Monday, December 26, 2011

Garbanzo Bean Loaf

    16 years ago, Chris and I were trying to decide what to make for Yule supper. We went through our many cookbooks, and settled on Recipe for a Small Planet's Garbanzo Bean Loaf. As I have said before, when choosing your traditions, choose carefully. Although we only make this once a year, we make it every year.
  The recipe in the cookbook is vegetarian, here I veganize it.


    1/2 cup dried garbanzo beans (cook and drain) or use 1 1/2 cups canned
    1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
    1 cup pineapple juice
    1 cup chopped onion
    1 1/2 cup chopped celery
    3 tablespoons oil
    1/4 cup fresh parsley
    egg substitute equivalent to one egg
    1 tablespoon miso (any-white/red/your choice)
    1 teaspoon salt
    dash of hot sauce
    2 pinches cayenne pepper
    1 cup vegan cheese (Swiss maybe or hot pepper)


1. Combine bread crumbs with pineapple juice, let soak.

2. Mash the beans but leave a few whole!

3. Saute onions and celery in the oil.

4. Dissolve miso in a  very small amount of hot water, to make a thick slurry.

5. Combine rest of ingredients in order.

6. Turn into loaf pan and bake at 350 for 40 minutes until browned and firm.

I always quadruple this recipe for a large holiday meal so that we will have leftovers! I serve it on a bed of spinach leaves with Louisiana hot sauce along side of squash/pear soup. I hope this becomes a favorite in your home!

Serves: 3 to 4

Preparation time: 30 minutes


  1. this is one of the first vegetarian dishes I ate (as a deliberate vegetarian dish) and it remains one of my favorites!

  2. We made it vegan this year and it was SO GOOD!

  3. Do they sell vegan cheese at ALDI? Miso? Egg equivalent? Anyhow, just curious. Thanks. I've never seen those ingredients at our neighborhood Aldi. It is an interesting combination of ingredients. I might try it. I've been looking for a Chickpea loaf without eggs. Not sure where to get vegan cheese.

  4. Mama Mojo, you are super correct. If this recipe is made vegetarian, everything but dry garbanzos are available at Aldi. We use soy sauce for miso. But made vegan, not so much.

    Here is a link to the ingredients I buy at other stores:


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