Meat Free Monday – A Light Nut Roast

This is a light and refreshing nut roast which goes as well cold with a salad as it does with roasties and gravy. I have adapted it from The Creative Vegetarian Cookbook.


1 large onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1tbsp olive oil

450g carrots, cooked and mashed roughly

225g cashew nuts, ground (not too fine)

120g wholewheat breadcrumbs

1tbsp light tahini (you can use peanut butter if you haven’t got/don’t want to buy any tahini)

1 ½ tsps caraway seeds

1 generous teaspoon of Marmite

juice of half a lemon

65ml vegetable stock

salt and freshly ground black pepper


Fry onion and garlic in the oil until soft and beginning to brown. Remove from heat and mix everything else in. Pop it all into a greased 2lb loaf tin, cover with foil and cook at 180°C for an hour. Remove the foil and cook for a further 10-15 mins until browning on top. Leave in tin to cool for at least 10 minutes before turning out. I use a Pampered Chef stoneware loaf tin which doesn’t look pretty but turns out first time every time. It is well worth investing in a good loaf tin!

That’s it! Simple, light and tasty. Packed with protein and no dairy products at all. The tahini/peanut butter and breadcrumb combination holds the mixture together well. It should be stiff but moist and sticky when it goes into the tin. If it is crumbly add a little more liquid to encourage the breadcrumbs to do their thing. As always, please let me know if you make it and, if you do, how you get on!

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8 responses to “Meat Free Monday – A Light Nut Roast

  1. I have never tried nut roast, your photo makes it look oh so yum though! xx

  2. antoinette

    once again it looks wonderful

  3. Ooo that looks really yummy! I’ve never tried it before too so might have to work it into this weeks meal plan!!🙂

  4. From a dyed-in-the-wool carnivore that looks gorgeous.

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