Pizza Quinoa Bites Posted on 29 Mar 19:14

My favorite cooking adventures always happen when I get invited to a potluck party. I never want to bring the same old dip and chips so I have fun being creative. 

Try thinking outside of the box and take some traditional potluck food items and change them up. 

These Pizza Quinoa Bites are a perfect icebreaker and so unique they will surely take home the potluck prize. I didn’t think I would enjoy these as much as I have but they really are a great mix of spicy, soft, chewy pizza bites.  

The best place I have ever brought these too was a Super Bowl party. With all the staples of chicken wings, beer, chips & cheese. I was just so greatful I had something healthy but fun too munch on even if no one else knew what it was made of!

 Sneaking in health just has to be a priority sometimes and the face people make when you tell them these delicious bites are made from Quinoa is just awesome to witness. 

First you are going to want to start with the Chickpea topping which is what gives this dish spice, flavor and crunch! 

Drain the peas, and pat dry with a paper towel. After that you can spread out on a pan. I like to melt the coconut oil in a pot first and use a kitchen brush to paint the chickpeas with the oil, make sure they are well coated. 

Your going to season with crushed pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Hopefully your using fresh ingredients and whole kernels, crushing them before seasoning just enhances the flavours.  

Once those are roasting in the oven It’s time to make our dough for the bites. ¾ cups of Quinoa is actually a considerable amount, so you will be making between 12-15. Double the recipe for a large party! 

Some recipes will call for garlic powder but I prefer the fresh taste of real garlic. If you are using a high powered blender it should have no problem blending the garlic nice and smooth into the dough. 

Once your dough is smooth you can use a non-stick mini muffin pan coated with olive oil or coconut oil to press the batter right to the bottom and smooth out the sides. 

You can use parchment paper but I personally find these to be annoying to cut properly and they don't hold the round shape as well I would like them too.

As long as you keep an eye out when everything is in the oven they shouldn’t burn and stick. Make sure you also take them out half way to turn them over gently with a knife or flexible cooking tool.

Usually when I turn them I’ll take the back rounded end of a wooden spoon and push a little depression into the dough. This will help keep all the topping on it after

Once your all done you can pick whichever tomato sauces you prefer, to garnish and complete your bites! Sometimes i'll opt for a little shredded cheese on top and pop them back in the over for 2 minutes to melt. Another tip is to garnish with a bit of parsley or fresh oregano leaves. 

 Pizza Quinoa Bites 

Prep time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Yields: 12-14 Bites 

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ clove of garlic
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Crushed red pepper, salt + pepper (optional)
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup garlic roasted chickpeas
  • 1 (15oz) can organic chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened or melted

Instructions

  • Soak uncooked quinoa for 2 hours in hot water

    Roasted Chickpeas 

  • Place chickpeas on a baking sheet rub with coconut oil.
  • Remove any skins that come off on the pan.
  • Sprinkle with crushed salt, pepper and pepper flakes.
  • Bake the chickpeas at 375ºF for 30 - 45 minutes until crispy.
  • Stir them around a few times so as not to burn

    Dough

  • Pre-Heat oven to 400ºF
  •  12-cup muffin tin - drizzle ¼ teaspoon of oil in the center. Spread around with your finger until evenly coated and set pan aside.
  • Thoroughly rinse quinoa, then add to a blender.
  • Add:
    • ¾ cup quinoa, uncooked
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 2 tablespoons hummas
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • ½ clove of garlic
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt

    & blend on high until smooth and creamy.

  • Pour 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin tin and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pan and turn crusts over, bake for 10 more minutes until edges are browned.
  • Remove baking sheet from oven and top each pizza round with 2 teaspoons of tomatoes sauce, cheese and a few crispy chickpeas.
  • Serve immediately! or reheat for 10 minutes in the oven on 250ºF.