Red Lentil and Cashew Nut Loaf with Cranberry Glaze

When it comes to Christmas dinner, for me, nothing can beat a Nut Roast served with a big pile of roasted veggies and red onion gravy ♥ 

Red Lentil and Cashew Nut Loaf with Cranberry Glaze

My mum served my first nut roast Christmas dinner when I was about 12 and it was by far the best Christmas dinner I’d ever had! In contrast to turkey (which I’d always found pretty bland), the nut roast was packed with beautiful flavours and textures.

Since then, I’ve always chosen to have a Nut Loaf as the centre piece of my Christmas dinner. For many years now, my mum has chosen it over the turkey too!

Red Lentil and Cashew Nut Loaf with Cranberry Glaze

Pretty much everyone I know loves nut roast, regardless of whether they’re vegetarian or not, so this is a great dish to serve to friends and family over the festive holidays, or as a special Sunday roast dinner.

Nut loaves are really easy to make and, since they store so well, they can be made way in advance. On the day, when the roasted veggies are nearly ready, simply heat up some slices of the nut loaf in the oven or microwave.

Red Lentil and Cashew Nut Loaf wtih Cranberry Glaze

Over the years, I’ve experimented with different combinations of nuts, lentils and veggies in our loaves and, today, I’d love to share the recipe for one of our all-time favourites – Red Lentil and Cashew Nut Loaf with Cranberry Glaze. While some people add fresh cranberries into the festive nut loaves, I like to ‘dress up’ the loaf for Christmas by giving it a shiny, red topping. It not only looks pretty, but it tastes yummy too 😉

Here’s how I make it…

If you have any nut loaf left over, I highly recommend stuffing a slice or two into a sandwich or pitta, along with some caramelised onion chutney or pickle. This is one of my all-time favourite sandwich fillings!

42 thoughts on “Red Lentil and Cashew Nut Loaf with Cranberry Glaze

  1. Loved this recipe and not even Christmas! I used my own dried oregano as I had no sage & mixed in redcurrant jelly with the cranberry pretty darn tasty. Thanks to my son & flat mates who went vegan at uni 3 years ago I would never have found your fab blog.

    1. YAY!! So pleased you enjoyed it Sue! It’s definitely one that can be enjoyed all year round and not just at Christmas 😀

      And big thank you also to your son for leading you to my blog! It’s wonderful to hear that both him and his flat mates chose to go vegan at Uni. The younger generation are definitely giving me hope for a brighter future for this planet! 🌎🌱💚

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