These crispy little quinoa pizza bites are perfect as an appetizer, side dish or for a quick afternoon snack. Full of nutrition, they are satisfying and tasty!
Considering that I’m a carb lover. I would choose spaghetti or pizza any day over surf and turf. So, these mini quinoa pizza bites are just the thing to feed into my carb craving. By the way, if you’re looking for a homemade spaghetti sauce, you must try my Slow Cooker Bolognese sauce.
Quinoa Pizza Bites are Gluten Free!
If you’re following a clean eating diet or you just so happen to be gluten free, then these little quinoa pizza bites are perfect. Naturally made without gluten, they are full of healthy plant-based proteins from the quinoa.
Making Gluten Free Pizza Crust
I can’t even count the number of spaghetti dinner recipes I have because there are so many. However, coming up with unique pizza crust recipe is a bit trickier so I only have six pizza recipes, including the one featured at the bottom of the page for the Mini Quinoa Gluten Free Pizzas. You can check out my other pizza recipes in the links below, two of which are recipes for gluten free pizzas.
Best Pizza Crust Recipes
These recipes are great if you’re looking for a full size pizza that is healthy for your family. However, if you just want that quinoa pizza bites recipe, keep scrolling.
The thing about making gluten free pizzas is that it is not exactly easy to get the dough to taste the way pizza dough is supposed to taste if you don’t use a gluten-containing flour. I really just haven’t been able to find a healthy recipe for gluten free pizzas that tastes good enough to go to the effort of making again. The gluten-free crusts that do taste good are made with fiber-poor ingredients (potato starch, tapioca flour, rice flour, etc.) So, what works for me when making gluten free pizzas is to ditch the idea of trying to make a “traditional” crust and instead go for something a bit different altogether…
My Quinoa Pizza Bites are definitely not your ordinary pizzas, but they are easy to make and good to eat! They also look adorable and they are perfect for entertaining as well as every day eating. Enjoy!
Quinoa Pizza Bites
Quinoa Pizza Bites are incredibly easy to make and perfect for entertaining or every day eating. Plus, they are gluten and dairy free!
- Prep Time: 8 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 18 minutes
- Yield: 7 1x
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: Italian
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 4 cups cooked quinoa
- ½ teaspoon unrefined sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon stoneground medium-grind cornmeal (such as Bob’s Red Mill)
- 2 organic, pastured eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 organic, pastured egg white, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, for lightly brushing
- 7 tablespoons good quality marinara (such as Rao’s brand)
- 7 tablespoons freshly grated sharp or extra sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup finely chopped basil
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine cooked quinoa, salt, garlic, cornmeal and two eggs in a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix well. Pack quinoa mixture into a ¼ cup measuring cup, unmold and shape mixture into a ball and place on the parchment paper. Repeat until you have 7 quinoa “balls”. Use the back of a spatula to flatten the quinoa into the thickness of a pizza crust, about ¼ inch thick.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Use a small basting brush to lightly brush the top of the quinoa pizza crusts. Transfer the baking sheet with the quinoa to the refrigerator and chill for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove quinoa pizza crusts from the refrigerator and transfer to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove quinoa crusts from the oven and top each one with 1 tablespoon of marinara and one tablespoon of cheese. Return to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes. Remove pizzas from oven and sprinkle chopped basil on top. Serve warm.