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Moroccan Turkey Meatcakes

April 6, 2013
I bet you didn’t think it was possible for meat to taste like cupcakes? If so I have achieved the impossible! Okay, they don’t taste exactly like cupcakes but they are pretty darn good. These are a delicious protein addition for any meal but my preference is to eat them as a snack.

I clearly have an addiction to sugar. Being gluten-free and mostly dairy-free has not at all deterred me from my sugar consumption. I try to use less refined and all natural sugars (fruit, dates, maple syrup etc…) when I’m baking but at the end of the day sugar is sugar and it’s never good to have too much of anything.

Moroccan Turkey MeatcakesMoroccan Turkey Meatcakes to the rescue! The amazing blend of spices in these gives the illusion of sweetness with no added sugar whatsoever. Since their base is mostly protein from meat and healthy fats from the flaxseeds these are definitely a great alternative if you’re craving something sweet but don’t want any additional sugar.

I know, it’s a bit strange to be carrying around turkey in the shape of cupcakes as a snack but if you haven’t figured it out by now I am clearly very weird. Sometimes weird works! If you’re interested in some of my other weird food cravings check out this post.  Back to the meatcakes! My favourite time to snack on these guys is post-workout. I’m generally starving after I workout (I can never understand how working out suppresses people’s hunger) and need something to eat between finishing and getting home. Providing your body with high-quality protein after exercise gives your muscles the fuel it needs for both repair and growth. With 10 grams of protein in each meatcake, popping one of these after working out helps sustain me until I get home and also aids my body with its post-exercise recovery. A sweet AND savoury snack (or meal) that’s great for your muscles, yes please!

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Moroccan Turkey Meatcakes

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 1 lb ground turkey (I use 93% fat-free)
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use 0% fat)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 T dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin with coconut oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, flax, yogurt, spices, salt, and parsley.
  3. With clean hands, bring all of the ingredients together until well-combined, but do not overmix.
  4. With your hands create 12 evenly sized balls (a little larger than golf balls) and place 1 in each muffin cup. Flatten turkey cakes.
  5. Bake for about 15 mins or until tops have started to brown.
  6. Remove from oven and let turkey cakes cool in muffin tin.
  7. Remove from tin and serve. These keep well in the refrigerator for several days.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
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    Mitchell
    December 14, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Hi Davida,

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I was stuck for dinner ideas and I had everything on hand for this recipe 🙂
    I was skeptical about the Greek yogurt, but it worked perfectly! They were so light and delicious!

    So glad I came across your page – tomorrow I’m test driving your grain-free protein pancakes 🙂

    Great work! 😀

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks Mitchell!!! The pancakes are by far my favourite recipe on the blog 🙂 Hope you enjoy those too!

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