Lentil and pecan nut loaf

A lovely pecan and lentil loaf that makes a nice festive main with some roast veggies, creamy mash and a tasty home made tomato sauce.

This recipe is gluten and refined sugar free. It can be made ahead and is freezer friendly. If your not a fan of the loaf idea, you can easily turn this recipe into lentil patties.

Lentil loaf

Vegan friendly, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free

Serves 3-4 people


  • 1/2 cup brown lentils, cooked
  • 1/3 cup quinoa cooked
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pecan nuts
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 3 medium sized carrots, thinly sliced or grated
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp flax seed powder, grounded
  • 1 Tbsp tamari sauce
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 packet tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch


  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp tamari


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Place the pecan nuts onto a baking sheet, spreading them out evenly baking and toasting in the oven for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. Heat oil over medium heat in a medium sauté pan and cook onions, garlic, carrots and celery until they’ve softened and become fragrant.
  4. Add all the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until mixture is just combined and the texture is to your liking.
  5. In a small bowl stir together glaze ingredients and spread the glaze over top of the loaf.
  6. Bake covered with foil for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for about 8 more minutes. Let the loaf rest 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
  7. Left overs can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen.

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