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Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs + Dairy Free Sauce

Gluten free dairy free Swedish meatballs made with a blend of seasoned ground beef and turkey baked in the oven and tossed with a creamy dairy free sauce. The recipe for these delicious and easy gluten free Swedish meatballs with dairy free meatball sauce – saves time and reduces dirty dishes. For visual instructions make sure to watch the how-to video!

Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs With Dairy Free Sauce

Swedish meatballs were one of my favorite childhood recipes that always made me ask for more! But since I can’t eat dairy and gluten anymore I had to adapt my mom’s recipe into a more allergy friendly one.

Just like these gluten free beef meatballs, my recipe for gluten free Swedish meatballs doesn’t have any breadcrumbs added – making them celiac friendly. But instead they’re served with this creamy dairy free meatball sauce – the perfect comfort food combo during cold weather.

Another recipe with a similar creamy sauce you might like is this Whole30 Scallops In A Dairy Free Cream Sauce – it’s a delicious protein addition to some pureed or roasted vegetables.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Swedish Meatballs

This dairy free Swedish meatball sauce is probably what makes these gluten free meatballs mouthwatering. I know people are fretting about Ikea’s Swedish meatballs but I actually never tried them due to my food sensitivities.

For making this gluten free Swedish meatballs recipe, I used my homemade gluten free bread and turned it into breadcrumbs.

Unlike the authentic Swedish meatballs recipe that uses spices like all spice and nutmeg, my recipe is a little different.

It’s a hybrid of flavors and spices from Moroccan meatballs plus the white dairy free Swedish meatball sauce that is adapted to meet gluten free and dairy free dietary restrictions.

Easy gluten free Swedish meatballs with dairy free sauce (+ whole30, paleo and keto options), oven baked.

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I also left out the lingonberry jelly, mixing the dish with sugar it’s not a wise decision, but in the end it’s your choice!

The recipe is featured in my gluten and dairy free cookbook, and if you would like to find more gluten and dairy free dinner recipes, please check it out!

Cook The Gluten Free Meatballs In The Oven

Cooking these gluten free Swedish meatballs in a skillet on the stove, works too but it takes more effort and makes a big mess.

Benefits of baking meatballs in the oven:

  • you can cook a lot all at the same time
  • you’re using less dishes and makes clean up easier
  • you do not need to hover over the skillet, flipping the meatballs
  • they are all cooked evenly throughout and the same
  • you can achieve that brown crust too, with a higher temperature setting

How To Make Gluten Free Dairy Free Swedish Meatballs

How To Make Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs + Dairy Free Sauce
How to make homemade gluten free Swedish meatballs

1. First of all I replaced the pork meat with some lean ground turkey. Turkey meatballs are lighter than traditional Swedish Meatballs plus healthier.

2. Then I replaced the famous store-bought bread crumbs with gluten free bread crumbs made from my homemade gluten free bread. I combined all the ingredients in a large bowl and mixed well with my hand.

3. Then I formed equally sized meatballs, placed them in a glass baking dish and baked them at a high temperature in the oven. While the meatballs were baking I made the dairy free Swedish meatball sauce: coconut cream, a touch of tangy brown mustard and rich beef or chicken stock made a delicious dairy free gravy.

4. The addition of seasonings and coconut aminos brightened up the flavor considerably. To thicken the sauce I used some cassava flour.

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Make These Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs – Keto

Sure! You can totally make meatballs without breadcrumbs. Just replace the gluten free breadcrumbs with almond meal or if you can’t have nuts: some grated vegetables will make great keto meatballs.

Easy healthy gluten free dairy free Swedish Meatballs

You can use: zucchini, cauliflower or maybe even some mushrooms. For the gravy replace the cassava flour with arrowroot powder, same amount and leave it as it is or replace the coconut cream with the regular sour cream if you can have dairy.

Can You Make These Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs: Paleo or Whole30?

  • No problem. For the whole30 meatballs replace the breadcrumbs with grated veggies just like with the keto meatballs, but you have a larger choice here: sweet potatoes or carrots are also whole30 compliant.
  • For the meatballs: replace the breadcrumbs with almond meal or if you can’t have nuts: some grated vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots or cauliflower will do.
  • If you must serve your gluten free dairy free Swedish meatballs with jelly then choose a sugar free whole30 compliant fruit jam like this one, but you can also omit it entirely.
Healthy Homemade Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs With Beef, Turkey  Baked In the Oven + Dairy Free Sauce Recipe

Can You Make Dairy Free Egg Free Swedish Meatballs?

People usually add eggs to their meatballs because they will provide moisture and binding properties. The eggs will make the meatballs more spongy and a little bit denser.

I like my dairy free Swedish meatballs with 1 eggs, just enough to act as a binder. I think the meat contains enough protein for one meal.

I also tried these gluten free dairy free Swedish meatballs without egg and they didn’t fall apart, they were just a little bit tougher in texture but still delicious!

What To Serve With Dairy Free Swedish Meatballs

  • serve over spiralized veggies
  • mashed vegetables like white potatoes, sweet potatoes or cauliflower
  • gluten free pasta
  • boiled rice or boiled potatoes
  • rice noodles
  • stuffed in pita pockets with greens and other vegetables
  • oven roasted vegetables
  • along your favorite salad
  • polenta

Enjoy this dairy free gluten free Swedish meatballs recipe and leave me a comment if you make it.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Your feedback is super helpful for me and readers. Thank you!

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Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs (Dairy Free)

Easy gluten free Swedish meatballs made with a blend of seasoned ground beef, ground turkey, gluten free breadcrumbs and egg. Baked in the oven, and tossed with a creamy dairy free sauce these gluten free Swedish meatballs make a delicious dinner for the entire family. This recipe also saves time and reduces dirty dishes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Swedish
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 398.2kcal
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Ingredients
 

Swedish Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef - organic, grass-fed
  • 1 pound ground turkey - organic (you can also use pork or chicken)
  • 1 large onion - minced
  • 2 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1 large egg - organic, pasture raised
  • 2 slices gluten free bread - turned into bread crumbs (or store-bought)
  • 3 tbsp plant milk
  • 2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tsp rosemary - dried and crushed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil - for sauteing

Dairy Free Swedish Meatball Sauce

Instructions
 

Make Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs

  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat and saute the onions and garlic until soft. Set aside to cool down because we’re going to add all the other ingredients in the same skillet to save dirty dishes. Or transfer to another large bowl.
  • Toast and ground the gluten free bread (store bought or homemade) into bread crumbs with a food processor.
  • To the sauteed onions and garlic, add the bread crumbs, the egg, plant milk, seasonings, the ground beef and the ground turkey. With your hand, mix well to combine, then roll into evenly sized meatballs. Place on a baking sheet (I used 2 oblong glass baking dishes) and repeat until all meatball mixture is used.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 425F for 20 minutes. The high temperature will give the meatballs a nice brown color on the surface.

Prepare The Dairy Free Swedish Meatball Sauce

  • While the meatballs are baking in the oven prepare the gravy. In a skillet melt the plant based butter over medium-heat. Add cassava flour and cook and whisk until golden brown and bubbly, about 3 minutes. If you want the sauce on the thicker side add another tbsp of cassava flour.
  • Then slowly pour in half of the chicken stock (or whatever stock you have). Whisk vigorously; mixture will thin out as the remaining stock is whisked in. Then add the rest of ingredients.
  • When everything is incorporated and smooth, increase heat to medium and whisk until thickens a bit. 
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven and pour the dairy free sauce in the same baking dish where the meatballs were baked. The juices leaked from the meatballs will add extra flavor to the gravy.
  • Give it a good mix to coat the meatballs. Return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes to warm them up. Then serve over mashed spiralized veggies, mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower or your favorite gluten free pasta. It’s up to you! Enjoy!

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Notes

Serve These Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs With:

  • spiralized veggies
  • mashed vegetables like white potatoes, sweet potatoes or cauliflower
  • gluten free pasta
  • boiled rice or boiled potatoes
  • rice noodles
  • oven roasted vegetables
  • along your favorite salad
 

Make Gluten Free Swedish Meatballs Without Eggs:

Those allergic to eggs can easily remove the egg from the recipe, the meatballs will hold their shape just fine. I tried making my meatballs without eggs multiple times! 
 

Make Paleo or Whole30 compliant Swedish meatballs:

  • Make sure you use a compliant mustard, without sugar or white wine. I always use this apple cider stone ground brown mustard with simple great ingredients.
  • For the meatballs: replace the breadcrumbs with almond meal or if you can’t have nuts: some grated vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots or cauliflower will do.
  • For the gravy replace the cassava flour with arrowroot powder, same amount.
  • If you must serve your gluten free Swedish meatballs with jelly then choose a sugar free fruit jam like this one, but you can also omit it entirely.
 

Make Keto Swedish Meatballs:

  • Replace the breadcrumbs with almond meal or grated vegetables: zucchini, cauliflower or maybe even some mushrooms. For the gravy replace the cassava flour with arrowroot powder and you’re good. If you can have dairy you can also replace the coconut cream with regular sour cream.
 

Nutrition Facts For Dairy free Meatball Sauce:

Serving:  ¾ cup | Calories 339.4 kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.8 g | Protein: 23.5 g | Saturated Fat: 6.9 g | Cholesterol: 12.3 mg | Sodium: 380.4 mg | Potassium:  406 mg | Fiber: 0.2 g | Sugar: 24.3 g | Vitamin A: 0.1 % | Vitamin C: 0.8 % | Calcium: 0.6 % | Iron: 1.8 %
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Nutrition

Serving: 8meatballs | Calories: 398.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.6g | Protein: 32.7g | Saturated Fat: 24.4g | Cholesterol: 139.7mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 259.6mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 1.9g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 3.1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.

The how-to video is also available on my YouTube Channel here.

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Recipe Rating




Tara

Monday 15th of March 2021

This recipe is really good and comforting. After days of temps in the 60’s we dropped in to the low 30’s today...this was perfect! I subbed 1/2 almond flour in the meatballs. I also used all ground beef- since that is what we had. Served over mashed potatoes with roasted carrots on the side. I made zoodles for serving the leftovers. Thanks for sharing this recipe that the whole family loved!

HealthyTasteOfLife

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Tara your dinner sounds delicious! Thank you for your feedback!

Claudia

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

My family and I loved this recipe.Both, the meat and the sauce were flavorful, pure deliciousness. Thank you for sharing this!

HealthyTasteOfLife

Thursday 11th of February 2021

I'm glad to hear it, you're welcome!

Shanda

Thursday 25th of June 2020

My family and I really really enjoyed this recipe! The flavour of the meatballs is so delicious and the gravy is equally delicious! We made mashed potatoes to go with and it was the ultimate comfort food. Thanks for the great recipe, we will be making these again and agin!

HealthyTasteOfLife

Thursday 25th of June 2020

I'm really glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for you feedback!

Nancy

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

This looks fabulous! I love Swedish meatballs and I can actually eat these. Thanks for sharing this.

HealthyTasteOfLife

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

Heather

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Hi went substituting for the breadcrumbs, how much do you use of the almond meal or grated veggies?

HealthyTasteOfLife

Saturday 6th of June 2020

About 1/2 cup for the almond meal and 1 cup for veggies.