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Paleo Week and Grandma’s Apple Meatloaf

4 Comments 05 December 2012

Paleo Week and Grandma’s Apple Meatloaf

It’s Paleo Week at Gluten-Free Cat. I’ve been going back to the meat dishes of my childhood. My first jump back into time was to Spaghetti and Meatballs, but the spicy, paleo, gluten-free, raw foods-influenced kind. Ha!

Today I’m sharing a special family recipe. Grandma’s Meatloaf. The gluten-free version. This wasn’t any old dry meatloaf. (I choked down many of those in my younger years.) Grandma’s meatloaf was moist, tender, and tasted of sweet apples. The smell of it cooking sends me back to my dad’s kitchen with Kafka the Siamese cat peering down at me from his perch on the refrigerator and Star Trek playing on the little black and white tv that Dad rolled into the kitchen for my viewing pleasure.

Happy childhood memories visiting my dad.

This is a simple meatloaf that you can make in one large loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans. I like these from Williams Sonoma. (Yay for gift cards!) But these are far less expensive.

Grandma’s Apple Meatloaf

by Heather and Grandma


  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/4 c. diced onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

3. Press meat into a loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans. Cover with foil. Place loaf pans on a jelly roll pan to catch the juices, and place the pan in the oven.

4. Bake for 1 hour, but remove the foil for the last 10-15 minutes to brown the top.

5. Serve with a side of Star Trek.

Serves 6-8

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4 Comments so far

  1. amber says:

    Hi Heather,

    Oh I love this recipe! What a creative use of applesauce…I would have never thought of that. I am going to try this next time make a loaf (or patties). We don’t eat red meat, but I’m sure this would taste great with ground turkey!

    Have a great rest of your week.


    P.S. I love that you are sharing these great Paleo recipes. How have you been feeling? We all have such different chemistry. I too would prefer a plant-based diet (and my blood type says I would do best on a vegetarian diet). I was a vegetarian for many years (and ate way too much soy) but started eating meat again after I was diagnosed with CD. Overall I too feel better with meat protein…especially chicken. And have come to find out that those of us with CD require up to 30% more protein than the average person. :-)

  2. Heidi says:

    I’ve heard of grape jelly in meat loaf, but never apples. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for linking this recipe to Gluten Free Monday on Pinning!

  3. The power of our sense of smell to trigger memories is amazing, isn’t it. Sounds wonderful Heather.

  4. Brandae says:

    I’m cooking this right now to serve with mashed potatoes and veggies this weekend – I have a feeling my boys are going to love the apple twist instead of my typical tomato/BBQ sauce flavor. Thanks for the recipe!

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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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