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Recipe Make Over: Dairy Free Keto Meatballs

For my menu planning this past week, I searched through lots of recipes that were created to be Keto Diet compliant. The Keto Diet follows a dietary plan that one eats a diet that is a high-fat, protein-rich, and low-carbohydrates. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. The diet was originally created by doctors to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children and now has hit the masses. There are so many great recipes all around that meet the requirements of Keto and work with foods that I like to eat. Many of the recipes do include dairy, which is something I am trying to avoid. Most of the time you can just eliminate the ingredient and the recipe is still just as good. Sometimes though you just want to have that “cheesy” flavor that you remember.

Meatballs are one of those recipes that I love to have a cheesy flavor. When I saw this recipe on Pinterest from Wholesome Yum  (a fellow mom who makes great tasting low carb recipes with 10 ingredients or less) I knew I had to make them right away. I was kind of bummed that one of the ingredients was Parmasean Cheese. Then I remembered a way to substitute Parmesan Cheese without sacrificing flavor, Nutritional Yeast. I know…who is adding yeast to anything you eat. I promise you it not what you think. In fact, Nutritional Yeast is a deactivated yeast that has a nutty, cheesy flavor and most of the time is vegetarian, gluten-free and paleo-friendly (make sure you check the labels). It was the perfect substitute for this recipe.

Yields 5

Serves 8


Dairy Free Keto Meatballs

Not only are these meatballs delicious but full of good for you nutrients to keep you fueled for a long time. They are easy to make and are done in 30 minutes or less.

15Prep Time

15Cook Time

30Total Time

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  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened almond milk (or any milk of choice)
  • 3 tbsp Onion (grated)
  • 1 large Egg
  • 3 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp Fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 3/4 cup Marinara sauce ( I made my own)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the nutritional yeast, flaxseed meal, Italian seasoning, sea salt, and black pepper.
  3. Whisk in the milk, grated onion, egg, garlic, and fresh parsley. Let the mixture sit for a couple of minutes.
  4. Mix in the ground beef using your hands, until just incorporated. (Don't over-mix to avoid tough meatballs.)
  5. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls and place on the lined baking sheet. (A small cookie scoop works well for this. If using your hands, use a gentle touch and don't pack the meatballs too tightly.)
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the meatballs are browned and cooked through.
  7. Let meatballs sit for a few minutes. Serve with warm marinara sauce and pasta of your choice. I highly recommend zoodles.


!Nutritional InformationServing Size: Yields 40 Meatballs Calories: 28 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 3g Add additional calories for Marinara Sauce

I love this meatball recipe! This was one of my favorite new recipes to make this week. It was not only simple to make but flavorful and super filling. The addition of the Fixate Grandma’s Sauce made them even better. I often tell moms to not be intimidated by any recipe they want to try if it has foods that your family cannot have due either health concerns or personal preference. There is always a way to make it work the way you want to cook.

Do you have a recipe that needs a Recipe Makeover? Send it to me and I can see if I can work some magic!

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