Quinoa Pizza Bites
These easy Quinoa Pizza Bites will satisfy your pizza cravings in a healthy way. They’re protein-packed, delicious, and great for parties! (Oh, and did I mention they’re vegan too?!)
Quinoa is delicious as a base for stir fries and Buddha bowls, but if you really want to level up, you can use it to make easy, cheesy vegan Quinoa Pizza Bites.
Just like my Cauliflower Pizza Bites, these bite-sized snacks are perfectly chewy and have all the classic pizza flavours you love. It’s pretty much impossible to eat just one, and that’s just fine because they’re healthy. You can go to town on these!
The other thing I love about this recipe is that it’s versatile. Serve it alongside Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings or Loaded Sweet Potato Skins for a game day spread, or tuck them into meal prep lunches with a simple side salad. Kids love them, they’re freezer-friendly, and they’re easy enough to make for a weeknight meal. So many wins!
Best of all, you can customize these Quinoa Pizza Bites with all your must-have pizza toppings. I share some of my favourite ideas below!
Notes on Ingredients
Please note that this is important information on the ingredients and instructions and the FULL recipe with amounts and details can be found DOWN BELOW (scroll to it) in the recipe card.
- Cooked quinoa – Here’s how to cook quinoa.
- Vegan cheese – I recommend mozzarella, Parmesan, or a combination of the two.
- Flax egg – Here’s how to make a flax egg. Alternatively, you can use a store-bought vegan egg replacer.
- Marinara sauce – Use homemade marinara or store-bought. You’ll need some for the Quinoa Pizza Bites, and some extra for dipping.
- Garlic powder
- Italian seasoning
- Crushed red pepper flakes
If you like your vegan pizza loaded with toppings, then you might want to add some additional ingredients to these pizza bites! Here are some ideas:
- Sautéed spinach
- Chopped mushrooms, green bell peppers, or onions
- Crumbled vegan sausage
- Chopped vegan pepperoni
Can I Use Couscous Instead of Quinoa?
Couscous is an excellent substitute for quinoa in most recipes—at least in terms of form and appearance. That said, couscous is not a good source of protein like quinoa is, so your pizza bites won’t pack as much of a nutritional punch if you opt to use couscous instead.
How to Make Vegan Quinoa Pizza Bites
It’s pizza time! Here’s what you’ll need to do to make this recipe.
Prepare. Preheat your oven to 400°F/205°C and grease a 12-cup mini muffin pan with oil or cooking spray.
Make the quinoa mixture. Place all of the ingredients except for 2 tablespoons of cheese in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
Assemble. Divide the quinoa mixture into the muffin cups, packing them tightly.
Bake. Place the muffin pan in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Add the remaining cheese, then broil for 30 to 60 seconds, or until the cheese is melted and crispy.
Cool. Let the Quinoa Pizza Bites cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes before removing them. Serve with a side of marinara for dipping!
Tips for Success
Here are some hints and tips for perfect little pizza bites!
- Choosing the right cheese. There are so many vegan cheeses on the market today, it can be hard to decide which to buy! For this recipe, you want one that melts well, so bags of cheese shreds are ideal.
- Getting them to stay together. The flax egg and vegan cheese will help your quinoa bites stick together, but so will compressing them in the muffin cups. Use the back of a small spoon to really press the mixture in.
- Removing the pizza bites. You can run a butter knife along the edges of each cup before popping them out, which will help loosen them a bit.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Place any leftover Quinoa Pizza Bites in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to a week. They can be reheated in the microwave, air fryer, or in a 350ºF oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until warmed through.
Can This Recipe Be Frozen?
This is the type of recipe that’s ideal for freezing! Place the Quinoa Pizza Bites in an airtight container or freezer bag with parchment paper between the layers to keep them from sticking. They’ll keep in the freezer for up to 3 months, and they can be reheated with the same methods listed above, just adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
Enjoy friends! If you make this vegan quinoa pizza bite recipe, please snap a photo and tag #jessicainthekitchen on Instagram! We’d also love it if you would leave a comment below, and give the recipe a rating! Thanks so much!
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Quinoa Pizza Bites
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- ½ cup vegan shredded cheese + 2 tablespoons for topping
- 1 flax egg
- ¼ teaspoon salt, to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- 3 tablespoons marinara sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 teaspoons italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- marinara sauce, for dipping
How to Cook Quinoa
- 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
- Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C.
- 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!
- Mix all of the ingredients together, except the extra 2 tablespoons of cheese.
- Put a tablespoon into each muffin tin, packing them in.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- 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).
- After broiling, allow to cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes and then remove from pan.
- Serve with marinara sauce. Enjoy!!
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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!
Thanks Renee! Welcome to the quinoa bandwagon 🙂 . Have a great weekend too!!
These sound fantastic! Pizza bites that are healthy? I could totally get into that!
Perfect timing! I just bought another bag of quinoa!
Haha perfect ! Thanks Liz!
these are great and guilt free!
Definitely! Thanks Sarah and Arkadi 🙂
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!
Thanks Cailee! I NEVER though of fried egg white as the crust! What a great idea! You have a great weekend too 🙂
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!
Thanks Marcie! Let me know how it turns out if you try! 🙂
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!
Thanks Chelsea!! It really is great for any meal! Quinoa is so versatile 🙂
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!
Thanks Monica! Yes Quinoa is great! 🙂
Love these quinoa bites! They look so inviting and moreish, Jessica.
Thanks Angie! 🙂
I am definitely trying these, love quinoa and who doesn’t like pizza. Genius recipe!
Thanks Vicky and Ruth!! 🙂