Vegan Slow Cooker Veggie Loaf –
While there's nothing wrong with traditional lentil bread, sometimes you need to spruce up your slow cooker veggie bread a bit! Mine uses red beans, oats, pecans, and mushrooms for the base and lots of goodies to flavor it.Photo by Kate LewisWhat size slow cooker does the recipe call for?On my blog and in the […]

While there's nothing wrong with traditional lentil bread, sometimes you need to spruce up your slow cooker veggie bread a bit! Mine uses red beans, oats, pecans, and mushrooms for the base and lots of goodies to flavor it.

Slow cooker vegetable bread

Photo by Kate Lewis

What size slow cooker does the recipe call for?

On my blog and in the Revised recipe book for the vegan slow cooker, all recipes use a 4 quart slow cooker unless otherwise specified.

If you are cooking this in a 6 quart, I would recommend doubling the recipe and cooking it the first time around while you do other things at home so you can keep an eye on it. It cooks much faster because it will be spread thinner.

What is my favorite slow cooker?

Well, I keep having them and they keep interrupting them! But through all 3 in those where you can use it as a 2, 4 or 6 pint, my 3.5 pints of Cusinart survived them all. I love this!

I want to make this recipe in an 8 liter slow cooker….

So my recommendation is to put the bread in a loaf pan or cake pan that fits in your large slow cooker. Add a short grid below or take a roll of foil in a snake and join the ends.

Slow cooker vegetable bread

Photo by Kate Lewis

What's good to serve with vegan vegetable or lentil breads?

Steamed vegetables and mashed potatoes are traditionally served with vegetarian bread, but here are a few other sides you might want to try:

Slow cooker vegetable bread

Photo by Kate Lewis

I don't eat or don't have x, y, z on hand ...

You can use this recipe as a base and substitute different cooked grains, beans, lentils, and nuts to make your own creation!

Forget about nuts and add pulsed oats in their place to keep it nut free. Substitute the cooked beans and instead of the mushrooms, try the sautéed eggplant.

Slow cooker vegetable bread

Slow cooker vegan vegetarian bread

Yield: 6 servings

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 7 hours

Additional time: 30 minutes

Total time: 7 hours 50 minutes

This bread was inspired by the Magical Loaf Studio website by Vegan Lunch Box. I combined about four recipes and added a few more items. You can add almost anything you have on hand, so this is a great way to use up leftovers!

gluten-free * option, soy-free, added oil-free option **, nut-free option ***

Photo by Kate Lewis

Ingredients

Bread ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 ounces or 425 g) kidney beans, drained but reserve liquid
  • 1 cup (110 g) oatmeal, mixed with a flat flour similar to cornmeal (* use gluten free)
  • ½ cup (55 g) pecans (*** under extra pulsed oats for nut free)
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) red bean liquid (or aquafaba)
  • 1 medium portobello mushroom without gills, minced
  • 2 tablespoons (6 g) nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons (32 g) tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground rosemary

Ketchup mix:

  • ½ cup (120 g) ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegan Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

Note: The only reason for doing yesterday's chores is to make it easier for you in the morning. You can follow the instructions for the night before and the morning at the same time if you want.

This recipe is for a 3 or 4 quart slow cooker. If you cook it in a larger one, the cooking time will be much less!

The day before: Mix all the ingredients for the bread together and store in the refrigerator until morning. Mix the filling ingredients as well and store them in a separate container in the refrigerator.

The morning: Oil the slow cooker of your slow cooker ** or line with parchment paper. Pat the bread mixture into the slow cooker. Cook over low heat for 7 to 9 hours.

30 to 45 minutes before serving: Spread the ketchup mixture on top
bread.

Nutritional information
yield 6 Portion 1
Quantity per serving Calories 98Total fat 1gSaturated fat 0gTrans fat 0gUnsaturated fats 0gCholesterol 0 mgSodium 556 mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 4g

Nutritional information is provided by nutritionix.com as an accurate estimate. If you have specific health concerns, please put the recipe information, including the exact ingredients you are using, in the nutritional calculator recommended by your doctor.



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