Grain-Free, Egg-Free Paleo Meatballs with Dairy-Free Mushroom Sauce

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Meatballs! Dairy, Egg, and Grain Free! GAPS-Friendly :). Think you need to give up meatballs just because you are on a special diet? No way! These paleo meatballs hold together and are super tasty even without dairy, egg, or grain! And they come with a great dairy-free mushroom sauce to boot!

{If you're on the paleo diet or have food allergies to dairy or egg, making meatballs can be a chore.  My mom's Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs was one of my favorite childhood meals.  My mom would simmer the sauce all day and then would serve us a bunch on a piece of bread when it was almost done…..


Well, my son is deathly allergic to dairy and egg whites, and we are also gluten-free, so I haven't attempted meatballs in a loooooong time.

So you can imagine that I am excited that today, Leah, from Ponderings From My Heart brings to you (and to me :)) paleo meatballs that should suit almost any family with special dietary needs. 

These meatballs are Dairy, Egg, and Grain-free–and they look amazing!  Here's Leah with the post…..}

In Search of a New Meatball Recipe

Remember this song?

“On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese. I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.”

When I was handed a list of food sensitivities longer than my arm, lose my poor meatball I did.

I was sensitive to eggs, dairy, wheat, gluten, peanuts, etc… I didn't think I was ever going to be able to eat a delicious meatball again.

Until I discovered you actually can make egg-free, dairy-free, paleo meatballs without sacrificing tenderness and flavor!

Paleo Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce - Meatball ingredients in bowl
If you've been on almost any kind of diet you've probably had to give up many of your favorite comfort foods.

For me, I've really missed my mom's moist meatballs. With gravy. On lefse. Long sigh… {From Adrienne:  I had never heard of lefse. It's a traditional Norwegian flatbread.  That would taste great with meatballs!}

The egg-free GAPS meatball recipes that I tried turned out bland and dry. So dry, in fact, they crumbled before I could even serve them onto plates.

Not exactly reminiscent of my mom's savory moist meatballs–and a far cry from the word “comfort”.

Although I still miss my mom's lefse, I think I've finally found GAPS-friendly paleo meatballs worthy of the word “comfort”.

This meatball recipe is the result of marrying my mom's savory meatball recipe with a GAPS-friendly version.

The final product is a moist and tender meatball without the eggs, bread crumbs, or any “illegal” ingredients.

Meatballs in pan


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Meatballs and Mushroom Sauce - Grain, Egg, and Dairy Free
And there you have it! Special-diet and even GAPS Diet-friendly, yet savory, paleo meatballs that are so tender you can even serve them at dinner parties.

Your traditional food guests will never know the difference!


“Hold on to your meatballs. And don't ever sneeze.”

(From Adrienne:  Even if you do sneeze, these paleo meatballs will hold together! And maybe if we are on gut-healing diets, we'll be sneezing less :)!

And I'm thinking these grain-free meatballs would taste great as a sandwich on my Focaccia Flax Bread….hmmmmm.)

I haven't talked about the GAPS Diet much on this blog, but it's a very compelling gut-healing protocol.  The book is a fantastic read.  Here is the book in case you'd like to check it out.  I promise, it has a lot of holds on it if it's even available at your local library!}

Gut and Psychology Syndrome

What Favorite Recipe are You Hoping to Makeover to a Healthified Version?

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  1. What level of heat on the stove for cooking the meatballs? Recipe doesn’t say (odd!). The first time I made these they turned out way too dry, and I’m pretty sure I used a Low-Med heat. I’m not super knowledgable in the kitchen, so I need this kind of info to be included. Thanks!

  2. I recently tried this recipe and am making it again tonight. I love these meatballs!

  3. Hi,

    What is the coconut flour for? Is it in place of bread crumbs? I am allergic to dairy, eggs, coconut, tree nuts, peanuts and tomatoes, so I am trying to find a meatball recipe that does not have dairy or eggs or coconut lol. I know mixing pork with the beef works well as it adds more fat, but currently I have many many many lbs of grass finished lean ground beef in my freezer. Being I do not need to be GF, can I sub the flour for bread crumbs instead?

    Thank you!

    • It’s a thickener, so yes in that sense. Hmmmm…you could try more flax, or chia perhaps? Is there another flour you could maybe use? You could put maybe double the regular flour in and see how that does. Take care!

      • I used oats. I do not need it GF so we shall see how it goes 🙂 Thank you for your response as it gives me more options 🙂

  4. How about using cream instead of coconut milk when not doing dairy free?

  5. My kids are on GAPS diet now and I had to learn to make meatballs without fillers like bread crumbs and they are delicious! I always wondered WHY we added them when we can get more flavor without fillers. I don’t even add eggs or egg replacers. Just meat, herbs, onions and garlic. In this case, less is definitely MORE! I make hamburgers this way too! And my kids love beef breakfast ‘sausages’ made this way since they can’t eat packaged sausages. I have to try your mushroom sauce. Thanks for the recipe!

    • So glad to hear it Karen!!! So yours stick together even without flax?

      • Yup. No egg replacers. I make sure the grass-fed ground meat has fat. The fats hold them together and keeps them moist. I add herbs like Tarragon, Parsley, Cumin and curry powder for extra kick but mainly, onion and garlic finely diced and minced. 🙂

  6. Hello, just wondering if the mushroom sauce could be made with other milk, like oat milk or rice milk.


  7. Thanks for linking up at Healing With Food Friday!

  8. I. Love. Mustard. Powder. It’s amazing stuff. Thanks for linking at Trim Healthy Tuesday!!

  9. Allyson Bossie says:

    I love that this includes coconut flour. I like to use that or Spelt flour exclusively. These look delicious, so I will try this recipe.

    I am linking up from Real Food Wednesday, and I would love if you can drop by.

  10. Looks great! Our niece is GF and DF, so this is definitely a recipe we can use! Thanks!

  11. This looks really good. Thanks for sharing. Found you from Homestead Barn Hop.

  12. Thank you for this! Sounds like your food intolerance list was as bad as mine. I will definitely be trying this recipe!

  13. Oh YUM! I’d love it if you would share at our Healing With Foods blog hop! Hope to see you there!

  14. Just made these. AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  15. Looks AMAZING!! I can’t wait to try!