Guava BBQ Meatballs

Guava BBQ Meatballs

Sometimes I just want a quick snack.  I love Swedish meatballs because they are easy to heat up in a crock pot and also full of flavor from the BBQ sauce.  Unfortunately, this means the snack is full of sugar and high fat.  I also don’t want to have to make my own meat balls either.  Too time consuming and also now a days, I can buy gluten free and lower fat meatballs from the freezer.  I like Rich Food brand.  That is because my sister works there as their R&D director so I am partial to the company.  You can find whatever brand that works for you in the frozen aisle.    I am trying my best to reduce my low carb in take so “Gluten Free” as much as possible.

During the late August through September, we get a lot of guava from our Agriscaping grower and sold thru Utopian Harvest crate.  What better way to increase my nutrition than to use guava as my base for sauce?  The health benefits of guava include the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, weight loss and scurvy.  Guava is very high in roughage and rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but it has no cholesterol and a low number of digestible carbohydrates. It is a is very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. Guava, especially raw guava, also has far less sugar as compared to apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruit. Adding a medium-sized guava to your lunch and you will not feel hungry again until the evening

I like using honey as sweetener because there is a hit of herb for me on my taste bud.  Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar.

I use lemon juice to round out the flavor of the tropical aroma with the sweetness of honey and citruses of lemon.  Making this snack will be a great hit with the kids and adults.

Serve:  6                                                                                               Time:  30-45 minutes

30 each Meat balls (Original & Gluten free Rich Farm Meatballs)
4 cups Cubed and seeded guava
2 Tablespoon Honey
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
To taste Salt and pepper (Louisiana Hot sauce optional)


  1. Cut the fresh guava into quarters or 1/8 pieces and spoon out the seeds using a ¼ measuring teaspoon;
  2. In a processor puree the guava;
  3. Add honey and lemon juice and mix well;
  4. Pour the guava mixture over the frozen meat balls and cook over medium heat until meatballs are hot;
  5. Spoon out the cooked/heated meatballs and continue to cook down the guava sauce;
  6. Heat the guava sauce until mixture is bubbling and becomes thicker;
  7. Add salt and pepper and/or Louisiana Hot sauce to kick it up a notch;
  8. Serve over the meatballs and enjoy.