Recipe: Savoury Pecan Loaf

This recipe came from my sister-in-law Faye, who asked me for vegan recipe ideas a couple of years ago, and is now a vegetarian herself and passing favourites to me. Sorry to say, I don’t know the original source to credit. This is one of those recipes that gets shared and modified and shared some more.

I’m kind of a recipe follower, but she’s more daring: “I make some adjustments depending on my flavour preferences of the moment…sage, rosemary and thyme for a roast chicken flavour, or mushrooms and HP sauce for a more beefy taste.”

Savoury Pecan Loaf

Course Main Dish
Servings 8 slices


  • 1 cup onion, chopped (optional) caramelize the onion
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable stock mix
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup pecans ground in the food processor
  • 4 1/2 cups bran flakes lightly pulsed in food processor
  • 1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp ketchup


  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Grease a loaf pan.
  • Pan-fry the onions in the oil. (Or caramelize them if you have the time and inclination.)
  • Beat the eggs, cottage cheese, and milk together in a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, except the ketchup, and mix well.
  • Pack the mixture into the loaf pan.
  • Spread ketchup on top.
  • Bake uncovered in 375F oven for 45min.


This recipe has the potential to be quite high in sodium, but if you use lower-sodium vegetable stock, bran flakes, and maybe even ketchup, it will be reasonable and still taste great. I used Blue Menu Bran Flakes, Reduced Sodium Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base, and Blue Menu low-sodium ketchup.
Nice paired with mashed potatoes, salad, roasted veggies, and/or the Mushroom and Thyme Gravy on page 185 of my 30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook. 

Nutrition Information
(Note: This was calculated using the ingredients above as well as 1% milk and 1% cottage cheese. It's for 1/8 of the recipe.)
Calories - 305, 
Fat - 18g, 
Saturated fat - 3g, 
Trans fat - 0g, 
Carbohydrates - 24g, 
Fibre - 4g, 
Sugars - 6g, (Added sugar - 3g),  
Protein - 14g, 
Cholesterol - 77mg, 
Sodium - 512mg, 
Potassium - 269mg, 
Calcium - 107mg, 
Iron - 4mg

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