Healthy turkey meatballs with cranberry are an easy and tasty snack, dinner or appetizer. Made with cranberry sauce these turkey meatballs are gluten free, paleo and Whole30. With spices and cranberry these meatballs have the best flavour that is reminiscent of the holidays.
Why these healthy turkey meatballs with cranberry are so good:
- They have the best flavour and taste like stuffing!
- They are really easy to make and don’t require any fancy or hard to find ingredients
- They are gluten free, paleo and Whole30 compliant
- They make a great appetizer, breakfast, snack or dinner
- They can be eaten alone or served with a dipping sauce
What you will need to make these healthy turkey meatballs with cranberry:
- Almond flour – this is the brand I use and love
- Cranberry sauce – I used this recipe
- Herbs de Provence spice blend – this is the kind I use
- A silicone baking sheet or parchment paper
How to make these healthy turkey meatballs with cranberry:
You are going to love how easy these meatballs are to make!
- Preheat your oven to 400F
- Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and stir well to combine
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and form the meat mixture into balls ~1.5-2 inches in diameter
- Bake for 15-20 minutes
How do you know when turkey meatballs are done?
If you insert a thermometer into the meat it should read 165F. You can also cut a meatball in half to see if it is cooked through. The meatballs should also be browned on the outside.
Do you need breadcrumbs in meatballs?
No! At least not in these meatballs. I used almond flour instead of breadcrumbs in this recipe to bind the meatballs but still keep them paleo, gluten free and Whole30 compliant.
Why do you need eggs in meatballs?
The eggs help to bind them. They also add a little moisture so the meatballs aren’t as dry.
Do you turn meatballs when baking?
You can but you don’t have to. I usually don’t turn my meatballs when I make them.
Tips for making these healthy turkey meatballs with cranberry:
- I used dark turkey meat to make these meatballs. If you use white turkey meat they won’t be as moist so you may want to add 1-2 tbsp of avocado oil or olive oil.
- If you let the formed meatballs set in the fridge for 30 minutes before baking it will help they stay together better.
- Feel free to change up the herbs in these meatballs. Rosemary and thyme would also both be great options.
Are these healthy turkey meatballs Whole30 compliant?
That depends. If you use my Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce they are but if you use cranberry sauce with sugar they are not.
Other recipes you will love:
- Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce
- Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry Sheet Pan Meal
- Meatloaf with Blueberries
- Whole30 and Paleo Sloppy Joes
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Healthy Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry (paleo, Whole30, gluten free)
These healthy turkey meatballs with cranberry have the best flavour and taste just like the holidays. Easy to make these meatballs are gluten free, paleo and Whole30.
Preheat your oven to 400F
In a large bowl add all the ingredients and stir them well until combined
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
Form the meat mixture into 1.5-2 inch diameter meatballs
Place the tray in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through
- This recipe yields 28 meatballs
- If you use white turkey meat you might want to add 1-2 tbsp of avocado oil to add extra moisture
- Serve these meatballs on their own or with your favourite dipping sauce
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