These pizza flavored, protein-packed quinoa bites make for the perfect kid-approved game time snack!
In my opinion, these are, hands down, the best things I think I’ve ever cooked. Each bite is packed with pizza flavor and I can’t get enough of them! I brought a friend a few to try and they polished them off in a matter of seconds, immediately asking for “30 more, please!”
The fresh basil adds a big flavor punch, but the combination of the basil, oregano, paprika, garlic, and onion seemed to meld perfectly to bring all of the pizza flavor in a tiny little bite.
You could definitely sub turkey pepperoni to make them a tad healthier, if you were so inclined, but I used the regular pepperoni and these babies are still only 35 calories per bite. Not bad at all, especially with the protein boost from the quinoa!
It would be easy to adapt these to fit whatever your favorite pizza toppings are – bell peppers, mushrooms, sausage, etc. Just make sure to chop the pieces small so that the bites stick together!
These are kid-friendly, adult-friendly, and make for the perfect party food, especially for watching the big game! You can also make these ahead of time – they freeze great!
I love to grab these for a lunch on the go, fun afternoon snack, or a dinner side.
I may need to start making these on a weekly basis.
I used to make quinoa bites in a mini muffin tin, but I have since found it much easier to use a cookie scoop to make these bites and bake them on a cookie sheet with a Silpat. Silicone baking sheets are way easier to clean than mini muffin tins!
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (cook in low sodium chicken broth for extra flavor)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 cup chopped pepperoni slices (~1/2 of a 7 oz bag)
- 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried crushed oregano
- pizza sauce for dipping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together all ingredients, except pizza sauce, in a medium mixing bowl.
- Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each), and press down gently to compact.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Instead of using a mini muffin tin, you can also use a cookie scoop to form your bites on a cookie sheet to bake.
Nutritional Information for 5 bites per My Fitness Pal: Calories - 175, Fat - 10g, Protein - 9g, Fiber - 2g, Calcium - 10mg, Carbs - 12g