9-Ingredient Vegan Lentil Loaf that even meat-eaters love! (Gluten free + Nut Free!)
This quick and easy blender vegan lentil loaf is so flavorful and delicious, even meatloaf lovers will love this loaf! With 9 simple ingredients, you can easily make this for your holiday meal or even for a busy weeknight dinner recipe that’s sure to please the whole family- even the meat-eating ones!
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The lentil loaf recipe to please even meat-eaters!
Yes, I truly do mean it. This vegan lentil loaf is a *triumph,* if I do say so myself. Deliciously flavorful, tender, and downright mouthwatering, this lentil loaf recipe is all vegan, no eggs, no meat, and yet all eaters love it. Yes, including the meat-eating ones!
If you’re looking for *the* main dish to serve at your vegan Thanksgiving dinner, then this is it. Not only is the lentil loaf super easy to make (we’re talking you just blend some of the ingredients, mix it all together and bake!), but it truly does have a flavor similar to meatloaf…only BETTER.
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or like to eat meat, this vegan and vegetarian meatloaf will be the star of your holiday table (I love serving this for Christmas dinner as well, along with my Vegan Wellington Recipe!).
And guess what? This vegan meatloaf is also naturally gluten-free!
What is a vegan lentil loaf?
A lentil loaf is a vegan and vegetarian version of a traditional meatloaf.
Traditionally, lentil loaves use lentils, along with other vegan ingredients, to mimic the texture of a meatloaf. Many lentil loaves contain walnuts and flour, making them not suitable for those with nut allergies and who are gluten free.
However, this vegan lentil loaf is different.
We’re actually using a special ingredient, and that’s Sabra Original Hummus. I’ve been snacking on Sabra Original Hummus for years, but little do most people know that hummus is actually a fantastic ingredient for savory recipes.
When Sabra asked if I could make a fun recipe for Friendsgiving (and Thanksgiving!), my mind instantly went to using hummus as the binding ingredient for a lentil loaf, rather than a motley of tediously prepared ingredients. And I love making recipes that are inclusive of all eating preferences, so I thought: wouldn’t it be nice to have a main dish for the non-meat eaters?
The answer is yes, yes it would be nice. Because I can guarantee even the turkey lovers will be going for this dish!
This hummus lentil loaf is packed with not only lentils and hummus, but fresh (and sugar-free) marinara sauce, onions, carrots, and a whole bunch of herbs that give it both the flavor and texture of a traditional meatloaf… yet it’s completely vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free.
Only 9 Ingredients to make this vegan meatloaf:
Making a hummus lentil loaf is an incredibly easy vegan Thanksgiving recipe that will be a great option for both meat eaters and non meat eaters, so if you, a friend, or a family member needs vegan or vegetarian accommodations for your Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving , this is the recipe!
To make this loaf, you’ll need:
- Cooked lentils: About 1 1/2 cups dry lentils will make 3 cups cooked. You can use brown lentils for a more authentic look, but I’ve also used green lentils with great sucesss!
- 1 container of Sabra Original Hummus
- Oat flour: You can make your own here, or purchase at a store. If you can’t tolerate oats, you can use a gluten free all purpose flour, like King Arthur Measure for Measure.
- Olive or coconut oil
- Herbs: rosemary, thyme, sage work wonderfully here!
- Marinara sauce: You can also swap in ketchup. I like to use a sugar free version, but feel free to use your favorite!.
- Sea salt
No need for flaxseed, mushrooms, walnuts, vegan Worcestershire sauce, or even vegetable broth. This vegan hummus lentil loaf is as simple as it gets, yet we’re not sacrificing any flavor!
Overview: how to make an easy vegan lentil loaf:
Now onto making your hummus lentil loaf. The whole process takes just 15 minutes to prep start to finish. Then you’ll bake!
- Use a food processor to pulse the lentils, hummus, and oat flour together until it becomes a thick “batter,” then set that aside.
- Next, sauté the onions, carrots and herbs together in a pan with the olive or coconut oil.
- Finally, combine both the lentil-hummus batter and cooked veggies together in a large bowl, along with the marinara.* Alternatively, you can blend all ingredients together in a food processor or high speed blender!
- Place the lentil loaf batter into a loaf pan, top with a little extra marinara, and bake!
That’s it! And what’s yielded is the most aromatic, delicious, and jaw dropping hummus lentil loaf.
I’m not kidding you. My jaw was on the floor when I first tried a bite. I went through multiple recipe tests of this just so that we could continue having it for lunch and dinner haha!
What to serve a vegan hummus lentil loaf with:
Well, if you’re making this for Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving, which I highly recommend you do, you’ll definitely want to pair with the standard Thanksgiving accompaniments! I have a few favorites here that I’ll list:
- Vegan gluten free dinner rolls
- Garlic & herb dinner rolls
- Vegan Mac n’ cheese
- Steamed green beans
- Roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes
- Steamed or roasted broccoli
- Fall or winter harvest salad (add some chopped apples too!)
More vegan lentil recipes you’ll love:
- Vegan lentil meatballs
- Easy vegan lentil mushroom burgers
- BEST vegan lasagna recipe
- Lentil & quinoa stuffed acorn squash
Your whole family is just going to love this vegan lentil loaf recipe! It seriously is such an easy and delicious main for everyone to enjoy 🙂 If you make this recipe, let me know how it goes down below in the comments section!
Happy loafing and Thanksgiving!
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Vegan hummus lentil loaf that’s perfect for all eaters! Easy to make and a great healthy main dish for the holidays!
- 3 cups cooked brown lentils (1 1/2 cups dry lentils)
- 1 10 ounce container Sabra hummus
- 1/3 cup oat flour or gluten free 1:1 baking flour or all purpose flour
- 1 cup diced onion
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 tbsp coconut or olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary
- 1/4 cup fresh thyme
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce or ketchup
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup marinara sauce, for topping
- Preheat the oven to 375F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper
- In a food processor, pulse the lentils until they become a puree.
- Add in the oat flour, Sabra hummus, and sea salt, and pulse again until smooth.
- Set that aside while you prepare the onions and carrots. In a medium skillet or pan, heat 1 tbsp coconut or olive oil and add in the onions and carrots.
- Add in the thyme and rosemary, and saute the onions and carrots until the onions are translucent (the carrots don’t need to be fully cooked, as they’ll cook more in the oven).
- Remove from heat.
- Combine the pureed lentils and hummus, cooked onions and carrots, and 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
- Pour the lentil hummus batter into the loaf pan and smooth along the edges of the pan. Top with 1/4 cup of marinara sauce and place the loaf pan into the oven to bake for 1 hour.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing the lentil loaf from the pan.
- Serve warm!
Gluten free: If you’re not gluten free, you can swap in all purpose flour.
Please read blog post for full instructions!
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 190
- Sugar: 3.8 g
- Sodium: 154 mg
- Fat: 4.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 27.9 g
- Protein: 9.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0.3 mg
Keywords: lentil meatloaf, lentil loaf, hummus, vegan, dairy free, gluten free