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Sticky Sweet Meatballs {Dairy Free + Vegan}

Sticky Sweet Meatballs are the perfect dinner, snack or appetizer.  Oh and don’t forget they are dairy free and vegan… yep vegan.  No meat in these meatballs, but no one will ever know it thanks to Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs.

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We are a family that loves our meatballs.  We enjoy them for dinner in a big ol’ bowl of sauce, or in a sandwich between some nice crusty bread, or even as an appetizer.  I would consider us a family that takes  our meatballs pretty seriously, so when I tried out Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs I kept the fact that the meatballs were in fact meatless to myself.  I sautéed them in a quick and simple homemade sticky sweet sauce and put them out for my boys to enjoy and soon after not a meatball remained.  Even my youngest who I must fight to eat vegetables, didn’t bat an eye, he actually ate the most.

Of course when I told them they were meatless they were amazed, they all said they didn’t have a clue.  They even suggested I share this with my sister n law whose youngest is an extremely picky eater, because they were convinced they would even trick him, because they are just that delicious.

Another thing to love about these meatballs is that they are dairy free, non-GMO and LOADED  with protein.  I really suggest picking up some and giving this recipe a try.  Pull them out when you are short on time for a quick delicious dinner, or serve them as an appetizer at a party.

Gardein is offering a $1.00 off coupon, just click right {here} and print it off, and pick up a package at your grocery store.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Sticky Sweet Meatballs Dairy Free and Vegan Recipe using Gardein Meatless Meatballs | ahealthylifeforme.com

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Sticky Sweet Meatballs Dairy Free and Vegan Recipe using Gardein Meatless Meatballs | ahealthylifeforme.com

Sticky Sweet Meatballs Dairy Free and Vegan Recipe using Gardein Meatless Meatballs | ahealthylifeforme.com

Sticky Sweet Meatballs {Dairy Free + Vegan}

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 package of Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs{12 meatballs}


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated shallot from one shallot
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 green onion green parts only, diced



  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to blend.
  • Set a large skillet over medium heat and add sauce and Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs.
  • Cover and cook till meatballs are heated through center, about 13-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, plate and top with remaining sauce from pan and sprinkle green onion.
  • Serve and Enjoy.


Sticky Sweet Meatballs Dairy Free and Vegan Recipe using Gardein Meatless Meatballs | ahealthylifeforme.com

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21 comments on “Sticky Sweet Meatballs {Dairy Free + Vegan}”

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    We love our meatballs, too! I usually opt for turkey….haven’t tried these yet, but would love to!!!

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    Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    My husband and I both love meatless products. But I haven’t tried the meatballs yet. They look so good!

    1. They really are pretty awesome Mariah, I hope you give them a try. Don’t forget to grab the coupon.

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    Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    5 stars
    I am a huge Gardein fan! I buy their products all the time, they taste good and are one of the healthier ones out there. Plus, my kids love them. These meatballs look fabulous! My boys would gobble them right up!

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    holly waterfall

    Absolutely LOVE Gardein and all their meat-free products – these look fantastically delicious!

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    Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    Wow! Those look amazing! I would have never been able to guess from the photos that they are meatless! 🙂 And that sauce sounds delicious…

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    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    Meatballs are hands down my favorite party appetizer to serve, they are so easy to make and pack alot of flavor! Can’t wait to give these a go Amy!

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    I need these, now! I make homemade vegetarian meatballs, but sometimes I want something quick and simple (and these are it!) I need to find this product ASAP.

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    Heather // girlichef

    We’re a family of meatball-lovers, too! I’ve never seen these before, but they look delicious…what a great meatless option to have. Plus that sauce…yum!

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