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These Cranberry Grapefruit Meatballs are the perfect holiday appetizer for either thanksgiving or Christmas!

Cranberry Grapefruit Meatballs

  • Author: Kelsey




  • 1 pounds ground beef
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 12 oz cranberries
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • 1 cup+3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ cup water
  • Salt and pepper  


  • In a bowl combine ground beef, almond flour, egg, salt, ground fennel and cinnamon until well combined.  Scoop into 2 tablespoon sized meatballs and roll into balls
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add oil to the pan.  Place meatballs in the pan and cook, flipping occasionally, for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through.
  • To make the sauce, combine cranberries, honey, grapefruit juice, cinnamon and ginger in a saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, let simmer, covered, until all of the cranberries have popped, stirring occasionally (about 5-7 minutes).
  • Once the sauce has cooked down, add it to a blender with 1/4 cup of water and blend until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Depending on how much liquid came out while cooking you may need to blend in another couple tablespoons of water until it has reached a consistency you like on meatballs.
  • Pour the sauce over the cooked meatballs and serve on toothpicks!