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.

Sweet Hoisin Meatballs {paleo friendly + gluten free}

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 flavour.

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 flavour 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 I catered a month ago and they were an complete hit. They disappeared faster than anything else I put out.

When I cater events I always have my staff try each canapé so they know what they are serving. One of the servers, who has worked for me many times, said this was one of his favourite dishes.  Just sayin'. 🙂

Hope you guys love these too!

Sweet Hoisin Meatballs {paleo friendly + gluten free}

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Sweet Hoisin Meatballs

Sweet Hoisin Meatballs

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 40 servings 1x


These sweet and sticky hoisin meatballs are naturally gluten free and paleo and make a great appetizer for a party.



For the meatballs:

  • 2 lb. ground pork
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (wheat free for paleo and gluten free)
  • 3 tablespoons finely minced ginger
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup hoisin sauce (store bought or homemade for paleo and gluten free)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

For garnish:

  • Sesame seeds
  • Sliced green onions


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking rimmed baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix them together well. I find it best to use my hands to mix. Roll 40 meatballs and place them on the parchment lined baking tray.
  3. Bake them in the oven for 15 minutes, or until they have browned and are cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs are baking prepare the sauce. Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl 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.
  5. When the meatballs are cooked remove them from the oven then put them in the pot with the sauce. Gently stir them around until they are coated well.
  6. Serve them topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and some sliced green onions.

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