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Buffalo Quinoa Bites

Loaded with quinoa, cannellini beans, cheese, bread crumbs and buffalo sauce, these quinoa bites are the perfect vegetarian appetizer.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18 bites
Calories 111kcal
Author Ryan Beck


Buffalo Sauce

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup hot sauce

Quinoa Bites

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (⅔ cup uncooked)
  • 1 (15 oz can) cannellini beans, rinsed, drained and mashed
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ranch or blue cheese dressing


Buffalo Sauce

  • Combine the melted butter, olive oil and hot sauce in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Quinoa Bites

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, cannellini beans, panko bread crumbs, cheese, egg, salt, pepper and 4 tablespoon of buffalo sauce.
  • Scoop out 1 tablespoon 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.


  • You control the spice level of the buffalo sauce based off how much butter/oil you mix with the hot sauce. If you want it hotter, use less butter/oil and if you want it cooler use more.
  • You can replace the cannellini beans with any other white bean if you don't have them on hand.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to get consistently sized quinoa bites.
  • After baking the quinoa bites, be careful with tossing them in the buffalo sauce or you will break them up.


Serving: 1bite | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.1mg