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Cheesy Black Quinoa Bites

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Cheesy Black Quinoa Bites
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 25
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Cheesy Black Quinoa Bites

You get your snack AND your health. And your cheese. And that dipping sauce. So good. Okay I want more.


cup uncooked black quinoa (will yield 2 cups cooked)
tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
scallion, finely chopped (green parts only)
tablespoon all-purpose flour
large eggs
teaspoon ground cumin
teaspoon chili powder
teaspoon garlic salt
teaspoon coarse salt
cup shredded monterey jack cheese
cloves garlic, finely minced
cup mayonnaise
teaspoon favorite hot sauce


  • 1 Cook the quinoa in a small pot until they spiral, roughly 15 minutes. Drain and pour into a larger bowl.
  • 2 To the bowl, add the remaining ingredients, minus the mayonnaise and hot sauce. Mix with your hands until fully combined.
  • 3 Carefully make little balls with your hands (it will be messy, but really, it will work!) and place on a baking sheet. Slide the sheet into an oven preheated to 350 and bake for 20 minutes.
  • 4 In the meantime, mix the mayonnaise with the hot sauce in small bowl.
  • 5 Serve cheesy quinoa bites with the dipping sauce!
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Cheesy Black Quinoa Bites

As prepared by Bev Cooks,

Did you even think this was possible? IT IS.

Did you even expect these flavors to go together so swimmingly? THEY DO.

Do I think you should eat these within the next 3.5 minutes? I DO.

Do I think your kids might like them? I BET THEY WILL.

Did you think they'd fall apart in the oven with nothing to give them support? THEY DON'T.

Did you think that melty cheese and quinoa could ever have such a glorious marriage? THEY DO.

Do you think I should go darker or just stay blonde for the summer? I'M NOT KIDDING.

Let's dew eeet!

Boil one cup of black quinoa (or any color you prefer!) in a small sauce pan. It will yield right at 2 cups. Then grab some Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, a scallion, flour, cumin, chili powder, a couple of eggs and some garlic salt. And another pinch of regular coarse salt. This is already lookin' so fine.

Ingredients for quinoa bites

Toss it all togetha in a big bowl until it's well combined. WARNING, it's a bit messy and will stick to your hands, but this is called fun.

Ready for combining

Then you'll just form little balls with your hands. You won't really roll them, as they're pretty soft. So just form them and place them in a row on a baking sheet.

Formed quinoa balls

Then seriously, you just bake them for 20 minutes and hey-oh!

Dipping a quinoa bite in sauce

Oh! The dipping sauce. Simp to the simp. Mayo + your favorite hot sauce. Done. You can adjust the heat based on what your buds will tolerate. Mine will pretty much tolerate an inferno.

Close up photo of quinoa bites

And that's it! They are perfect little nutty Tex-Mex oozy cheesy healthy bites that you can pop and not stop and it's okay.

Close up photo of quinoa bite dipped in sauce

Oh it is so, so okay.

More Quinoa Recipes

Bev just ate a few more right this second and DUDES. Get on it. For more musings visit her blog at Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.
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