Vegan Mofo: Gluten Free Vegan Seitan (Sort of)

I swear I will get back to the bentos, but I have been experimenting with recipes and then I get requests to post about it.

As we know, seitan is heavily gluten based, heck it’s made from vital wheat gluten. So when I found this recipe from Bob’s Red Mill for “Gluten Free Seitan” I had to give it a try.

Here is what the recipe below apparently looks like:

Image from: Bobsredmill.com

Gluten Free Seitan:

  • 1/4 cup BRM Flaxseed Meal
  • 1/2 cup BRM GF Rolled Oats
  • 1-15 oz can Chili Beans or Red Beans
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Instant Yeast
Here’s my take on this:
Air Eater’s vegan/gluten free/soy free version:
However, let me tell you, I made this for our late Thanksgiving with @MathieuLLF’s parents and I actually made 10x’s the amount. That meant quite a few cans of beans to open, thus the pinto beans as I ran out of kidney beans.


First, I combined the dry ingredients and mixed them in the blender for about 3 minutes, till they were quite fine. It took me 2.5 hours to mix all the dry ingredients in my blender, then mix the beans, then mix the two together. I was only doing 2 cups of dry/wet mixture at a time to not overwhelm my food processor. Yeah, that’s dedication.


If you were to add yeast, the recipe calls for a wait time of 5-7 minutes until the dough rises and then it’s time to fry the seitan. A very good tip is to wet your hands a bit while scooping to form patties or whatever shape you like.


This is what happened with my recipe:


Rolled oats and flaxseed mealRed Kidney Bean MixSeitan patty before fryingSeitan before fryingSeitan patties after frying

It struck me as odd how much these meat substitutes looked a lot like the real thing. I assure you they were deliciously vegan. I would recommend crumbling the patties for nachos and or tacos. I have half a batch of these bad boys in my freezer and some in a freezer bag in the fridge for throughout the week.
Happy eating!
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31 Responses to Vegan Mofo: Gluten Free Vegan Seitan (Sort of)

  1. Wow, you made a lot of seitan! They really do look like real meat. I am so intrigued by gluten-free seitan now. It sounds easier to make than regular seitan, actually, as gluten can become difficult to manipulate into the desired shape once it forms.

  2. Lisa Hogan

    I am interested in any soy free recipes, as I cannot tolerate soy. I can barely tolerate gluten. So any great seitan recipes you come up with I am looking forward to try.

    • aireater

      Hi Lisa. Gluten free seitan is tricky, but I heard there is a mix out there that works very well. I’ll email you the brand. Thanks for reading!

      • Jim

        I would also be interested in a wheat free, gluten free, and soy free seitan recipe. Or The name of the mix and where to get the mix you referred to.

        • aireater

          Hi Jim,

          The name of the mix I mentioned is this: OrgraN’s Gluten-Substitute

          It’s quite easy to make your own too. ;)

          • Dani.Millar

            Hi Aireater. I have searched the Internet and can not find a recipe for homemade gluten substitute to use in place of the OrgraN product (which I can’t buy where I am) . Would you share me the info please. Maybe you could post here or else write me (my address is my name at rocketmail.com). Thanks :)

          • aireater

            Hi Dani, I’ve emailed you, hope you enjoy the recipes.

          • wendy

            Could you please email the recipe for making the gluten substitue. My husband has heart disease and we eat a lot of gluten based meat substitutes, but I would like to back off the gluten a bit. I am trying your burgers tomorrow, thanks for the recipe. Wendy

          • aireater

            Hello Wendy, please do check your email.

      • maya barbery

        Hi!!! Can u also email.me.the brand???? I am.soy/gluten allergic and need alternative.

        Tjansk a million!!!!!

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  4. Trina

    How did you cook this? I see you formed the seitan into patties – did you bake it or cook it on the stovetop? Have you experimented with this in any recipes since the original post? I’m getting ready to make this and just looking for some additional tips.

    By the way, I originally pinned (on Pinterest) this BRM recipe from their blog, but apparently the recipe has been removed from their site, so when I did a Google search I found your recipe. I changed my pin source to your site so people can still find the recipe.

    • aireater

      Hello Trina,
      Thanks for the questions! I can’t believe I didn’t mention how I cooked it. I did fry them on the stove until I saw they were darkish brown. I would suggest putting aside some time to make this if you plan on doubling the recipe like I did. I haven’t re-made this recipe since, but now that you mention it I probably should, they were very tasty and were excellent in the freezer. Do use a good blender, and if you find it’s getting too thick add a bit of water, start with 1/4 cup. These kind of ingredients soak up liquid and can cause your blender to work extra hard, so you don’t want to burn out your motor. Add ingredients/water slowly so you can find the right consistency.

      Best of luck!

  5. Chase

    Hey I have a question what was the original Recipe. Bob’s red mill took it down for some reason can you email it to me
    ccoprid0001@gmail.com

    • aireater

      Hi Chase,
      The original recipe is listed in the post:
      1/4 cup BRM Flaxseed Meal
      1/2 cup BRM GF Rolled Oats
      1-15 oz can Chili Beans or Red Beans
      1 tsp Chipotle Powder
      1 tsp Onion Powder
      1 tsp Garlic Powder
      1 tsp Salt
      1 tsp Black Pepper
      1/4 cup Instant Yeast

  6. ajnemajrje

    Is there anything else besides oats that can be used in this recipe? I have bad reactions to oats – even the gluten free ones. I would think that as it is being cooked after mixing that cooked rice might be an option.

    • aireater

      Good question! I believe the oats give a hearty stability to the recipe. Perhaps quinoa would also be a good substitute? Or a thick bean like a kidney bean? I think rice might be too light. Please let me know if you try it! Thanks for asking.

  7. Jenjen

    Thankyou for sharing this recipe ,it is so good to find a nut-free , gluten-free , vegan recipe ,which can be quite a challenge at times .We also have salicylate allergyies thrown in just to make life interesting , hahahaha .So what is the difference between adding the yeast and not adding yeast ? Does it make it lighter ? Just curious .And the bbq sauce ? Is that just for flavour also ?

    • aireater

      The yeast is to make something rise and give a fuller appearance. I suppose you could eliminate it if you really wanted. The BBQ sauce is also for flavour.

    • aireater

      Yeast is just to make the ingredients rise and provide a less flat burger. You can leave it out if you wish. The BBQ sauce is for flavour.

      • Jenjen

        thankyou for your quick response , I am going try try this today actually :) I noticed that in your version you do not use the yeast , was that through trial and error or simply a choice ? Also have you made a roll / loaf with it or just made burger patties ?

  8. Meri Netert

    So I just now found out about OgraN substitute and I too have scoured the world web to no avail! Could you puh-leese send me the recipe!

    • aireater

      Hi Meri. Thanks for your interest. If you read the post, you’ll see the recipe is listed there and I’ve taken my own spin on it as well. Enjoy!

  9. Kellie

    I was wandering if this recipe can be made into a stuffed loaf. I am looking for a gluten free vegan entree sub for the Holidays.

    • aireater

      Hi Kellie,
      That’s a great idea! I haven’t even considered this. It is slightly heavy, but I can see it working. Best of luck!

      Lidia

  10. Sue Breeden

    Hi, I’m intrigued by how to make the gluten free gluten :) Would you mind sending me the recipe? I really want to try this, thank you!

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