Ultimate Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf

211 comments

Do I ever have a delicious vegan meal for you to kick off 2011!

IMG_8055

I must admit, this lentil loaf gave me a few grey hairs over the past couple days.

I made 4 trials of this lentil loaf.

I tried the Lentil Apple Walnut Loaf from Clean Food cookbook and also the old-fashioned Lentil Loaf from The Vegan Table Cookbook, in addition to a couple others. I was on a mission to find my perfect lentil loaf!

IMG_8014

This one below is from The Vegan Table:

IMG_8012

IMG_8058

I had problems with binding, so I decided to process (in food processor) 75% of the cooked lentils to help it stick together. I also ground up some oats to make oat flour and added some flax in addition to some other modifications. Good things happened!

Note: This recipe below has been updated and improved! Feb. 2016

Ultimate Lentil Walnut Loaf

Vegan, soy-free

By

5 from 5 reviews
Print

This lentil walnut loaf is so delicious, you'll find it hard to resist. Raved about by readers, husbands, children, and recipes testers alike, many claim it’s better than traditional meatloaf. The beauty of creating a lentil loaf (as opposed to a meatloaf) is that you can taste the mixture as you go without having to worry about the raw meat. This results in a perfectly seasoned loaf and, trust me, the batter tastes so good! Lentil loaves can be temperamental, so it’s best to follow the directions exactly as written as I’ve tested this multiple ways. Even minor changes to this recipe can result in a loaf that doesn’t stick together as well. I love to serve this loaf with my stunning Cauliflower Carrot Mash, applesauce, and/or steamed broccoli or greens. This lentil loaf is inspired by Terry Walters' Clean Food Lentil Loaf recipe.

Yield
8 slices
Prep Time
Cook time
Total Time

Ingredients:

For the Lentil-Walnut Loaf:
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans of lentils, drained and rinsed*
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped sweet onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1/3 cup peeled and grated sweet apple
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (chopped) or raisins
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Fine sea salt, to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup spelt bread crumbs (or bread crumbs of choice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
For the Balsamic-Apple Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce or apple butter
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan, and then line it with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit the length of the pan.
  2. If using canned lentils, rinse and drain them in a colander. If using lentils cooked from scratch, follow the directions in the note below. After draining, add them into a very large bowl and mash the lentils with a potato masher. The goal is to create a lentil paste while still leaving about 1/3 of the lentils intact.
  3. Spread the chopped walnuts onto the baking sheet. Toast the nuts for 8 to 12 minutes until fragrant and lightly golden. Set aside to cool.
  4. Increase the oven heat to 350°F.
  5. Add the oil into a large skillet, and increase the heat to medium. Stir in the onion and garlic and season with a pinch or two of salt. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes until the onion softens.
  6. Stir in the celery and carrot, and continue cooking for another few minutes.
  7. Finally, stir in the grated apple, dried cranberries (or raisins), thyme, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Cook for a couple minutes longer.
  8. Into the bowl with the mashed lentils, stir in the walnuts, ground flax, oat flour, and bread crumbs until combined.
  9. Stir in all of the the veggie mixture until combined. Add the red pepper flakes, if using. Taste and add more salt (I usually add another 1/2 teaspoon).
  10. Press all of the lentil loaf mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Pack it down as firmly as you can as this will help it hold together after cooling.
  11. In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, applesauce, vinegar, and maple syrup until combined. Using a pastry brush (or simply a spoon), spread all of the glaze over top of the lentil loaf.
  12. Bake the lentil loaf, uncovered, at 350°F for 50 to 60 minutes until the edges start to darken and the loaf is semi-firm to the touch. Place the loaf pan directly onto a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Then, slide a knife around the ends to loosen, and carefully lift out the loaf (using the parchment paper as "handles") and place it directly onto the cooling rack for another 30 minutes.
  13. After cooling, carefully slice the loaf into slabs. Serve immediately. The loaf will continue to firm up as it cools. Some crumbling is normal if sliced while warm.

Tips:

  • * If you'd like to make lentils from scratch, swap the two cans of lentils for 1 cup of uncooked lentils. Add the lentils into a pot and cover with water. Bring to a low boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium-high, and then simmer the lentils uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes until tender. Drain well.

IMG_7951

When the lentils are finished cooking (and cooling), take 75% of the lentils and process them in a food processor until almost smooth.

While the lentils are cooking, prepare the rest of the recipe. Mix your flax egg and set aside.

IMG_7941

Sautee your garlic and onion.

IMG_7947

Add in the grated carrot and optional celery or green onion.

IMG_7949

Mix well and cook over low heat for several minutes.

IMG_7950

Add in the grated apple, raisins, and chopped walnuts (do not chop the walnuts as small as shown below- it was from an earlier trial).

IMG_7953

Cook for a couple minutes.

IMG_7955

Add in kosher salt, Thyme, and black pepper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the flax egg, lentils (processed and non-processed), breadcrumbs, veggie mixture, oat flour (I processed 1/2 cup regular oats), and ground flax. Stir well.

It will look like this:

IMG_8007

Press firmly into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper.

IMG_8009

When I pressed it into the pan, I immediately knew that this loaf would hold together thanks to the ground oats, flax seed, and processed lentils.

It was much different than the previous trials…(note how crumbly it looks even in the pan before baking)

IMG_7958

Now spread on the glaze:

IMG_8010

Perfecto!

Now bake for 45 minutes at 350F, uncovered.

IMG_7960

Cool for 10 minutes.

Makes about 8 thick, mouth-watering slices. I knew that this loaf was a crowd pleaser when Eric got really excited over it! He said he would take this over meatloaf any day.

IMG_8055

We enjoyed our lentil loaf with sautéed spinach greens and applesauce! Quick, easy, and delicious.

IMG_8057

I did a HUGE happy dance when this lentil loaf turned out. Eric and I both agreed that it is the best vegan loaf we’ve ever tried. I hope you enjoy it too! It makes a wonderful New Year’s meal if you aren’t feeling the Black Eyed Peas.

It is delicious, chewy, crunchy, and topped with the most addicting sweet glaze.

IMG_8051-2

As for the crumbly leftovers from the previous 3 trials?

Eric suggested they would make a great vegan taco filling! I think that is a great idea. I’m going to freeze a bunch of it too.

Have a great start to 2011!

Let's get social! Follow Angela on Instagram (@ohsheglows + @theglowspot), Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Google+

Previous Posts

{ 211 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda (Eating Up) January 1, 2011

I’m glad you tried a fourth time! That glaze looks so good I could eat it out of a bowl.

Reply

2 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 1, 2011

That’s dedication right there. Thanks for cooking crumbly loaves so we don’t have to.

And Happy New Year!

Reply

3 Sabine @ thefruitpursuit January 1, 2011

I always admire that you can go into the kitchen and face many flops and keep going! It’s def a goal for me in te new year to develop more of my own recipes but I’m always so afraid to fail. Any wise words :)? And a question; when you are working on a new recipe, specifically when baking, how do you deal with the costs and waste of flops?

happy new year!!

Reply

4 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

I usually tell myself that eventually I WILL be successful and the thought of that is very inspiring to me…and heck, I also need blog content so that right there is motivation to keep going and stick with it.
I rarely throw anything out (unless it is burned or not edible…) and often my flops are still decent so others eat them. Eric brings leftovers into work and his coworkers gobble them up or I freeze things or use them in other ways (such as the crumbly lentil loaves will be used as topping for salads or as taco fillings!).
As for cost, yes it is very expensive and I spend most of my money on food, but I cut back in other areas to offset the cost. I would rather buy good food than have an expensive cell phone or cable, but maybe I am just weird like that! ;)
I also buy many things from my wholesaler Ontario natural food coop (in bulk) which is soooo much cheaper than buying things from the grocery store shelves.
I hope this helps and goodluck to you!

Reply

5 thefruitpersuit (Sabine) January 2, 2011

Non you’re not weird- I also rather spend money on good food and quality ingredients than having 3 new outfits each month. But the cost of quality ingredients is what scares me from having too many baking ‘flops’ haha. Well you got me convinced anyway, I’ll suck it up and get more bold in the kitchen in 2011!

Reply

6 Sommer J January 1, 2011

How wonderful that it turned out so well! It looks absolutely gorgeous and worth the grief it gave you. What a great way to start the new year! Have a great day.

Reply

7 Bridget January 1, 2011

Amazing!!!! With these types of recipes, your goal of publishing a cookbook is in the BAG!

Reply

8 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 1, 2011

This looks delicious! I will have to try this, since I am a vegetarian and don’t eat meat! Looks like a great substitute for meatloaf! :)

You are starting 2011 with a bang! :)

Reply

9 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 1, 2011

Holy moly, woman! This looks amazing!

Reply

10 Camille January 1, 2011

This looks incredible! Thank you so much for the amazing recipe to start 2011!
Happy New Year!

Reply

11 Britt January 1, 2011

Yum! I made a walnut loaf for Christmas and I can’t wait to try this one out!

Reply

12 Dani @ Body By Nature January 1, 2011

So glad you were able to figure this out!! Such a great recipe :)

Have a very happy 2011!

Reply

13 Jennifer and Jaclyn @ Sketch-Free Vegan January 1, 2011

whoo! Nice post! I’ve made a mushroom walnut loaf before and it was so disgusting! Way too much lemon juice. This will be my new “meatloaf” recipe. Thanks!

Reply

14 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

mmm i bet mushrooms would be wonderful in this loaf! Oh now I want to try it. I guess I better eat these up first… ;)

Reply

15 Traci(faithfulfoodiefashionista) January 1, 2011

Oh yummy ! I have never had luck with most loaf or non burger type recipes either but this really looks good :) Will give this a definite try. Happy New Year :)

Reply

16 Darcy @ She Sings at the Table January 1, 2011

I once had a bunch of crumbly lentil loaf to deal with, and found it was great with sweet potatoes and onions, fried up in a sort of “hash.” And I love the taco idea too!

Reply

17 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

mm great idea

Reply

18 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 1, 2011

I’m not a huge meatloaf lover so I think I would LOVE this!

Reply

19 Ricki January 1, 2011

I’ve had the same problem with pretty much every other vegan loaf recipe I’ve tried. This is why I always process my ingredients together when I make a loaf, too! I was getting tired of the nutroast on my blog and didn’t use it this year. . . so happy to have an alternative in this one! I’ll have to sub for the glaze, but I’m determined to use something similar, as I bet the glaze really helps to make the recipe stupendous. Looks fabulous! Happy New Year, Angela! :)

Reply

20 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

yea the glaze is amazing!

Reply

21 Madeleine@ Stepping to the Brightside January 1, 2011

Hmmmm, I was never one for meat loaf when I ate the real thing, but I’d be open to giving this one a try. Looks super protein-packed- in a hearty, healthy way… and taco filling? Genius, Eric, genius. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Reply

22 Teresa January 1, 2011

I am making this and the Chick Pea patties from Veganomicon alongf with roasted veggies for the work week. Thanks for all the hard work to make it so good. Don’t have apple butter, but I think it’ll be ok. Happy 2011

Reply

23 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

oh yea the apple butter would be optional I would think! It would still be tasty without :)

Reply

24 Cate January 1, 2011

I have a pinto and red lentil loaf that I’m pretty addicted to, but I’m excited to try this…because really is there anything wrong with having a handful of vegan meatloaf alternatives?

Reply

25 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 1, 2011

This sounds great! I am planning to incorporate more beans and lentils into my diet in 2011 so this is a great place to start. You guys must have a lot of lentil loaf leftovers after all those trials! :)

Reply

26 briana January 1, 2011

Looks delicious and kind of like the one that Jenna from Eat Live Run made that won her the USA Pea and Lentil contest!! :) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Reply

27 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 1, 2011

Nice job on a successful loaf! I’m so glad you finally got it! It looks great

Reply

28 Carrie (Love Healthy Living) January 1, 2011

Oh my gosh, I have been waiting for someone to figure out this recipe. My lentil loafs have always been a FAIL because they just turn into a lentil mess. Thank you, I can’t wait to try this!

Reply

29 stacey-healthylife January 1, 2011

I think it turned out really well and that glaze on top looks so good.

Reply

30 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 1, 2011

I am amazed by how you keep trying even after recipe flops – you have a LOT of patience! I get frustrated the first time something I make doesn’t turn out, and then I never make it again!!

Reply

31 Nico January 1, 2011

I have had issues with the few things I’ve cooked from the Clean Food cookbook too … things either the texture was off but it was still edible/tasty or the texture was fine but it was kind of bland and boring … I guess that is why you must experiment! And I love how you don’t let things go to waste just because they aren’t blog worthy :)

Reply

32 Cassie January 1, 2011

I’ve made the lentil loaf from Clean Food a couple of times, it is delicious!
I find that it does crumble at fist, but oddly enough when I refrigerated it and take it out the next day for leftovers, it stays together!

Yours looks amazing! Another recipe I’ll have to try.
Happy New Year!

Reply

33 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

I found refrigerating it helped (as in I could slice it) but once I put my fork through it, it fell apart again! It was delicious tho, which is why it will make a great topping for tacos and salads. Mmm

Reply

34 Allison @ Food For Healing January 1, 2011

hm that looks pretty good!

happy new year

Reply

35 Picky Nicky January 1, 2011

That looks SUPER GOOD :) I keep saying this, but you’re so talented! I really want to try this now, it would be perfect to prepare on the weekend and eat during the week.

Reply

36 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 1, 2011

This looks amazing, Angela…and 4 trials later, i bet you were kinda hating lentils and the fact that you ever tried to embark on a lentil loaf! I will admit that I would trial a cookie recipe *maybe* 3 times. I would never trial a savory recipe more than once, but that’s my ummm sweet tooth priorities talking, clearly..haha :)

And don’t you HATE it when you follow a recipe to a Tee and it fails?! That should be illegal to have that happen! So sorry you were up to your eyeballs in lentil fails!

But the result you came up with….perfect!

Reply

37 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

omg yesterday I had way too many lentils in my stomach!

Reply

38 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 1, 2011

This looks great!! I’ve only cooked with lentils once, but it yielded great results. Thanks for sharing your recipe so I can try again!!

Reply

39 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter January 1, 2011

I always seem to have problems with lentils too! I’m glad you persisted and made another mouth watering recipe.

Reply

40 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama January 1, 2011

Wow that glaze looks fab. I bet that makes the loaf! 1000 Vegan Recipes has s good lentil loaf I usually use but I am going to have to try yours now too!

Reply

41 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

is that a cookbook?

Reply

42 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} January 2, 2011

Yes, 1000 Vegan Recipes by Robin Roberston. Good cookbook. :-)

Reply

43 lisa January 1, 2011

This is merely a fan comment. I have been reading your blog loyally for the past several months. I rooted (and voted) for you for the food blog contest – you were amazing and think about it, in this world a vegan blog to get so far – you are clearly captivating with your lovely photos, kind voice, and honest style – I am so happy and grateful to read your blog and for your dedication to your passion and to your posts. Thank you!!! I want to wish you the best year yet – filled with love, productivity, passion, and health. I always look forward to a quiet moment (and believe me I have few) in which to check in and be invigorated by your words. Finally, I wanted to also let you know that you inspired me to create my own goals/resolutions for 2011 that I am tracking and will work diligently to abide by. They are all set in the positive – what to do, not what to don’t. I appreciate you and all you do!!!

Reply

44 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

Lisa thank you for leaving me such uplifting words! All the best to you in 2011 :)

Reply

45 Doc (The Healthy PhD) January 1, 2011

I love lentil loaf!

Also, I’m late to the party, but I loved your 2011 goals so much that I modeled my plans after your attitude to the new year. Thanks for the inspiration.

Reply

46 kaila January 1, 2011

hmmm sound delish! i like anything lentil based…burgers, loaf, soup….whatever! they are so versatile and they glaze sounds like it would be amazing paired with them!

Reply

47 Faith @ lovelyascharged January 1, 2011

I love Eric’s idea for saving the leftovers. The only bad thing about doing recipe trials is when it buggers up and then you feel like you either have to toss it or eat something that’s not that great…salvaging the first versions is always awesome and I bet that would be phenomenal in a tortilla with some salsa!

Reply

48 Sara @ Baking and Wine January 1, 2011

Very interesting. I do like meatloaf, and my husband and I both eat meat, but we’re also very into vegetarian cooking. I think he might actually like this. I’ll put it on my list. I think there at least 5 of your recipes on the list, haha.

Reply

49 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

Eric said it was better than meatloaf which blew my mind! I think men could certainly enjoy it :)

Reply

50 Carlee January 1, 2011

OoOoO I want to try this! I am going vegetarian for 1 week and vegan for the next just to see how my body reacts and see if it makes me feel different!
Thanks for the recipe. Thanks for ALL you recipes ;)

Reply

51 Marie-Journey to Body Zen January 1, 2011

This looks great! I think it could be very versatile for many dishes. Thanks for experimenting for us!

Reply

52 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 1, 2011

Good call pureeing the lentils and the oats.. it looks great.

Reply

53 Tiffany @ Conor & Bella January 1, 2011

I didn’t think this sounded very appealing when I first heard the name, but after reading through it, it sounds pretty good! I love making homemade bean burgers, which are always so much tastier than storebought faux meat burgers. I’ll have to try this sometime!

Reply

54 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 1, 2011

Wahoo, I’m so glad it was finally a success! I got the Clean Food cookbook for Christmas, and this is definitely one of the top recipes I want to try!

Reply

55 Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA January 1, 2011

I love lentil loaf! The crumble factor never bothered me that much but I’d definitely make it your way if I was making for guests.

Reply

56 Kris | iheartwellness.com January 1, 2011

Happy New Year Ange!!!

Amazing looking loaf ;) I can’t wait to see all the beautiful things you have in store for you this year! Wonderful things happen when you have dreams!

xxoo

Reply

57 Cara Craves... January 1, 2011

Do you think it would make a difference using red lentils?

Reply

58 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2011

I think red lentils are much softer and fluffier when cooked and green lentils retain their shape…(unless I just cooked the red lentils too long!)…then again I did process 75% of the green lentils. I loved that the green lentils gave it texture.
I dont think it would come out exactly the same, but it could work with red lentils.

Reply

59 Cara Craves... January 2, 2011

I know what you mean about the red lentil texture; they are always a bit mushy.
Maybe I will give it a go…I many end up with a pan of mush, but at least it will taste good :)

Reply

60 Joanne January 1, 2011

You sure have some “stick-to-it-iveness”. There is NO WAY I would try a recipe that didn’t work for me the first time. Guess I lucked out with the Clean Eating loaf since it worked for me. I liked the coupling of the cranberry applesauce with the loaf. It added so much to the taste.
Anyway – 100 applause for such great effort. All your recipes turn out great. Best wishes and good cooking in 2011.

Reply

61 Em January 1, 2011

This looks amazing! My husband has been bothering me to make meatloaf and I’ve been avoiding it for awhile…no excuse now! Thanks :)

Reply

62 Stefanie January 1, 2011

That looks like a nice hearty lentil loaf. A great start to the new year indeed. :)

Reply

63 Jenna Puckett January 1, 2011

I have lentils and walnuts in my pantry right now… perfect! I’m not a big fan of the typical meatloaf/ lentil loaf/ nut loaf glaze….I don’t really like the BBQ ish taste. Do you have a recommendation for another kind of glaze? I suppose I could just stick to your lentil walnut burgers but this loaf looks so good!

Reply

64 Ashley January 1, 2011

I made the Clean Food version last year, so I’m sure I would love this one too!! Yummm Happy New Year girlie!

Reply

65 Paije January 1, 2011

Lentil loaf is my faaave!! This is going in my “EAT IT NOWWW” folder :D
You tha best!! xo

Reply

66 Melissa @ I Never Imagined January 1, 2011

Ooooh yum, that looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! … As soon as I get a food processor! Definitely not going to risk it without processing the lentils! :)

Reply

67 Christine (The Raw Project) January 1, 2011

So glad you didn’t give up on this one because it looks amazing! Thanks for the recipe! Happy New Year!

Reply

68 Noelle January 2, 2011

Nice joB!! This looks fab!

Reply

69 Dee January 2, 2011

This looks delicious! Happy 2011!

Reply

70 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 2, 2011

well, i’m glad you decided to push through because this sounds AMAZING and i can’t wait to make it!

Reply

71 Simply Life January 2, 2011

Oh wow, that looks great!

Reply

72 Roz January 2, 2011

This looks soooo worth the effort that went into the trials. Thanks for sharing!!!

Reply

73 Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen) January 2, 2011

Don’t you just love those Clean Food and Clean Start cookbooks? They are awe inspiring. And my experience is that everything I have made from them has come out great, so I’m sorry to hear about your lentil loaf experience. But I’m also glad that if I have the time I will turn to your recipe to whip up! Have you ever made her (Terry Walter’s) tofu pumpkin pie? It rocks!

I also wanted to let you know that you inspired me to make my own 11 in 2011. I never would have rolled that out publically if it wasn’t for your lead. So, a very heartfelt thank you!

Reply

74 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

That is great you made an 11 in 2011 :)
I havent tried that pie, but I’ll have to look into it. Im usually scared of tufu in pies…does it have a weird texture?

Reply

75 Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen) January 2, 2011

Not at all! It’s shockingly amazing! If I didn’t make it myself I never would have believed it. Actually a friend of mine made it first and told me it was good–or I wouldn’t have gone there. I did use a commercial graham cracker crust from WHole Foods (cause my bud didn’t like the crust in the cookbook so much). It’s a baked pie-so any baked crust recipe that you like will work. Or forget the crust, the filling is so good!

Reply

76 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

wow ill have to check it out! thanks :)

Reply

77 Moni'sMeals January 2, 2011

Guess what? I am making this tonight! Thanks for doing all the hard work and then sharing with us. What would we do without ya?

;)

Reply

78 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

I hope you like it!

Reply

79 anna January 2, 2011

um hello AMAZING, this was so tasty, I can’t handle how good it is – I made half the batch to try it out, and am now starting to make the full one, because half is almost gone! Thanks so much Angie for your hard work!

Reply

80 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2011

glad u like this!!!

Reply

81 Alycia [Fit n Fresh] January 2, 2011

Wow this looks REALLY good. I am not a meat loaf lover, but I definitely wouldn’t mind giving this a try. Thanks for the awesome recipe! I’m sure it will make a great addition to your book one day :)

Reply

82 Catherine January 4, 2011

Thanks for this! I, too, have had experience making a crumbly lentil loaf, and it was such a disappointment. Thanks for doing all the work to come up with this amazing recipe! It looks fantastic. It’s funny – I had been laboring over getting just the right veggie burger recipe since the summer, and it didn’t “gel” until I processed some of the ingredients in the food processor. Then they stuck!

I’m really excited to try this.

Reply

83 Ashla January 4, 2011

Angela.

Seriously.

Best Lentil-loaf ever. In fact, probably one of my favorite foods ever now. I really do think you’ve changed the world of lentil loafs here, my dear.

I made a double batch of the glaze so it was nice and saucy, and added a ton of smoked paprika in the loaf. I kind of cheated though… as luck would have it I made a delicious pot of lentil soup just the day before so I threw that in their instead of the plain lentils. It was a fairly safe soup, just onions, celery, carrot, lentils, garlic, crushed tomatoes and some regular spices… so I blended a tiny bit of that up and it worked like a charm! With the oats and roasted walnuts, it’s like a vegans comfort dream… and in loaf form to boot, lol.

You can better your bottom dollar that when (not if, when) you’re book comes out, I’ll be pre-ordering it…. and probably more than one so I can give them away as gifts!

Reply

84 Ashla January 4, 2011

I just realized how terrible my grammar is in this post! AGH! Sorry about that!

Reply

85 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 4, 2011

Im so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback :)

Reply

86 anna January 4, 2011

if you didn’t think this could get much better, it can! I made the exact same recipe, put in greased muffin tins, topped with glaze, baked and THEN topped with mashed potatoes….meatloaf cupcake styles! It is such a handy snack, and I find as vegans it is hard sometimes to have grab and go food, we can’t just slap a sandwich together, these little cupcakes are a full meal in a couple bites! Just think of the possibilities…

Reply

87 thehealthyapron January 5, 2011

ooo I have to try this! I just made lentil rice patties and I was having the same problem of getting them to stick together! Luckily I just used the patties a top a salad so I crumbled them up anyway! Thanks for the suggestions for how to get it to hold ANd now I know I could have used a flax egg instead of an egg white for binding! I wasn’t sure if it would work or not!

Reply

88 Namaste Gurl January 5, 2011

I love me a good lentil- loaf! It’s hard to find a good recipe out there where the loaf won’t fall apart or become dry, so I definitely am going to give yours a shot in the near future :-)

Reply

89 Nora January 8, 2011

I also had bad luck with the Clean Food Lentil Apple Walnut Loaf! It tasted awesome when I made it for my family at Xmas, but it didn’t really bake up, so it was just a stew. Kind of weird.

Reply

90 Lauren January 28, 2011

Oh yum! This looks really tasty!

Reply

91 Geneviève January 30, 2011

I made this the other day and it’s super tasty! I live alone, so I froze all of the leftovers for quick meals. However, I definitely only got 5 slices out of it and not 8… I did put it in a 9 inch round pan instead of a loaf pan (don’t have one) so maybe that’s why? Or maybe it was just so good that I subconsciously cut bigger pieces! ;)

Reply

92 Newly veganized April 11, 2012

It is just as delicious as it looks and it really stays together! The whole family enjoyed it (ages 2-40). Thank you for figuring it out and sharing. I will be sure to pick up your cookbook when it comes out.

Reply

93 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2012

Thanks for your feedback! Happy to hear that it worked out :)

Reply

94 Jessica May 6, 2012

I just made this and it was DIVINE. Thank you so much!

Reply

95 Louise June 1, 2012

Just tried this, it is scrummy!!! Thanks so much! Love your blog, I use your recipes all the time!!

Reply

96 Moo June 4, 2012

I have fallen in love with your blog, Angela! I am new to vegan cooking but a long time passionate cook. Your recipes are thorough and easy to follow! I love how you persevere and include substitutions, etc. I am literally making this loaf right now! Hope it turns out well! Keep it up! :)

Reply

97 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 4, 2012

Thank you, I hope you enjoy it!

Reply

98 Dee June 23, 2012

I had to modify some of the ingredients for what I had on hand, but this recipe is awesome! This will definitely be making tasty (and filling!) lunches for me this week!

Reply

99 Jackie June 25, 2012

Made this last night and it was a success! We had some today for lunch too and I froze the rest for a quick dinner or lunch on a busy day. So far two for two..this and the taco salad ;)
-Jackie-

Reply

100 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 27, 2012

Thanks Jackie, Im happy you enjoyed both recipes! I need to make the loaf again soon..

Reply

101 Katherine July 7, 2012

Made this last night and, oh boy ! It’s very tasty. I made four mini loaves. Half a mini loaf was very filling. How well does it freeze? It’s very moist and I worry that freezing it might change the texture horribly. You always amaze me Angela! I have yet to make a recipe of yours that doesn’t make my palate swoon.

Reply

102 Sarah July 14, 2012

Made this tonight for dinner. It turned out perfectly. I was only expecting 1 loaf but it actually made 2. My son even liked and typically he hates ally food. Thanks for all your efforts in perfecting this recipe.

Reply

103 Holly July 23, 2012

I made this loaf for dinner the other night and loved it! I placed all my veggies in a food processer then sautéed them for a few minutes to let out some of the moisture. For my husband I left out the lentils and added ground meat for him. It was perfect!

Reply

104 Lauren August 9, 2012

I know this is an old post so I am not sure if you will get this, but do you have any advice on a sub for the walnuts? I am slightly allergic. Do you think pecans would work? Thank you!!

Reply

105 Hailey August 23, 2012

The glaze totally made this! And I’m so glad you figured out that processing the lentils is the trick. I’ve noticed that’s become a theme in a lot of your dishes – but totally solves the crumbly vegan dish issue.

Also, I added a bit of cumin (not too much since it’s powerful) … maybe 3/4 teaspoon – to add a little zip. Cumin + walnuts always satiates any sort of lingering meat craving I might have and worked perfect for this ‘meatloaf’ replacement :)

Thanks so much for your hard work and sharing these recipes!

Reply

106 Melissa Sudds August 29, 2012

The weather today really put me in a Fall mood and I decided to try this loaf becuz it seemed like the perfect Fall dish :) it was unbelievably amazing!! i love it so much!!! I already can’t wait to make it again. Do you know if it freezes well Angela?

Reply

107 Diane Kallal September 3, 2012

I’m not a vegan, but I made this (and some variations with chopped olives, different nuts, whatever’s in the pantry) and it is SO good! I slice it, then freeze it so I can take it to work for lunch. Tastes great even at room temp!

Reply

108 Katherine September 8, 2012

Oh my! my loaf is ‘resting’ and the scent of the glaze is unbelievable. This was meant to be a make and freeze loaf for work and such but I think I might just have to cut off a small slice. Yummers! Second time making the loaf and wow, it’s really good. Processed everything in my magic bullet instead of pulling out the processor.

Reply

109 Anita September 8, 2012

I taste…. Raisins and… Ketchup… All in one bite, and.. And.. It’s delightfully yummy!

Reply

110 Nicole A September 16, 2012

I am so glad that I have come across your yummy blog! I am a vegetarian & have been making a transition into a vegan lifestyle for a few months now… and your blog has made it so much easier!! I made quite a few recipes from your blog and they are all so delicious. I have been wanting to make this for awhile. Meatloaf was a favorite of mine as a child and since I became a vegetarian a couple of years ago, I have been dying for something vegetarian. This was even BETTER than ANYTHING I have ever tasted. Even my boyfriend, who is not a big fan of my vegetarian/vegan cooking was amazed by it…. I ate one piece and before I could blink he had scarfed down the rest!!! Mealtimes are my favorite part of the day because of your blog!!! THANK YOU for sharing your talents with the world!

Reply

111 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 18, 2012

Hey Nicole, Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so happy to hear that!!!

Reply

112 Stephanie September 30, 2012

Delish! Sooo good, thanks! Going to make it next weekend for thanksgiving… Think I can make the loaf the day before and then bake it the day of the dinner?

Reply

113 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2012

I can’t see why not! I would maybe suggest reading through the comments to see if anyone tried it. I suspect it would work though. Let me know how it goes!

Reply

114 Stephanie October 8, 2012

Hi Angela, I made the loaf the day before but only cooked it yesterday and it turned out great :) thanks again!

Reply

115 Sarah October 3, 2012

I thought of this as well, I think it would work wonders! I am going to try it as well for Thanksgiving :)

Reply

116 Sarah October 3, 2012

…and a suggestion for dessert, “Pumpkin Pie Smoothie” (ice, almond milk, pumpkin puree, soaked dates and a pinch of cinnamon). They are refreshing and just a little sweet – you could top them with Angela’s coconut milk whip cream recipe for something really dreamy!!

Reply

117 Stephanie October 4, 2012

Thanks Sarah, great idea for dessert!

Reply

118 Madi October 1, 2012

Hi Angela! This looks amazing! I was wondering if i could substitute the flax seed for some other binding ingredient. I am severely allergic to flax seeds : ( but would love to try this recipe.

Reply

119 Sarah October 3, 2012

Angela – I made this last night and it was amazing (absolutely no crumbling!). My 19-month old asked me for more 3 times!! We practially licked our plates clean. I served it with steamed squash and corn fresh off the cob. I think the left overs will sliced, browned in a frying pan and served on a multi-grain bun with pumpkin seed butter and salsa!!

Reply

120 Hanna October 21, 2012

My mom made this last night, as my family was having lamb chops and I am vegetarian. Everyone loved it, including my meatloaf-loving dad. I will definitely make it more often, as well as looking through your other recipes.

Reply

121 FITRJo October 28, 2012

Hi Angela,
Love this recipe. I gave a shout out and linked back to it from my blog. I hope that’s OK.
Jo

Reply

122 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2012

Of course, thanks so much!

Reply

123 Kat November 6, 2012

I’ve made this loaf once before and absolutely loved it! I’m back for the recipe again and so excited to prepare it for my family for Thanksgiving :)

Reply

124 Brittney November 7, 2012

I just made this for dinner! Absolute success; most delicious thing I’ve eaten in a long time and its fanatic that I made it thanks for the recipe!!

Reply

125 Payal November 14, 2012

Is it ok to use yellow lentils if I don’t have green? Will it taste any different?

Reply

126 Lora November 22, 2012

I made this loaf for last year’s Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit. I am coming back to this page to make another one for tonight.

This loaf smells, looks and tastes amazing. This is the best vegan main dish that I have ever made.

Reply

127 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 22, 2012

Im so happy to hear that Lora. I’d say it’s in my top 3 for sure.

Reply

128 Eliza November 24, 2012

I made this loaf for dinner tonight, two nights after Thanksgiving, because it’s what I WISH had been served at my in-laws’ Thanksgiving gathering! I followed the recipe to the letter and it turned out perfectly. Served it with mashed potatoes & vegan gravy, and homemade applesauce. SO delicious! Thanks for perfecting the recipe!

Reply

129 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 25, 2012

That’s so great to hear Eliza! Thank you for trying it out :)

Reply

130 Heather December 2, 2012

We loved this recipe! It was my first successful loaf I’ve ever made, and my 8 yr old loved it too! I didn’t have green lentils, so I used 3/4 cup of french lentils and 1/4 cup of red lentils – I had to cook them a bit longer, but it was great, and I didn’t find it too heavy on my stomach which I find with most loaves. Thanks!

Reply

131 Fee December 6, 2012

Do you think sweetened cranberries would work instead of raisins? I thought it might make it more Christmassy, but could be a disaster! Thanks

Reply

132 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 6, 2012

Ive tried cranberries in a lentil loaf and I didnt like them as much as the raisins. A bit tart for my liking but who knows maybe you would enjoy them though!

Reply

133 Jen December 17, 2012

I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a very long time. Finally made it for our family Christmas yesterday. My extended family is very meat-centric and I am not. I brought this dish thinking no one but me would eat it and I was pleasantly surprised! I rec’d so many compliments on it. I had people asking me why I was eating meat!!! I tricked them :) It was so funny! The look on their faces when I told them it was a veggie loaf w/o any meat!! Thank you for making our meal more enjoyable!

Reply

134 Emily December 20, 2012

Could you freeze the entire loaf for later?

Reply

135 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 24, 2012

Hi Emily, Yes I think some readers have commented saying this tried this. I think you can freeze the raw loaf (just put batter in the pan with topping and dont bake), thaw it at room temp completely, and then cook it as normal. Hope this helps!

Reply

136 Sierradeanne December 30, 2012

Just made this. Always looking for a good vegan “meatloaf” recipe. It was wonderful and the glaze was amazing. Only issue I had was that it took twice as long to cook. But no worries, I will plan ahead next time. Also made the lentil/walnut burgers today (since I was cooking up lentils anyways) and they are great! I have been making my own veggie burgers for quite some time now. I must say, yours held up better than any I have done so far. Can’t wait to try the veggie and chickpea burgers next. Thanks for taking the time to post so many wonderful recipes. Can’t wait to try more!

Reply

137 Fiona January 3, 2013

I made this again but REALLY simplified it and it came out as the best version! I just dumped everything raw into a bowl (kept the oats whole, just chopped raw bread for breadcrumbs, used raw walnuts, chopped celery and onion raw but left out carrot), upped the spices a tad, and covered with a thin layer of Annie’s smoky BBQ sauce. So much easier and surprisingly more delicious! I recommend the easy way!

Reply

138 Lindsay January 27, 2013

OMG. I tried this recipe because I’m trying to force “Meatless Monday” into our weekly routine. It was DELICIOUS. My husband, who doesn’t consider supper ‘supper’ without a big slab of red meat said he would eat it again- he had seconds! Wow!

Thanks so so much for your blog- every recipe I’ve tried has been amazing. You’re all over my Pinterest board!

Reply

139 Laura February 5, 2013

Really yummy, thanks! I’m using ot as a base for Swedish notmeatballs too.

Reply

140 Madelena February 11, 2013

My daughter and I are changing our lifestyle diets to veganism. I have recently discovered your websit and I alstoutly live it. Amazing mouth watering photos and tempting content. Meatloaf use to be one of my daughters favorite meals. I’m so excited to see you have made a vegan version of it! I’m so excited to have found your website. We can’t wait to try many of your recipes!

Reply

141 nicole March 26, 2013

How long’s it usually take you, start to finish, on this one? It looks like even though you can multitask it, I feel like it would still take a really long time (at least 3 hours, for me anyway!) to get it all done. But it looks so good that I really want to make it anyway! :)

Reply

142 Erin A. March 31, 2013

Loved your recipe! It was a great addition to my Easter meal. Even non- vegetarians enjoyed it :) thanks for posting it!

Reply

143 Alexandra freeman March 31, 2013

I made this for my whole family for Easter. It was super good!! I served it with mashed sweet potatoes and braised collard greens. I doubled the recipe so making the loaf was rather labor intensive but in the end it was well worth it and we have a ton of leftovers!! The only issue I had with the dish is that the loaf came out mushy. I am not sure if I did something wrong but I doubt it affected the taste.

Reply

144 Jonna April 25, 2013

Hi! This recipe looks great, and I’m excited to try it. (I was googling for a good vegan lentil loaf recipe.) Thanks for posting! Quick question….in the ingredients section you say to use dry lentils. In the directions section, you say to cook GREEN lentils. I just wanted to clarify…do I need to specifically use green lentils? I was just planning to use the standard lentils I have in my cupboard (they look kind of brownish), but now I’m worried that the recipe won’t turn out quite right if I don’t use green lentils. Please let me know. Thank you!!

Reply

145 Kayla July 29, 2013

Hands down my favorite blog! You have so many great recipes!! Going to try this one tonight and see how it turns out. Eating vegan has made me so much more creative with my cooking. Thanks for being an inspiration! :)

Reply

146 Elle August 22, 2013

My stepmom made this ages ago, and I had to come back and look this recipe up again! This was the ONLY loaf (or what could be turned into a burger) homemade recipe I’ve found yet that I’ve ever liked, and the only store bought one I could find that equals this for yumminess is the Q’uorn chicken burgers. Thanks for the Vegan swing on a meatloaf. (Fall is coming and it turns out for the first time ever I actually miss meatloaf ;P) Glad to hear about the taco filling idea too! I’ll try using this broken up in taco’s, and I might even try a “meatloaf” sandwich for the first time in my Life! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

Reply

147 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 22, 2013

Im so happy to hear this Elle! Thanks for your feedback.

Reply

148 Lindsay September 7, 2013

Used this recipe as a filling for cabbage rolls today! Wrapped it in a sour cabbage leaf, used Passata with a touch of maple syrup for the sauce, and out it in the slow cooker. YUM!

Reply

149 DrewTheJew September 15, 2013

Love your blog. It’s funny, to me, how we differ as vegans/vegetarians. I grew up by a chicken farm and cleaned chickens as a youth, plus saw many, many disgusting eggs. Enough said there. I have always despised all seafood – I think it’s 75% the texture. I don’t eat pork because I’m Jewish. The foods i truly miss are meatloaf and beef stew. That’s about it., but I really REALLY miss meatloaf. Thanks for this! It’s in the oven right this second. I’m having a glass of wine while I wait! :-)

Reply

150 Faye November 23, 2013

Hi Angela,

This looks great but I’m slightly scared of the idea of having apples and raisins in a meatloaf like entree. Does this make the loaf sweet? Or is it still savory? I know I should trust your judgment but I’m slightly cautious…

Reply

151 Gingerjelly December 26, 2013

I didn’t think it was sweet, definitely a savoury dish. I think the apple and raisins lifted the heaviness of all the lentils.

Reply

152 Nikki November 24, 2013

Thank you for this recipe! I’m stoked to make this for my work’s christmas party – we’re lucky enough to have a few vegetarians, and I’m happy to provide a ‘main dish’ for us non-meat eaters.
This is perfect :)

Reply

153 Brianna November 26, 2013

Making this for Thanksgiving this year!

Reply

154 Stephanie December 16, 2013

Thank you so much for this recipe! It lifted right out of the pan with no problems. I have never had a lentil loaf hold together so well. It tasted wonderful and the glaze was beyond amazing. I was worried that the processed lentils would make it mushy and my boyfriend was skeptical about the raisins, but we both loved it. The only change I made was to use pumpkin butter instead of apple butter, because that’s what we have on hand.

Reply

155 Gingerjelly December 26, 2013

Thank you for this recipe, this was our (first) vegan xmas dinner, it was perfect. I forgot about buying apple butter, don’t know if we have it in the UK, so I used an onion marmalade for the glaze instead, beautiful!
We will be having it every xmas and I know it has room for adaptations too :)

Reply

156 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 28, 2013

So happy to hear that you all enjoyed the loaf! Merry Christmas :)

Reply

157 Rackell January 15, 2014

Would this loaf still work if I opted out of the Walnuts? what can i substitute instead? No nuts as i have a nut allergy :(

Reply

158 Rachel February 16, 2014

I have this in the oven right now, can’t wait to see how it turns out!!!

Reply

159 Melanie March 11, 2014

Angela, I have made this loaf many times for family and extended family. It has become a family favourite. We love the texture and the taste. The glaze is a perfect fit for the recipe. The last time I made it, several family members asked if I could make extra and freeze it for them. Unfortunately, freezing did not work. It was mushy. Any suggestions? Also, I just bought your cookbook. My husband is anxious to shed pounds by tasting so many of your recipes. They look so creative, healthy, and life-enriching. I can’t wait to try the cocoa crunch almond butter banana bites. Thanks for all your pioneering for the benefit of us all.

Reply

160 Plant Based Diet March 21, 2014

Okay you are teasing me too much. I want to make this right now!

Reply

161 Mary April 9, 2014

Angela, is this the ultimate recipe or is the one in your cookbook more refined? They are very similar, but have enough changes I wanted to check before I make it. Thanks.

Reply

162 Maria June 17, 2014

Hi! Could you please suggest a substitute for the apple in this recipe? I don’t think we have organic apples (or pears) here in the Philippines, as far as I know. I’m trying not to eat food from the Dirty Dozen list:)

Reply

163 Sarika Agarwal July 18, 2014

Just made this today and it’s awesome! So much healthier than this other nut loaf I make that has lots of cheese in it. I think I’m going to double the recipe next time and freeze a loaf. Thank you!!

Reply

164 Silvia August 22, 2014

Hello! I have a quick question. Did you soak your lentils first?

Reply

165 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 22, 2014

I usually don’t, but I can’t see why you couldn’t :)

Reply

166 Lauren August 23, 2014

I just made this recipe from your cookbook and loved it! Thanks so much for the great recipe!

Reply

167 Savannah November 7, 2014

This loaf is SOOO good! It took forever to make, but it was very worth it.

Thank you (:

Reply

168 Mike November 23, 2014

Hi Angela,
Stupid question: what size loaf pan did you use for this recipe? I just want to be sure I do everything right when I make it for our upcoming vegan potluck! :-)
thanks in advance…

Reply

169 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 24, 2014

Hi Mike! I use a 9 inch x 5 inch loaf pan. Hope this helps

Reply

170 Kandy November 24, 2014

This recipe calls for green lentils…I am new to this way of eating and is there really a difference in green and brown lentils? I have brown but have not found green ones. Is this an either or type of issue? Thank you for any help you offer. This recipe looks great and I am anxious to make it.

Reply

171 Missa December 25, 2014

I found them at Whole Foods.

Reply

172 Susan Hollaway November 28, 2014

I made this for thanksgiving dinner for myself while the other 17 guests had turkey. I barely have any left! It was by far the best meatless or meat for that matter , loaf I have ever eaten. The review was unanimous.

Reply

173 Missa December 25, 2014

I made this for Christmas with your cauliflower mashed potatoes and easy mushroom gravy, and loved it!

Reply

174 Missa December 25, 2014

Actually, I just realized that this wasn’t the recipe I used, but it was similar. I used the one in your cookbook. :)

Reply

175 Christin January 25, 2015

I have the book “Oh She Glows,” and I LOVE it! In fact this blog has changed my life. But I need some help. I haven’t had a problem with a single recipe… except this one. My son picked out the meatloaf and I made it by the book. Unfortunately the flavors did not come out. It stuck together, had the consistency of meatloaf but I’m not very excited about eating leftovers. Any thoughts? I’m thinking about adding one of those meatloaf spice packets on top of the regular ingredients next time. I’m teaching my 4 year old twins healthy eating habits, and it would be great to have a go to vegan meatloaf recipe.

Reply

176 Crystal March 2, 2015

I tries this recipe today with a few substitutions but it turned out really delicious. Dear husband kept going back for more.

Reply

177 Kate March 6, 2015

Just made this for dinner yesterday…amazing. That sauce was fantastic, will definitely double that next time! hehe

Reply

178 Gina April 10, 2015

Hi, mild dilemma…I live in a remote part of Norway and at present only have access to dried red lentils or red/green lentils in an aseptic cardboard pack from the shops… Any advice on how I can make this work?

Reply

179 Shawn May 11, 2015

would it work to substitute walnuts with pecans???

Reply

180 Cynthia Wilson August 9, 2015

I just toss all my ingredients in my bread maker. It mixes the cooked strained lentils with all the other stuff and bakes it into a nice loaf. Then I take it out and bake the glaze onto the top in the toaster oven. Seriously there is no reason to slave over a simple lentil loaf.

I

Reply

181 Tammy September 14, 2015

Made this for Rosh Hashana, was a hit. Thank you.

Reply

182 Leeann P October 27, 2015

I am addicted to this lentil loaf ! I’m not vegan or vegetarian but I LOVE every recipe I have tried from the Oh She Glows cookbook. I can’t wait for the next book !

Reply

183 Stacey November 1, 2015

Angela,

I’m so excited to try this recipe for Thanksgiving!! I was a vegan in my early 20s, and I “came home” to veganism earlier this year. Thank you for working out the kinks and coming up with a great recipe!

Blessings,
~Stacey
Minneapolis, MN

Reply

184 Vivien November 4, 2015

I have just made this for dinner. I shared it with my daughter, we both loved it. I would have to say it is the best lentil loaf ever. Thank you. I served it with green and orange veg. I am freezing 4 slices, wrapping them in baking paper and then storing them in Tupperware. I am confident they will store well. The loaf is so moist it is a pleasure to eat.

Reply

185 Laura November 23, 2015

Hi, this looks delicious and I would love to try it for Christmas dinner this year (heheh, with a few of your other recipes!). Just wondering if this could be made a day in advance and if so, how would I preserve it? Sorry, I have no cooking smarts – wondering if I make it raw and keep it in the fridge overnight and then pop in the oven when I’m ready? Can it be frozen before cooking or should it be frozen after cooking? (Ore just kept in the fridge). Thanks sooo much!!! :)

Reply

186 Connie December 23, 2015

Not sure if you have been asked this or ever considered it, but what do you think about adapting this a bit into a wellington? If you did, what modifications would you make? Looking to make this a bit fancier for Christmas dinner. If you think it wouldn’t work, then feel free to let me know so I don’t spend time and money and then it turns out badly. <3.

Reply

187 nikki January 10, 2016

HI! I made this and was delicious!! added dried red bell pepper and spinach; used 2 eggs instead of flax egg; didn’t have ketchup so used dijon-apricot-balsamic and it was delicious!! Thank you!@

Reply

188 Sara January 23, 2016

I made this recipe from your book yesterday. Couldn’t be happier with the result, the glaze is wonderful!

Reply

189 Grace March 6, 2016
Recipe Rating:

My family loves this recipe! My dad hasn’t even figured out that there is no meat in it yet. We’ll keep it that way. Does anyone know if I can use yellow lentils instead of green lentils?

Reply

190 Clancy March 22, 2016

I will be trying this this weekend. It will be this instead of turkey for me. Do you think the recipe would work well with cashews? We seem to have an abundance of them in our house!
Thank you!

Reply

191 Angela Liddon March 26, 2016

Hi Clancy, I haven’t tried this recipe with cashews, so I’m really not sure! I think pecans might be a better swap, but if you do try cashews I’d recommend chopping them very finely since they are so firm. Hope this helps! I’d love to hear how it goes.

Reply

192 Clancy April 1, 2016

HI Angela!
We made this and absolutely loved it! Even my hubby who is a meat and potato kind of guy begrudgingly admitted he liked it. I ended up using Walnuts because we had to make a extra store trip anyway. I followed your recipe basically to a T except I didn’t have flax. So I substituted flax with ground chia seeds and it stuck together (I only used half the Amt because chia loves water) and it stuck together wonderfully. So basically it was a hit!

We just picked up your cookbook today and I am excited to try your recipes. While I was browsing through I noticed a recipe (protein goddess bowl) and you got the idea from the Coup! That is one of my absolutely fav restaurants as they are veg and also support local first. After I saw that I realised you are a fellow Canadian! So hi from calgary and thank you for all of your awesome recipes!

Clancy

Reply

193 Jane March 30, 2016

This Lentil Walnut Loaf was amazing! I made it for Easter and was perfect – shared with some non-vegans who loved it as well. I cooked it 30 minutes longer than suggested. The loaf was full of flavor and different textures. We all felt we were eating something very healthy and hearty – and we were! I will for sure be making this again. Thanks for sharing your recipe for all to enjoy!

Reply

194 Angela Liddon March 30, 2016

I’m so happy to hear the recipe was a hit, Jane!

Reply

195 Marin April 10, 2016
Recipe Rating:

Just made this and it was delicious! My first vegan loaf ever and it made for the best Sunday evening dinner – with some mashed cauliflower and sauteed spinach. The only thing that is a bit weird is that I never saw where the walnuts are supposed to be added in the recipe instructions. I figured it out – add when veggies, etc are added – but weird that it never mentioned walnuts later in the mixing instructions.
Also, I omitted breadcrumbs and had dried cherries on hand instead of the raisins/cranberries. Delish!!

Reply

196 Vivien Supple April 12, 2016

I tried this loaf a couple of months ago, It was the best lentil loaf I have ever made. It had so much flavour and texture.. Delicious. I read on the blog that it did not freeze well so I tested it for 3 months and it froze and thawed beautifully, it tasted better/as good as it did when first made. I have found that most dishes of this type “flavour up” if served the next day – whether meat or lentils. This loaf stays moist.

Reply

197 Angela Liddon April 12, 2016

Thanks for the great and helpful comment, Vivien. I’m so glad you like the recipe, and it’s great to know freezing it worked out well for you. I’m sure lots of other readers will appreciate the info, too!

Reply

198 Jane April 16, 2016

This sounds delicious and I’d like to try this! Would you please clarify the flax egg instructions. Do you mean we make a flax egg (which I don’t see listed in ingredients, but I believe it’s adding ground flax and water) and add that (and that is separate from the additional ground flax? Or do we make an “egg” with the flax you have listed? So flax is added only once? I hope this question makes sense. And can I substitute an egg (but still add the flax)? Sorry for my confusion.

Reply

199 Jane April 18, 2016

I now see that you have an updated “revisited” version of this recipe that clarifies the flax egg step and also simplifies the recipe. So, I’ll use that version of the recipe. Thanks.

Reply

200 Angela Liddon April 18, 2016

Hi Jane, I’m so glad the revisited recipe helped clear things up with the flax egg! If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’d love to help! I hope you enjoy the walnut loaf when you give it a try. :)

Reply

201 Elizabeth April 26, 2016
Recipe Rating:

Just made this – followed recipe to a t. Delish!! I’m 40 weeks pregnant (due today) and this was perfect today and also freezing for after baby is born. Absolutely wonderful – thank you! My favorite part is probably toasted walnuts and also glaze is key. My husband declared it once of the best things he ever ate and far better than any meat loaf he had. Also mine totally held together – no crumbling. Thanks!

Reply

202 Angela Liddon April 26, 2016

Congratulations, Elizabeth! I’m sending you and baby-to-be tons of well wishes. So glad to hear you enjoy the recipe – it’ll definitely be great to have leftovers on hand after the little one arrives! :)

Reply

203 Lee Rosen July 16, 2016
Recipe Rating:

Can this be frozen?

Reply

204 constance lee July 19, 2016
Recipe Rating:

Fantastic! Tempted by the glaze (I make my own catsup and apple butter). Moist and easy to cut. I grilled some today for a sandwich

Reply

205 Esther August 18, 2016

My favourite lentil recipe. A bit of extra work the first time I made it, but now it so fast and so yummy! Leftovers are even better.

Reply

206 Akasamati August 28, 2016

Hi. Good looking recipie but I’m a bit confused about the flax seed. In the picture captions you say “prepare the flax egg”. Is this the ground flax mentioned in the ingredients list soaked in water (how much) or an additional item?
Thanks

Reply

207 Angela Liddon September 16, 2016

Hey! Oh, great question! I actually have revised this recipe which is why the blog post directions and actual recipe do not match up anymore. Thanks for the heads up. Please follow the recipe itself as it’s correct. :)

Reply

208 Tara August 31, 2016

I have a bean/ legume allergy and I can still eat soy thank goodness. I was wondering what you would recommend to replace the lentils? I would like to eat more plant base.

Thanks

Reply

209 Rita September 9, 2016

You mention “flax egg” twice in this vegan lentil loaf recipe….what is that? It’s not in the ingredients list…just with the pictures and instructions

Reply

210 Joe Kohn September 19, 2016
Recipe Rating:

Made this last night….loved it! Left out the olive oil and used fresh bread crumbs, super moist and delicious!

Reply

211 Angela Liddon September 20, 2016

Happy to hear it was a hit, Joe!

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: