Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites

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 Change up pizza night with poppable Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites. Use any pizza toppings you like!

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TGIF!

In addition to being excited that it’s Friday (and Valentine’s Day!) I’m also jazzed that warmer weather is on the way. We’re only talking 35 degrees here, give or take a few degrees, but up until this week we haven’t been above freezing since January. Wretched. However, like a friend recently mused on Facebook – what the hell would we talk about if the weather was just average? Seriously, like…what? The Olympics? For some reason I just can’t get into them this year. Oh, except #sochiproblems. Kills me!

Aaanyway, I’ve got an extremely difficult recipe for you today. Brace yourselves for lots of measuring, dishes, ingredients…NOT. The recipe for Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites is so easy that an infant could make it. Or try anyway. Lincoln kept lunging at the bowl as I was making these irresistible bites. Honestly I can’t blame him – they’re insane!

Toss some pizza-themed ingredients in bowl, scoop the mixture into mini muffin tins, and then bake. Oh, then reap the CHEESY PIZZA REWARDS. I am so obsessed with these bites!

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Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites are a riff on a couple of my favorite quinoa cups recipes, Mini Ham and Cheese Quinoa Cups and Mini BLT Quinoa Cups. As delicious as those are, though, I think the pizza version is my absolutely favorite. All the fabulous pizza flavor, but lighter since we’re ditching the crust.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Friday night is pizza night in my house. Last Friday Ben was out of town so I took the opportunity to go a little crazy with my order. I ended up with a BBQ sauce pizza with chicken, bacon, black olives, tomatoes, and banana peppers. I know. The freedom clearly went to my head.

I reigned it in with these pizza bites and filled ‘em with classic toppings like chopped pepperoni and sliced black olives, but you could fill yours with whatever you like – peppers, cooked sausage, onions, etc. I’m thinking Hawaiian Pizza Bites would be awesome (that’s Ben’s favorite!) Serve with warmed pizza sauce and you’re golden.

Change up pizza night tonight!

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Like I said, step one: throw some stuff in a bowl.

You’ll need 2 cups cooked quinoa (about 1/2 cup dry quinoa) that’s been slightly cooled or chilled – aka you can make it ahead of time. Make sure you rinse the quinoa under cold running water before cooking to remove the bitter substance it’s coated in. 2 whole eggs PLUS 2 egg whites join the party, along with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, and 2 cups pizza toppings.

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Mix!

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Spoon the mixture to the top of 24 mini muffin tin cups that have been sprayed VERY well with nonstick spray. The cheese in the mixture WILL stick if you don’t spray it well. Sorry for all the CAPS but this is IMPORTANT. Yikes.

Place the muffin tin on top of a foil-lined baking sheet then bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown. Let the bites cool for 5 minutes before popping them out of the cups.

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Serve with warm pizza sauce then pop away!

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Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites

Print this recipe!

Makes 24 bites

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled slightly or chilled (about 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa – be sure to rinse well before cooking)
2 whole eggs
2 egg whites
2 cups chopped pizza toppings (pepperoni, black olives, pineapple, ham, onions, sausage, peppers, etc.)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Pizza sauce, for dipping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil, then spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin VERY well with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients except pizza sauce to a large bowl then stir to combine. Fill mini muffin tin cups to the top with the mixture then place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from cups. Serve with warmed pizza sauce.
  3. TO FREEZE: Place baked cups on a baking sheet then freeze until solid and transfer to a freezer bag. Microwave for 20-40 seconds depending on how many you’re reheating.

  4. FOR REGULAR-SIZED MUFFIN TINS: Bake for 25-30 minutes (Note: I have not tried this myself, although several readers have left comments saying this works!)

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Seriously, seriously so yummy. I can’t wait for you to try these. If you’ve got kids, I bet they’d love these special treats for Valentine’s Day dinner! Enjoy!

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Also check out my Mini Ham & Cheese Quinoa Cups, and Mini BLT Quinoa Cups!

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Comments

  1. PIzza. Quinoa. Bite-sized. Sold. This is perfection, thanks for the super easy and delicious idea, can’t wait to try it out this weekend!

  2. Madison 02.14.2014

    A healthier pizza bite, sign me up!

  3. Molly 02.14.2014

    What a fun take on pizza night…can’t wait to try these out! Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes…just love your blog. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. Dana 02.14.2014

    How much would you adjust cooking time if you don’t have a mini muffin tin and just used a regular muffin tin? I can’t wait to try these!

    • Kristin 02.15.2014

      I’ve never tried, but people have commented on my other quinoa cups/bites recipes that 350 for 25 minutes seems to do the trick!

  5. Dena 02.14.2014

    Why do you put the muffin pan on top of a foil lined baking sheet? Couldn’t you just put it directly on the rack? Or is to catch any “runover”? Or is it for an extra layer so the bottoms don’t burn? Just curious…thanks Kristin!

    • Kristin 02.15.2014

      Yep, just to catch anything that might bubble over (pepperoni can have extra grease that runs out.)

  6. Chicago Jogger 02.14.2014

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I have been obsessed with quinoa lately, definitely adding this to my recipe list for next week. Yum!

  7. Yummy! Pinning and I can’t wait to try them out sometime this week!

  8. Jackie 02.14.2014

    Can’t wait to try these!!!

  9. These look so good, what a great idea! Can’t wait to try!

  10. Kim Chapman 02.14.2014

    I can’t wait to try these. Have you tried freezing them? I think they would make a great alternative to chicken nuggets for my toddler when I’m cooking a meal that he won’t be interested in.

    • Kristin 02.15.2014

      Yep I have! Just microwave them for 30 seconds to a minute! :)

  11. I have to try these!! What a fun idea, and I love all of that quinioa. :) Have a great weekend, friend!

  12. Jennifer 02.14.2014

    Use silicon cupcake pans or inserts! They still probably need to be sprayed but you can peel them right off. They are excellent for stuff like this! Check the seasonal clearance section at places like Target.

  13. Michelle 02.14.2014

    These look terrific! How do you think they would be if I made them ahead of time (same day) and warmed them up later? I need a make-ahead appetizer.

    • Kristin 02.15.2014

      The texture isn’t EXACTLY the same, since you’re heating egg up twice, but they are still delicious. I had some for lunch the day after I made them and loved ‘em!

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  15. Maggie 02.14.2014

    Any ideas for how to modify this recipe to take out the eggs? My kids would love these, but my oldest has a pretty severe egg allergy. Thanks!!

    • Kristin 02.15.2014

      Hmmm…unfortunately I can’t think of anything off the top of my head! Anyone reading this that could help?

    • Amy 02.15.2014

      I would try flax eggs. 1 T. Ground flax and 3 T. Water. Mix together, let sit 10 min before adding to recipe. An rgg white is about half an egg, so one flax egg for the two egg whites.
      Total for this recipe I’d use 3T ground flax and 9T (1/2 cup plus 1T) water.

      • Claire 02.23.2014

        I can’t wait to try this! This sounds like a good snack. I’m going to try it both ways….with eggs and flax seed eggs. I really like the flax seed egg idea.

  16. Brittany 02.14.2014

    Genius woman. Pure genius.

  17. It’s just me and my daughter tonight since the man of the house has a dinner meeting obligation (on V-day even, :( ) and papa murphy’s pizza was on the menu. However, I think I may save a few bucks and make these babies instead! With a dessert of chocolate molten lava cakes, of course! :)

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  19. With two little boys, I am always looking for tasty easy-to-eat finger foods. Pizza is a favorite at our house, so I could see these quinoa bites being a big hit!

  20. Hayley 02.14.2014

    These look amazing and so simple! My toddler is going to love making and eating these!!

  21. donna dee 02.14.2014

    so funny every muffin has an olive earring.

  22. Tieghan 02.14.2014

    Mmm! These are so my thing. I love quinoa and pizza!! Great recipe and have an awesome weekend!

  23. These look so delicious and cute! I love anything in mini form as I always feel like it makes it seem more ‘fun’ no idea why, maybe as I associate it with party food or something.

  24. These look amazing. I am going to make these for my next church small group gathering.

  25. Debra 02.15.2014

    I would dig these for breakfast!

  26. Leslie 02.15.2014

    Oh my goodness, yum!!

  27. Love the idea of quinoa cups! Brilliant healthier spin on pizza!

  28. These sound and look absolutely delicious! :)

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  30. Jennifer S 02.16.2014

    Made these last night – so delicious! Used pepperoni, red and green bell pepper, and purple onion. I only have the regular sized muffin tins, so I bake for 26 min. A perfect pizza since my husband is gluten-free!

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  32. Luiz Carlos 02.17.2014

    Delícia! Vou fazer,thank you.

  33. Lisa 02.17.2014

    Hi. Could
    I use the whole
    Egg?

  34. Loving this new use for qunioa, great recipe!

  35. Laura G 02.17.2014

    Made this on Sunday in a casserole dish instead of mini muffin tin and it was great!!! Definitely will be making it again with different add-ins!

  36. andrea dewar 02.17.2014

    We made these tonight for dinner, they are AMAZING!!! Thank you, we love your blog! Friday we plan on making those pulled pork nachos with pineapple :) Mmmmmmmmmm

  37. Beth G. 02.18.2014

    Made these last night. They were easy!!! They were delicious!!! My add-ins wereI turkey pepperoni and sun dried tomato both diced. THANK YOU and I love your blog.

  38. Clara 02.20.2014

    I really enjoy your blog and would like to follow it. But I don’t see where I can sign up.

    • Kristin 02.20.2014

      In the right hand column there is a field that says “Subscribe to Daily Posts by Email”. If you enter your email address in there, and click on a confirmation email, that should take care of it! :)

  39. Maria 02.21.2014

    Love these!

  40. Cara 02.22.2014

    The recipe calls for a 1/4 Grated Parmesan cheese. Is this a 1/4 cup? Thanks!

    • Kristin 02.24.2014

      Great catch, Cara! Yep, that should be 1/4 cup. Thanks!!

  41. CJ Huang 02.23.2014

    Just wanted to let you know These quinoa bites are featured on Five Friday Finds! http://morselsoflife.com/five-friday-finds-125.html

  42. sherri mclean 02.23.2014

    I had these tonight. My 17 year old son and husband absolutely LOVED them…. this will be a repeat recipe…

  43. Patricia 02.23.2014

    This would be a perfect way to crave my pizza craving! I am in the midst of trying to shed my final 15lbs! So what a great option!! Just might add jalapeños for a kick!! Thank you for a healthier and better option!!

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  48. I could use a plate of these right about now! These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them!

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