Apple and Cheese Quinoa Balls

Quinoa is such a fab grain. I love how versatile it is in so many recipes. These little apple and cheese quinoa balls are great for the whole family. My little girl enjoys these and they are great cold. I often add them to my son’s lunch box, who will happily eat these too, because there is no green coloured food in sight.

Apple and Cheddar Quinoa Balls

Yields: Makes approx 12 balls

  • 200g of cooked quinoa
  • 1 large apple, grated (I recommend using a sweet variety – I used a lady alice)
  • 90g of cheddar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 180c or 350f

Add quinoa, apple, cheese and beaten egg to a bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.

Form into balls, place on a baking tray and brush over the top with a little olive oil

Bake in the oven until firm and a pale golden colour (approx 30 mins)

You could also add some chives or fresh herbs to the mixture for additional flavour.

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  • Hi these are delicious. Is it ok to freeze them?

    • LittleGrazers

      I should think they will be okay πŸ™‚ – let me know how they freeze if you try.

  • amw

    im trying these tomorrow. if they work out id like to post them on my crummy little food recipe blog organizer ( is that okay? i would have the link to your original recipe here. id be changing the measurements for u.s. use.

  • Twin Mama

    Hi! I did freeze them, and it was fine. I heated them up in the toaster oven at 350 for about 7 minutes (could have used an extra minute for an adult, but perfect for my kids!

  • Andrea

    Those of you that froze – did you freeze before or after cooking?

    • Twin Mama

      I froze them after they were cooked and cooled. I reheated them at 350 for about 8 – 10 minutes in the toaster oven. They’re still delicious. I also found really good results using the tri color quinoa, it seems to give it a little more flavor.

      • admin

        that is great to know, thank you πŸ™‚

  • Guest

    I froze after cooking! Then I just pop them in the toaster oven for 8 – 10 minutes at 350, and they’re still delicious.

  • Katie

    roughly how long did people cook these for??

    • LittleGrazers

      About 30 mins. They should be a pale golden colour. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  • Emma

    How many grams of dry Quinoa do you start out with? It seems so much lighter when it’s cooked. Thanks.

    • LittleGrazers

      I am not sure on the dry weight, as I made several recipes with cooked quinoa on the day these were made.

    • Twin Mama

      Should be about 1/2 a cup dry.

  • Serina

    These are great and so easy to make. I’m looking forward to trying the feta and spinach ones. I’ve frozen them and thawed them without any trouble. They are a great recipe to make in a big batch and freeze up for later use. My little girl loves them! I love your site and have recommended it to many of my friends. I recently bought a slow cooker and am looking on doing some recipes using it. Can you recommend any of your recipes in particular or are you planning on posting some slow cooker recipes? In either case I’ll be checking back on a regular basis. Thanks again!

  • Yum Yum Yum. So quick and easy to make, and loved by all the family.

  • Amy

    My daughter is allergic to eggs. Has anyone tried a substitution for the egg in the recipe (and any others on this site)?

    • Eve Lawrence

      I’ve seen people use banana for recipes not this one inparticular though
      also try your local health food shop I’ve heard something about agar paste? xx

    • Twin Mama

      My cousin used flax as a substitute, I’ve used chia seeds (as a gel)

  • EP

    Mine are in the oven right now. About how many balls should the recipe make? I made 15 but they seem big. Had a hard time getting them to form into balls, they fell apart easily. Any suggestions?

    • LittleGrazers

      you can make them whichever size you wish, I usually make about 12 out of the mixture. Hope that helps. I am not quite sure why they fell apart, was the quinoa cooked until all liquid is completely absorbed, it should be cooked and dry when mixed in, if it is slightly wet, then it may make the mixture too wet to come together.

  • thank you so much for this awesome recipe! i grated in some broccoli and some fresh ground pepper as well – my one year old loved them!

    • LittleGrazers

      that is great to hear. My youngest was never a broccoli fan in the early days, but she is starting to love it now. She calls it “trees”. I will try adding some in next time I make these. Even now she is older, she loves a lot of the stuff I made her when she first started out on the weaning process. I guess that is the beauty of baby led weaning, the recipes can be used at any age.

  • Claire Louise Clark

    I’m going to try these tomorrow thanks for a great page! Are all recipes suitable for all ages from 6 months?

  • Samantha Rushton

    what temperature would you eat these at?

  • Marika Ydenberg

    This is the first of your recipes I have tried and I’m hooked! Awesome! And my little Mr. Picky Pants loved them too. Thanks! I’ll be trying other recipes soon.

  • Natalie Neal

    Would it be ok to make these up, put them in the fridge over night and then cook them? Many thanks and a great recipie

    • LittleGrazers

      yes, I don’t see any reason why that would not work πŸ™‚

  • LittleGrazers

    oh no, how did they turn out?

    • Silvia

      Surprisingly it’s wasn’t that bad actually. A bit tasteless but held together ☺️