Gluten free Thai Beef Meatballs with nut free dipping sauce

Gluten Free Thai Meatballs with Nut Free Dipping Sauce

Christmas might be over but the entertaining may not be – we still have one or two more celebrations coming up.

If you are planning a New Year’s Eve party, small bites that are easy to prepare (and can be made in advance) are the way to go, in my opinion.

I love these Thai meatballs – they are packed with flavor and you can make them a day ahead, then just reheat them before serving. To make the sauce nut free but still have that lovely “peanut sauce” flavor, I used creamy Sunbutter in this easy dipping sauce.

Personally, I plan to forgo any parties this New Year’s Eve. I am just going to make these meatballs, open up a bottle of Prosecco, and enjoy a quiet evening at home – my favorite place to be sometimes.

I hope you have fun this New Year’s, whatever you decide to do!

Gluten and nut free Thai Meatball appetizers

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Gluten free Thai Beef Meatballs with nut free dipping sauce
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Gluten Free Thai Meatballs with Nut Free Dipping Sauce

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Thai
Servings: 40 meatballs
Calories: 76kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More



  • ½ cup creamy Sunbutter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons tamari or gluten free soy sauce
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce more or less to taste
  • 1/3-1/2 cup coconut milk


  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeded, deveined, and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 green onions minced
  • ¼ cup minced fresh basil leaves Thai basil if you can find it
  • ¼ cup minced fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream remove the cream from the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Finely grated zest of 2 limes
  • Gluten free non-stick cooking spray


Prepare the sauce:

  • Combine all the ingredients except the coconut milk in a saucepan. Add 1/3 cup coconut milk and heat over low heat just until all the ingredients are fully combined. Thin out the sauce with a little more coconut milk, if needed. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Can be made 2 – 3 days ahead.

Make the meatballs:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients except the cooking spray.
  • Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the parchment with cooking spray.
  • Roll tablespoonfuls of meatball mixture into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and broil 8 – 10 minutes or until browned and cooked through but still juicy.
  • Can be made 1 – 2 days ahead and reheated.
  • Serve with the dipping sauce.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Thai Meatballs with Nut Free Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 195mg8%
Potassium 63mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  3. Laura
    January 1, 2017

    These meatballs were fantastic and devoured by my guests. I made the sauce with natural peanut butter since that is what I had in the house and it was great as well. One thing I like about this blog is that the recipes are tested – at least, all of the ones I have done have worked out well, so I assume that Carol and her team really do their homework. Thank you so much.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      January 3, 2017

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying my recipes. :)
      Happy New Year!

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