Delicious Allergy-Friendly Meatloaf (made in the Instant Pot)

Delicious Allergy-Friendly Meatloaf (made in the Instant Pot)


One of the first thoughts that ran through my head when I found out I was sensitive to gluten, dairy, and eggs was “will I ever be able to enjoy my comfort foods like meatloaf again?”

Meatloaf was a staple food in my house growing up. It was one of my favorite meals that Mom made. We didn’t have a lot of money when I was younger, and it was cheap and simple to throw together. This is her recipe, but I’ve altered it to be gluten- and egg-free (it was already dairy-free).

I tried several egg substitutes, including apple sauce, ground flax seeds, and chia seeds, and I always came back to Egg Replacer by Ener-G. It gave the best texture and taste to the meatloaf. For two eggs you mix 1 tablespoon of the mix with 4 tablespoons of water.

Her recipe calls for cracker crumbs, but I replaced them with Bakery on Main’s certified gluten-free Happy Rolled Oats. It’s important to look for gluten-free oatmeal. While oats are naturally gluten-free, oftentimes they are cross-contaminated with gluten due to the way they are stored and transferred.

I also tweaked the recipe slightly so it can be cooked in my pressure cooker (I love the Instant Pot). And let me tell you, it happens to be the most delicious, moist meatloaf I have ever tasted! It also allows you to have your delicious allergy-friendly Instant Pot meatloaf on the table in only 45 minutes from start to finish (this includes time to prep, allowing the Instant Pot to get to full pressure, cooking, and steam release).

If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet (why on earth don’t you have one? They are amazing!!!!), you can also bake it in the oven in the traditional way. Baking instructions are included in the Notes section at the bottom of the recipe.

Did you know you could make meatloaf in a pressure cooker? Let me know in the comments below.

Yields 6-8 servings

Delicious Allergy-Friendly Meatloaf

The most amazing Instant Pot meatloaf that is also allergy-friendly - no gluten, dairy, or eggs.

10 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 2 pounds ground beef (preferably grass-fed)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup organic ketchup, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups certified gluten-free oatmeal
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • egg substitute equivalent to 2 eggs (I use 1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer mixed in 4 tablespoons water)


  1. Mix all ingredients except 1/4 cup of the ketchup and the beef broth together in a large mixing bowl (you may need to use your hands to knead the mixture).
  2. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup ketchup and beef broth in the bottom of the pressure cooker.
  3. Form meat mixture into a round loaf and place in the pressure cooker on top of the broth and ketchup mixture.
  4. Lock lid and set for 15 minutes on high pressure.
  5. Let the cooker's pressure release naturally for 10 minutes then release any remaining pressure.


To bake, omit the beef broth and extra ketchup. Form loaf and place in glass baking dish. Bake in a 350° preheated oven for 1 hour.

By | 2017-09-11T16:37:56-05:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

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Wendy Neal is a holistic health coach who helps people who have recently been diagnosed with food allergies or sensitivities to take the stress and overwhelm out of transitioning their diet, so they can be confident and worry-free that what they eat won't make them sick.


  1. Reeni June 1, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply
    I am always looking for more things to add to my gluten free diet! Thanks for sharing :)
  2. Cait Weingartner June 9, 2017 at 4:32 am - Reply
    Yum! Meatloaf and such a comfort food, and this one looks delicious. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing!
    • Wendy Neal June 9, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply
      You're welcome Cait! I'm glad I was able to adapt it for my allergies, don't know what I'd do if I couldn't eat meatloaf! :)
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  5. Laura August 21, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply
    This looks yummy - you put the meat right into the ketchup broth mixture? Not on a rack? Thanks!
    • Wendy Neal August 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm - Reply
      Laura yes, I just put it directly on top of the ketchup and broth, then I use a couple large spatulas to get the loaf out of the pot when it's done. But you could probably put it on a rack to make it easier to get the loaf out. Just make sure the meat is touching the broth mixture, it makes it really moist and yummy!

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