Baked Broccoli-Cheddar Quinoa Bites


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
16 bites


  • ½ cup quinoa

  • teaspoon salt plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided

  • ¾ cup finely chopped broccoli

  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • Cooking spray


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

    Baked Broccoli-Cheddar Quinoa Bites
    Photography / Fred Hardy, Styling / Jennifer Wendorf / Kay Clarke


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 (per serving)

87 Calories
4g Fat
8g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2 bites
Calories 87
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 5g 9%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Vitamin A 346IU 7%
Vitamin C 6mg 7%
Folate 30mcg 7%
Sodium 209mg 9%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 26mg 6%
Potassium 100mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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