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Quinoa Balls

An easy vegan quinoa ball recipe as a quick bite-size food for kids or appetizer.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Yield: 20 balls
Calories: 41kcal
Author: Carine

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cooked Quinoa cooled or at room temperature
  • 1 large Sweet Potato (450g/16oz unpeeled), peeled, boiled, mashed (equivalent 1 cup mash)
  • 1 cup Panko Crumb gluten free if needed
  • 2 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast or grated parmesan
  • ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Cumin

Instructions

  • Peel, cut the sweet potatoes into cubes, and place them in a small saucepan. Add cold water to cover the vegetable, cover saucepan with a lid, and bring a boil. Boil until fork-tender. Drain in a sieve and wait 10 minutes to steam out.
  • Line a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Slightly oil the paper with coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Mash the cooked sweet potato with a potato masher or fork. Measure 1 cup mash sweet potato and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients: cooked quinoa, Panko Crumb, nutritional yeast or parmesan, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, salt.
  • Stir with a spatula, and when the mixture starts to be thick and difficult to stir, use your hands to squeeze ingredients together and form a sticky dough.
  • Slightly oil hands and roll balls of about 1 tablespoon. Place each ball on the prepared baking sheet. Slightly spray or brush olive oil on top of the balls for extra crispiness.
  • Bake in the center rack at 400°F (200°C) for 20 minutes, flipping halfway. You can also air fry the quinoa balls. See the instructions above in this post.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can freeze the cooked or uncooked balls and bake/air fry frozen. No need to thaw before.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Balls
Serving Size
 
1 ball
Amount per Serving
Calories
41
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
61
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
96
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
2425
IU
49
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
13
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.