These savory muffin-like quinoa bites are low in carbs and a good source of protein--plus we love their cheesy flavor.

Beth Lipton
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2019


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 16 cups of a 24-cup mini muffin pan with paper liners (see Tip) or coat with cooking spray.

  • Cook quinoa with 1/8 tsp. salt according to package directions. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for at least 10 minutes.

  • Add broccoli, Cheddar, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and the remaining 1/4 tsp. salt to the quinoa. Stir in egg.

  • Divide the quinoa mixture among the prepared muffin cups, pressing firmly with lightly moistened fingers. Mist the tops with cooking spray.

  • Bake until golden, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove to the rack to cool completely.


Tip: If you use paper liners, refrigerate the baked bites for at least 2 hours before removing from the liners, to prevent sticking.

To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Equipment: Mini-muffin pan (24-cup)

Nutrition Facts

87 calories; protein 4.6g 9% DV; carbohydrates 7.8g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 0.9g 4% DV; sugars 0.4g; fat 4.2g 7% DV; saturated fat 2g 10% DV; cholesterol 32mg 11% DV; vitamin a iu 345.7IU 7% DV; vitamin c 6.2mg 10% DV; folate 29.7mcg 7% DV; calcium 92.3mg 9% DV; iron 0.7mg 4% DV; magnesium 26mg 9% DV; potassium 99.9mg 3% DV; sodium 208.7mg 8% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
I made this and it s great! I used finely chopped green onions instead of onion powder. Also I did half with paper liners and half without. Much better without liners bc they get brown on the bottom easier and they are fabulous! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I just made this healthy dish tonight I hope my husband enjoyed this dish!! Read More
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such a tasty savory snack Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I just made this and I loved it! I followed the recipe except I used real onion instead of onion powder. I also used a bigger muffin pan so I baked it longer. These are really good! Read More