Easy Lunch Recipes: Kid-Friendly Meatballs

Kid-friendly Meatballs gluten-free

We have officially gotten our second week of school under our belts this year. Although getting back into a routine has been more difficult, the days have gone rather smoothly. Because my children are early risers, they are asking for lunch about 11 o’clock. I try to make it until 11:30 so we can have the bulk of our studies out-of-the-way before I prepare lunch. During that time, their minds often wander about what their options are for lunch. Do your children ask for options or just ask what you are preparing? Mine ask for options. I don’t usually mind because I like to offer them something other than a sandwich.

bob's red mill meatballs

I am always looking for easy lunch recipes, so when we were asked to create a back-to-school recipe with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats, I started thinking about kid-friendly lunch options.  Oats are an incredible versatile grain.  We use oats to make things like baked peanut butter oatmeal for breakfast, oatmeal cookies for snacks or in meatloaf for dinner.  My children love meatloaf so it seemed like a great idea to make meatballs that could be served several different ways…options!  They can be eaten without sauce, with marinara sauce, with barbecue sauce or with a sweet spread like apricot jam.

These meatballs are so easy to make.  They are gluten-free thanks to the delicious Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats and also dairy-free.  Oats are rich in dietary fiber and can help reduce cholesterol, making them a great alternative to breadcrumbsI slightly altered my normal recipe and the children asked me to continue to make this recipe.  They were very delicious!

Kid-Friendly Meatball Recipe


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Quick Cooking Oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons of ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion or 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of water

meatball ingredients


Slightly beat your eggs before adding them to your ground beef.  Add your ketchup or tomato sauce and mix thoroughly.

gluten-free meatball recipe adding eggs

Next add your dry ingredients, spices and oats.  Mix until all is combined.

gluten-free meatballs dry ingredients

Next add the water.  Start with 1/3 of a cup.  You want the mixture to be moist but not too wet.  If it is still very dry, add slightly more water.  I use a small scoop to help form my meatballs but you can also scoop two tablespoons of mixture and form a ball.

gluten-free oats in meatballs

Place the balls on a lightly oiled baking sheet.  Unlike cookies, these won’t swell, so you can place them closer than cookies if would like.

gluten-free meatballs rolled

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Allow to slightly cool and remove from the pan.  Serve up with fun dipping sauces or make a yummy meatball sandwich.

My children love finger foods so these are perfect!  You can make them as large or small as you would like.  Using 2 Tablespoons you should get approximately 24 meatballs.

So why do we love Bob’s Red Mill?  Their gluten-free Oats are sourced gluten-free, packaged in Bob’s Red Mill’s 100% gluten-free facility and tested every step of the way to ensure their gluten-free status.  They are also kiln roasted to give them a hearty, wholesome flavor that is delicious!

For this recipe I used Bob’s Red Milll quick cooking oats.  It is a rolled oat that has been flatten to create a small flake.  Steel cut oats are chopped into several pieces that create a chewier oatmeal, making them a great option for breakfast oatmeal.  They have us covered with both.  You can get your very own coupon for Bob’s Red Mill Oats to try them out yourselves by heading over to their website.

What ways do you cook with oats?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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