Slow Cooker Vegan Pecan Loaf for Festive Feasts and Comfort Dinners


My friend Kathy Hester has released the 2nd edition of her popular book, The Vegan Slow Cooker! Where does she find the time? A couple months ago, she co-authored The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, and earlier this year she released Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer (sample recipes include Battered Onion Rings and Plain Old Tots). Not to mention all of the other cookbooks she’s written in prior years! But today, we’re focusing on The Vegan Slow Cooker, and a sample recipe for Atomic Vegan Pecan Loaf.

Slow Cooker Atomic Vegan Pecan Loaf Recipe (with gluten-free & soy-free options) - a comforting plant-based "meatloaf" for holidays and busy days

This Vegan Pecan Loaf or “Meatloaf” is actually the cover recipe on The Vegan Slow Cooker, Revised and Expanded. It’s a perfect main for festive meals, like Christmas or New Year’s Eve, but it’s also a comforting any-night meal. The ingredient list is a little lengthy, but the preparation is easy. All you have to do is mix, and then let it slow cook.

Kathy says this recipe is a great way to use up leftover ingredients, but we think this vegan meatloaf is also great as leftovers! Enjoy it with sides, on a salad, or even in a sandwich.

And this is just one new recipes in The Vegan Slow Cooker, Revised and Expanded: Simply Set It and Go with 160 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Fresh from the Slow Cooker or Instant Pot®. Phew! Yes, it now has Instant Pot recipes too.

But you can go ahead and try out this vegan pecan loaf first. I guarantee you’ll be back for seconds …

Slow Cooker Atomic Vegan Pecan Loaf Recipe (with gluten-free & soy-free options) - a comforting plant-based "meatloaf" for holidays and busy days

Special Diet Notes: Vegan Pecan Loaf (aka Vegan Meatloaf)

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

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Slow Cooker Atomic Vegan Pecan Loaf
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This loaf was inspired by Vegan Lunch Box’s Magical Loaf Studio website. I combined about four recipes and added a few things on top of that. You can add almost anything you have on hand, so it’s a great way to use up leftovers!
Serves: 6 servings
Vegan Pecan Loaf
  • 1 (15-ounce / 425-gram) can kidney beans, drained but reserve ¼ cup (60 mL) of the liquid (aquafaba)
  • 1 cup (110 g) rolled oats, pulsed into flour (use certified gluten-free, if needed)
  • ½ cup (55 g) pecans
  • 1 medium portobello mushrooms with gills removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons (6 g) nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons (32 g) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground rosemary
  • ½ cup (120 g) ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) vegan Worcestershire sauce
  1. The night before: Mix all the loaf ingredients together, and store the mixture in the refrigeraotr in an airtight container until the morning. Also mix together the ingredients for the topping, and store in a separate container in the refrigerator.
  2. In the morning: Oil the crock of your 4-quart slow cooker or line with parchment paper (for oil free). Pat the loaf mixture evenly into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
  3. About 30 to 45 minutes before serving: Spread the ketchup mixture over the top of the loaf.
This recipe is reprinted with permissions from The Vegan Slow Cooker, Revised and Expanded Edition by Kathy Hester.

Key Pantry Supplies: Vegan Pecan Loaf

More Vegan Recipes from Kathy Hester

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


    • I believe Instapot’s have slow cooker modes, so that would work. If you are wanting to cook it faster, I’m guessing so, but I’ve never used an Instapot. You can also bake this in the oven. You just need to adjust the time accordingly.

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