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Quinoa Pizza Bites Recipe

These quinoa pizza bites are protein-packed bites that make for the perfect healthy snack for kids and game day snacks! 

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!”

These would make a great healthy snack for a Super Bowl party, perfect for a kid-friendly pizza night snack, and a great high-protein lunch for lunch boxes.

Quinoa Pizza Bites

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.

may need to start making these on a weekly basis.

Healthy Make-Ahead Snacks

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!

Make a single, double, or triple batch, then freeze them.

For a healthy lunch idea, take a few out of the freezer the night before to thaw, then just stick them in your lunch box in the morning. Depending on your taste preferences, you can eat them either hot or cold.

You can also take them straight from the freezer and heat them up in the microwave.

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Quinoa Pizza Bites

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Yield: 40
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all ingredients, except pizza sauce, in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each), and press down gently to compact.
  4. 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

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 488mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g

**This information is just an estimate and may not be 100% accurate. Always double-check the nutritional information using your specific products and ingredients.

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Friday 16th of September 2016

oohh those look amazing! My husband and girls would eat them too :) I'll have the try them.


Friday 16th of September 2016

Thanks so much, Behah! Pepperoni and cheese sure helps to make things taste amazing, though I love quinoa pretty much any way you can make it! ;-)


Monday 13th of April 2015

i've made these so many times over the last year and a half and my family and i just love them. thanks so much for the recipe.


Monday 13th of April 2015

I am so happy to hear that, Holly! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know! You are more than welcome. :-)


Sunday 15th of September 2013

Just made these for my gf/df son and he loves them. I omitted the cheese and added diced mushrooms, spinach, and ham. I'm really excited about making another batch and freezing them for when he has a pizza party to attend.Thanks so much for sharing!


Thursday 29th of August 2013

Maybe it's the amount of water you add? I make single-serving meals and 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa with 1 cup of water gives me a full cup of quinoa. But then again, I make it in a rice cooker.


Wednesday 28th of August 2013

Since writing this post, I've done a bunch of trials with uncooked vs cooked quinoa and I've never gotten 1 cup uncooked to equal 4 cups cooked! My average is 1 cup of uncooked makes 3 cups cooked. :-)

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