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Smothered in a creamy, dairy-free sauce, these Swedish meatballs are deliciously decadent.


The gravy for Swedish meatballs is traditionally made with heavy cream or even sour cream. While delicious, the dairy can set off an inflammatory response for those who suffer from dairy sensitivities. In this recipe, coconut cream steps in to create a rich sauce. A touch of tangy Dijon mustard and rich beef bone broth make this sauce a lick-your-plate delight. Homemade bone broth is best in this recipe as it contains lots of joint-protecting collagen and helps heal the gut by reducing inflammation.

Almond meal is my go-to in meatball recipes because it blends well and helps keep the meatballs tender. I don’t recommend using coconut flour as a breadcrumb substitute in meatball recipes because it soaks up moisture and its flavor stands out too much. Tip: If you have nut sensitivities, try using nutritional yeast instead of the almond meal – it’s a terrific binder and imparts a mild cheesy flavor.

Start by mixing ground beef and pork, almond meal, egg and spices together using your hands. Roll into balls a little larger than golf balls, then sauté them in ghee until browned. Set the meatballs aside and lower the heat. Slowly pour in the sauce ingredients and use a wooden spatula to scrape up any browned-on pieces from the pan – they add intense flavor to the sauce. Add the meatballs back into the pan and simmer in the sauce for 20 minutes to cook through. Serve hot garnished with fresh parsley.

The Best Swedish Meatballs Smothered in a Creamy, Dairy-Free Sauce

Recipe by:  Jennafer Ashley

Total Time: 35 Minutes

Preparation time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Serves: 16 to 18 meatballs


  •  Mixing bowl
  •  Large skillet
  •  Wooden spatula


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  •  1/3 cup almond meal
  •  1 egg
  •  1/2 cup white onion, minced
  •  1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  •  1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  •  1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  •  1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 14 oz can full-fat coconut cream
  •  1 cup beef bone broth or beef stock
  •  1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  •  1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped


  1. In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to combine the ground beef, ground pork, almond meal, egg, onion, garlic, nutmeg, and sea salt. Roll the meat into medium-sized balls.
  2. Heat the ghee in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs in batches with enough space to move them around. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, turning every 2 minutes. Remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to low. Carefully pour the coconut cream, beef broth and Dijon mustard into the pan and heat, scraping up any browned-on bits with a wooden spatula. Stir well.
  4. Once the sauce is steaming hot, add the meatballs back to the pan and simmer for 20 minutes to cook through. Serve hot garnished with fresh parsley.

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