RECIPE | Avocado Tuna Cakes

Hola mi amigos & amigas! I’m absolutely loving this short week. It’s already Wednesday! I haven’t discussed this on the blog yet, but I have just started 30-day’s no added sugar. I was inspired by a Buzzfeed article… don’t judge… and am not really doing this to lose any weight, it’s more so a study to see how addicted to sugar I am. And it’s also something to keep my mind occupied as I’m actually counting down the days until our vacation, and that won’t help me stay focused at work! You’ll likely see some no-sugar-added recipes up here from time to time, but as we have quite quickly seen, it’s really difficult to find ingredients that have no added sugar. So much to the point that, already, I think my inspiration had cheated a few times…..

But great news… I can still have cheese. So, there’s that.

Anywho, here is the first of many recipes that was actually quite tasty. I’m going to add an option for those who aren’t restricting their sugar intake, just to make these a little more accessible if you wanted to use them as a substitute burger patty. All in all, a great recipe!

Avocado Tuna Cakes

Yield: 6 cakes


  • 2 cans yellow fin tuna, drained
  • 1 medium avocado, peeled & pitted
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro, + some for garnish
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • A couple dashes hot sauce
  • 1 farm-fresh egg
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs**
  • Coarse salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Finely chopped green onion (green parts only), for garnish


Preheat BBQ to 425 – 450F. You want a high heat for these. Clean and oil the grill well. 

In a bowl, mash the avocado with a fork, just to get it going. Add in the tuna, red onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, hot sauce, and salt and pepper. Mix together with a fork. It’s okay if it’s a little chunky. Taste, and adjust seasoning. 

Add in the egg, and Panko (if using – I can’t… sugar is an ingredient…. 🙁 ).  Combine well. 

Form the mixture into 6 even patties. (**If you aren’t using the Panko, the mixture will be slightly looser, but that’s okay. Just work quickly, place them on a plate, and refrigerate a bit to let them firm up). Grill on both sides until brown and charred, approximately 5 – 7 minutes per side. 

Garnish with reserved cilantro and green onion. Serve with a bun, like a burger, or not. A little side of tartar sauce would be great (if only it didn’t have sugar in it… 🙁 ). And a lovely side salad would fit in here too. 

So good. Even Mark, who hates hot tuna, and hot avocado, wolfed these down like he hadn’t eaten all day… He’s a trouper. 🙂 

You’ll likely be seeing a lot of those little side notes regarding my dislike for this no-sugar thing in the coming days. And not because I’m disliking doing it – more so because, I’m actually dumbfounded by how many products have sugar in them. It’s frustrating to know that your everyday milk in your coffee you have to forgo, because it has an unnecessary amount of sugar in it. Ugggggggh. 

Also, my energy is down. Like way down. I was passed out on the couch by 9pm last night, and slept like a champ. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the week goes! 

Have any of you done 30-days no sugar added? I’d love to hear about your experiences! 


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