Italian Quinoa Bites…

Italian Quinoa Bites - Fork & Beans

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Italian Quinoa Bites - Fork & Beans

What fun little appetizer bites these are! You might wanna make them for dinner, however. You won’t be able to get yourself to stop eating them. I know that everyone says that but this time it’s serious. Crunchy on the outside with a warm quinoa center that melts into your mouth. Dip them into marinara sauce and you are in your own little Italian heaven. A breadcrumb-covered, marinara-dipping heaven.

Italian Quinoa Bites - Fork & Beans

Italian Quinoa Bites Recipe

Gluten, egg, and dairy-free

Makes 12 balls


For the bread coating:

  • 1 cup Rice Chex
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme

For the Quinoa Bites:

  • 1/2 c. dried quinoa, cooked with 1 c. water
  • 2 Tb gluten-free flour
  • 1 Tb flaxseed meal + 2 Tb water, let sit for 5-7 min
  • 1 Tb sundried tomatoes (in oil), diced
  • 1 Tb non-dairy cheese of choice (optional)
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp non-dairy milk


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet. Allow oil to fully heat up.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  3. Form into balls with hands and coat with bread crumb mix.
  4. Place into skillet and cook on all sides until golden brown.
  5. Allow to drain on a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle salt to season immediately.
  6. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce.