Quinoa bites are my most popular recipes, so here are all of your questions answered – everything you want to know about making quinoa bites.
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What is a quinoa bite exactly?
It’s one of my absolute favorite ways to use quinoa! It’s basically like making a flavorful tater tot using quinoa instead of potato. They are super simple to make, especially using the tips below!
Quinoa is a superfood, so quinoa bites are delicious and protein-packed little bites that are fun and tasty enough for kids and healthy and sophisticated enough for adults. Even people who don’t think they like quinoa have become converts after trying quinoa bites! They make for a great appetizer, snack, lunch, or dinner.
Check out all of the quinoa bite varieties here!
I don’t have a mini muffin tin. Can I use anything else to bake them?
Absolutely! I started making quinoa bites in this mini muffin tin, but the options with quinoa bites are endless. You can use a regular sized muffin tin, but I think it changes the texture of the bites. You can press the mixture into a baking pan and bake, but again, it changes the texture a bit.
My quinoa bites are sticking to my mini muffin pan! What do I do?
I like to use a spoon to help remove quinoa bites directly from the pan. Gently slide it around the bite to loosen the edges, then slowly pull it up and out.
You can also use silicone liners that slide into the tin. After the quinoa bites have cooled slightly, they pop right out!
Can quinoa bites be frozen?
Yes! You can freeze them either before or after baking.
We like to bake them first, then when we pack my niece’s lunch, we move a few from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before and just stick them in her lunch box the next morning.
Why are my quinoa bites falling apart?
The more stuff you put in quinoa bites, the more likely they are to fall apart. There has to be a balance between the quinoa/egg/breadcrumb ratio and the other ingredients, so if you’ve added anything extra, that could be a reason.
The most common reason is just that the ingredients weren’t chopped into small enough pieces. Veggies and meats should be very finely chopped to keep it all stuck together.
Can I sub/add/leave out such-and-such for such-and-such?
Probably! Quinoa bites are extremely versatile and the ingredient and flavor possibilities are endless. There are a few ingredients that you need to be careful with, though. The eggs, cheese, and breadcrumbs/panko/flour are a pretty vital part of the recipes, as they hold the mixture together, allowing them to become bites.
I know there are people with dietary restrictions that have made all kinds of successful substitutions to accommodate – silken tofu or chia seeds and water for the egg, nutritional yeast for the cheese, rice flour for white flour, etc. Try it and let me know!
Can I make them gluten free?
Absolutely! Usually, the only ingredient containing gluten in quinoa bites is the breadcrumbs. You can either use gluten free breadcrumbs or I know some people have just left them out altogether.
Can I make my own flavor combinations?
Yes, and please do! Quinoa bites are so versatile that you can do pretty much anything with them! You can cook your quinoa in broth and add savory ingredients or cook it in almond milk and add fruit and nuts for a sweeter variety. You can add scrambled eggs and make them breakfast or green chiles to give them a southwest kick.
Start with 1 cup of cooked quinoa and one egg. Add the flavors you like best (remember to chop your ingredients finely!), add some breadcrumbs to thicken the mixture, then bake them! That’s all there is to it.
You can see all of my flavor combinations here, but let me know if you create a new one! I’m always looking to try new varieties!
Do you have any other questions on making quinoa bites? Feel free to leave them below!