Vegan Christmas Nut Loaf

by @daisy_scoopwholefoods

This plant-based version of the Christmas favourite nut roast is full of flavour and perfect for vegan, vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.

Servings: 4
prep time
cook time
total time
1.5 hours

  • For the loaf
  • 1 1/4 cups nuts (I use a combination of cashews, walnuts & brazil nuts but can use any)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 chopped sage leaves
  • 1 sprig rosemary/6 sprigs thyme or both
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 heaped cup cubed butternut squash
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine himalayan salt
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 flax eggs (mix 2 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 5 tbsp water)
  • 2/3 cup breadcrumbs or 1 slice toasted sourdough or GF bread of your choice blitzed into a crumb
  • 2 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • For the gravy
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 4 tbsp flour (all purpose or gluten-free)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/4 cup stock of choice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1-2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste


Toast the nuts and seeds in a dry pan over medium heat until golden then add to a food processor and pulse into a coarse meal with a few bigger pieces visible. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, onion and garlic and fresh herbs and cook until onion is soft. Then add chopped mushrooms and a pinch of salt and cook until golden. Add butternut squash and a good splash or two of water or veggie stock, cover and cook until the squash is tender, checking and stirring often. Mash and transfer to a bowl. Add the spices, salt and pepper, chopped nuts and seeds, balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, flax egg mix, breadcrumbs and flour and mix well. If dry add a splash of water. Add to a lined loaf tin and spread evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 mins. Meanwhile, you can prep the gravy by heating oil in a medium pot over low heat. Add onion and cook until soft before adding the mushrooms and thyme and cook until golden. Add the flour and mix in before adding the sauces and spices and mix well. Next, slowly add the milk whisking as you go. Then add the stock and bring to a simmer while you keep whisking until it thickens. Finally, add the nutritional yeast and more salt if needed. Add some extra water if too thick.