These kid-friendly Whole30 Mini Meatloaves are a great way to get more protein into your little ones. My kids were turned off by a meatloaf but loved these more individual-sized ones! Protein can be a hard sell for kids and these make that more “bite-sized” ; ). Plus, making them into more of a meatball means they cook faster for an awesome busy weeknight dinner.
Why We Love These Whole30 Mini Meatloves
You can make these with only 10 ingredients you might already have! Also, I included the option to cook them in the air fryer or oven. They are Paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free, with a nut-free option.
Additionally, they freeze great, and come together from start to finish in 30 minutes, what’s not to love?? We always double-batch these for my large family and with the hope of leftovers. Finally, they include a sweet sauce that really brings these to the next level without needing a dipping sauce.
Make it a Meal
Want ideas on how to turn this entree into a full meal? Here are some of our favorite sides, all Whole30 compatible as well, for a slam-dunk family meal. No making two separate meals for this mama!
- Ketchup – Be sure to choose one that meets your dietary needs. If on a Whole30, Primal Kitchen Ketchup is my favorite that I can find at my local Walmart.
- Mustard – I use just classic Yellow French’s Mustard, or the store brand equivalent. Check your ingredients, but most basic mustards are Whole30 compatible.
- Date Paste – A natural sweetener made of just dates and water and is Whole30 compatible. You can find instructions in the notes on how to make it, or there’s also a separate recipe for Date Paste here. Or I include a swap for coconut sugar if you aren’t on a Whole30.
- Pepper – Basic ground black pepper.
- Coconut aminos – What are coconut aminos? It’s a great Whole30 substitute for soy sauce and can be found in the soy sauce aisle. Trader Joe’s has the cheapest if you have one close to you, or I get this one from Walmart.
- Egg – Basic large egg works well here. I haven’t found an egg-free swap for this recipe. If you have one you use successfully in this recipe, please drop it in the comments!
- Almond Flour – I prefer “super-fine” almond flour to get the best texture. I like this one from Blue Diamond I can get at Sam’s Club or Amazon. See notes for nut-free option!
- Seasoned Salt – If you are on a Whole30, be sure to double-check the ingredients on your seasoned salt. Many of them unfortunately have dextrose or other forms of unallowed added sugar. Can’t find a compatible seasoned salt? You can make your own with a recipe like this one. Or, just swap out garlic salt or basic salt.
- Onion Powder
- Ground beef – I usually use 80-85% lean ground beef, but use whatever is accessible to you!
Whole30 Mini Meatloaves
- 1/2 cup ketchup make sure it's compliant and no sugar added if on Whole30
- 1 squirt mustard
- 2 tablespoons date paste* see notes
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespooon coconut aminos
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup almond flour see notes for nut-free option
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pound ground beef
- In a small bowl, combine ketchup, date paste, and mustard. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine all other ingredients. Add 1/4 cup of the ketchup mixture to the meat mixture and stir till combined.
- Shape into mini meat loaves. For us, that looks like giant meatballs we cook on a cooling rack set inside a baking sheet, if cooking in oven (A cooling rack allows the grease to drain as they cook. You can also just bake them in a muffin tin). Size is totally individual and you can do more small meatballs if that works better for you. We do 12 mini meatloaves from this recipe.
- Cook in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes or airfryer for 15 minutes, cooking until no longer pink in the middle. For the last 5 minutes, cook topped with remaining ketchup mixture.
- Freeze cooked meatballs in a sealed container for up to 3 months.