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Buffalo Quinoa Bites

Buffalo quinoa bites are a crowd pleasing snack even non vegetarians will love. Perfectly crispy, straight from the air fryer with a melty blue cheese center. 

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, vegetarian
Keyword buffalo quinoa, buffalo sauce, healthy snacks, vegetarian meals
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 bites
Calories 64 kcal
Author betsy


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cannellini beans mashed
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 oz. crumbled blue cheese


  1. In a large bowl combine the quinoa, mashed cannellini beans, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup buffalo sauce.

  2. Mix well to moisten the ingredients and then form into 16 equal size balls. (I used a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop)

  3. Flatten each ball into a pancake shape in the palm of your hand. Place a pinch of blue cheese crumbles into the center, then fold the sides up to enclose the cheese in the center of the ball. Squeeze tightly to seal.

  4. Air fry balls in a single even layer at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Rotate the balls and continue air frying for 8 more minutes until crispy.

  5. Toss quinoa bites into remaining buffalo wing sauce. Serve.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have an air fryer, cook according to Tieghan's instructions FOUND HERE

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Quinoa Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 quinoa bite)
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 402mg17%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 42IU1%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.