Harissa Spiced Meatloaf

Do you know about harissa? This north-African spice blend has a slow and subtle heat that is the star of this show. I bought it on a whim one day and have been looking for any excuse to use it since. It turned out to be the perfect update to my classic meatloaf recipe. If you don't have harissa, you can easily substitute chili powder. Combined with a sweet and tangy glaze, this gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free dish is sure to please. I'm always happy to share this dish but sadly ~ I never have leftovers! This is a must-make. Let me know if you do.

Harissa Spiced Meatloaf Recipe

(1 hour & 15 minutes, 8 servings)


  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 2 small or 1 large carrot, finely chopped

  • water

  • ¾ cup gluten free quick oats, or oat flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon harissa

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • ½ tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 lbs ground beef or bison

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or ghee Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free catsup

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ tsp harissa

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Combine carrots, onions, and a little bit of water in a skillet and sauté over medium heat until carrots are soft, about 8 minutes. Drain any excess water then set aside to cool.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  3. Grind oats into flour using a grinder, food processor, or high-powered blender.

  4. Mix ingredients oat flour through beef/bison together in a large bowl, ensuring that all ingredients are evenly distributed.

  5. Spray or wipe olive oil or ghee onto your bakeware. You can either press the mixture into a loaf pan or use your hands to free-form a loaf onto a cookie sheet. Be sure to pack the mixture into a tight loaf so that it stays together.

  6. Place into the oven and set a timer for 30 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, mix the glaze ingredients together. When the alarm rings, pull the meatloaf out and spread the glaze over the top and sides, then return to the oven.

  8. Bake for another 15-30 minutes (45 min to an hour total baking time), until the enter reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

  9. Once the meatloaf is cooked through, remove from heat and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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