Quinoa Pizza Bites

June 10, 2016 by Jenny Melrose

Quinoa Pizza Bites are a healthy pizza alternative. This easy, kid-friendly and gluten-free recipe makes the perfect nutritious meal, snack or appetizer!

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Quinoa Pizza Bites are a healthy pizza alternative. This easy, kid-friendly and gluten-free recipe makes the perfect nutritious meal, snack or appetizer!


Kid-Friendly Quinoa Pizza Bites

Eureka! I found it! A healthy recipe every single one of my 4 adorable, yet discerning kids like. And it’s super easy to make! It’s like finding gold! Hi, it’s Erin from Suburban Simplicity. I wanted to share my secret for getting healthy nutrients into hungry kids – Quinoa Pizza Bites.

Over the years, I’ve tried a billion recipes that I think the kids will like, only to have a ton of leftovers that no one will eat. I literally thought I struck it rich the day every one of the kids thought this recipe was super good! The only other recipe they have all agreed on lately is this yummy Tater Tot Casserole.

Maybe it’s because it has the word pizza in it. Who knows. It’s a winner in our house.

Quinoa Pizza Bites


If you don’t know quinoa the super food, let me introduce you.

Quinoa seeds {yes, it’s a seed, not a grain} contain all the essential amino acids like lysine and small quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Quinoa also provides small amounts of omega-3 fatty acid and fiber. It’s also considered a complete protein…what other seed or grain can do that? Quinoa is gluten-free and easy to digest, so those with sensitivities can enjoy this one.



With your left over quinoa, these Pizza Bites can be on the table in 20 minutes and only requires one bowl for prep. (That’s my kind of recipe!)

Quinoa Pizza Bites Mix

Quinoa Pizza Bites
Author: Erin @ Suburban Simplicity
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Cook time:
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Serves: 12
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni (optional)
  • Marinara Sauce, for dipping
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 12 mini muffin tin pan.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together except Parmesan cheese.
  3. Put a generous tablespoon into each muffin cup, packing them in.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and top with 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese. Broil for about 1 minute.
  6. After broiling, allow to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes and then remove from pan.
  7. Serve with your favorite Marinara Sauce.



Quinoa Pizza Bites in Pan

Quinoa Pizza Bites Kid Friendly Snack



Everyone loves pizza, right? So give this recipe for Quinoa Pizza Bites a try! Make it with pepperoni, add olives, or plain cheese and watch your kids gobble up the healthy, protein-packed goodness.

If you’re looking for other ways to use up your leftover quinoa, try these Mini Quinoa Mini Frittatas. The kids call them cupcake quiches.

Quinoa Frittata



As an active mom of 4, I have a houseful of ideas & inspiration to share! I’d love for you to follow along with all my crafting, baking and project making adventures on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or come over and be inspired where it all happens – Suburban Simplicity.


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