This is the best paleo stuffing recipe! Full of flavour, this stuffing is made from scratch with dried paleo bread cubes, celery, onions, apples, and broth. It’s baked until golden brown and is perfect anytime but especially for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Why you will love this recipe:
- It tastes just like classic stuffing, yet is made without any grains, gluten or dairy! I’ve tried other paleo stuffing recipes made with sweet potato or cauliflower before and this is by far my favourite.
- It’s made with my grain free paleo bread, onions, celery, apples, broth and spices to give it the perfect festive flavour.
- It makes great leftovers, can be prepared ahead of time, and freezes really well!
- It’s a healthy alternative to typical stuffing recipes that is perfect anytime, but especially during the holidays.
- It’s great for both Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
- Besides being paleo this stuffing recipe is healthy, gluten free, grain free, sugar free, and dairy free.
- It’s nice and moist, never dry or bland.
Key ingredient and substitutions:
- One loaf of my paleo bread – this is the best paleo bread for stuffing but you could use another paleo bread recipe of your choice – grab the recipe for my paleo bread here.
- Apples – apples are my favourite way to add natural sweetness and flavour to stuffing. The chopped apples also help add moisture to this recipe. You can use any type of sweet apple that you like including Gala, Pink Lady, Ambrosia, Fuji, Honeycrisp etc.
- Celery – celery is a healthy vegetable that adds both flavour, crunch and moisture to this gluten free stuffing recipe.
- Onions – another delicious vegetable that help add flavour and moisture to this stuffing.
- Vegetable broth – broth is a key ingredient in stuffing to add both flavour and moisture. Instead of vegetable broth you could use chicken broth, beef broth or bone broth.
- Eggs – eggs make stuffing so much better. However, because there is eggs in this recipe this is not a vegan paleo stuffing recipe.
- Spices – sea salt, ground black pepper, thyme, sage – this combination of spices gives this stuffing the most incredible holiday flavour. You could easily add other spices such as rosemary or basil too.
How to make this recipe:
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next, place the dried bread cubes in a large bowl and set the bowl aside.
Now, place a large pan on the stove on medium heat and add the coconut oil. Once the oil is melted, add the chopped onion, celery, apples and spices and sauté for 8-10 minutes, until the onion is translucent, stirring frequently.
Next add the onion mixture to the bowl with the bread cubes and stir everything well.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until they are smooth and then add the vegetable broth and stir them together until they are well combined.
Pour the egg and broth mixture into the bowl with the bread cubes and stir everything well to combine and allow the bread to soak up the liquids.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bread mixture to a greased 9″ x 13″ casserole dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until the stuffing has the texture you like.
Let the stuffing cool for a few minutes, then serve and enjoy!
- Make sure you dry your bread ahead of time or the stuffing will turn out really soggy (see my tips on how to dry your bread below).
- Other optional additions to give this stuffing a different flavour include: raisins, cranberries, cooked sausage, cooked bacon, cooked mushrooms, pecans, or slivered almonds.
- You can either peel the apples or leave them unpeeled when making this stuffing.
- Feel free to add other seasonings such as dried or fresh rosemary or basil to give this stuffing a slightly different flavour.
- Note that I have personally not tried making this stuffing recipe with any other paleo bread recipes. You may need to adjust the amount of broth you add if you use a different bread recipe.
How to dry bread cubes:
You can dry your bread cubes two different ways.
- Place your bread cubes in a large bowl and let them sit covered for 1-2 days to dry out. Stir the bread cubes every once in a while.
- If you don’t have time to air-dry your bread cubes, you can toast them instead. To do this, place the bread cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer and toast at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-60 minutes stirring every once in a while.
How to store:
Store this stuffing in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
Frequently asked questions:
It is not recommended that you prepare stuffing ahead of time. However, you can easily prep all of the ingredients the day before and then simply combine them the day you are ready to cook the stuffing.
Yes! To freeze stuffing place it in an airtight container or bag in the freezer and it can last for months. To reheat the stuffing, put it in the oven at 350°F for about 20 minutes with a little broth on it to keep it from drying out.
Initially yes. You want to cover your stuffing when baking for the first 40 minutes, and then uncover it for the remaining 10-15 minutes.
You want the bread to be moist but not wet. If there is a puddle of liquid at the bottom of your bowl you’ve added too much liquid (or not distributed the liquid evenly throughout the stuffing mixture). To fix this, try stirring the stuffing a few more times to ensure all the pieces are evenly moist, and if there is still a puddle then simply add more bread cubes to soak up the excess liquid.
Other recipes you will love:
- Healthy cranberry sauce
- Paleo apple pie bars
- Paleo scalloped potatoes
- Paleo lemon cranberry bars
- Cranberry Maple Chicken
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This paleo stuffing is the best. Perfectly seasoned and full of flavour it will make the perfect addition to any holiday menu.
- 1 loaf paleo bread, cut into cubes and dried
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 small onions, chopped (or use one large onion)
- 2 red apples, chopped (approximately 3 cups)
- 6 stalks celery, chopped (approximatley 2 cups)
- 1 tbsp dried sage (or 2 tbsp fresh sage, chopped)
- 1 tbsp dried thyme (or 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped)
- 1 tsp sea salt (or more to taste)
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper (or more to taste)
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
Preheat your oven to 350F.
Place the dried bread cubes in a large bowl and set aside.
Place a large pan on the stove on medium heat and add the coconut oil. Once melted, add the chopped onion, celery, apples and spices and sauté for 8-10 minutes, until the onion is translucent, stirring frequently.
Add the onion mixture to the bowl with the bread cubes and stir everything well.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and add the vegetable broth.
Pour the egg and broth mix into the bowl with the bread cubes and stir everything well to combine and allow the bread to soak up the liquids.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bread mixture to a greased 9" x 13" casserole dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until the stuffing has the texture you like.
Let the stuffing cool for a few minutes, then serve and enjoy!
- Feel free to add other spices to change the flavour of this stuffing.
- If you are feeding a crowd you can easily double this recipe.
- Store this stuffing in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
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