Gluten-free + Vegan Lentil “Meat” Loaf

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Gluten-free + Vegan Lentil “Meat” Loaf

Hey guys, sorry it was a bit quiet on here last week, we were getting ready for and working our (Hero Design Studio) Pop-Up Shop over the weekend. It went super well and I can’t wait to share some photos from the event with you guys. I am a bit behind on recipe posting from being so busy last week, so look for lots of new recipes this week!

I am super duper excited to not only share this new recipe with you, but to also be the guest blogger at Healthful Pursuit today! If any of you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you will probably remember my extreme excitement about 2-weeks ago when I finally got this Lentil “Meat” Loaf recipe right. I had messed around with a few different versions, but no matter how delicious my loaves tasted, they just didn’t want to stay together, they ended up being a crumbly, sloppy mess on the plate when I would serve them. I finally got it figured out and I couldn’t wait to share it with anyone who would listen, it’s that good.

Gluten-free + Vegan Lentil “Meat” Loaf

When Leanne, from Healthful Pursuit, contacted me to share a recipe on her blog with her readers while she is on an incredible trip to India, I was in the middle of experimenting with this recipe, so I knew this was the one to share. Plus, knowing it would be out there in front of even more people, it gave me an even more incentive to try to get it right and perfect.

Leanne’s blog has always been one of my favorites, I found her through her comments on my blog about a year ago and I was always so inspired by what she was making in her own kitchen. In addition to having a similar approach to health and well-being as I do, as a Holistic Nutritionist, Leanne, also has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to foods, eating and our health. Finding Healthful Pursuit brought a wonderful new breath to my cooking and has affirmed all of my decisions about food. I promise after just one visit to HP, you too will be adding it to your bookmarks.

 

Gluten-free + Vegan Lentil “Meat” Loaf

This Lentil “Meat” Loaf pretty much sums up so many of my feelings for food. It is healthy, comforting, satisfying and you won’t feel like you are missing out on a thing when you eat it. It is hearty without being heavy and it is packed full of foods that are great for you. In addition to all of that, the most important thing to me is that it stayed together when I sliced it and it looks beautiful, instead of a lumpy pile on the plate :)

This lentil loaf is almost a little meaty and is sure to satisfy even the meatiest of meat-lovers in your family, I promise. My hubby, Mark, LOVED it. He even made up a song for it. Reheat a slice or two of this loaf up in a cast iron skillet to get it a little toasted on the outside and toss it on your favorite gluten-free (or not) bread, with a little more BBQ sauce and some pickled red onions for a delicious “meat” loaf sandwich. The perfect hearty and healthy lunch.

Spicy Vegan BBQ Sauce

In addition to the loaf, I also made a delicious and spicy vegan BBQ sauce to go on top. You could certainly use your favorite store bought BBQ sauce, but I urge you to try making your own, even if just one time. It is much easier than you think, you can skip all the gross refined sugar or corn-syrup laced store brands and you can tweak the ingredients to have a taste that is all your own. My BBQ sauce is a tad bit spicy (you can make it as spicy as you’d like), a little tangy and just a tad bit sweet. I love it.

This recipe was originally shared on Healthful Pursuit.

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1 Danielle February 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Looks great! Though I am not the biggest fan of BBQ sauce – though your sauce does look good! If I were to leave out the BBQ sauce… Do you think the recipe would still if more liquid was added? (Ie. more boiling water)

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2 tastyyummies February 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Thanks Danielle, I would just add in some ketchup or crushed tomatoes or something. You could even add in mustard. You’ll be able to feel if the mixture is too dry and crumbly and yeh, worst case you can always just add in some water.

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3 Danielle February 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Thanks for your response! Those are good suggestions.

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4 Junia @ Mis Pensamientos February 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm

just found your blog thru leanne’s webpage. i can totally relate to your digestive issues. it’s been a 3+ year battle for me and i am finally starting to find some relief after cutting out the sugar and gluten too. have your symptoms completely dissipated now?

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5 Nidia Lopez February 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Beth!!! this looks sooooo good!! i will DEFINITELY be making this, this weekend, and I will post a picture on instagram to show you!!! thank you!!

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6 tastyyummies February 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Thanks Nidia. Yes definitely post a pic, I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

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7 Meesh February 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

Holy yum! This looks delicious :)

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8 tastyyummies February 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Thanks Meesh! It is definitely as tasty as it looks. Promise.

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9 Pre February 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm

This looks amazing! I can’t wait to check out the recipe. And VEGAN bbq sauce?! I can seriously eat bbq on EVERYTHING. You’ve given me a project for the weekend..yay!

xo
pre

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10 Tessa@The Domestic Diva February 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm

That BBQ sauce is amazing, and I like to make my own too…commercial varieties can have some nasty ingredients! I am betting the flax egg did your binding for your loaf…but looks really good too! thanks for sharing with us again (AFW)!

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11 Judit - Corina @WineDineDaily February 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

This lentil meatloaf looks really delicious Beth. Love that it is gluten-free + vegan.

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12 Liz V February 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

We are a family of lentil lovers! I’m defo trying this tonight! Looks amazing!

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13 Shirley @ gfe March 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm

This loaf looks seriously good, Beth! I love lentils and, I might add, barbecue sauce. :-) Thanks so much for linking up to The GFE Virtual Gluten-Free Support Group. I love how you displayed the big badge … it’s a thrill to see it in use this way!

Shirley

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14 Daily Deal March 30, 2012 at 2:17 am

Healthy meat loaf! These would be a wonderful treats for our next party.

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15 Megan April 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Love your blog and I’m making this tonight! I’ll blog it and cite you when I’m done. Looking forward to keeping up with your cooking xx

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16 Justin (Lotus Artichoke) July 1, 2012 at 8:34 am

Wow. Need to try this! Been looking for a good vegan loaf for a while! Very cool that Leanne (from Healthful Pursuit) went to India. I’ll have to read about that while I’m fetching the recipe.

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17 click to read more May 20, 2013 at 4:12 am

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blogging platform available right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

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18 The Peace Patch September 11, 2013 at 5:34 am

Superdeliciousness! This looks so yumful, especially with your BBQ sauce! I remember as a kid my mom made really good meatloaf, but it was even better the next day in a sandwich too. Your lentil loaf and spicy sauce will make a fabulous and filling sandwich, perfect for chilly Fall weather. Many thanks for sharing the recipes!

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19 sziszazi October 26, 2013 at 5:30 am

I don’t get it. Mustard includes GLUTEN… So… Why You add mustard into the sauce???

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20 tastyyummies October 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Mustard doesn’t include gluten. Some brands may contain it, but mustard by-in-large does not contain gluten. I have never seen it in any of the brands I purchase.

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21 Tess April 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

This all looks amazing! I’m always looking for meatless varieties on dishes. I do eat meat but I’m more likely to have all this in the pantry than ground beef or turkey in the fridge!

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22 tastyyummies May 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Tess. Same for us, we do eat meat, but we prefer to go meatless whenever possible.

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23 Susan April 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I really want to make this…. but…. can I sub chia for the flax? And did you find a second to the oats, I have found I am sensitive to them. I am on a gluten-free plus no oat trial. I am loving the lentil soups I have been making, it would be nice to have a meatloaf/burger recipe to use them in as well. I LOVE your blog :D thanks for all the recipes!

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24 tastyyummies May 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

yes chia should work great instead of the flax. As far as the oats go, you could try using buckwheat flour and or buckwheat flakes. You could also try sorghum flour, too. If you try it out, please let me know how it comes together for you. Thanks.

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25 Becca May 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I made this recipe, but replaced the oatmeal with pumpkin seed flour. I replaced the oatmeal because I’m 11 years past gastric bypass and have long term complication of Hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia. Which means! No starches for me. I use pumpkin seed flour, which I make in the house and because we are currently living in Guatemala it is cheap and easily available. All that to say, the recipe was a success! The loaf held together very nicely even with my changes. The next time I will probably drop the temp and cook it a little longer and slower to help dry out the loaf a little more. I’m quite confident that the oatmeal absorbs more liquids than the pumpkin seed flour! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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26 Driz May 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I don’t like barbecue sauce can I use tomato sauce? What about soy sauce or teriyaki sauce?

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27 tastyyummies June 4, 2014 at 7:40 am

Driz, you can use whatever you’d like ;) It will obviously change the flavor but I think it will still be good.

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28 HeidiK May 30, 2014 at 12:28 am

Hi from Finland!
I’m drooling here, this loaf looks yummy. I have looked a good vegetarian”meat”loaf recipe for some time now. I will try this today, just on my way to grocery store to get the ingredients.

Only obstacle is those cup-measures, I’m every time so confused with them- haha. I think one cup is like 2,4 dl?

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29 Catherine December 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Hi, can we freeze it?

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30 Beth @ Tasty Yummies December 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Hmm I suppose it’s worth a try, but I have never done so myself, so I cannot say for sure. I am not one for freezing much so I don’t have a ton of experience. Sorry.If you try it, please let me know how it comes out for you.

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31 tastyyummies February 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Thanks Kalinda. Making the perfect lentil loaf may be one of the toughest things I have ever tried to get right in the kitchen. Who knew?

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32 tastyyummies February 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Yum lentil tacos, what a great idea. I am really obsessed with lentils, they are great in so many different things.

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