Quinoa Pizza Bites

August 3, 2014

Quinoa is a beloved staple, delicious as a side, tossed into salad with vegetables, even for breakfast. If you feel like you’ve tried everything with quinoa–you haven’t until you’ve made these delicious, individual-sized quinoa pizza bites. They’re perfect for a casual party with friends, appetizers, or family-friendly snack, and can be whipped together with ingredients already in your pantry.

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Makes 12 bites.


1 cup cooked quinoa

2 Tablespoons panko bread crumbs, or gluten free (more may be needed)

1 Tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 Tablespoon water, let sit for 3-5 minutes

1 Tablespoon sundried tomatoes (in oil), chopped

1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast, optional

4 fresh basil leaves, chopped finely

1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/2 tesapoon – 1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

1/8 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, optional

2 Tablespoons – 1/4 cup Tomato paste (adjust breadcrumbs if using more)

olive oil for coating pan


Preheat oven to 350.

1. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients, except olive oil. Mix until well combined and sticking together.  If too moist, add more bread crumbs.

2. Coat a mini muffin tin with olive oil. Using a scooper, put equal amounts of quinoa mixture into 12 spaces. Firmly press into the pan.  Rub, brush or spray with a small amount of olive oil.

3. Bake for 15 minutes.  Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife along the sides of each muffin, place pan onto a plate or cutting board and turn upside down to remove pizza bites. Top with sauce, if desired.

Also by Christine: Sprouted Mung Bean Collard Rolls

Spring Quinoa Salad

What Do Your Cravings Mean? 

Crispy Vegan Risotto Cakes


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Photo: Christine Oppenheim

Christine Oppenheim is a natural foods chef, trained through Bauman College. Residing in Santa Monica, CA, she offers vegan personal chef services, cooking instruction, and holistic wellness coaching. Christine prepares meals that are centered on whole grains and organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables, with a focus on utilizing alternative ingredients to convert classic recipes into versions that are compatible for restricted diets (i.e. gluten free, soy free, no refined sugar). She teaches people how to easily incorporate delicious, healthy, plant based foods into their diets and make simple lifestyle changes to increase energy, control weight, reduce stress and regulate digestion. Follow Christine on Instagram @veggiefixation.


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