Pizza Quinoa Bites

5 from 5 votes

Pizza quinoa bites are a vegetarian protein-packed snack/appetizer that you can feel good about - made with quinoa, cheese and your favorite pizza toppings

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I think it’s safe to say that anything that takes on pizza flavor takes on a fabulous flavor. Well, I’ve had pizza inspired sushi and that actually doesn’t fit my generalized observation. But, pizza quinoa bites – those definitely do! If you’re looking for a vegetarian protein-packed party appetizer, you should definitely try these. It’s a pizza-inspired snack that you can feel good about!

Pizza quinoa bites out of the oven in a serving platter

How do you make pizza quinoa bites

What’s even better about this pizza bites recipe is how simple it is to make. To start, you’ll beat three eggs and add cooked quinoa on top of the eggs. You can use leftover quinoa to make the recipe even faster. In fact, I make extra quinoa so that I can have leftovers to make this recipe.

How to make pizza quinoa bites: Collage of eggs, then quinoa

Next, add some grated cheese and spices. To bring out the pizza flavor, I use an Italian-blend of shredded cheese or shredded mozzarella. For the spices, I use Italian seasoning, which is a mix of oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, sage and marjoram. If you don’t have Italian seasoning, I would use oregano plus another one of the listed dried herbs if you have any on hand.

How to make pizza quinoa bites: Collage of eggs, then quinoa, then cheese, then spices

Finally, this is where the fun happens. You can add whatever pizza-related toppings you’d like. I kept it simple with just olives, but you can also do beef pepperoni, mushroom, green peppers, bell peppers or even pineapple if that floats your boat!

How to make pizza quinoa bites: Collage showing all the ingredients before and after mixing

Depending on the size you make the patties, you can make between 12 to 18 pizza bites. I use a mini muffin tin and fill the mixture to the top so I end up with 12 pizza bites. If you’re making these for kid, fill the mini muffin tin ¾ of the way full so they are even smaller.

Whatever toppings you highlight, add some on top so it sends a signal about what’s inside these pizza quinoa bites.  They bake very quickly in the oven. You’ll know they’re done when you see the cheese get bubbly and golden around the bites.

Pizza quinoa bites in a mini muffin tray after cooked in the oven

Serve with your favorite pizza sauce or ranch dressing or just eat them on their own! They have a crispy exterior, soft and cheesy interior and that delicious pizza flavor all over!

Large plate of pizza bites served with marinara sauce

These pizza quinoa have quinoa as the main ingredient. That means they’re packed with plant-based protein that’s going to make your tummy feel happy. You can customize them with your favorite pizza toppings and take them with you to your next party! I’ve found that these make the best party appetizers because both adults and kids love them!

I especially love making them for kids because they are portable for on-the-go snacking, fit easily into a lunchbox and they give kids a healthy dose of protein for after-school snacking.

Make these pizza bites for any occasion. They’re addictively cheesy, delicious and make for a healthy anytime snack!

One pizza quinoa bite dipping into marinara sauce

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Pizza Quinoa Bites

Pizza quinoa bites are a vegetarian protein-packed snack/appetizer that you can feel good about – made with quinoa, cheese and your favorite pizza toppings
5 from 5 votes
Servings 12 bites
Course Appetizer
Calories 66
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa made from ⅓ cup uncooked quinoa.
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded Italian-blend cheeses
  • ¼ cup olives sliced
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce warmed for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat 12 mini muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Divide quinoa mixture between prepared muffin cups.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce.

Notes

Recipe: This recipe is adapted from Better Homes & Garden 
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge. To reheat, just place them in microwave or toaster oven.
Freezing Instructions: You can also freeze the pizza quinoa bites for up to 3 months. I would recommend freezing them after cooked though. To re-heat, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake in a 350°F oven for a few minutes until crispy.
Make Ahead Tips: I strongly suggest cooking the quinoa in advance. That way it’s cooked and cooled and ready to be tossed into the other ingredients. This is a great recipe for leftover quinoa.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can use any cheese you’d like, mix up the spices and add any other pizza toppings you’d like.
Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one pizza bite without the marinara sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 66kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 140mg, Potassium: 48mg, Vitamin A: 135IU, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 0.5mg

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Large plate of pizza bites served with marinara sauce

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    1. This recipe uses 1 cup of cooked quinoa. It usually takes 1/3 cup of uncooked quinoa to get that 1 cup of cooked quinoa.

  1. Do you have any suggestions to substitute for the eggs? I have a vegan family member who would love these. Her vegan cheese should work fine if baked at a higher temperature. I’m wondering about the mashed sweet potato that you substitute in your black bean burgers, but am afraid that it would change the flavor too much.