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Overhead view of Classic Vegan Nut Roast. Nut roast is on a wire cooling rack, surrounded by a grey napkin, candles and holly/pine branches. It is sprinkled with cranberries and there is a dish of roast potatoes nearby.
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Classic Vegan Nut Roast (gluten-free)

For anyone cooking a meat-free Christmas Dinner, this Classic Vegan Nut Roast is delicious, filling and will be the perfect main dish!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 portions


Nut Roast

  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 4 tbsp water
  • cups peanuts
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp dried sage (finely ground)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup brown rice flour (you can use regular flour if gluten isn't an issue for you)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1-2 small carrots
  • 1 medium stick of celery
  • tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari, soy sauce or Braggs Soy Seasoning
  • sea salt to taste

For Decoration

  • ¼ cup mixed nuts (hazelnuts and walnuts work well)


  • Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F and line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
  • Mix the ground flax and water together in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Add the peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds to a blender or food processor and blend until they become coarse flour. 
  • Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add the mixed herbs, sage, pepper and brown rice flour, and stir until combined. 
  • Chop the onion, carrot and celery into four large chunks each. Place them all in a blender or food processor and blend until they are finely chopped.
  • Add the olive oil to a saucepan and heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and fry the mixture gently for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened and fragrant. 
  • Transfer the vegetables to the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients, add the flax egg and tamari, and mix everything together really well. 
  • Season to taste with sea salt (I would sample the mixture at this point before adding salt as soy sauces tend to vary in their saltiness, and you may not need to add any extra!).
  • Pour the mixture into your loaf tin and press it down to flatten it with a spatula. 
  • Press the ¼ cup of nuts your reserved for decoration into the top of the roast, placing them evenly all over the surface.
  • Bake the roast in the oven for approximately 45 minutes, until the top of the loaf is browned. 
  • Remove from the loaf tin and place on a cooling rack for 30 minutes - or serve immediately! 
  • Serve with roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, kale and gravy.