Delicious Apple and Cheese Quinoa Bites – so good that even the adults will love these
Quinoa is such a fab grain to cook with, it makes a great alternative to other foods like rice or pasta etc.
I love how versatile it can be in a variety of different recipes. If you have never cooked with it before, it is quite similar in size to couscous once cooked, but has a kind of nutty taste that goes well with many other ingredients.
Just how good do these Apple and Cheese Quinoa bites look?
Perfect for dipping!!
These little apple and cheese quinoa bites are great for the whole family. My little girl enjoys these for snacks or lunch. Perfect on their own or with a dip like this Homemade Tomato Sauce
The apple adds a natural sweetness which really compliments the cheddar. They are so tasty that it is hard to resist popping a few in your mouth before the kids even get a look in.
I often add these Apple and Cheddar Quinoa bites to my kids lunches the next day too, as they are great served warm out of the oven or cold.
These can be frozen cooked, and then just added to the oven for a few mins at about 180c/350f to heat up.
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Apple and Cheddar Quinoa Bites
Delicious Apple and Cheese Quinoa Bites - so good that even the adults will love these
- 200g of cooked quinoa
- 1 large apple, grated (I recommend using a sweet variety – I used a lady alice)
- 90 g 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.
Gluten Free • Nut Free • Freezer Friendly
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g
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Hi these are delicious. Is it ok to freeze them?
I should think they will be okay 🙂 – let me know how they freeze if you try.
im trying these tomorrow. if they work out id like to post them on my crummy little food recipe blog organizer (http://dexters-diner.blogspot.ca/). is that okay? i would have the link to your original recipe here. id be changing the measurements for u.s. use.
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!
Those of you that froze – did you freeze before or after cooking?
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.
that is great to know, thank you 🙂
I froze after cooking! Then I just pop them in the toaster oven for 8 – 10 minutes at 350, and they’re still delicious.
roughly how long did people cook these for??
About 30 mins. They should be a pale golden colour. Hope that helps 🙂
How many grams of dry Quinoa do you start out with? It seems so much lighter when it’s cooked. Thanks.
I am not sure on the dry weight, as I made several recipes with cooked quinoa on the day these were made.
Should be about 1/2 a cup dry.
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.
My daughter is allergic to eggs. Has anyone tried a substitution for the egg in the recipe (and any others on this site)?
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
Eve thanks for the reply to Amy 🙂
I also found this website, that may help you with egg substitutes. http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=104&
My cousin used flax as a substitute, I’ve used chia seeds (as a gel)
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?
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.
Coco Cake Land
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!
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?
what temperature would you eat these at?
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.
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
yes, I don’t see any reason why that would not work 🙂
oh no, how did they turn out?
Surprisingly it’s wasn’t that bad actually. A bit tasteless but held together ☺️
Wow these are so good. I made them for my little girl, but ended up eating quite a few myself, so had to make another batch
After mixing, the mix is very wet. I grated the apple, there was a lot of juice . Did I have to leave all apple water out of the mix? Or should I have had to shred not grate? Thanks!!!
I drained the water out of mixture. I am about to cook it.
Delicious! My mix was too wet to form into balls so I scooped it into silicon cupcakes cups and it worked beautifully.
Good idea! My mix was very loose too – they ended up as sort of baked fritters, with cheesy edges. Tasty but not much like the photos. I might try adding some flour next time, or breadcrumbs, since I don’t need them to be gluten free.
make sure the cooked quinoa has absorbed all liquid, if it is wet, you will end up with the result like you describe. When I cook my quinoa, once liquid is absorbed, I turn off heat, add lid and leave for 10 mins to ensure it isn’t wet.
Thanks for sharing! They look like a good one for adults too!