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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Thanks for sharing! Quinoa is really one of the best superfoods, here I’d like to share its health benefits I read online.
These are absolutely delicious and it totally hit the pizza craving spot! Thanks for sharing, it’s going into my family recipe collection 🙂
Aww so happy to hear that!! You’re so welcome and thanks so much for your feedback!! 🙂
Can you please explain how to use strips of parchment paper in the mini muffin pan? I lost so much of each pizza bite when I greased the pan.
Hi Katie, I’ll be glad to explain how to use parchment paper in this recipe. Cut the parchment paper in 4×4 inch squares then press the squares into the section that holds the muffin. After that you’re free to place the mixture into the parchment paper lined tin. I hope this helps and I’m sorry to hear about your previous mishap.
It’s so good, extremely healthy and just tastes incredible.
Thanks Dave. We’re glad you like it!
This looks and sounds amazing! I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands off it 🙂
Thank you so much Michele. We’re happy that you like the recipe! Thanks again for reading!
Delicious but mine didn’t hold their shape! They ended up being mushy and fall apart at the bottom. What did I do wrong? I want to nail this recipe!
I’m so glad you enjoyed the taste! Let me help re the falling apart at the bottom. Did you ensure your flax eggs were properly set up first, and use parchment strips?
Delicious and sooo easy! Made mine with a regular egg and they held together perfectly, even got a little crispy on the outside!
If you’re not a huge fan of Italian seasoning or the taste of oregano (like my mother), you can swap it for basil / mix of basil & other herbs. Definitely making again!!
We’re so happy that you enjoyed this recipe Thomas! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a nice comment!
This recipe is FANTASTIC! I followed it exactly and these pizza bites are amazing. I’m definitely sharing this with my whole family, thank you so much for sharing it with us! If you’re thinking about trying it, DO IT! (:
You’re so incredibly welcome Shannon and I’m so happy to hear that!!
I never leave comments on recipes but these were AMAZING! We had a bunch of leftover quinoa in the fridge so I was looking for creative ways to use it up and WOW. Will definitely be making these again – such a delicious snack.
These are awesome! I made my husband a fan of quinoa! Super easy and perfect for kids and adults. I gave my mini muffin tins a good spray with oil spray and they popped right out. Will definitely make again.