Vegan Lentil Loaf With a Maple-Balsamic Glaze

Vegan Lentil Loaf

I’m really excited to share this recipe for a vegan lentil loaf (aka vegan meatloaf) with you. It’s a hearty, comforting recipe that’s full of nourishing ingredients.

I did quite a bit of research and testing on this to make sure I brought something different to the table since there are so many lentil loaf recipes out there. It’s the perfect main dish to serve at your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, or on any occasion really!

I’ve only recently gotten into making veggie loaves and I must say, I’m a massive fan. They’re so easy to make and can feed so many mouths! They’re great served with a side of mash and either fresh or steamed greens. Other options are:

  • Made into a sandwich or burger with your favourite toppings
  • Pressed down into a pie dish and topped with mash to make Shepard’s pie style dish
  • You can stuff bell peppers with them and bake in the oven
  • Bake them in a muffin tin and pair with some sides or pop in the lunchbox for work or school (make sure to bake them for around 20-30 minutes)

The options are really endless with this mixture!

Vegan Lentil Loaf

Can I make this lentil loaf ahead of time?

You sure can make this ahead of time. In fact, I would recommend it! The flavours will be a little deeper and you don’t have to stress so much when you should be enjoying yourself and relaxing. 

I’ve done this way too many times! I plan a feast and get excited to have people come over and I end up being stressed all day because the house needs to be cleaned, I need to have all the ingredients for the dinner ready and make sure to allow enough time to cook everything before our guests arrive. 

So when I make recipes like this one that can be made ahead of time, it makes it such a more enjoyable experience on the day. Can anyone relate? 

You just need to warm it up before you’re ready to serve. It can also stay in the fridge for up to three days. 

Vegan Lentil Loaf

Is it freezer-friendly? 

This vegan lentil loaf certainly is freezer-friendly. Just bake it without the glaze and freeze it once it’s completely cooled. When you’re ready to use it, thaw it completely and then glaze it before popping it in the oven to warm up. 

You can also leave the glaze off if you choose to make a gravy for the lentil loaf instead. 

However, if you like your glaze, you can certainly double the recipe and have that extra thick layer on top of the loaf. It will only add more flavour! 

Vegan Lentil Loaf

The steps to make this meatless loaf are super easy and straightforward. In other words, it’s hard to stuff up!

Unlike other loaf recipes, this one has no exotic ingredients or ingredients that I don’t normally cook with myself as our kitchen is mainly whole-foods. 

It’s also not dry and mushy, so it makes it so easy to cut and enjoy thin or thick slices. 

Vegan Meatloaf Preparations

It has a great range of colours and vegetables, to make this meal enjoyable and nutritious at the same time. 

A couple of other tips…

What you see is the texture and consistency of the pulsed mushrooms, sunflowers, walnuts and some of the brown lentils. 

If you don’t have a loaf tin or pan, you can simply use a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Just shape the mixture with your hands to resemble a loaf and it will hold up fine. 

Vegan Meatloaf Preparations

One other tip, if you’re cooking the lentils (rather than using from a can), make sure not to overcook them. If you do, the loaf can turn out a little mushier than desired. 

Other recipes you’ll love:

  1. Vegan Cabbage Rolls in Tomato Sauce
  2. Homemade Vegan Eggnog
  3. Buckwheat Stuffed Capsicums
  4. Vegan Bruschetta Toppings Done Four Ways
  5. Smokey Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese

Now let’s get into this! 

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Vegan Lentil Loaf

Vegan Lentil Loaf With a Maple-Balsamic Glaze

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This beautiful and rich vegan lentil loaf is perfect for any special occasion or something that can be added to your weekly rotation as the options of how it can be served are endless!


Loaf mixture:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery (around 2 stalks), diced
  • 1 cup carrot (around 1 large one), diced
  • ¾ cup red bell pepper (around half a large one), diced
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal + 6 tbsp water
  • 1 cup cooked brown lentils (French lentils will also work fine)
  • 250g (around 13 medium), mushrooms
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • A handful of fresh herbs, chopped finely (I used sage, parsley, thyme and oregano)
  • ¾ cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp tamari sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 tsp good-quality salt
  • ½ tsp pepper


  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1.5 tbsp tamari sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 355F (180C) degrees, and line a loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. On medium heat in a saucepan or fry pan, add the oil and the onion. Saute for a couple of minutes before adding the celery and carrots. Cook for a further couple of minutes before adding the bell peppers and stir. Let it cook for around 7-10 minutes until all the veggies are soft but still hold their shape.
  3. While that cooks, combine the flax meal and water and stir well. Set aside. This is your flax egg.
  4. In a food processor, add half the cooked lentils (½ cup), mushrooms, walnuts and sunflower seeds. Pulse until you get a finely diced consistency (as pictured above).
  5. In a large bowl, add in the sauteed vegetables, food processor mix, the rest of the lentils, herbs, buckwheat flour, tomato paste, tamari sauce, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and flax egg.
  6. Mix thoroughly and make sure that everything has been incorporated well.
  7. Press the mixture into the pre-lined loaf pan and make sure the top is nice and even (flat).
  8. In a small bowl, combine all the glaze ingredients and brush on top of the loaf.
  9. Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  10. Remove from oven and let it sit for 30 minutes before removing from the loaf pan and cutting.
  11. Serve warm or cold.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1534mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 8gSugar: 6gProtein: 10g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically. The accuracy of this information is not guaranteed.

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Vegan Lentil Loaf

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8 thoughts on “Vegan Lentil Loaf With a Maple-Balsamic Glaze”

  1. We had this today and it actually tasted great!
    I used rolled oats instead of buckwheat flour and 2 eggs for the flaxseed. Not vegan, I know 😉 I rather used up the eggs that let them go bad.
    Next time I’ll add the glaze only in the last maybe 15 minutes, because it was almost burnt and didn’t taste as good as before.
    As a side we had potato and celeriac mash.
    I’ll definitely make it again!

  2. What do you do with the other half of the lentils? Also when do you add the herbs? Maybe I didn’t see these details on the recipe instructions? Thanks Helen

  3. I’ll be cooking this for a vegan who is also allergic to nuts. What would you suggest to substitute for the walnuts, or shall I simply leave them out?

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