Contrary to popular belief, vegan recipes can qualify as comfort food. This vegan "meatloaf" is testament to just that. It’s bursting with flavor and paired with a delicious tomato maple cider glaze that will give ketchup a run for its money.
So, if you’re keen on comfort but want to keep your meal animal- and figure-friendly, this is the recipe for you. The dish is so delicious, you’ll forget it’s an alternative. It stands alone!
Vegan "Meatloaf" Recipe
For the meatloaf
- 3 ½ cups cooked (or canned, drained, and rinsed) chickpeas
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups whole-wheat or gluten-free bread crumbs
- ½ cup vegan milk (rice, almond, soy, coconut, etc.)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the glaze
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9-inch bread pan.
Add all of the loaf ingredients into a food processor and blend until well combined. You will have to do this in batches. After you process each batch, place the mixture into a large bowl. Do not aim for a smooth consistency – you want there to be texture to the mixture. Once all the batches are finished, use a spatula or clean hands to properly fold all the ingredients together.
Press the mixture into the bottom of the bread pan, pressing it down so that top is smooth and level. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
While the loaf is baking, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients.
After 25-30 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and spread the top of the loaf with the glaze. Return the pan to the oven for another 25-30 minutes. After the meatloaf has cooked, remove the pan from the oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!
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