Make Some (Healthier) Turkey Treats for Breakfast

Turkey Shaped Cinnamon Rolls Life as MOM

Remember these guys? I created these turkey-shaped cinnamon rolls for the first time four years ago. I was two weeks postpartum after having FishChick4. My father-in-law was visiting and had purchased Costco-size containers of refrigerator biscuits and cinnamon rolls.

Inspiration struck on Thanksgiving morning and these little turkey rolls have become a Thanksgiving morning tradition.

This year I decided to try to make them a little healthier. I’m not against sugar for breakfast. I mean, I am the lady who feeds her kids apple pie on the first day of school.

However, I haven’t been clipping coupons for refrigerator rolls these days and I haven’t really seen good sales, and I knew that I could make some healthy cinnamon rolls. So I gave healthier turkey shaped cinnamon rolls a go.

I came, I saw, I baked that turkey!

Now you can, too. And if you’re extra brave, let the kids help! (True confessions: FishChick only got to add the finishing touches since I was not really sure WHAT I was doing. Next time she’ll get to do more.)

Healthy Turkey Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

1 batch Whole Grain Cinnamon Roll Dough
1/2 batch Whole Grain Cinnamon Roll filling
colored sprinkles and sugar
chocolate chips, raisins, or dried cranberries

Prepare a batch of whole grain cinnamon roll dough. Divide it in half and prepare one half as cinnamon rolls. This should make 8 to 10 rolls. Lay the cinnamon rolls on lined baking sheets, about four per sheet.

Roll out the other half of the dough and freehand cut the additional turkey parts. You’ll need:

  • 5 feathers per turkey
  • 1 triangle beak per turkey
  • 1 pair of feet per turkey, like this:

Those feet look freakily real, don’t they?! Moving on….

Next, give each cinnamon roll a pair of legs by tucking them under the roll. Add a beak/face triangle. Add two chocolate chips to the face. Roll the feathers in sprinkles or colored sugar and place them around the turkey’s back. Tuck them under to secure them. Bake at 375 ° for 20 minutes.

They don’t turn out as predictable as the refrigerator cinnamon roll turkeys, but they were still cute. And they’re a little bit better for you. Despite the extra work, we’ll be making these again.

Pair these healthier turkey treats with fresh fruit and some yogurt with honey or maple syrup for a gobbling good breakfast on Thanksgiving!

Ready for a healthier holiday? Visit my fellow Healthy Holiday bloggers for great inspiration in planning a nutritious and delicious holiday meal. Not only are we providing healthier dishes for every course of your holiday meal, but we’ll also be talking turkey at a Twitter party on Wednesday night. Be there or be square!

How do YOU make holiday mornings special?

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  1. You are so creative!

  2. Wow – a healthy version! I know you saw on my blog that you inspired me to make these last year on Thanksgiving morning – I’m planning to do the same this year, but now I’m wondering how I can make them South Beach Diet friendly! ;-) The feet – yes, they DO look real!

  3. I have made the cinnamon rolls before and we love them. Two questions though: 1) My dough is always very wet – I can barely roll and slice them to get them in the pan and they end up pretty misshapen – should I add more flour to be able to roll and make the turkeys? I use a Zojirushi bread machine to make the dough. 2) Can you freeze these? DS is having surgery a few days before Thanksgiving so I’m trying to do everything this week.

  4. those are adorable! i love it :)

  5. Too cute!!

  6. Love, love, love these! Perfect timing–Thanksgiving morning is an event at our house, and these will be so fun! I am also wondering about making and freezing ahead of time. Anyone tried that?

  7. Update: I found a discussion about freezing them–just click the link to the recipe and scroll down to the comments.

    Thanks for a great recipe!! (And for a FANTASTIC blog–I am a frequent reader!!)

  8. So cute! What a great idea!

  9. Jess – I LOVE these…too, too cute. :)

  10. Those are almost as cute as the absolutely adorable FishChick4.

  11. These are adorable! What a creative idea – I’m so glad to have found your blog.

  12. This is one of the many reasons I keep coming back to this blog! You are not afraid to try new things, to admit when these new adventures don’t work out and embrace those that do!!!! I love your positive attitude and spirit!
    We made these last year from a recipe I found in WNY Family magazine. Was this your recipe I made???

  13. These are so awesome!! What a great Thanksgiving tradition!
    I featured them in my Terrific Turkeys post here:

    I’m so hoping to try them here!

  14. michelle holtzman says:

    Hi, L.A.M.! I don’t have kids, but your recipe, photos and words bring out the kid in me (never hiding far beneath the surface anyway (-;
    I love that you feed your kids apple pie for breakfast – at least sometimes. Your kids will be all the better for it, because of the warm and loving memories.

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