KID-FRIENDLY mini TURKEY loaves {gluten & dairy free option}

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My daughter was recently diagnosed with a gluten and dairy allergy which should have come to no surprise to me since I’m not simpatico with either as well.  It has definitely been a big adjustment for her though considering her favorite food is…pizza.  With that said she has been transitioning pretty well due to all the gluten free options out there as well as dosing her up on a few extra treats!  The dairy portion is a bit trickier.  There’s a ton of great ice cream alternatives (SO DELICIOUS brand) but finding a cheese substitute is a whole lot trickier.  Let’s be honest, can you really replace cheese with a substitute?  I think not.  But…you can try to replace the flavor somewhat, like I did here.

This QUICK-N-HEALTHY little recipe was given to me by my sister years ago and has always been a family favorite.  I don’t know the origin as it’s one of those ‘mom recipes’ that’s been passed around, but it’s definitely a keeper for your family recipe file.  It’s also flexible as the original recipe contains cheese, so I’m giving you TWO VERSIONS: The DAIRY/GLUTEN FREE recipe and the ORIGINAL with cheese.  I also make a healthier version of ketchup for the topping.  It’s not loaded with high fructose corn syrup like the branded stuff you get at the store and only takes a minute to mix up.


Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes ~ Makes 12 mini loaves

1 lb ground turkey

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup GLUTEN FREE quick oats (or regular oats pulsed in a food processor)

3/4 cup almond milk (may sub with your favorite nut or dairy milk)

1/4 cup nutritional yeast* (may sub with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese)

2 T. dried onion flakes (or grated fresh onion)

1 t. salt

*nutritional yeast has a salty, cheesy flavor and is also great sprinkled over popcorn!  I get ours in the bulk food department of our grocery store but Bob’s Red Mill also makes it.


Pour milk into large mixing bowl.  Add oats.  Let soak 5-10 minutes if using regular (not quick) oats.

Add in: Beaten egg, nutritional yeast (or cheese), onion and salt.

Add turkey and mix well.

Line a baking pan with parchment (for easy clean up).  Shape into 12 loaves.  I like to use an ice cream scoop for easy measuring.  Put a dollop of topping on each loaf (recipe below).

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


1 small can of tomato paste

1 t. apple cider vinegar

2 t to 1 T. of maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)

3 T. water (or more to your consistency)

{I love recipes where you can just dump, mix and assemble!}

{I use an ice cream scoop to portion out the loafs so they’re all the same size.}

{The easiest 3-ingredient DIY ketchup ever! No high fructose corn syrup here ;)}

{Flatten the loaf a bit and add a dollop of homemade ketchup.}

{The leftovers freeze well and are great for lunches.}

I hope your family likes these little mini’s as much as mine does.  Gobble, gobble!



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