Quinoa Cheese Bites (gluten free)

Quinoa Cheese Bites

The boys could not agree how to eat these cheesy little dumplings: G-man smothered his in tomato sauce and the Cadet carefully dipped each bite. Does it really matter? They were eating quinoa. Voluntarily, cheerfully even.

Quinoa Cheese Bites started with Elle's recipe for Vegetarian Meatballs, and quinoa stands in place of crackers. A few more tweaks, and voila! Gluten free and oven baked, you can serve them as an entree or as a perfect take-along snack for a party.

1 cup quinoa, cooked*
1 large (or 2 small) eggs
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded (I have not tried it, but I bet non-dairy cheese would work well.)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp basil

Cook the quinoa. (I added two cups of boiling water to the quinoa, stirred it until it came back to a boil, put the lid on the pot and left it for half an hour.)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a large baking dish (or two, 12" square dishes) with coconut oil or olive oil.

Mix everything together. Form one-inch balls, gently press them together and place them onto the baking dish. If you dip your hands in water first, and again every so-often, it will be easier to form the balls. Bake, uncovered, for about forty minutes, until the tops are golden.

Serve with your favorite tomato sauce, or blend the following together:

16 oz unsalted tomato sauce
small onion
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic

[For anyone who is paying attention: yes, this is a repost from 2012. :) ]

Like recipes? Check out these recipe carnivals. Bloggers from all over the 'net share recipes at Full Plate Thursday, Simple Lives ThursdayThriving on Thursdays, the Friday Vegetarian Potluck, Foodie Friends Friday,  Fat Tuesday, the Hearth and Soul Hop, Make Your Own Monday,  Martha Mondays,  Gluten-Free WednesdaysFoodie Friday, and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.



  1. These look really good! I will have to try a vegan version. I even have quinoa. ; )

    Is there anyway I can get you to add this to Friday Vegetarian Potluck?

  2. Your Cheese Bites look awesome, we would just love them. Hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I love the idea of using quinoa for this recipe! Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  4. I have never cooked with quinoa but these look like the perfect substitute for meatballs. Great job! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Don't forget to come back and VOTE on Sunday!

  5. I love quinoa and these sound great... I am going to give them a try. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and hope you come back this week and share more great recipes.

  6. Your Quinoa Cheese Bites sound delicious, especially with that yummy tomato sauce. It's lovely when healthy is tasty too!

  7. Oh yum! What a delicious recipe. I have been on a cheese kick lately and this sounds like a healthier way to eat it than the way I have been eating cheese. :)

  8. I love these. I can taste them from the recipe. Thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...