Spinach and Cashew Nut Roast


Spinach and Cashew Nut Roast


A nut roast is not just for vegetarians. This Christmas classic is a nutritious plant based meal which can provide a tasty abundance of essential minerals and nutrients. So let’s ignore the cliches and dig in!

I have chosen cashew nuts for my take on this turkey alternative. Cashews are great as they have a lower fat content than most other nuts whilst still feeding your body with a great dose of bone friendly calcium and magnesium. Paired with iron rich spinach, this nut roast will leave you fighting fit to tackle these chilly winter winds.

This dish is a great vegetarian Christmas option. However, for you lovely vegans, please feel free to substitute the egg for my chia seed alternative.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Chop up the spinach finely.
  3. Place the spinach, cashews, garlic and chilli in the food processor and blitz for one minute.
  4. Tip this into a bowl with the tomatoes, carrot, onion, egg, parsley, salt and pepper. mix well.
  5. Grease a loaf with coconut oil or butter.
  6. Pour the mixture in and cook for 50 minutes.
  7. Take it out and serve with some fresh olive oil, salt and more chopped cashews

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Images:  Holly Clark Photography


  • Annette Robertson

    Can you substitute the cashew nuts with peanuts? My partner is fine with peanuts but allergic to all other nuts!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Hi gorgeous, I don’t see why not. It will just have a stronger peanutty flavour xx

  • Natalie

    I had this for dinner today with my mum, dad, grandad and sisters. It went down really well with roasted potatoes seasoned with herbs, kale, carrots and butternut squash roasted with veg gravy. I did make 2 because i did one without chilli and instead of white onion i used 3 spring onions. as i don’t like them. i did do one to the recipe for my family and they loved it.

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      Sounds fab!! So glad they liked it xx

  • Lauren Williams

    Does this freeze well? Thinking of getting prepared for Christmas!

    • http://www.madeleineshaw.com/ Madeleine Shaw

      I haven’t tried but I imagine it would be fine. Let me know how you get on! x

  • Jo W

    I made this last night and was easier than expected. Absolutely delicious – thank you. How many days can you keep it for in the fridge do you reckon?

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