These Egg-free AIP/Paleo Breakfast Meatballs are both savory and sweet! They’re juicy, veggie-packed, and a quick and easy breakfast that’s also dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free.
If you’re struggling to figure out what to eat for breakfast on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP diet), these sweet and savory Egg-free AIP/Paleo Breakfast Meatballs are the perfect choice!
These paleo meatballs combine meat protein with complex carbohydrates and lots of veggies for a nourishing and well-balanced egg-free AIP breakfast.
The sweetness from the apples and sweet potatoes is perfectly balanced with a savory blend of herbs and ground meat. The complex flavor profile with notes of sage reminds me of stuffing and is so delicious! These oven-baked, eggless meatballs are tender with a slight outer crisp and the perfect amount of moisture without any binders.
you’ll love these breakfast meatballs because they’re:
- Allergy-friendly and gluten-free – this recipe is free of the top 9 allergens and these AIP/paleo meatballs bind without eggs, milk, breadcrumbs or any other grains, flours or dairy products.
- Sweet AND savory, so you don’t have to choose!
- Filled with hidden veggies for kid-friendly meatballs that everyone will love.
- Versatile and can be enjoyed as a snack, for dinner, or lunch.
- Freezer-friendly and great for easy AIP meal prep.
- A quick and easy sheet pan breakfast ready in 30 minutes.
What you’ll need to make this egg-free, AIP/Paleo meatball recipe
- ground turkey or ground chicken – I also think this would taste amazing with ground pork!
- olive oil and sea salt
- apples – use any variety you’d like. First peel the apples, then shred with a grater or food processor.
- yellow onions and celery – diced
- sweet potatoes – choose white or orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, or any other variety. Peel them first, then shred with a grater or food processor.
- cremini mushrooms – or substitute with any other type of mushroom.
- herb seasonings – I used a combination of dried rosemary, dried oregano, dried thyme and fresh sage. I’m a sucker for fresh sage, but if you only have dried sage on hand you can use that as well. I recommend using about 1 tsp. In general, dried herbs are more concentrated so you’d use less if substituting for their fresh counterparts.
how to make sheet pan egg-free breakfast meatballs
Step 1: Prepare oven and baking sheet
First, preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Make the meatballs
- Combine the ingredients in a bowl.
- Use your hands or a cookie scoop to shape the mixture into meatballs about 1-inch wide.
Step 3: Bake meatballs
- Finally, bake the meatballs for 20 minutes on the middle rack of the oven.
- Garnish with fresh herbs of your choice (optional).
Air Fryer Paleo Meatballs without Eggs
Making these sweet and savory AIP/Paleo Breakfast Meatballs in the air fryer couldn’t be easier!
- Preheat air fryer to 400F.
- Make the meatballs as described in the recipe card.
- Coat the basket with olive oil and add meatballs in an even layer. Work in batches if necessary to avoid crowding.
- Air fry for about 10 minutes or until cooked through, shaking the basket or turning the meatballs once at the halfway mark.
how to serve these egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free baked meatballs
These savory sweet potato meatballs are so versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways. For example:
- As an easy egg-free AIP breakfast – Meal prep/make these meatballs ahead for a quick weekday breakfast-to-go option. They’d pair nicely with fresh fruit like this Avocado Grapefruit Salad for weekend brunch.
- As a hearty meatball sandwich with Sweet Potato Tortillas or Cassava Wraps.
- As an AIP snack or appetizer – Have these on their own or stick them with toothpicks and serve with a dipping sauce like this Wild Leek Pesto.
- As a main dish – Pair these meatballs with leafy greens and veggie sides like Herbed Cauliflower Salad or these Sautéed Veggies with Pears and Chives, and grain substitutes like cauliflower rice or cassava orzo .
Tips for Easy Meal Prep
- Prepare these meatballs in advance, like on a Sunday for the week ahead.
- Make a double batch and store half in the fridge and the rest in the freezer.
- Keep some in the fridge for a grab-and-go AIP breakfast option during the week.
- Freeze meatballs either pre-cooked or after baking them so you always have an AIP compliant meal on hand.
- If storing a large number of meatballs in one freezer-safe container or bag, layer and separate with parchment paper.
- Defrost before baking or reheating.
- Vacuum seal the meatballs so they last even longer in the fridge or freezer.
Can I make these meatballs with another type of ground meat?
Yes! Try with ground turkey, ground chicken, ground pork, or a combination of them. Keep in mind that the baking times may vary. Ensure the meatballs are cooked through.
How do I store these breakfast meatballs?
Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop.
Can I freeze these meatballs?
Yes, freeze the meatballs either pre-baked or cooked in a resealable container. Place in even layers separated by parchment paper if storing a large amount in one container or resealable bag. Defrost, then bake or reheat.
You’ll love these other easy, egg-free AIP/paleo breakfast recipes:
- AIP Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Kale (Paleo, Egg-Free)
- Stuffed Sweet Potato Cakes
- Salted Cod in Coconut Milk
- Meatloaf Muffins
- Vegan Paleo Pumpkin Spice Pancakes paired with Maple Breakfast Sausages
Try these other grain-free, dairy-free and egg-free meatball recipes:
- Paleo Honey Garlic Meatballs (AIP)
- Ginger-Cilantro Pork Meatballs
- Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
- Moroccan-inspired Lamb Meatballs
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Egg-free AIP/Paleo Breakfast Meatballs
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 22–25 meatballs 1x
- Diet: Gluten Free
These Egg-free AIP/Paleo Breakfast Meatballs are both savory and sweet! They’re juicy, veggie-packed, and a quick and easy breakfast that’s also dairy-free, grain-free and gluten-free.
- 1 lb ground turkey (or ground chicken)
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1.5 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup peeled and shredded apple (any variety)
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onions
- 3/4 cup finely diced celery
- 2 cups peeled and shredded sweet potato
- 1 cup finely diced cremini mushrooms
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 TBSP fresh sage
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine ground turkey with olive oil, sea salt, shredded apple, diced onions, diced celery, shredded sweet potato, diced mushrooms, rosemary, oregano, thyme, and sage.
- Using your hands or a cooke scoop, form mixture into meatballs about 1 inch wide.
- Place onto parchment paper.
- Bake on middle rack of oven for 20 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh oregano or other fresh herbs (optional).
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
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These were awesome and simple to make! My 16 month old allergy babe gobbled them up and he’s not easy to please these days. I cheated a little and used 1 TBSP Italian seasoning instead.
These are amazing. I’m eating them hot off the pan I didn’t think they would hold together but they sure did.
So juicy and filling!
Kelly J Gonzales
How many servings does this make?
Hi Kelly, the yield for all recipes is noted at the top of the recipe card 🙂