I know nobody expects the words 'lentils' and 'delicious' in the same recipe title, but this lentil loaf is a hit with vegans, vegetarians and even meat-eaters! I've left the glaze open to your own tastes, you can use anything from barbeque sauce to your own mother's meatloaf glaze. Please add your glaze recipes into the comments!

Julie

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 25 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Lentil Loaf:
Glaze:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine 2 1/2 cups water and lentils in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover saucepan, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed and lentils are tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

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  • Mix 1/3 cup water and ground flax seed together in a bowl; set aside until thickened, at least 10 minutes.

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat; cook and stir onion, mushrooms, celery, and garlic until softened and liquid from mushrooms has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan.

  • Transfer cooked lentils to a food processor and pulse until about 75 percent of lentils are mashed. Mix onion-mushroom mixture, flax seed-water mixture, oats, flour, basil, black pepper, salt, and onion powder into lentils until well combined. Press lentil mixture into the prepared loaf pan.

  • Combine ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and barbeque sauce in a saucepan over medium-low heat; cook and stir until glaze is smooth and brown sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat.

  • Bake loaf in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Spread 1/4 cup glaze over lentil loaf; continue baking until cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes more. Serve lentil loaf with remaining glaze on the side.

Cook's Note:

Substitute vegetable stock for the 2 1/2 cups water, if desired. Dried oregano can be used in place of the dried basil. Dehydrated onion can be used in place of the onion powder.

Lentils can also be mashed using a fork instead of the food processor, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

318 calories; protein 13g 26% DV; carbohydrates 51.3g 17% DV; fat 7.5g 12% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 643.4mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (31)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2017
First time trying this recipe. We put ground quinoa instead of white flower and the results were Amazing!!!! My husband and I, having never experienced a meat free "loaf" before were pleasantly surprised at the texture and the Taste. So much that we took the time to write this review... our first ever. Definitely adding to our favs list! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/03/2020
5.2.20 ... https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/246344/delicious-lentil-loaf/ ... Sorry. 'Looks like meatloaf, tastes like bean loaf; bland. I know, I know, what was I expecting? Magic, I guess. It reminds me of dressing, but very heavy dressing. I'm glad I tried, but no repeats here. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2017
First time trying this recipe. We put ground quinoa instead of white flower and the results were Amazing!!!! My husband and I, having never experienced a meat free "loaf" before were pleasantly surprised at the texture and the Taste. So much that we took the time to write this review... our first ever. Definitely adding to our favs list! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2017
My family really enjoyed this! Both my husband and son commented on how good it tasted. My son & his family are making it tomorrow again. I added about 1 cup of fresh chopped parsley. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2018
I just made this and wow a vegan dish that tasted great without crazy ingredients!!! The only thing I had to change due to an oat allergy was to use panko bread crumbs. Thank you for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2019
I made an AR account to share my take on this amazing dish. I told my gf that I was making a "faux loaf" and it turned out bangin'. I didnt have any ketchup so I used A1 sauce. It was a good decision but it was a just a little over the top. 100% would make again. My only tiff is that the directions never specified how to chop the mushrooms. So i quartered them. It worked out great. They had a fun texture and I love the taste of mushrooms. I would say the original intention was to coarsely chop them. Also no directions as far as when to add the flax seed mixture. I just mixed it with the cooked lentils and the veggies. No problems. Seriously it was a great meal. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2018
It's amazing. I did not change the loaf recipe at all, except that I could not find brown lentils and used green with no issue Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2017
I added 1/2 cup of toasted walnuts Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2018
This was delicious. I don't eat mushrooms so I chopped up some carrots and green pepper instead and it was great. I had trouble getting it to firm up in the oven and I think I just needed to let the lentils sit and absorb more moisture before I mixed them in with the rest of the ingredients. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2018
This was so good. although I did not ad carrots and I added lots of Worcestershire in the loaf and glaze for the hubby he absolutely loved it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2019
Very good but I would definitely say to omit the sugar in the glaze or at least half it. There’s enough sugar in ketchup and bbq sauce. The directions don’t mention the flax egg but u do need to mix in with the lentil oat mixture. You also need to spray your loaf pan with cooking spray. I also think this could be cooked a little longer to get a more firm/crunchy exterior. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/03/2020
5.2.20 ... https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/246344/delicious-lentil-loaf/ ... Sorry. 'Looks like meatloaf, tastes like bean loaf; bland. I know, I know, what was I expecting? Magic, I guess. It reminds me of dressing, but very heavy dressing. I'm glad I tried, but no repeats here. Read More
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