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Vegan Chickpea Meatloaf (Italian seasoning)

Vegan Chickpea Meatloaf with Italian Spices

A classic meatloaf without the meat. So delicious.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword vegan chickpea meatloaf
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Recipe Idea Shop/Lois Carter Crawford based on Connoisseurus Veg's recipe



  • 2 14-ounce cans chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped fine)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped fine)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 1 pound white button mushrooms (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced, or 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic)
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (gluten free)
  • 3 tablespoons Vegan Worchestershire Sauce (FYI, normal Worchestershire sauce contains fish)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce (Tamari is generally gluten free)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds (or 2 eggs if not needing vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce


Prepare the Chickpea Loaf

  1. Heat oven to 350F degrees.

  2. Spray a standard loaf pan with oil and set it aside.

  3. Mix all the ingredients for the meatloaf (not the sauce) in a large bowl until blended well.

  4. Working in small batches, transfer the meatloaf mixture to your food processor and pulse until the chickpeas are broken up but not smushy.

  5. As you complete each batch, scrape it into the loaf pan. Continue until all the chickpea mixture is processed.

  6. Press the mixture to compress in the loaf pan, smoothing the top.

  7. Bake the chickpea loaf for 40 minutes.

Prepare the sauce

  1. Mix all of the sauce ingredients until smooth.

  2. When the chickpea loaf has baked 40 minutes, remove it from the oven and spread the sauce evenly on top of it. Bake another 25 minutes. Watch it to make sure the top doesn't burn. If it starts to look crusty around the edges, remove it from the oven.

Let Rest

  1. Remove the chickpea loaf from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.