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Gluten-Free Meatball Recipe #paleo #glutenfree


Meatball recipes often use flour, well the good ones do anyway. It helps give the meatball the right amount of stick combined with the right amount of tenderness. If you follow a paleo or gluten-free diet, obviously you can’t use a traditional meatball recipe, but it’s easy to replace a gluten based flour with almond or coconut flour.

Another issue I have with meatballs is that they often aren’t flavorful enough. Sure they are good, but could you eat it without sauce? Or is it the sauce giving it the flavor. Personally I want the meatball to be able to stand on it’s own, with a bit of sauce to compliment it.

gluten-free meatball recipeI coated mine with a bit of red sauce but I do want to work on a sweet chili sauce for them. Because who doesn’t love those meatballs coated in chili sauce and grape jelly? But I will have to experiment with the ingredients to keep them as close to paleo as possible. We strive for 80-90% here. Right now our diet is still in transition so the number isn’t that high. Once we have switched over completely we will aim for that but probably actually do even better unless we happen to eat out.


I know you just want the gluten-free meatball recipe…

These were really, really good. Not overly moist but not dry and hard either. They stayed together until broken with a fork and they were tender and SOOOO flavorful.

paleo meatball recipe

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Gluten-Free Meatball Recipe #paleo #glutenfree
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  • 1 lb leaf ground beef (grass-fed preferred)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small onion finely chopped or 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, they do give them a bit of a kick if you use it)
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1½ tbsp dried cilantro
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. In a small pan, melt coconut oil until liquified, add onions and sautee for 1-2 minutes
  3. In a medium sized bowl combine the ground beef and the spices until mixed
  4. Whisk egg and mix into beef mixture, then add coconut oil and onion mixture
  5. Combine everything thoroughly
  6. Mist a baking sheet or large glass casserole dish with olive oil or grease with butter
  7. Roll meatballs into balls depending upon the size you prefer and place in dish or on pan
  8. Bake for around 25-30 minutes until thoroughly cooked

paleo meatballs


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  • Reply Kate 04/06/2013 at 11:21 pm

    These meatballs are delicious! The cayenne gives it just the right amount of kick! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Kim 04/07/2013 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it!

  • Reply meg 04/04/2013 at 9:43 am

    I must admit, I didn’t actually follow this recipe… I was just looking for a bread replacement in my meatballs ;p You used coconut flour, so I thought, “Why not the garbanzo bean flour I have?” I tried it and they are now cooking up quite nicely! Thank you so much for making my newly gluten-free life a little easier! :)

    • Reply Kim 04/04/2013 at 1:13 pm

      No problem, thanks for sharing, it might help someone else!

  • Reply Yariv 02/26/2013 at 11:21 pm

    Just prepared these meatballs and they came out real nice considering they have no milk or gluten. I would add a tsp of salt to the mix though.

    • Reply Kim 02/27/2013 at 8:41 am

      Great tip, thanks!

  • Reply Krista Ferrell 02/15/2013 at 6:52 pm

    I just made these and they were so easy and sooooo delicious! I made a double batch and am freezing them in sets of 5 for easy lunch/dinner options next week!

    • Reply Kim 02/15/2013 at 8:30 pm

      Yay, glad you enjoyed them, I do the same thing freezing them!

  • Reply kristin 01/20/2013 at 6:11 pm

    These sounds delicious, going to give them a try!

  • Reply Lea @ Doula Training 01/14/2013 at 8:42 pm

    I am a bit intrigued about the flavor when cayenne pepper is added.
    Hmm.. looks really delish to me.

  • Reply Crunchy Beach Mama 01/14/2013 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks Kim! Just starting to eat more Paleo around here and need some new recipes. Pinning!

  • Reply Nichol 01/13/2013 at 7:36 pm

    Ooh they look really good and sound it too. I would love them with the Cayenne but my family wouldn’t. Looks like I’ll have to mix up some, roll and add in cayenne for myself:)

  • Reply Jenny @ MyLittleMe 01/13/2013 at 10:40 am

    I am going to have to try these! I’m craving meat!

  • Reply Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving 01/13/2013 at 1:51 am

    Yum! I’m going to make this for dinner sometime this week :)

  • Reply Mandy 01/12/2013 at 6:25 pm

    I’ve just started reading a book on paleo eating, so I’m bookmarking this recipe. These look amazing!

    • Reply Kim 01/12/2013 at 9:44 pm

      I want to try them again with some veggies in them too. Carrots, and a few others…i am going to experiment.

      Which Paleo book are you,reading?

  • Reply Rhea 01/11/2013 at 9:55 pm

    yum. I love meatballs. I make them all the time. I usually use almond flour though, I like it better than coconut for these things.

    • Reply Kim 01/12/2013 at 11:32 am

      All I had was coconut flour, I have to plan a trip to whole foods soon.

  • Reply Cat Davis - Food Family Finds 01/11/2013 at 8:20 pm

    Those look great for spaghetti n meatballs – minus the cayenne (ouch)

    • Reply Kim 01/12/2013 at 11:33 am

      My son and I love it spicy! Abby likes a little bit of a kick.