These Sweet and Sticky Hoisin Meatballs make a great appetizer for a party. They are totally crave-worthy but are healthy, which is good because you can't eat just one.

Sweet Hoisin Meatballs {paleo friendly + gluten free}

Oh hello, you delicious balls of meat. Yes you, all covered in a sweet and sticky sauce that just makes me keep coming back for more. I really want you in my life right now.

I've been wanting to create a meatball recipe that would be both paleo-friendly and gluten-free. Most meatball recipes use breadcrumbs to help bind the meat together so I had to look for an alternative.

The result here is perfect. The meatballs are tender, hold together well, and have tons of flavor.

Sweet Hoisin Meatballs {paleo friendly + gluten free}

I've used almond flour in this recipe instead of breadcrumbs and love the result. Unlike coconut flour, which I find gives a sawdust texture to everything it comes in contact with, almond flour behaves a little more like breadcrumbs.

A big bonus is that almond flour, which is really just ground up almonds, adds a subtle tasty flavor to the meatballs.

If you like to eat paleo or try to avoid gluten, then you'll probably already know that most store-bought hoisin sauces do contain wheat. If this is something you strictly avoid, then you can always make your own wheat-free hoisin sauce. There are several recipes on the internet, but I like this one.

Sweet Hoisin Meatballs {paleo friendly + gluten free}

I tried out this recipe at an event a month ago and they were a complete hit. They disappeared faster than anything else I put out.

Hope you guys love these as much as I do!

Sweet Hoisin Meatballs {paleo friendly + gluten free}

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Sweet Hoisin Meatballs

Sweet Hoisin Meatballs

These Sweet and Sticky Hoisin Meatballs make a great appetizer for a party. They are totally crave-worthy but are healthy, which is good because you can't just eat one. Plus, they are naturally gluten-free and paleo!

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  • 2 lb ground pork
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, substitute gluten-free or coco aminos
  • 3 tablespoons ginger, finely minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour

The Sauce

  • 1 cup hoisin sauce, homemade for gluten-free and paleo
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, gluten-free or coco aminos if needed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds and green onions, to serve


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix them together well. Roll 36 meatballs and place them on the baking sheet.
    2 lb ground pork, 2 lb ground beef, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons ginger, 6 cloves garlic, 3 large eggs, 1 cup almond flour
  • Bake them in the oven for 15 minutes, or until they have browned and are cooked through.
  • While the meatballs are baking, prepare the sauce. Combine the sauce ingredients in a medium-sized pot and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 2-3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat.
    1 cup hoisin sauce, ½ cup apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons ginger, 3 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • When the meatballs are cooked, remove them from the oven and then put them in the pot with the sauce. Gently stir them around until they are coated well.
  • Serve the meatballs topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and some sliced green onions.
    Sesame seeds and green onions
Serving: 3 meatballs, Calories: 465kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 148mg, Sodium: 733mg, Potassium: 561mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 74IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 3mg
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