine)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt or to your taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper or to your taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes


  1. To get started with this recipe you will need either a food processor or good chopping knife and board. You will also need a mixing spoon and a lined baking tray. (Click here to see video tutorial).
  2. Put all the ingredients into the food processor and pulse to a coarse blend (or chop finely by hand).
  3. Turn your oven on to  350°F to preheat, then get your lined baking tray and spread the mixture evenly over the tray.
  4. Pop the mixture in the oven for 30 minutes, then take it out and stir the mixture before baking again for 15 minutes. Take it out and check again. In my case it needed a further 10 minutes before the crumble was cooked through and the mixture was dry enough. You can cook this much quicker if you spread the mixture over a couple of trays rather than just one. Adjust according to your oven settings and quantity being made.
  5. Once cooked, you can now store this crumble in the fridge ready to make pasta sauces, lasagne, taco meat, pizza toppings, and much more! So easy and so yummy!

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1022 | Total Carbs: 102 g | Total Fat: 53 g | Total Protein: 44 g | Total Sodium: 1305 g | Total Sugar: 47 g (Per Serving) Calories: 102 | Carbs: 10 g | Fat: 5 g | Protein: 4 g | Sodium: 131 g | Sugar: 5 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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  1. Amazing! Had it for the first time last night in a mushroom gravy over mashed potatoes and found it to be one of the most comforting dishes I\’ve had since becoming Whole Food Plant Based 4 months ago! Thank you!