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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Nut roast with a cranberry & orange compote

Vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, guilt-free

Happy 1st December!
We are offically in the festive season, and what better way to start this magical month than with a hearty, protein packed nut roast! 
This nut roast is packed full of protein and goodness, with no added sugar and is 100% vegan and tasty!!!
I used a mixture of walnuts, pecans, hazlenuts, cashews to create a flavoursome, moist and textured festive dish! 

To accompany the nut roast, i wanted to make a tasty compote. Cranberries are in season and is very complimentary to a nut roast! 
 This would be the perfect dish to serve up for Christmas dinner along with seasonal vegetables.

-25ml of light olive oil 
-1 red onion (chopped)
-2 teaspoons of marmite (yeast extract) in 1/4 pint of hot water 
-2 teaspoons of ground almonds
-100g of gluten-free breadcrumbs
-200g of chopped mixed nuts ( I used walnuts, hazlenuts, cashews, pecans)
-1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
-1/2 teaspoon of oregano
-Pinch of salt & pepper
-1/4 teaspoon of chill flakes

Cranberry sauce
-150g of fresh cranberries
-1 orange (juice and zest)
-1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Step 1- Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees and line a loaf tin with grease proof paper.

Step 2- Pour the oil into a frying pan/wok and gently heat up. Add in the chopped onion and saut√© until golden brown. 
This will take around 5 minutes.
Step 3- When the onions are golden brown, pour them into a mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix thoroughly with a spoon.
Step 4- Spoon the mixture into your lined loaf tin, making sure to get into the edges. As an extra kick, i sprinkled chilli flakes and oregano on top.

Pop your nut roast into the heated oven for around 25 minutes
Check after 20 minutes to make sure its not burning!
Step 5- Once your nut roast if fully cooked, carefully remove from the oven and cut into slices and serve with vegetables & roast potatoes! 

This nut roast can be kept frozen, but will have to be fully thawed before cooking again!

To make the cranberry compote
Step 1- Place the cranberries, maple syrup, orange juice & zest into a sauce pan.
Heat on low for around 20-25 minutes. Keep string to prevent the compote sticking, add water as necessary.

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