If you’re craving some buffalo sauce for an appetizer but want to be on the healthier side, these buffalo quinoa bites that are loaded with quinoa, cannellini beans, cheese and bread crumbs are perfect.
Who doesn’t love appetizers? A lot of times when Lauren and I go out to dinner, we end up ordering appetizers or a few small plates to share so we can try different things. The problem is, lots of times appetizers aren’t the best for you. Well at least the appetizers I like aren’t the best. That was until I cam across some buffalo quinoa bites from Half Baked Harvest. I always have a huge bag of quinoa to use when we make make-ahead salads for lunch but I never thought to use it to make a crispy ball that is dipped in buffalo sauce. Silly me honestly, as I’ve used it for veggie burgers which in a way is the same thing.
Now if you’re looking around at different quinoa bite recipes, most just have you pan-fry them. Again though, the point of these buffalo quinoa bites is eating something that tastes great but is also healthy. So I decided to bake them and they’re just as crispy as if you pan-fried them and fewer calories to boot. So if you’re looking for a healthy appetizer that’s easy to put together, give these a try. Enjoy!
What Ingredients are in this Buffalo Quinoa Bites Recipe?
- Unsalted butter
- Olive oil
- Hot sauce
- Cannellini beans
- Panko bread crumbs
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Spices – salt, garlic powder, black pepper
- Ranch or blue cheese dressing
How to Make Buffalo Quinoa Bites
- Make buffalo sauce by combining melted butter, olive oil and hot sauce in medium bowl, whisking to combine.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, beans, bread crumbs, cheese, egg, salt, pepper and 4 tbsp of the buffalo sauce.
- Use and ice cream scoop or spoon to scoop out 1-2 tbsp of the quinoa mixture to form into balls. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top. Gently toss the quinoa bites in the buffalo sauce and serve with some blue cheese or ranch dressing.
Do I Have to Use Cannellini Beans?
No but I’d try to stick to a white bean as it’s a similar profile so navy beans, great northern beans, butter beans and garbanzo beans make for a good substitute.
Can I Use Store-Bought Buffalo Sauce?
Yes! If your already have some store-bought buffalo sauce, by all means just use that instead of making your own.
Other Appetizer Recipes
- Crispy Chicken Tenders
- Baked Mac and Cheese Bites
- Garlic Shrimp and Avocado Crostini
- Corn Mango Salsa
- Brazilian Cheese Bread
Buffalo Quinoa Bites
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup hot sauce
Buffalo Quinoa Bites
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (2/3 cup uncooked)
- 1 (15 oz can) cannellini beans, rinsed, drained and mashed
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- ranch or blue cheese dressing
- Combine the melted butter, olive oil and hot sauce in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 425F. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, cannellini beans, panko bread crumbs, cheese, egg, salt, pepper and 4 tbsp of buffalo sauce.
- Scoop out 1 tbsp worth and form into small balls and place on parchment paper on baking sheet. It should make about 18.
- Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. You want them to be crisp and golden brown. Remove from oven. Very gently, toss with buffalo sauce until coated or just dip individually to keep them from breaking.
- Serve with some ranch or blue cheese dressing.