Quinoa Pizza Bites

This healthy pizza appetizer can be vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, flourless, and nut-free.

You know that they are good because both vegetarians and non-vegetarians love them.

The bites are also easily portable and perfect for potlucks or sporting events. Serve them as healthy snacks after school.

Parents will appreciate the iron, fiber, and Vitamin C in every bite, while kids love the pizza flavor.

Pizza Bite Ingredients

This recipe requires eight ingredients: quinoa beans, tomato paste, dried basil sweetener, salt, garlic, and onion powder.

You can use any brand of mozzarella shredded for the filling. Vegan cheese also works; the cheese used in the pictures is vegan. Using the cheese is unnecessary, and it will still taste great if you do.

I haven’t yet tried the recipe, but I would like to know if it works with rice instead of quinoa. Please let us know if you give it a try.


1 cup cooked quinoa (Here’s How to cook quinoa)

Pinto beans, cooked or canned in 1 cup

1/2 cup tomato paste

2 tsp dried Basil

Half a teaspoon of onion powder

Half a teaspoon of garlic

Half a teaspoon of salt

Sweetener of your choice, 1 tsp

Optional shredded mozzarella (vegan brands also work!)


Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a baking tray well and set it aside. In a large bowl, mash all the beans. Add all the remaining ingredients. Add more sweetener if necessary. (Mine didn’t need it.) Roll into small balls. If using cheese, break a piece off and push it in the middle of the ball before sealing. Place the balls on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. You can broil the outer shell for a crispier finish.

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