Gluten-Free Maple Meatloaf

Gluten free maple meatloaf
My gluten-free maple meatloaf is homespun comfort food.

I have some good news. I mean, besides this delicious gluten-free meatloaf recipe. After eight long weeks of no funny business, yours in gluten-and-casein-free bliss is humming to the Stereo MC's and shuffling around our one room casita with a walker. Yup. I was officially sprung from wheelchair status today! Progress with a long o.

High-fiiiive me.

I'm one happy crone tonight. So I'm keeping this short and sweet. Here it is. It snowed today. There's a crackling fire in the kiva. A glass of wine awaits- not to mention- one of our favorite comfort food suppers. A slice of my favorite meatloaf and a generous scoop of warm Champagne Vinegar Potato Salad.

Life is good.

Have a safe and tasty weekend!

And be good to your bones.

Karina's Gluten-Free Maple Meatloaf Recipe

Use pure maple syrup in this cozy old-fashioned recipe. My gluten-free meatloaf is easily adapted to your particular likes and dislikes- see notes. It's very flexible in spirit. Kinda like, yours truly.


1 lb. organic grass fed Black Angus beef, ground
3/4 lb. organic free-range turkey, ground
1 small sweet or red onion, peeled
1 medium organic carrot, washed and trimmed
3 cloves fresh peeled garlic
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons Muir Glen Ketchup
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 organic free-range egg- or omit for egg-free
3/4 cup gluten-free bread crumbs (I used Udi's GF sandwich bread)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon mild GF curry powder
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Put the Black Angus beef and turkey into a large bowl and using a fork or spoon, break it apart it a bit.

Roughly chop the onion and carrot into same sized chunks and place them into a food processor; add the garlic cloves; pulse until the veggies are uniformly diced- fine- not too chunky; add them to the ground meat. Toss lightly with a spoon or fork to quickly distribute the veggies. Add the maple syrup, ketchup, balsamic vinegar, eggs (if using), gluten-free bread crumbs, and spices. Mix it all up- but try not to over-mix it into mush (over-mixing makes for a dense loaf).

If the mixture is too dry at this point, add a little more ketchup. If it's feels too wet, add more crumbs. You want a nice stick-together balance. Very ying-yang.

Spoon the meatloaf mixture into a standard size loaf pan and firmly press into place, smoothing and rounding the top of the loaf a bit so that the sides are slightly lower than the edge of the loaf pan (you don't want the glaze spilling over the sides later on).

Bake in a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes. At the 45 minute mark spoon the maple-apricot sauce on top of the loaf. Cover the loaf loosely with a piece of recycled foil, if you like. Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Allow the cooked loaf to cool for ten minutes or so before slicing and serving.

Maple Glaze Recipe

1/3 cup real maple syrup
1/3 cup pure apricot preserves
1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, to taste
1 teaspoon honey mustard
A small pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon

Stir to combine.

Karina's Notes:

Options for subbing the ingredients above include:

Add 1/4 cup chopped roasted green chiles or jalapeños to the loaf mixture if you like the meatloaf spicy.

Add chopped cooked and drained mushrooms instead of carrots.

Use chipotle chili powder and salsa for a smoky Mexican taste.

I made this when I was avoiding eggs, so I omitted them; this works if you keep the add-ins diced fine, keep the mixture moist, and allow the loaf to set for 15 minutes before slicing. If you enjoy eggs, add a beaten free-range organic egg to this recipe.

Use an Asian sweet-hot chili sauce for the glaze to kick up the heat.

What to do with leftover meatloaf? Make a meatloaf shepherd's pie with mashed potato crust.

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Alanna said...

Rah rah rah! Yippee hay ray too!

Kalyn said...

Woo Hoo. Very happy to hear you are getting mobile again. Do not overdo it, that's an order!

Karina said...

Muchas gracias, Alanna and Kalyn! It's a big day. Yippee woo hoos all around. ;)

(hugs) Karina

k said...

Glad to hear you are upright again! Keep clear of cords and wires ;)

Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) said...

Up and are coming up in the world!! Congrats!!

I love the glaze...that would definitely make the meatloaf so yum! and dress it up.


Lynn Barry said...

yummy!!! HUGS

Anonymous said...

any ideas for replacing the ketchup in this recipe? i was thinking applesauce is close to the consistency, but i am worried about flavor. thanks

Karina said...

Thanks, K- No speakers on the floor- promise!

Thanks, SM- The glaze and the sweeter spices make it different and oh-so-yummy.

Hugs back atcha, Lynn!

Anon- Definitely not applesauce. Are you avoiding tomato? Because honey BBQ sauce would be really good.

How about some apricot preserves thinned with a bit of liquid to achieve the consistency of the catsup?

Or two tablespoons molasses with a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt could work. If you need more liquid after this, try a little bit of broth- not much!


Cindy said...

Wow, first thing up and around and you make meatloaf- looks delicious! Thanks and glad to hear you're back to "normal" :)

Karina said...

Well, Steve made the meatloaf. I help a little- but it will be a month before I can stand without the walker. ;)


Dani Spies said...

Hi Fiiiiive!!! said...

Good for you! But, euphoria aside, easy does it.

Shannon said...

Oh yay! Good to hear that you are up and about. The recipe looks fabu. I have been looking for a good gf meatloaf. Now I've got it!

SusanV said...

Woohoo! I'm so glad to hear you got sprung from the chair! Just be careful--not too much hanky panky! ;-)

Lauri Ann said...

Congrats on being up and around!
Your recipe for the meatloaf sounds delicious and something different to do to an old familiar dish. Also wanted to thank you for the 'hummus' recipe, as I never knew how easy it was to make. In the stores it tends to be so fattening.

Karina said...

Thanks, Dani, Wheatlessbay, Shannon, and Lauri Ann!

Susan- Okay I'll be good. Just *a little* hanky panky.


Gluti Girl said...

The meatloaf looks wonderful. I think I'm going to have to make it for dinner! So glad you are out of you chair! Don't party too hard now!

Gluti Girl said...

I did make this for dinner! It was wonderful. I never thought to put those spices in meatloaf before. Nor did I think to use maple syrup. I think it was the best meatloaf I've ever made. Thanks Karina!

Allergic Girl said...

happy walking! yay godess wellness!
and thanks for the recipe, looks delish! i may have to make it this weekend....

mudblood125 said...

Well yay for you! So glad you're recovery is progressing well! And thanks, as always, for your fantabulous recipes. Must try it!


Karina said...

Gluti Girl- Excellent. Yay. We're making one for dinner tonight. ;)

Thank you, Allergic Girl! (hugs)

Hey Vidalia! Let me know if you like it. ;)


Ami said...

I made this last night and it was great. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

Three years ago at this time I was hobbling around on a walker myself. I broke my ankle and shattered my radial head in my elbow (freak skating accident) which required a plate and 6 pins in my ankle and a titanium spacer in my elbow. 'Doh I was out for 6 weeks in wheelchair status. I hope you are well on your way to complete recovery yourself.

Karina said...

Wow, Ami! How awful! Thanks for kind words-- and glad you liked the recipe.

I hope your ankle and elbow are healed and fully functional- thanks to your newly acquired "spare parts". ;)

Have a healthy, safe and happy New Year!


Dee/reddirtramblings said...

I am making this tonight. Thank you for the recipe and for linking to me.

joanne said...

Hi Karina. Love your blog -- first came across it during the Whole Foods Budget Recipe thing. We love the sweet potato and black bean enchiladas!

I'm wondering what you think about subbing in ground turkey for the meatloaf. Am thinking of making this for a friend who's not GF but definitely loves things to be light and nutritious.


Karina Allrich said...

Hi Dee! Thank *you*!

Joanne- Yes, actually we made this meatloaf using ground turkey this week- it was delicious.


Anonymous said...

Made this dish for my sister-in-law today..She commented that this was the best meatloaf she ever had

Jules said...

Made this tonight for dinner. Delish! The family inhaled it!

Megs said...

I'm so SO SO excited to find a gluten-free & egg-free meatloaf. THANK!

What kind of rolled oats do you use?

~M said...

Hi Karina,

I wanted to let you know that when I make a variation of this meatloaf (using 2 lbs ground all white meat kosher turkey and a few other variations including eggs), I use quinoa flakes and a bit of ground chia. Together, they bind the mixture enough (you have to make it a few times to figure out how much binder to add) and make for one very filling, nutritious - and tasty - loaf! This is one of my husband's and my favorite recipes!

Rachel said...

I just made this and my husband declared that it should be named "Sweet Loaf" not meatloaf :) It came out really fantastic. I totally forgot to buy the apricot preserves thinking I had some in the fridge. The only viable sub I had was some granny smith apple sauce and while I think my glaze was a little runnier than it should have been the taste was fabulous. Thanks for the great recipe!

Brandae said...

Made this tonight and my entire family of six (four boys 11 yrs old and under) enjoyed it. Thank you!

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