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Quinoa Pizza Bites Recipe
June 4, 2016 | Home >Popular > Healthy Kids > Best Recipes >Quinoa Pizza Bites Recipe

Quinoa Pizza Bites Recipe

These power packed little pizza bites are loaded with balanced protein, antioxidant rich veggies, and with a big pizza flavor, the kids will never know!

Quinoa Pizza Bites. These power packed little pizza bites are loaded with balanced protein, antioxidant rich veggies, and with a big pizza flavor, the kids will never know! http://www.superhealthykids.com/quinoa-pizza-bites-recipe/

A number of years ago, I decided that once a week our family would eat meat free to help save our pastured/grassfed meat budget a little. It has become a pretty simple addition to our meal rotation, and, most of the time we barely notice. I like to use quinoa a lot on those meat free days since it is a nice complete protein. It is so versatile as well, taking on whatever the flavors are that you are working with.

I rotate this parmesan veggie baked quinoa in our meal plan about once a month, and I have even figured out how to add quinoa into some granola for breakfast or a lunch yogurt topper! I also use quinoa to make “patties” to serve on lettuce buns quite often. I was making my patties one day, noticing how nice the batter formed and had the thought they might make a nice bite sized dipper or nugget, and these pizza bites were born!

Quinoa Pizza Bites :: These power packed little pizza bites are loaded with balanced protein, antioxidant rich veggies, and with a big pizza flavor, the kids will never know! www.superhealthykids.com

And honestly, they were accepted even better by my toddler than anything I have served her patty sized because they are the perfect size for little hands! That yummy pizza flavor is a big hit with my older girls as well, so these have become a popular item in the house. I even made a double batch this week and froze un-cooked bites on a tray, then popped them into a freezer bag to use on a busy school night.

Quinoa Pizza Bites :: These power packed little pizza bites are loaded with balanced protein, antioxidant rich veggies, and with a big pizza flavor, the kids will never know! www.superhealthykids.com

These pizza bites are also loaded with cauliflower! I often forget about that lonely cauliflower sitting at the market, but it has some amazing antioxidant properities and is loaded with vitamin C and cancer fighting power! It’s neutral flavor and color make it hide really good in these pizza bites and will give the kids an extra veggie boost for the day.

Quinoa Pizza Bites :: These power packed little pizza bites are loaded with balanced protein, antioxidant rich veggies, and with a big pizza flavor, the kids will never know! www.superhealthykids.com

Renee blogs at Raising Generation Nourished, and with 3 girls ages 6 and under, she is passionate about raising the next generation of kids with a better understanding where their food comes from and how food affects their bodies.

Quinoa Pizza Bites Recipe

Quinoa Pizza Bites Recipe
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa (You can make this part days in advance or use leftover quinoa from dinner)
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled cauliflower florets, pureed (You will need about half a head of cauliflower. I steamed mine for 15 minutes while my quinoa was cooking. You can make this part days in advance or use leftover cauliflower from dinner)
  • 1 egg (If you are egg free, I think a flax egg or gelatin egg would work for the binding)
  • 1/4 cup white rice flour
  • 2 TB coconut flour
  • 2 TB pizza sauce
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Extra pizza sauce for dipping
  • Optional freshly grated parmesan cheese and/or basil for garnish
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Gently roll about 1 inch balls and set them onto a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. You can garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and basil if you wish and use pizza sauce for dipping!
written by
Renee Kohley

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Comments(19)
Rachel says:

Have you ever used other flours? If I don’t have white rice flour or coconut flour…. would oat, almond, spelt, or garbanzo work?

JH says:

Rice flour is not an option in our GF, grain-free household. Do you have any suggestions for an appropriate substitute? These look soooo good!!

Renee Kohley says:

Hi JH! Almond flour should be fine. Also keep in mind that in most grain free/paleo circles quinoa is considered a grain so I wanted to be sure you knew that. Some circles consider it more of a seed – depends on what you are reading. Enjoy the pizza bites!

Jessica says:

Is it 2 cups pureed cauliflower or 2 cups florets then puree?

Lisa says:

I was wondering this too. I’m guessing you puree the cauliflower first, then add it to the mix?

Lynn Thomas says:

When these recipes are listed as healthy, it seems that the nutrition information should be listed
Most of the recipes look great, but I won’t make it without the nutritional information
Please add this info!!

Hi Lynn,
We generally don’t consider calories, fat, carbs, or protein as significant in the healthfulness of a recipe. Real, healthy, whole ingredients is the focus. For an analysis of any recipe, you can enter the ingredients here http://nutritiondata.self.com/
Thanks for being a reader!

MG says:

I made these today. They were tasteless and very mushy. Big disappointment and such a waste of expensive quinoa!

Lina says:

What a disappointment, taste is just ok but none of us like the texture of the quinoa. Maybe it should be soaked first ? It was a little too salty too.

Nicole Avilla says:

Hello!
What should I do with the cauliflower before mixing it with all of the other ingredients? Stick it in the food processor? Also is the quinoa cooked or uncooked before it goes into the oven?

Kelsey says:

Are the quinoa and cauliflower supposed to be blended together first? I just mixed in raw quinoa and it didn’t look anything like the picture

Kelby says:

Does the quinoa cook while they bake or do you cook the quinoa before hand? Also I’m assuming that you put it all in a food processor?

Laurie says:

Is the cauliflower cooked?,puréed as one reader says?

Sonya says:

Sorry for my ignorance but do you process the cauliflower?

Jess says:

Hi…unfortunately my bites don’t look anything like the picture , texture has a lot to be desired due to the “uncooked” quinoa…they taste ok. I will have another go and will make some adjustments in the process…if anyone has any recommendations please share. This is a great idea to get extra goodness so not ready to give up…yet

Kelly says:

Very disappointed. My son tried to eat a few because he knew they were healthy and I really wanted him to, but finally couldn’t eat anymore. My baby, who eats everything, threw them all off of her tray! My other daughter had one and spit it out.

Maeghan says:

I was SO hoping to be able to leave a positive comment as these look and sound so great! But unfortunately mine failed as well. I followed the recipe, and mine looked nothing like these ones in the photos. The inside was like they hadn’t been cooked at all. Maybe it was the chia egg? Not sure but they just didn’t firm up. So disappointed. Not sure what we’re all doing wrong…

Deborah Schwartz says:

What can I use instead of Cauliflower?

Tara says:

Honestly, the ones in the picture look fried.

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