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Festive Nut Roast Recipe for The Holidays

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Close-up of slices of Vegan Nut Roast Recipe on plate. Perfect for Christmas.


10 minutes


1 hour 10 minutes


6 -8

This festive Nut Roast Recipe is perfect for the plant-based eaters in your family for the holidays.

This Nut Roast Recipe is perfect for the holiday season. It’s filled with nuts, veggies and goodness which will complete any holiday dinner. Who ever made the rule that you needed to have turkey at a holiday dinner anyway?

Why you’ll love this Nut Roast Recipe:

  • It’s a plant-based roast
  • It is full of protein
  • It’s easy-to-make
  • Perfect for the whole family

Holiday Nut Roast Recipe stacked on top of serving dish.

Why is this Nut Roast Recipe so healthy?

The nuts in this Nut Roast Recipe, in particular serve up all sorts of healthy benefits. Nuts are naturally filled with nutrients, they are loaded with antioxidants, can help lower your cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and those are just a few of the benefits they offer. That’s why I love this roast recipe so much, especially paired with my Grandmas 25 Minute Pasta Sauce which helps make it the ultimate comfort meal.

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Close-up of slices of Vegan Nut Roast Recipe on plate. Perfect for Christmas.

Festive Nut Roast Recipe for The Holidays

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This festive Nut Roast Recipe is perfect for the plant-based eaters in your family for the holidays.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Entree
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 6 -8


  • 1 1/2 cups mixed nuts - I used walnuts pecans and hazelnuts - pulsed in food processor for 10 seconds
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. vegan butter
  • 1 large sweet onion finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed
  • 2 cups mixed mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tbsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne - optional
  • a handful of fresh sage
  • 1 cup bread crumbs - I used panko
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 flax eggs 2 tbsp. ground flax seed and 6 tbsp warm water or 2 egg replacements
  • season to taste
  • 1 cup grated vegan mozzarella or cheddar
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  • Preheat your oven to 400F.
  • Into a baking dish or sheet pan add your mixed nuts. Cook for around 15 minutes or until toasted and aromatic. Pulse through a food processor for a few seconds. You want them chunky, not like a meal.
  • Into a large pot heat your oil and butter on medium for around 30 seconds. Throw in your onions and cook down for 5 minutes or until translucent. Now add in your celery, pepper, carrot, garlic and mushrooms. Cook for 10 minutes or until the vegetables have softened and the kitchen smells of heaven.
  • Keep pot on medium heat and add in your tomato paste, herbs + spices, roasted nuts, bread crumbs and quinoa. Cook for another 5-10 minutes, stirring gently to make sure everything is well combined.
  • Prepare your flax egg or egg replacement and set aside.
  • Remove pot from heat and let it cool for a few minutes before adding the flax egg and cheese of choice. Stir well and watch this beautiful roast come together!
  • Line a 12" L x 6" W x 3" D baking tin with parchment and lightly grease with coconut oil spray.
  • Begin adding your roast mixture into the tin and make sure to pack it down as you go. You really watch everything to be tight and compact. If you do this properly you will end up with a perfect roast shape!
  • Decrease oven temperature to 375F and bake roast in oven, covered with tin foil for around 45 - 50 minutes. Once cooked remove from oven and let it cool in the tin for around 10 minutes before removing and cutting into pieces.
  • Serve with favourite tomato sauce of choice but I highly recommend Grandma's Pasta Sauce (see body of post for recipe link).
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I saw this and knew I needed to make it. I served it for dinner tonight with spaghetti & tomato sauce from scratch. I followed your recipe for the roast. It was a huge hit with my two young kids and my extremely skeptical husband. Before today, I’d never even heard of a nut roast and it’s now a new family favorite! Thanks for the inspiration and great recipe Maria! I’m a fan! ❤

Maria Koutsogiannis


this makes me sooooo happy!! I am so pumped you enjoyed it!!

much love

maria xx


You dont give instruction on adding the nuts. When does that happen?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hello David, thanks for flagging that. I have added that step to the instructions. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

David K. Prince

I made it for Christmas dinner, and it is delicious. Thanks!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome, thanks for the love David!

Bianca Zapatka

Lentil roast is such a delicious meal! I love this recipe babe! Especially on Christmas days it’s just perfect 👌🏻
Much love,

Maria Koutsogiannis

I am glad you agree girl! I love it too! Hope you’re having the best day! XX


This nut roast looks so amazing! I made a similar lentil roast the other day but my photos didn’t turn out as pretty as yours. 😀 Love your shots my dear. 🙂

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