Sweet And Sour Meatballs {Paleo, Nut, & Egg Free}

These sweet and sour meatballs are amazing. They’re filling, comforting, easy, and are gluten free, egg free, grain free, and Paleo!

sweet and sour meatballs


I’m always looking for new and exciting recipes ’cause we get tired of having the same ‘ol same ‘ol thing for dinner. So last week when I was planning my grocery list and saw my spaghetti and meatball recipe, I thought – oohh, I should use my meatball recipe to make sweet and sour meatballs! And I’m so happy I did because they turned amazing. ย These paleo and egg free meatballs are filling, comforting, and have a great sweet and sour flavor.

I served these for dinner with cauliflower fried “rice”, but they would also be great served as an appetizer at a party – just add some toothpicks! Now, on to the recipe!

Here are the steps:

To start, mix together your flax seeds and water (your “flax eggs”) and set aside to thicken. In a large bowl, combine a pound of ground beef, a pound of ground pork, 3 Tbsp. of coconut flour, some garlic, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, salt, pepper, a splash of non-dairy milk, and lastly, our “flax eggs”. Then mix it all together will with your hands – don’t be afraid to get a little dirty ๐Ÿ™‚

*Oh, and don’t worry – you can’t taste the coconut flour at all, it just helps bind the meatballs!



After that, roll the meat mixture into meatballs and place on a cookie sheet. Then put the cookie sheet in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up.




Add some oil to a large heavy bottomed pot and heat over medium-high heat. Add 8 – 11 meatballs to the pot (or however many will comfortably fit), turning to brown. Don’t worry about cooking them through, we just want a nice brown color on the outside ๐Ÿ™‚ Place them on a paper-towel lined plate and repeat with the remaining meatballs.




Then, add the chopped onion to the pot and cook until the onions are soft and tender.




In a small bowl, mix together some palm sugar, white vinegar, allowed ketchup, garlic salt, and coconut aminos or gluten free soy sauce. Then pour it into the pan with the onions.




Add the meatballs back to the pot and gently stir to coat the meatballs with sauce. Cover and simmer 20 – 25 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through. At this point the sauce is a little runny so lets thicken it up a bit: mix together 2 Tbsp of Tapioca flour with 2 Tbsp. of cold water. Then, gently stir it into the meatballs until the sauce thickens. Voila! Now you have super yummy sweet and sour meatballs!!!!! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚



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Sweet And Sour Meatballs {Paleo, Nut, & Egg Free}

These sweet and sour meatballs are amazing. They're filling, comforting, easy, and are gluten free, egg free, grain free, and Paleo!
Course gluten free, Main Course, Nut Free, paleo
Cuisine American
Keyword egg free meatballs, gluten free meatballs, keto meatballs, nut free meatballs, paleo meatballs, paleo sweet and sour meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 616 kcal
Author Cassidy



  • 1 Lb Ground Pork or additional beef
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • 3 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
  • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp. Ground Flax Seeds + 6 Tbsp. Warm Water
  • 1 Tbsp. Gluten Free Worchestershire Sauce I buy a brand at Target that is certified gluten free
  • 1 Tbsp. Non-Dairy Milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 3/4 C Coconut Palm Sugar or erythritol for low carb/keto
  • 1/2 C Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1/4 C Allowed Ketchup
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Aminos or Gluten Free Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Tapioca Flour + 2 Tbsp. Cold Water


  1. In a small bowl, combine the ground flax seeds with warm water. Set aside to thicken.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients, adding the flax mixture last. Mix well with hands.
  3. Roll meat mixture into 1 1/2 inch meatballs and place on a cookie sheet. Place in freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up.
  4. Heat the olive oil or coconut oil over medium high heat in a large heavy bottomed pot.
  5. Once oil is hot, add 8 to 10 meatballs or as many as will comfortably fit, turning to brown. Remove meatballs and place on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining meatballs.
  6. In the same pot, add the onions and cook until they are soft and translucent.
  7. In a separate bowl, combine the coconut palm sugar, vinegar, ketchup, garlic salt, and coconut aminos. Add to the pot, and using a wooden spoon, scrape up all the yumminess off the bottom of the pan.
  8. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer, covered, for 20 - 25 minutes or until cooked through. Just before serving, combine the tapioca flour with the cold water. Then, gently stir the mixture into the meatballs until the sauce has slightly thickened.
  9. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet And Sour Meatballs {Paleo, Nut, & Egg Free}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 616 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 62%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 1118mg 47%
Potassium 565mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 16g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 3.7%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 16.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

this post is part ย of Fat Tuesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays,ย Gluten Free Fridays, and Gluten Free Wednesdays

Posted April 27, 2015 by Cassidy in Egg Free, Nut Free, Paleo, Sides & Appetizers, Whats For Dinner? / 12 Comments


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12 responses to “Sweet And Sour Meatballs {Paleo, Nut, & Egg Free}

  1. This is one of my favorite recipes ever. I’ve made it MANY times. I use real egg though but that’s the only thing I change. DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

  2. Hey Cassidy! This is one of my all time FAVORITE recipes! This and your paleo brownies! I love your blog! Thanks for posting! ๐Ÿ™‚

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