These Easy Quinoa Pizza Bites will satisfy your every pizza cravings. They are protein packed, delicious, and great for parties!

These Easy Quinoa Pizza Bites will satisfy your every pizza cravings. They are protein packed, delicious, and great for parties! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

This might be my last Quinoa post for January (yeah right), because I think I’m all Quinoa-ed out! I’ve been eating it on the down low and I am officially adding it to my list of grains to eat endlessly.

These Quinoa Pizza Bites were such a hit! First of all, if I had my own way I would host a Super Bowl party will all of these delicious healthy stuff including of course my Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings but that would be in a perfect world…I still plan to sneak in some healthy treats without these shouting men knowing!

These Easy Quinoa Pizza Bites will satisfy your every pizza cravings. They are protein packed, delicious, and great for parties! via https://jessicainthekitchen.comI will admit that I ate all of these…my mom got one. Being a huge pizza fan, I thoroughly enjoyed these. They’re perfectly chewy and like mini pizzas in a bite (duh Jessica) PLUS you get additional sauce to dip them in. I can’t get enough of pizza sauce, it’s like crack to me! I even started taking smaller bites so that I could get more pizza sauce. 🙂 . Good thing it’s healthy! If you like these, you’ll definitely love my Cauliflower Pizza Bites too.

I also added melted cheese on top by turning on my broiler which gave these a delicious crust. They were the perfect lunch and are so great if you are on the go. I’m trying to look more into quick lunches since on my drive home I fought off the fast food thoughts and quickly rushed to the kitchen to cook something healthy aka Whole Grain Baked Mac & Cheese.

Ah, I think I hear it beeping that it’s ready! While I go indulge in some “healthy” but delicious food, please try these! They are so good! Have an amazing weekend!

These Easy Quinoa Pizza Bites will satisfy your every pizza cravings. They are protein packed, delicious, and great for parties! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

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These Easy Quinoa Pizza Bites will satisfy your every pizza cravings. They are protein packed, delicious, and great for parties! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

 

Quinoa Pizza Bites (Gluten Free)

Quinoa Pizza Bites (Gluten Free)

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Serves: 12
Calories: 36 Get Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
  • 2g protein
  • 3.5g carbs
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup vegan or regular shredded cheese + 2 tablespoons of cheese
  • 1 flax egg or egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of marinara sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Marinara Sauce, for dipping
Instructions
How to Cook Quinoa
  • 1. Mix 1/2 cup uncooked and washed quinoa with 1 cup water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil first and then lower heat. Cook the quinoa for about 15 minutes until fluffy. You should get about 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa (you only need 1 cup for the recipe, so you could always make extra pizza bites or use it another time).
Quinoa Pizza Bites
  • 2. Preheat oven to 400 ° F/ 205° C.
  • 3. Grease a 12 mini muffin tin pan OR line it with parchment paper with strips over the sides. I found the parchment paper worked best for me!
  • 4. Mix all of the ingredients together, except the extra 2 tablespoons of cheese.
  • 5. Put a tablespoon into each muffin tin, packing them in.
  • 6. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • 7. Remove from oven and top with remaining 2 tablespoons of cheese. Broil for about 30 seconds to 1 minute (please watch them, they burn easily).
  • 8. After broiling, allow to cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes and then remove from pan.
  • Serve with Marinara Sauce. Enjoy!!

Notes

HOW TO STORE

This can last for about one week in the fridge in an air-tight tupperware container . You can freeze these items and pop them in the oven to heat them up.

If you’re making this for kids or you don’t like spice, the red pepper flakes can get really spicy when baked, so you can leave it out.

 

 

If you try these Quinoa Pizza Bites please let me know in the comment section below, or tag me on instagram with the hashtag #jessicainthekitchen! For more exclusive recipes follow me on Instagram AND on Snapchat: jessinkitchen.

 

by Jessica
It's That Easy - Your Guide to a Healthier, Meatless Lifestyle

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84 comments

  1. I REALLY like these! I have just recently started jumping on the quinoa bandwagon and it is quite satisfying! I love the crust on these and I would totally be dunking it into that marinara sauce!! Have a great weekend Jessica!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Renee! Welcome to the quinoa bandwagon 🙂 . Have a great weekend too!!

  2. These sound fantastic! Pizza bites that are healthy? I could totally get into that!

  3. Liz says:

    Perfect timing! I just bought another bag of quinoa!

  4. these are great and guilt free!

  5. Wow!!! These look amazing! What a great idea 🙂 YUM! I love pizza-y healthy stuff… like sometimes I have veggies with marinara sauce… or make a pizza and use a fried egg white as the crust! YUM! I hope that you have a great weekend!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Cailee! I NEVER though of fried egg white as the crust! What a great idea! You have a great weekend too 🙂

  6. marcie says:

    Jessica, these are such a great idea! I don’t eat quinoa enough because I’m pretty much the only person in the house that will eat them. That’s actually a good thing considering I could eat all of these myself, too. ha I’m pinning to try these!

  7. Oh my gosh. Best idea ever! I’m obsessed with quinoa AND pizza. Put together = best dinner/lunch/snack …breakfast?! Can’t wait to give these a try!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Chelsea!! It really is great for any meal! Quinoa is so versatile 🙂

  8. Monica says:

    This is genius and I know it’s gotta be delicious! I love how filling yet light quinoa is and all the better with marinara sauce. Love this idea!

  9. Love these quinoa bites! They look so inviting and moreish, Jessica.

  10. I am definitely trying these, love quinoa and who doesn’t like pizza. Genius recipe!

  11. Before I say how much I love these, I should tell you my boy just looked over at your pictures and went “OOOOOOO, pin that and make it happen!”. Hhahah, so I will be trying these. Not like he has to wring my hands coz they look so great.

  12. ela@GrayApron says:

    This is perfect! I’m gonna look for quinoa now…I love any pizza ideas. Thanks! 🙂 ela

  13. Holy cow these are fantastic! Anything called a pizza bite is going to be my dream come true!

  14. Jess says:

    These look so yummy and super cute! 🙂

  15. Kelly says:

    What a great idea Jessica! I love quinoa and pizza and how awesome to combine them together:) These healthy bites look fantastic and can’t wait to give these a try!

  16. Paul says:

    Do you use 1 cup of uncooked quinoa or 1/2 cup uncooked (that turns into 1 cup cooked) Thanks!

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Paul!

      I used cooked quinoa, which I made with 1 cup uncooked and 2 ½ cups water to make 3 cups. If you use ½ cup uncooked quinoa you could just add 1 ¼ cups water and a pinch of salt, and cook together for 15-20 minutes on medium heat. You’d end up with 1 ½ cups of cooked quinoa, and you could use the other half to make extra pizza bites! I hope this helps and thanks for asking!

    • Jessica says:

      http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-quinoa-63344 this link details how to cook it properly!

  17. What a perfect healthy appetizer! Quinoa and pizza are both my favorite, and mini-size is always cuter, yay! These look adorable! <3

  18. Becky says:

    What is the calorie amount per one pizza bite?

  19. Annie says:

    These are delicious! I made them tonight – so quicky and easy! – and my husband has requested we put them on the permanent rotation! 😉 so, thanks!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you Anne! I’m so glad you enjoyed them so much!!! 🙂 You’re more than welcome.

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  22. Sammi says:

    I love this recipe and I think it will be perfect for Super Bowl this year! Healthy, easy, and flavorful. Just my style! Can’t wait to explore your site more. Happy New Year! Sammi | Grounded and Surrounded

  23. Jennifer says:

    Great idea, but much too salty for me. Will try again, but reduce salt. I think my son would really enjoy these!

  24. Kasey says:

    My son said this recipe is a keeper. 🙂

  25. Sarah says:

    These are SO GOOD. And super easy!!! My 5 year old helped me make them, and they didn’t last 5 minutes with our boys! Thank you!

  26. Raquel Knittel says:

    I made these today for my picky seven year-old daughter and she happily ate these delicious treats. Definitely will be on a rotation for snack and or appetizer for the family. I added the remainder quinoa and another spoonful of the sauce. Perfect amount for the mini cupcake tins.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Raquel,

      Yay! I’m so glad she enjoyed it I aim to please picky eaters! Thank you so much for the feedback 🙂

  27. Nichole says:

    Hi. These look amazing! My son has an egg allergy do you think I could replace the egg with something else?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Nichole,

      You could try making a flax egg: 1 tablespoon ground flax meal and 3 tablespoons of water. Stir and let that sit for a while (about 15 minutes in the fridge) until it becomes gelatinous and gooey. It would act as a great binder substitute, but since egg adds flavour, I would taste test just to ensure it’s still flavourful. I have not tried this with a flax egg flavour-wise but it will definitely bind it!

  28. Sarah says:

    Wow! Those are absolutely divine. My cousin made those for her kid and I honestly couldn’t resist and ate 3 of them! They’re too good! My kid also was all over it! Also, it’s not too messy.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Great! Thanks so much for the feedback. I definitely need to whip these up soon again!

  29. Katie says:

    Do you think I could make these with a flax egg? I have vegan mozarella I’m just not sure they would stay together.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Katie, Yes! I have used flax eggs while making this. The vegan mozzarella should be able to help it stay together. If not, you can add another flax egg. Let me know how it goes!

  30. Susana Walls says:

    These are awesome! I made them for my foodie toddler and was surprised when my junk food-loving boyfriend wanted more. Win! Win!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Susana,

      Yay! So glad to hear that, definitely a win haha. Thanks so much for your feedback!

  31. Felicity says:

    These are amazing! I even think my hubby and boys will eat them 🙂 made a bulk lot and so glad I did! 👍👍😋😋😋

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Felicity,

      Yay!! So happy to hear you enjoyed! I hope your hubby and boys definitely do too! Thanks for your feedback 🙂 if you have a photo, I would love to see if possible!

  32. Alexa says:

    These look awesome! I was just wondering what brand of vegan mozzarella you used? I’m really hoping that my recently picky toddler, will love these!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Alexa,

      I used Daiya for this but other great brands include Kite Hill Cheese (my favourite) and Chao! I hope that helps!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you so much by the way and I hope that you and your toddler enjoy!

  33. Gina Umstatter says:

    Will if work if I replace the cheese with nutritional yeast? Thank you!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Gina,

      Unfortunately not! The cheese acts as a “glue” for the bites. You’d definitely need to use vegan cheese. I hope that helps!

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