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lentil loaf sliced topped with fresh parsley

Vegan Lentil Loaf Recipe

  • Author: Jess
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


A meat-less loaf recipe made with lentils, portobello mushrooms and quinoa


Units Scale
  • 3 cups cooked green lentils (about 1 cup dried, or can use canned)
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds+6 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 portabello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1/2 tbsp vegan worshershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, (already cooked)
  • 1/2 cup oats


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Mix the ground flax seeds with the water and let sit for 5 minues to gel.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic, carrot, celery, red pepper and mushrooms and let brown in the pan for 10-15 minutes, stiring constantly so the veggies don’t burn. Sesason with salt, pepper, paprika and dried herbs.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium then deglaze the pan with red wine. Add the ketchup, tomato paste tamari, and vegan worshershire sauce and mix everything together. 
  4. Add the veggie mixture to a food processor with the lentils, quinoa oats, and flax eggs. Pulse just a bit until combined, but not too much so there is still texture.
  5. Line an 8×4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Pour the lentil mixture into the pan spreading evenly.
  6. To make the glaze mix the ketchup, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup together, then spread evenly onto the loaf. 
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from the pan.


Don’t rush cooking the vegetables in the pan. You want them to brown. If they start to brown too much, reduce your heat a bit. 

I recommend cooking the lentils in broth rather than water. This will help infuse the lentils with more flavour. 

Don’t overpulse the mixture in the food processor. You want to leave some texture. 

Don’t try and remove the loaf from the pan while it’s still hot. 


  • Serving Size: 1/10th recipe
  • Calories: 177
  • Sugar: 5.5g
  • Sodium: 328mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 8g

Keywords: vegan meatloaf recipe, meatloaf with lentils