Lentil Nut Loaf With Sweet Potato

Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes

This colorful and healthy loaf is delicious on its own but also pairs well with a plant-based cheesy sauce (see recipe below).


  • ½ cup (100g) dry red lentils
  • ½ cup (85g) chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 12 leek slices, about ⅓-inch thick
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • ½ sweet potato
  • 1 large potato
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 pinches of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) miso paste
  • Leaves from 3 fresh rosemary stalks, chopped
  • 5 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup (25g) hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup (25g) almonds
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seeds + 4 Tbsp water, mixed
  • 3 tsp sundried tomatoes (powder or chopped)
  • ½ Tbsp buckwheat flour (or flour of your choice)
  • Black pepper and salt (optional) to taste

Cheesy Sauce

  • ½ medium size sweet potato peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium size potato peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp vegetable broth powder
  • 11 cashews or almonds
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • water


  1. Wash the lentils well and boil. Set aside.
  2. Process the nuts in food processor into coarse crumbs or chop them with knife. Process the chickpeas in food processor or mash with fork.
  3. Mix ground flax seeds with water and set aside.
  4. Chop onion, leek, carrot, sweet potato and potato into smaller cubes and throw them into a bowl.
  5. Take a large pot, add 2 Tbsp of water (you shouldn’t need more) and heat it up. Once the water starts to sizzle, bring down the heat, add chopped veggies and mix for a while. Cover with lid and stir occassionally about 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Peel garlic cloves and crush them through garlic press. Add to pot of veggies and mix well. Next add red pepper flakes, paprika powder, miso paste, chopped sage and rosemary into the pot. Mix well. Cook an additional 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and cool the veggies a bit by mixing it with a spoon and let the excess water to evaporate.
  8. Add into pot: boiled lentils, processed nuts and chickpeas, sundried tomatoes and flax/water mix. Mix well. Taste and season with salt (optional) and black pepper.
  9. Finally mix in ½ Tbsp of buckwheat flour. The mixture has to be quite dry – it’s still moist, but not liquid.
  10. Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190°C). Take a 9 x 3 inch loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
  11. Transfer the loaf mixture into pan and press it down well using spatula to make sure there are no air bubbles.
  12. Bake for 50 minutes until it’s golden. Remove from oven and let breathe for a couple of minutes. Then, place chopping board over the pan and flip it over. Remove the pan let cool for another couple of minutes before taking off the parchment paper. Let cool before slicing.

Cheesy Sauce

  1. Boil water in kettle for later use.
  2. Put all the ingredients except nuts and nutritional yeast in a small pot. Add enough of the boiling water to cover the veggies. Mix well.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Let cool a bit.
  4. Add the nuts and nutritional yeast and puree with an immersion blender. Add more boiled water if the sauce is too thick.


  • If you don’t have miso paste, substitute it with soy sauce or with salt.
  • You can substitute different types nuts.

Nele Liivlaid is originally from Estonia, but currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. She developed a more profound interest in nutrition and related diseases when she read The China Study. She is a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate graduate and spreads the word about healthy, sustainable nutrition and lifestyle through her blog Nutriplanet, where related articles and whole food plant-based recipes are published weekly.
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