Nut roast

Nut roast

Vegan Goodness
Jessica Prescott

The plant-based alternative to meatloaf or a roast, this is always the first thing to go at family dinners because it is so damn delicious – and you don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to appreciate it!


Quantity Ingredient
155g cashew nuts
155g almonds
125g sunflower seeds
125g walnuts
2 tablespoons sesame
2 tablespoons linseed
2 tablespoons poppy seeds, plus extra sesame seeds to sprinkle on top
1 teaspoon powdered veggie stock
4 tablespoons psyllium husk or chia seeds
100ml olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
6 mushrooms, finely chopped
1 large courgette, grated
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon finely chopped winter
savory or flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon other dried herbs, such as thyme or rosemary
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes or smoked paprika, (optional)
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
Mushroom gravy
roasted veggies
leafy salad


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  2. Place the cashew nuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, linseeds, poppy seeds, powdered veggie stock, psyllium husk (or chia seeds) and olive oil in a food processor with 100 ml of water and blend until the nuts are well chopped. Add to a large mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients and season to taste. Stir well.
  3. Line a 28 cm loaf tin with parchment, spoon the mixture into the tin and press flat with the back of a spoon. You want it to be quite firm. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and bake for 1 hour, turning halfway to ensure even baking – especially if your oven is a dodgy old codger like mine.
  4. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with mushroom gravy, roasted veggies and a big yummy salad.


  • Psyllium husk will give you a firm loaf, whilst chia seeds will give you a more crumbly loaf. Both are delicious.


  • Be creative! This is my ‘ideal’ nut roast, but if you want to use other nuts and seeds you have on hand, do so! Just keep the ratios about the same.
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