1-2tsp.dry herbs: rosemary, thyme, oreganowhatever you like!
Eat Loaf Sauce
2Tbsppure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take your standard size loaf pan and squirt a few tablespoons of ketchup in the bottom of the pan. Use a pastry brush, or your fingers to smear it all over the sides and bottom of the pan. This is in place of greasing your pan (and it's really good too!)
First, grind your oats in the food processor to a flour consistency, then place them in a bowl.
Preheat a large skillet on the stove, then add your diced onions. ALWAYS, preheat your skillet, then when you add the onions, the natural juices release and you don't need to add any oil.
Add the carrots, celery, and mushrooms to the food processor, and grind into mush. Yep, mush... then you won't taste a particular veggie in the loaf. Then, add the veggies to the onions on the stove and cook for about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally. You shouldn't need any oil or water. The natural juices from the mushrooms will release and keep everything from sticking. (Use a few tablespoons of water though, if you need to).
While that's cooking, drain and rinse the 2 cans of white beans in a colander, then grind into a paste in the food processor. Add the the bowl with the oats.
Once, the veggies are cooked turn off the stove and add the ketchup, liquid smoke, tamari, pickle juice, garlic powder and herbs. Stir to combine and add the mixture to the beans and oats. Stir to combine all the ingredients. Transfer the mixture to your loaf pan, and bake for 40 minutes.
While it's in the oven, make your sauce to pour on top by whisking the ingredients together in a small bowl. After 40 minutes, pull the loaf out and add the sauce on top. If you're afraid its going to overflow, use a knife and pull the edges of the loaf inward, so sauce can run down the sides of the loaf. YUM! Put back in the oven for 20 more minutes. Done!
Let the loaf cool for at least 30 minutes, if you can wait that long! It'll hold together better when you cut it into slices.