Oat-Free Spicy Barbecue Lentil Loaf

Oat-Free Spicy Barbecue Lentil Loaf

Finally, an oat-free lentil loaf that is sturdy and hearty and not mushy. This loaf is bursting with barbecue flavor! It is baked into the loaf, on top of the loaf and used as a dipping sauce after it is baked. If you love barbecue sauce, then this loaf is for you!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry green lentils (193 g, do not use red lentils, too mushy)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 heaping cup finely chopped white onion (80 g)
  • 1 packed tablespoon minced fresh garlic (4 cloves, depending on size)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water (for cooking the veggies in)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce, separated plus extra for serving (storebought or my homemade version below)
  • 1/2 cup medium grind coarse cornmeal, not corn flour (I used Bob's Red Mill , do not sub this, or the texture could result in a dry or mushy loaf)
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili spice (gives a hefty kick of heat, so ONLY use 1/4 tsp if sensitive)
  • 1/2 cup corn (can or frozen, just drain any excess water, I used frozen)
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste , not sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder (use LESS if you are sensitive to spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon yellow wet mustard
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons dark balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons unsulphured regular molasses
  • I used my homemade barbecue sauce recipe for this loaf. Just as the title of the recipe suggests, it is spicy and has a nice kick of heat, so expect that. If you are sensitive to heat, then decrease the amount of chili powder. I would suggest making it the day before to save time, so the lentil loaf comes together even quicker. I highly recommend making it, as it only takes about 5 minutes to make and it is the only flavor I can vouch for in this loaf. You can certainly use a storebought version to keep it strictly at 8 ingredients, but if you use a storebought version, just make sure it is a barbecue sauce that you really love! But, it is best to use the homemade version, as mine has no fillers and contains water and I'm not sure what effect a commercial version would do to the texture, since there is a large amount used.
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