Mini Meatloaf – Gluten Free

Mini Meatloaf


A Meatloaf plate, the quintessential meal at an American Diner. The All-American Meal historians would say.  We all grew up eating it, whether we enjoyed it or not!  I was on the not caring for it team. It tasted like ground beef mixed up and slathered with plain ketchup. Well basically it is that I suppose, but this recipe is so much more tasty!  Plus it’s mini meatloaves, how cute is that??  There’s just something about mini food and kids.  They’ll gobble it down when it’s in smaller shaped portions. I have a confession, I love mini food too 😉



Mini Meatloaf


I can not think of meatloaf without hearing the chant from  A Christmas Story.  Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf, I hate meatloaf!  🙂

Funniest movie- EVER!!

I’ve been making this recipe long before I had to cut the gluten out of my diet.  I prefer the taste of it with oats instead of bread crumbs or crackers.  You may notice cheddar cheese in the recipe, don’t freak out just yet.  Let me explain first!  The addition of the cheese adds an extra yumminess that you want, trust me! It does not take away from the typical meatloaf flavor, not at all!  I have kids that eat their meatloaf without the ketchup/sugar mixture. (Insert shocked face here).  Since I have a slight addiction to ketchup, I often wonder if they really are my kids or were switched at birth.  LOL!  The addition of the cheese gives the “uncovered” loaves that extra oomph that it needs.  So remember, cheese = good.  🙂



Mini Meatloaf

I’m not sure about this last picture.  I don’t know whether it’s good or bad.  I try to think of creative ways to “style” the food I take pictures of, and sometimes I wonder if what’s in my head comes out all crazy. LOL!  I’ve have learned so much these past 8 months taking pictures, and I have SO much more to learn!  I enjoy taking food pics . The food just sits there.  It doesn’t wiggle, squirm, flip, roll over, pull up, run around, fight, hit others, whine or complain.  Yes, it just sits there!  There’s always SO much movement at my house with 6 kids it’s kinda nice to snap pics of still objects.  I’ve tried to get a good pic of some beautiful BlueJays in the back yard, but no such luck!  They’re like the kids, always moving around 😉


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LittleChefTip: Use a plastic baggie to cover your hand to mix and mold meatloaf.






Mini Meatloaf
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Topping:
  • ⅔ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  1. Pre-heat over to 350 degrees.
  2. In large bowl, combine the egg, milk, cheese, oats and salt. Add Ground beef mixing well into 8 mini meatloaves. (or 12 muffin cups)
  3. In separate bowl, combine ketchup and brown sugar. Stir well and spread evenly over the top of each meatloaf.
  4. bake, uncovered for 45 minutes.

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