Primal Sloppy Joes

Primal Sloppy Joes

Nothing says comfort food
quite like sloppy joes. The go-to of potlucks and family dinners
for generations, they’ve got the tangy and hearty flavor even
kids gravitate to. Many versions, including canned sauces, however,
contain added sugars or even high fructose corn syrup—such a
shame, since the basic ingredients of sloppy joes need no
sweeteners when done right.

Bring this classic back to your healthy menu with this recipe
for delicious sloppy joe meat sauce—and the grain-free buns to
deliver that goodness. Enjoy!

Grain-Free Buns

Servings: 4 Buns

Time in the Kitchen: 15 minutes, plus 15
minutes to bake


  • 1 ½ cups super-fine blanched almond flour (165 g)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (2.5 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda (2.5 ml)
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 5 tablespoons
    Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil
    (75 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (15 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar (2.5 ml)
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar (1.25 ml)
  • Optional: Poppy seeds or sesame seeds to sprinkle on top
  • Tools: Silicone bun mold


Preheat oven to 375 ºF/190 ºC.

In the bowl of a food processor, mix together the almond flour,
salt and baking soda so that no clumps remain.

Add the egg yolks, avocado oil, honey and apple cider vinegar.
Blend until thick and smooth.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the egg whites and
cream of tartar. Using the whisk attachment, whisk until the egg
whites are fluffy and soft peaks form (when the whisk is lifted out
of the egg whites, a soft peak should pull up).

Pour 1/3 of the egg whites into the food processor. Pulse until
combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Add another 1/3 of the
egg whites, and pulse again until combined into a wet batter.

Scrape the dough out of the food processor and into the bowl
with the remaining egg whites. Use a spatula to gently fold the egg
whites into the dough. Fold and mix until there are no white
streaks, but be gentle; the air in the egg whites helps the dough
rise into a loaf with a light texture.

Place the bun pan on a baking sheet. Fill each bun container in
the bun pan with ½ cup of batter. If desired, sprinkle poppy seeds
or sesame seeds on top of the buns.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until the buns are lightly browned and a
toothpick inserted into the bun comes out clean.

Set the bun pan on a rack to cool. When the buns are cool,
remove from the pan. (You may need to invert the bun compartments
to get the buns to pop out.)

The buns will keep fresh for several days in a sealed plastic

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 485
  • Carbs: 8.75 grams
  • Fat: 43 grams
  • Protein: 15 grams

Sloppy Joe Meat Sauce

Servings: 4-6

Time in the Kitchen: 15 (plus 40 minutes to let
sauce cook)



Saute peppers with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil until slightly
softened. Add garlic and saute for 3 more minutes. Set aside.

Place ground beef and onion in a large skillet. Turn heat to
medium and cook and stir the mixture constantly until the beef is
browned and forms small crumbles, about 10 minutes.

Add cooked pepper mix to the meat skillet. Add 1 cup water and
stir, scraping the pan to dissolve any brown flavor bits from the
bottom of the skillet.

Mix in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ sauce, mustard, salt,
and black pepper. Return mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low
and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated
and the mixture is thick, about 40 minutes.

Nutritional Information (assuming 6

  • Calories: 256
  • Carbs: 8 grams
  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Protein: 33 grams

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Sloppy Joes
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