BBQ Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers

gluten-free meatloaf stuffed peppers with squash and oats

Healthified Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers

We love to “healthify” quintessentially comfort food dishes.  

And these turkey meatloaf stuffed peppers are so delicious, especially when you use a tasty BBQ sauce to top it off!  

We like Rib Rack BBQ Sauce because it’s gluten free and contains only a few clean ingredients.  

To make the filling we add in grated yellow squash and ground oats.  Plus a little gluten free non-GMO coconut aminos for flavor.

Healthy Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers 1

This recipe is an adaptation of the meatloaf recipe from Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s cookbook, Deliciously G-Free.  

But we stuff the meatloaf mixture into halved bell peppers and modify some of the ingredients:

  • like using oats instead of cornmeal
  • and coconut aminos instead of GF soy sauce

Ground oats are a wonderful healthy option to use as a filler in meatballs or meatloaf instead of breadcrumbs.  I especially like them with ground turkey because they give it a sturdier texture – ground turkey can be pretty soft sometimes.  

And oats feed good bacteria in our gut, too!

Tip: Make sure to find certified gluten-free oats (and organic to avoid glyphosate)!

To make them, I add about a cup of certified gluten free rolled oats to a miniprep (small blender) and chop until they are ground down.  Then store them in the freezer to use in recipes like this one.  You could probably use a variety of GF flours instead of oats (almond flour, almond meal, millet, etc.).

We also use coconut milk creamer instead of milk so it is dairy/casein free, too.  It works really well as a replacement for milk in lots of recipes.

Healthy Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers

Because I’m just cooking for two, this recipe makes enough filling for four small pepper halves (two per person).  

If you want more, you can double the recipe and use more peppers or larger ones.  So tasty and such a great way to eat more veggies!

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Healthified Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers

The peppers are stuffed with ground turkey, yellow squash and ground oats for a healthier version of a comfort food favorite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword heathy turkey stuffed peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2
Author Deana Larkin Evans


  • 2 medium red or green bell peppers
  • 2 tbsp certified GF oats, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated yellow squash
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk creamer
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • GF BBQ sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wash, rinse and dry the red bell peppers and squash.
  3. Cut the bell peppers in half and remove the seeds and veins. Place on a small baking dish skin side down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool down while prepping the meatloaf mixture.
  4. Certified gluten free chopped oats are a wonderful healthy option to use as a filler in meatballs or meatloaf instead of breadcrumbs. To make ground oats, I usually add a cup of gluten free steel cut rolled oats to a miniprep (small blender) and chop until they are fine. Then store in the freezer and use when needed. We only need 2 tablespoons for this recipe.
  5. Grate a small yellow squash and squeeze any excess water out of the squash with a paper towel. Mix the squash, oats, coconut milk creamer and coconut aminos together in a medium bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the ground turkey, egg and garlic and stir until well combined.
  7. Divide the mixture into each of the bell pepper halves. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with a few tablespoons of your favorite gluten free BBQ sauce. Then cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Let rest for a few minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Deliciously G-Free

Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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