vegan lemon loaf with pistachios

Vegan Lemon Loaf

  • Author: Dietitian Debbie
  • Prep Time: 10 Min
  • Cook Time: 45 Min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan lemon loaf is moist, tender, and bursting with lemon-y flavor. The loaf is naturally sweetened with maple syrup to balance out the sweetness of the lemony glaze on top. Pair with a cup of coffee as an afternoon treat!


For the Loaf: 

  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 5 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Glaze: 

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 23 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pistachios


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the ground flax seed and warm water in a large mixing bowl and set aside for 2 minutes to gel. 
  3. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the flour, almond flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add the olive oil, soy milk, maple syrup, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla to the mixing bowl with the flax. Stir well.
  5. Add the flour mixture and stir again just until everything is mixed. 
  6. Transfer to baking pan and bake for 40-50 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 10-15 minutes in the pan.
  7. Lift out of pan and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. Once bread is completely cool, make the glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Add the other 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice a few drops at a time until glaze is thick but pourable. 
  9. Pour glaze over bread and use spatula to spread it to the edges of the bread. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to allow glaze to set. Top with chopped pistachios and garnish with lemon wedges. 


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 238 kcals
  • Sugar: 10.8 g
  • Sodium: 69 mg
  • Fat: 10.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25.8 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg