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
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.
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