Allergy Friendly Zucchini Meatballs

Easy Zucchini Meatballs

Need an allergy friendly meal in a hurry? This one is it! I fell in love with zucchini a few years ago and have found it to be unbelievably versatile. I now have zucchini on hand for nearly everything. For whatever reason, I have been craving meatballs lately. However, I avoid red meat for the most part so that was out. Sure enough, there is a zucchini alternative!

Zucchini meatballs are easy to make with or without sauce and can be tweaked for whatever substitutions are necessary. Plus, you can make these in a hurry, it’s not an all night meal. Now, let’s get to the recipe!


1 1/2 lbs grated zucchini

2 tsp olive oil (divided)

1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs

1 tsp Italian seasoning

2 tsp crushed garlic

1/4 cup applesauce or other egg replacement

1 cup Daiya Cheese

1 1/2 cup marina sauce


Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and wash and grate the zucchini.

Easy Zucchini Meatballs

Heat 1 tsp of olive oil on a skillet and add in the gluten free breadcrumbs. If you are not using gluten free breadcrumbs you can skip this step. However, gluten free breadcrumbs need a little kick. Toss them in the oil for a few minutes until golden brown.

Easy Homemade Zucchini Meatballs

Once browned add in the Italian seasoning and set aside.

Easy Zucchini Meatballs

Now, add 1 tsp olive oil back to the skillet and throw in the garlic and zucchini. The goal is to cook out some of the water so, cook the zucchini for about 5 minutes. Then, transfer to a colander to drain excess water.

Add the applesauce into the breadcrumb mixture and stir in drained zucchini. Next, form into small zucchini balls and place on baking sheet.

Easy Zucchini Meatballs

Bake the zucchini balls for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Cover in marinara sauce and shredded Daiya cheese. YUM! This will quickly become your favorite meal, I promise!

Easy Zucchini Meatballs


  1. Great recipe! I’ve been looking for a healthier meatball for little one, this recipe hits the spot!

  2. These really look delicious! I love that they’re plant-based. Pinned!

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