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Healthy Snack: Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Bites

I'm crazy for quinoa and crazy for pizza. Put them together, and you get a nutritious treat featuring the goodness of the whole grain packed with fibre and protein and a savoury, gluten-free snack.

The original recipe calls for pepperoni, but being a vegetarian I substituted diced cherry tomatoes for a sweet juiciness that complemented the basil and oregano. Whip these up for a flavourful nibble for your next party appetiser or as a hearty afternoon snack.

Continue reading for the simple recipe and to find out how many calories are in one pizza bite.

Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Bites

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  1. 175 grams uncooked quinoa
    2 large eggs
    150 grams chopped onion
    113 grams shredded mozzarella cheese
    2 teaspoons minced garlic
    22.5 grams fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried)
    87.5 grams cherry tomatoes, diced
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    Pizza sauce for dipping


  1. Place the quinoa and 470ml of water in a covered pot. Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.
  2. Preheat oven to gas mark 4.
  3. Mix together all ingredients, except pizza sauce, in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (one heaping tablespoon each), and press down gently to compact.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Serve warm with sauce for dipping.

Makes 24 mini muffin bites.


Calories per serving

Source: Calorie Count

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