The Best Vegan Meatloaf

The Best Vegan Meatloaf Recipe

By Loving It Vegan

🔪Prep Time: 15 minutes

👩‍🍳Cook Time: 45 minutes


Vegan Meatloaf:

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 tsp Crushed Garlic

1 Small Onion (100g) White, Yellow or Brown, finely chopped

2 (15-ounce) Cans Chickpeas Drained (3 cups)

4 Slices Brown or Whole Wheat Bread (160g) processed into breadcrumbs (see notes*)

2 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce

2 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce

1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

2 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed Meal

2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast

1 tsp Garlic Powder

3 Tbsp Tomato Paste

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Tomato Glaze:

1/4 cup Tomato Paste (56g)

1 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar

1/2 Tbsp Maple Syrup

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Paprika

For Serving:

Fresh Basil Optional


1Add the chopped onion and crushed garlic to a frying pan with the olive oil and sauté until the onions are softened.

2Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and line it with parchment paper so that the meatloaf can be easily lifted out. Set aside.

3Drain the chickpeas and add to a mixing bowl. Mash with a fork or potato masher until roughly mashed.

4Make your breadcrumbs by breaking up the 4 slices of bread and placing into a blender and pulse blending until it makes breadcrumbs (see notes*).

5Add the breadcrumbs, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, dijon mustard, flaxseed meal, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, tomato paste and cayenne pepper to the mixing bowl. Add in the cooked onions and garlic. Mix very well into a thick batter. Make sure everything is evenly mixed (it's a very thick mix). Transfer this into the parchment lined loaf pan and smooth down with the back of a spoon.

6Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

7While the meatloaf is baking, mix the tomato paste, brown sugar, maple syrup, garlic powder, salt and paprika in a bowl and stir together.

8When the meatloaf has baked for 30 minutes, remove it from the oven and remove the foil. Spread on the tomato glaze evenly and return it to the oven, (no foil, uncovered) to bake for a further 15 minutes.

9Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the loaf pan by lifting the meatloaf out with the parchment paper. Let it cool for another 10 minutes.

10Slice and serve with fresh basil.

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