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Parsnip and cranberry nut-free roast

This nut-free nut roast, bursting with umami flavours, is actually made with seeds which are more affordable. This next-level roast is topped with a mixture of sliced parsnips and cranberry sauce. If you want to make a nut roast, feel free to substitute the seeds for nuts of any variety.


Makes a small loaf to serve 2 people, double the recipe to fill a standard sized loaf tin.

  • 80g sunflower seeds
  • 20g sage and onion stuffing mix
  • 60g puy lentils (dried)
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 20g miso paste
  • 10g yeast extract
  • ½ teaspoon veg stock powder
  • 1 tablespoon potato flour (or other thickener like cornflour or tapioca)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 50g cranberry sauce (low sugar variety available from health food shops)
  • 1 parsnip


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C fan/ 190C/ gas mark 5
  2. Cover the lentils with 1 litre of water and season with a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil then simmer the lentils for 20 mins. Strain and leave to cool. 
  3. Finely dice the onion. Finely chop the garlic.
  4. Sautee the onion until soft and golden in a little oil for 5 minutes, add the garlic and sauté for a further minute.
  5. Peel the parsnip and slice into long strips. Add to a pan of salted boiling water and cook for 4 minutes until tender. Remove from the pan onto a plate.
  6. Toast the seeds until golden to bring out their nutty flavours and toast their oils.
  7. Roughly chop the seeds, leave some whole and have some in pieces.
  8. Add all of the rest of the nut roast ingredients together. 
  9. Line a small loaf tin with baking parchment in the bottom and grease the sides.
  10. Put the cranberry sauce at the bottom of the tin and spread it out over the greaseproof paper.
  11. Layer the parsnip pieces in the bottom of the tin on top of the cranberry. Make it look pretty. It is good to cut the pieces so that they are uniform.
  12. Press the nut roast down on top of the parsnip and cranberry mix.
  13. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 mins. Turn the nut roast out onto a plate or board to serve.

Download the PDF version of this recipe here.

Contribution by:

Made in Hackney
Eating Better alliance member
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Made In Hackney is a plant-based cookery school which also provides free nutritious meals to households struggling for food.

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