Hearty Meatless Meatloaf


The holidays are my favorite time of year and I absolutely love spending time in the kitchen with friends and family. Each year, we do an early Thanksgiving dinner with my boyfriend’s family and as the majority of them are vegetarian or vegan, this year I decided to make a vegan meatloaf as a main dish.

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You might think I’ve absolutely lost it and are wondering, how is she going to make a meatless meatloaf? To be honest, it’s quite easy and only takes about an hour. Actually, the part that takes the longest it chopping your vegetables. Once that’s done though, all you have to do is combine the ingredients and start baking! Think you can handle it?


This recipe can easily be done by kitchen beginners and it is bound to please even your meat loving guests! It still has that hearty meatloaf texture and the taste is just as good, if not better.


I wasn’t convinced when I was first blending all the ingredients, but after smelling it baking in the oven I was positive it was going to taste amazing! This is my first time cooking for my boyfriends family so I hope they like it! I also have some vegetarians in my family so I’m sure that I can use this recipe again.



Chickpea Meatloaf
  • 2-14 oz. cans or 3 1/3 cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup unflavored soy or almond milk
  • 3 tbsp. vegan Worcestershire saucestyle=border:none
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seedsstyle=border:none
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. liquid smokestyle=border:none
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
For the Maple Glaze
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp. paprika


  1. Lightly oil a 9 inch loaf pan with coconut oil or olive oil and preheat oven to 375°
  2. While the oven is preheating, chop and dice your veggies.
  3. Place all meatloaf ingredients into food processor bowl and pulse until chickpeas are broken up and ingredients are well mixed, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. I had to do this in two bathes to make sure all the ingredients were blended properly.
  4. Press mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake 30 minutes.
  5. While meatloaf bakes, stir glaze ingredients together in a small bowl.
  6. Remove loaf from oven after 30 minutes and spoon glaze overtop of loaf. Bake another 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.

Helpful Tip: The longer this sits, the firmer it gets. If it initially feels a bit soft for your liking, let it sit a for a few minutes or prep it a day in advance and reheat the day of serving. Enjoy!


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