Easy Vegan Meatloaf (Gluten-Free)

This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor, and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time!

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving
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I genuinely could not wait to share this recipe with you guys! This Vegan Meatloaf is truly SUPER tasty, filling and a JOY to make. If you’re in need of a hearty protein-rich meal or looking to wow your guests during Thanksgiving or Christmas, this is the ticket!

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving
 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

Why You’ll Love This Vegan Meatloaf

  • Hearty and filling.
  • Super rich and flavorful.
  • No onions or breadcrumbs necessary.
  • Easy to make.
  • This is one of those dishes that is great served right away or meal prepped as leftovers.
  • Rich in protein and fiber.
  • Can be served as a vegan or vegetarian main dish or side.
  • Packed with wholesome, healthy ingredients.
  • Gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, dairy-free, vegetarian, egg-free, soy-free, and sugar-free.
 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving
 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

Ingredients

  • Black beans, and chickpeas: this adds a great hearty protein-packed component.
  • Rice: brown rice works as a binder and has a great texture.
  • Garlic, and bell pepper: flavor additions.
  • Sage, thyme, salt, and pepper: more great taste modifiers.
  • Walnuts: adds protein and texture.
  • Nutritional yeast: adds a great umami flavor note.
  • Ground flaxseed: flax is a fabulous substitute for eggs in meatloaf recipes.
  • Dijon mustard, sriracha (or ketchup): more flavor! We prefer the touch of sriracha over ketchup and it’s also a great choice if you are on a tomato diet. However, you can certainly use ketchup instead!
  • A side of my Vegan Gravy: optional, but certainly takes it to a whole other level!

Note: please refer to the recipe card towards the bottom of this post for the full measurements, ingredients, and method.

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving
 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

How to Make Vegan Meatloaf – Step by Step

  1. Saute bell pepper and garlic.
 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

2. Combine beans, chickpeas, walnuts, and rice in a food processor or blender.

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3. Pulse until coarsely combined.

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4. Add sauteed bell pepper and garlic.

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5. Blend until mostly smooth.

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

6. In a bowl combine the blended mixture with the remaining ingredients.

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

7. Mix until smooth.

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

8. Place a strip of parchment paper in a greased loaf pan.

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9. Pour the meatloaf batter into the pan. Pat the top of the loaf down with wet hands.

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10. Place the meatloaf into the oven. Meanwhile, prepare the Cashew Gravy (if using).

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11. Remove the vegan meatloaf from the oven.

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12. Cover with foil and let sit for 15 minutes.

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

13. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

Ingredient Substitutions

Chickpeas and Black Beans

I do think that any combo of beans, lentils, pulses, or split peas would work well to replace the chickpeas and/or black beans if so desired.

Walnuts

On a nut-free diet or simply do not care for them? The walnuts in this recipe can be replaced with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or pecans for a still-tasty loaf!

Rice

The rice in this recipe can be replaced with quinoa or millet.

Nutritional Yeast

Not a fan of nutritional yeast? You can simply omit in this recipe if you prefer.

Flaxseed

The ground flaxseed in this recipe adds additional nutrition and binding power, but can be replaced with an egg (if not vegan), ground chia seeds, or psyllium husk powder.

Sriracha

This is my secret ingredient! When paired with mustard it lends an out-of-this-world rich flavor. BUT, if you are not a fan or do not care for ever so slight a hint of spiciness, then replace the sriracha with ketchup for a still-tasty vegan meatloaf recipe!

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving
 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

Can You Freeze Vegan Meatloaf?

Yes! Store cooked meatloaf in freezer-safe containers for up to 6 months. Thaw, then re-heat in a 375 F oven until warmed throughout.

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

Can You Make This Vegan Meatloaf Ahead of Time?

Yes! We often make a loaf and have it sit out to eat throughout the day. Amazingly, it tastes just as good at room temperature as it does straight out of the oven, making it a great recipe to make for holiday gatherings and the like.

 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

What Should You Serve with Vegan Meatloaf?

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 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

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 The Best Vegan Meatloaf with Cashew Gravy (Gluten-Free) - This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time! #veganmeatloaf #vegetarianmeatloaf #beanloaf #chickpealoaf #veganthanksgiving

a slice of vegan meatloaf with cashew gravy

Vegan Meatloaf

This Gluten-Free Vegan Meatloaf is truly a DELIGHT! It is easy to make, packed with flavor and rich in protein and fiber for a most delicious, healthy holiday meal or entree any time of year! Top it off with my Vegan Cashew Gravy and you will be in food bliss in no time!
4.93 from 13 votes
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Course: Entrées, Savory Baked, Vegan
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves minced
  • 10 ounces cooked black beans rinsed and drained (approx. 1 cup)
  • 10 ounces cooked chickpeas rinsed and drained (approx. 1 cup)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup brown rice cooked
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce or ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or pink salt
  • 1 batch of Vegan White Gravy

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • In a skillet over medium heat add oil, garlic and bell pepper. Saute for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a food processor or blender combine chickpeas, black beans, walnuts and rice. Pulse until coarsely combined.
  • Add sauteed pepper and garlic to food processor or blender with previous ingredients. Blend until mostly smooth (it’s okay if there are a few chuncks of beans or nuts).
  • Pour batter into a large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients. Mix until combined.
  • Place a thin strip of parchment paper into a greased loaf pan (see photos above in post).
  • Pour vegan meatloaf batter into prepared loaf pan.
  • Using wet hands, press and pat the batter into an even layer in the pan.
  • Bake for 50 minutes, or until all is firm, browning and has a nice crust on top.
  • Remove the loaf from the oven and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the loaf from the pan by lifting the ends of the parchment paper strip and placing the loaf gently on a serving platter or plate.
  • Slice, and serve with Vegan Cashew Gravy.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Please refer to the post above for valuable information.
You might like our Vegan Sausage Recipe!

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 521mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 478IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg
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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Just out of my oven and finally I am genuinely loving the meat loaf.
    Glad to have a perfect recipe

      1. I have not made this yet. I do have one question…is that 1 cup cooked rice or 1 cup of rice which is then cooked (probably 2+ cups after cooking). I am assuming that it is 1 cup of cooked rice but wanted to make sure.) I’m still looking for the perfect meatloaf recipe so I am anxious to try this!

          1. Thank you so much! Wow…15 minute response time! Your website looks awesome! Can’t wait to dig in…

  2. 5 stars
    So much flavor packed into this meatloaf! I love how you paired it with a vegan cashew gravy. So good!

  3. 5 stars
    Never imagined making a vegan meatloaf ever. A feast for my vegan friends. Combination sounds healthy too.

  4. I’ve never tried a vegan meatloaf before. I love how much flavor and protein you’ve packed into this one. 🙂

  5. I love this creative dish my friend – I cannot wait to try it! It really looks amazing!