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Crispy Cheesy Quinoa Bites

These Crispy Cheesy Quinoa Bites are delicious and cheesy! Make a great appetizer or snack.

Crispy.  Cheesy.  Quinoa. Bites. Little flavour bombs that are perfect as an appetizer, snack or even a side dish! These delectable little morsels have 3 of my most favourite foods in them:  cheese, quinoa and cheese.  Cheese.

This is a really great recipe if you love quinoa…and especially made easy if you have leftover quinoa in the fridge, as we often do. Quinoa is a regular side dish here in our home, and the leftovers end up in salads, pancakes, veggie burgers and recipes such as these cheesy quinoa bites.

Crispy Cheesy Quinoa Bites

Not only are these bites packed full of flavour, they’re packed full of nutrition too with the addition of shredded carrots.

Crispy Cheesy Quinoa Bites

Cheesy Quinoa Bites Recipe Tips:

  • Quinoa: This is a great recipe to use up leftover quinoa. If you don’t have leftover quinoa, just make a batch for these…let it cool first.
  • Cheese: Use a flavourful cheese for a more flavourful bite. I like old cheddar or mozzarella.
  • Parmesan Cheese: The amounts I have listed for this recipe are 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup…this is because if you really love the taste of Parmesan, I recommend that you use 1/2 cup.
  • Prepare your baking sheet: Either line it with a sheet of parchment or oil your baking sheet, because these will stick.
  • Serve them with some dip, like ranch or Caesar, and you have an amazing appetizer or side dish!
Crispy Cheesy Quinoa Bites

Crispy Cheesy Quinoa Bites

These Crispy Cheesy Quinoa Bites are delicious and cheesy! Make a great appetizer or snack.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 30 bites 1x
  • Category: Appetizer


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (cooled)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese (mozzarella or cheddar or marble)
  • 1/41/2 cup parmesan cheese (depends on how much you like parmesan)
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt (I use Lawry’s)
  • pepper


  1. You can use leftover quinoa for these bites. Or you can cook a new batch. Just cook according to package directions, then let cool.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Lightly whisk the eggs together, then add all the remaining ingredients, and mix well.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Using about 1 tbsp of the quinoa mixture, squish it/roll it into balls and place them on your baking sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes.

Keywords: quinoa bites, quinoa recipe, appetizer

Have a delicious day!

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    February 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    What a coincidence…I have a thing lately for quinoa, too! In fact, I’ve had it twice today: at breakfast (new restaurant – it was a dish layered with fresh greens, quinoa, over-medium eggs, then carmelized onions – to die for!) and at dinner (alongside a chicken dish). These cheesy quinoa bites look amazing. I’m definitely going to be making them!

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    Angie@Echoes of Laughter
    February 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Yum! THese look so good Jo-Anna! I can’t wait to try them out! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

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    February 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Those look so good. Looking forward to making them. Found you at craft-o-maniac Monday.

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    February 18, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    How would you stop eating these awesome morsels FULL of Cheese.

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    February 18, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Yummy! I am obsessed with quinoa!!

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    Katie B. of
    February 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Oh thank you for sharing this! We’re trying to eat more quinoa, and I get so tired of having it in salad form. This is fantastic — and I love that they’re baked, not fried, so they really ARE healthy!

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    Katie B. of
    February 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    (Forgot to mention: I’m your newest Facebook follower!)

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    February 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM


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    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile
    February 19, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Jo Anna,
    These look so yummy! Something different to do with quinoa. I would love for you to link them up at my party today over at
    Hope to see you there.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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    February 19, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Love finding new quinoa recipes!! Especially one with the words “crispy” and “cheesy”!! These were made for me! Would love it if you shared this at Saturday Share With Us!

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    February 21, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    soooooooooo good Jo….can’t wait to try them ! xo

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    February 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing.

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    S. @ The Captivating Life
    February 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    I love quinoa and I’ve been hoping to find more recipes. This sounds so delicious. Can’t go wrong with quinoa and cheese!

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    February 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    LOVE finding new quinoa recipes and these sounds YUUUUMMY!! I found ya via Whipperberry!!

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    Sarah @ Alderberry Hill
    February 24, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured today!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me later tonight for Make the Scene Monday #63!

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    February 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Yum! I will take 3 please! 🙂

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    April Hoff
    March 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    These look awesome…and I think I actually already have all of the ingredients! Score! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I found you on It’s Overflowing today! 🙂 April Hoff

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    April 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Sorry to say, never heard of quinoa :/

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    March 13, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    I’m looking for a recipe for Mr. cheese o’s. I just tried these. i found them at h.e.b grocery store on clearance. They are pricey at regular price, 2.99 for 1 oz bag.

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      March 13, 2015 at 12:36 AM

      whoops, didn’t mean to hit send yet. they are very healthy and delicious with quinoa and cheese. there has got to be a recipe somewhere. they look like giant cheerios. I noticed your recipe but these were very crunchy.

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    September 2, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Found this recipe a year plus ago on this site and I have made them so many times! I have learned you can use just about any kind of cheese, add fresh diced hot peppers, or just lots of chili flakes (I confess, I need spice…)or just about any other small, diced veggies. For non vegetarians I’ll bet small diced shrimp could be good. Also, a number of times I have mixed them at least 24 hrs ahead, put in the fridge in a bowl and shaped and baked a day or two later. Thanks for this recipe!

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      September 3, 2016 at 9:43 PM

      Oh I love that you shared this with me Barbara! I’m definitely going to try some new flavour combinations!

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        September 4, 2016 at 10:02 AM

        I meant to add another, possibly helpful tip: If your bites seem not to stay together, add a couple tablespoons of psyllium husks, let set several hours, and bake. Vegans could try this instead of eggs. One could also add nutritional yeast instead of cheese. Even great recipes can be played with to suit your needs and tastes! But I love the original….

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    March 29, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    4 stars
    I made these 2 times and the second time I made it with Asiago cheese and Janes Crazy Salt which I think was even better. I operate a daycare and some of my kiddos are not big fans of healthy foods and the kids loved them.

    Thank you for sharing

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      April 1, 2018 at 3:04 PM

      You are so welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe Dawn!

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    December 22, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Looks so good and like the kids might actually like them too! Thanks for sharing!

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