{Recipe Files}: Buffalo Quinoa Bites

I'd seen buffalo quinoa bites on Pinterest, and finally got around to making them close to the end of the school year and then I forgot to share them with you!
These are a great, healthier option for those of you who love buffalo sauce! This recipe was easy to follow, and tasty!
(*The original recipe includes a homemade blue cheese dressing which I skipped, and just used my tried and true store bought--it was still delicious!)

What You Need:
-2 Tbsp butter, melted
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-1/4 Cup buffalo sauce (I used Franks)
-1/2 tsp seasoned salt
-2 Cups cooked quinoa (1/2 C dry)
-1 Cup cannelini beans, mashed (I put mine in a food processor)
-1/2 C Panko bread crumbs
-1 egg, beaten lightly
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-3 Tbsp olive oil

What You Do:
1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions if you don't already have it cooked. Set aside to cool.

2. To make the buffalo sauce, mix together the melted butter, olive oil, buffalo sauce and seasoned salt. Use a whisk to get it evenly mixed. Set aside.

3. In a larger bowl, mix the quinoa, mashed cannellini beans, Panko bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper and 4 Tbsp of the buffalo sauce you just made.

4. Form into about 1" balls. Try and squeeze the balls together to pack them in tightly.
This should form about 30-35 balls.
5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil. Once heated, add in half the balls and cook, moving around, until golden brown.
If the pan isn't hot enough, the first batch is likely to fall apart in some places. Just keep going if this happens.
6. Remove from skillet and toss in the remaining buffalo sauce mixture, coating it on all sides.
7. Cook the last half of the batch the same way.
You can serve these up individually or over a salad. We had ours over a salad with some blue cheese dressing and it was delicious! They were even better the next day!

Check out some of my other recipes on my Recipes Page

20 comments:

  1. YUM! You sold me with buffalo haha! I need to start cooking more with quinoa too, giving this a try for sure!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. I haven't made the quinoa version of this, but I need to - so yummy and who doesn't love buffalo?! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. how have i never heard of this? it sounds awesome!! and tasty, of course!

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  4. Love that you managed to find a healthier spin on that yummy buffalo taste! Pinning this :)
    xoxo B | The Sequin Notebook

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  5. YUM! I love anything buffalo and have been loving quinoa... put them together and it's a match made in heaven :)

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  6. WOW! These sound really interesting and yummy. I'm embarrassed to say I've never used quinoa. I used to really enjoy cooking and trying new things but with my picky eater kids, I've had to really simplify my meals. I'm definitely saving this recipe though!

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  7. I'm not a huge quinoa fan but Derek loves it AND buffalo so I'm thinking I'm going to need to go ahead and make this for him!

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  8. I have never been a huge fan quinoa but these sound really good!

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  9. I love that you post so many buffalo sauce recipes - you find the best ones!

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  10. I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of buffalo sauce but I'm totally curious about the quinoa bites!! Must try them asap!

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  11. Those look amazing! I love the idea of eating these over a salad!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  12. Oh wow, yum! I'm not a huge quinoa fan, but I think I can be happy with anything including buffalo sauce. I will definitely be trying these.

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  13. Those look so good and I wonder if I could get these past Mark since technically you do have to fry them up ;)

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  14. Hmmmm. Interesting. I'm still not on the quinoa train. But looks yummy

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  15. Thank goodness it's almost dinner time because this is pretty much making me drool over here! YUM!

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  16. Sounds soo good! I have to try these!

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  17. Ah!! These look amazing! They would be a perfect appetizer!

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  18. I love these! I've made them as lettuce wraps too and they were delish! xo

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