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Delicious Lentil Loaf

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"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!"
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1 h 50 m servings 318
Original recipe yields 6 servings (1 loaf)


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  1. 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.
  2. Mix 1/3 cup water and ground flax seed together in a bowl; set aside until thickened, at least 10 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan.
  5. Transfer cooked lentils to a food processor and pulse until about 75 percent of lentils are mashed. Mix onion-mushroom mixture, oats, flour, basil, black pepper, salt, and onion powder into lentils until well combined. Press lentil mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 318 calories; 7.5 51.3 13 0 643 Full nutrition

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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 pleasantl...

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!

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 ...

Wow First time making this and it was amazing! I added the flax/water in during step 5 since I didn't see it written down anywhere else and I already knew (through earlier research on Veganism) ...

I really liked this recipe. Since I stopped eating beef, I like having a dish the texture of meatloaf but with a earthy lentil flavor. Plus the ketchup, mustard bbq sauce topping (minus the bro...

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!

I didn't have any mushrooms, so I used orange peppers instead and it was really good! Can't wait to try it with mushrooms next time.

My carnivorous dad was enticed by this, but he could tell it wasn't meat.

I added 1/2 cup of toasted walnuts