These spicy vegan buffalo meatloaf minis are not at all glamorous and they were frankly were very hard to photograph haha. But they are incredibly flavourful, satiating, perfectly moist without being soggy, a bit nutty, and that sweet-spicy glaze really brings it home. I love that this recipe comes together simply with a lot of pantry ingredients.
Our Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend and I wanted to make something that was homey and appropriate, but maybe also a bit different. I love the classic hippy-dip nut and lentil loaves so much, but I started thinking about that spicy-tangy buffalo sauce flavour in the loaf and in the glaze. It turned out so good! Get some mushroom gravy and some sort of mashed veg on the plate too? That’s heaven in flavour town for me. More holiday-appropriate vegan recipes can be found here.
We use sweet potato purée, ground up walnuts, and some oven-dried white beans as our base. Drying the white beans in the oven helps to avoid that gloppy texture and an overly bean-y flavour. It’s an extra step that’s really worth it in my opinion! From there, we add some sautéed aromatics, lots of spices, the hot sauce and a sticky, super classic ketchup-based glaze.
I went with a manageable amount of mini loaves here because I know that we’re all celebrating the holidays a bit differently this year. Individual servings of this spicy vegan buffalo meatloaf are so cute and they reheat really nicely. Wishing you nothing but good things this week. Big hug.
SPICED VEGAN BUFFALO MEATLOAF MINIS
- Food Processor
- 2 cups cooked white beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided (plus extra)
- 1 small yellow onion, small dice (about ⅔ cup diced onion)
- 1 stick/rib celery, small dice (about ½ cup diced celery)
- 1 small carrot, small dice (about ½ cup diced carrot)
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
- sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- 1 cup walnut halves
- ½ cup sweet potato purée
- 3 tablespoons Buffalo-style hot sauce, divided (or any other hot sauce you like)
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon tamari soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Grease 6 cups of a standard muffin tin with olive oil and set aside.
- Scatter the drained white beans over the lined baking sheet in an even layer. Bake the white beans in the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until beans are slightly dried and starting to break up. Let them cool.
- Set a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Pour in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and swirl it around. Add the onions, celery, carrot, and garlic to the pan all at once. Stir and sauté the vegetables until all are soft and translucent, about 8-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in the white wine vinegar and let it cook off for 30 seconds or so. Remove from the heat and allow the sautéed vegetables to cool slightly.
- In a food processor or small food chopper, pulse the walnut halves into a coarse meal. Pour the walnut meal into a large mixing bowl. Then, transfer the oven-dried white beans to the food processor. Pulse the white beans to grind them up. They should have a wet sand-like texture with a few whole pieces of bean still in the mix. Transfer the ground white beans to the large mixing bowl with the walnuts.
- To the white bean and walnut mixture, add the cooled sautéed vegetables, the sweet potato purée, 2 tablespoons of the hot sauce, tomato paste, tamari, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Season the mixture liberally with salt and pepper. Using a spatula, mix thoroughly until everything is evenly combined and smooth.
- Divide the spicy vegan buffalo meatloaf mixture among the greased muffin cups. I like to smooth the tops and shape them like a dome. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining hot sauce and ketchup. Brush this mixture over the entire surface of the mini meatloaves.
- Bake the spicy vegan buffalo meatloaf minis until the loaves are firm and the ketchup glaze is caramelized, about 27-30 minutes. Serve warm with side dishes of your choosing.
- If you’re like me and simply LIVE for the ketchup-y glaze here, you can double the amount. Brush half of it on before baking, and the other half on at the middle point of baking (15 minutes).
- Any hot sauce you like is great. I love Tessemae’s Buffalo Sauce. My fave ketchup here.
- If you don’t like spicy things, you can substitute the hot sauce that’s in the meatloaf with more ketchup or additional sweet potato purée.
- Use coconut aminos instead of tamari to keep this soy-free.
- I Just steamed chunks of sweet potato until they were soft and mashed them with a fork for the purée.