Vegan hummus lentil loaf that’s perfect for all eaters! Easy to make and a great healthy main dish for the holidays!

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lentil hummus loaf

If you couldn’t tell by how “into” the holidays I get via Instagram stories, I basically live for this time of year.

Everyone’s happy, the weather makes for cozy to be official m.o., the food is good, people feel like kids again; I mean, what’s not to love?!

Now, let’s talk Thanksgiving (and the unofficial Friendsiving) because that’s the big kick-off to the holidays. This year, we have a few new dietary requests in the fam, so I thought what better way to please all taste buds and preferences than with a main dish that not just vegans and vegetarians will love 🙂

sliced vegan meatloaf

Introducing the hummus lentil loaf!

With the texture and flavors of a traditional meatloaf, it’s truly a dish that everyone can enjoy, because Thanksgiving is not only about gratitude, but about sharing as well. And food, in my eyes, is such a beautiful thing to bring people together!

sliced lentil loaf

What is a vegan lentil loaf?

So basically, a lentil loaf is a vegan and vegetarian version of a traditional meatloaf. Now, growing up, I was never a fan of meatloaf, but let me tell you: meatloaf lovers and non meatloaf lovers across the board are going to freak for this recipe.

This vegan lentil loaf has a particularly 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.

lentil loaf with sabra

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.

plate with lentil loaf

I mean, if that doesn’t show the power of hummus (and plants), I don’t know what will! Plus there’s no need to worry if it’s raw or not, thanks to this recipe being entirely animal-product free. This is what makes it one of the best and easiest vegan Thanksgiving recipes.

How to make a vegan hummus lentil loaf

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!

First, let’s talk ingredients for this bad boy. To make this loaf, you’ll need:

  • Cooked lentils (about 1 1/2 cups dry lentils will make 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 container of Sabra Original Hummus
  • Oat flour (you can make your own here, or purchase at a store)
  • Olive or coconut oil
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Herbs (rosemary + thyme to be exact)
  • Marinara sauce (I like to use a sugar free version, but feel free to use your favorite!)
  • Sea salt

That’s it! Not a laundry list of ingredients to make one of the best Thanksgiving recipes, right?

sautéed veggies in pan
pureed lentils in food processor

Now onto making your hummus lentil loaf:

  1. Use a food processor to pulse the lentils, hummus, and oat flour together until it becomes a thick “batter,” then set that aside.
  2. Next, sauté the onions, carrots and herbs together in a pan with the olive or coconut oil.
  3. Finally, combine both the lentil-hummus batter and cooked veggies together in a large bowl, along with the marinara.
  4. 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!

close up of lentil loaf

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 Sweet Potato Casserole

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Whole30 Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Carrots

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Paleo Pecan Pie

spread of plates with lentil loaf, mashed potatoes, and brussels sprouts

But if you’re making this at any other time of year, I highly suggest pairing it with a sautéed green, like Brussels sprouts, broccolini, or Swiss chard, along with a starch, like a baked sweet potato, regular potato, or rice!

plate of lentil loaf and mashed potatoes

I hope you love this vegan hummus lentil loaf as much as I do! 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!

As always, I love to see your beautiful creations on Pinterest and Instagram, so be sure to tag me there!

Happy loafing and Thanksgiving!

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Hummus Lentil Loaf

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Vegan hummus lentil loaf that’s perfect for all eaters! Easy to make and a great healthy main dish for the holidays!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups cooked lentils
  • 1 10 ounce container Sabra hummus
  • 1/3 cup oat 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
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper
  2. In a food processor, pulse the lentils until they become a puree.
  3. Add in the oat flour, Sabra hummus, and sea salt, and pulse again until smooth.
  4. 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.
  5. 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). 
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. 
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing the lentil loaf from the pan.
  10. Serve warm!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 187
  • Sugar: 3.8 g
  • Sodium: 154 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.5 g
  • Protein: 9.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.3 mg

Keywords: lentil meatloaf, lentil loaf, hummus, vegan, dairy free, gluten free

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