Cheesy Quinoa Puffs

  • Servings : 12 puffs
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 45m

I had one cup of leftover cooked quinoa and thought I would do a little experimenting. These are very cheesy and moreish, Harry gobbled three of them straight out of the oven, so I’d say a winner. Perfect for a snack on the run or as something tasty in lunch boxes.

They are best eaten fresh but will keep for a day or two and can be frozen separately.

Nutrition bite: A tasty little snack that’s high in protein, calcium and fibre. Great for growing bodies!

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  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (I used three grain)*
  • ½ cup grated cheese
  • ¼ cup frozen peas
  • ¼ cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 tbsp melted organic butter (optional)
  • *Note: cook according to your packet instructions as it does vary


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Step 2

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Step 3

Dollop tablespoon sized balls of mixture on the tray. Brush with butter. Place in the oven for around 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Erin on November 21, 2012

    I made these for my 10 month old and none of us liked them, sorry :( They were bland straight out of the oven, and the next day, the quinoa had turned bitter-tasting. I had made a batch to freeze, but they ended up in the bin. There are better recipes on here.

    • posted by Allie on November 21, 2012

      Hi Erin, thanks for your comment, we appreciate the honesty. Sorry they didn’t work out for you. Ax

  2. posted by Aubrey on November 27, 2012

    I made these for my 14 month old and she loved them. If anyone had the bitterness issues like the previous commenter then you probably need to rinse the quinoa better.

    Love all of your recipes! Thank you!

  3. posted by Kate on December 7, 2012

    My 18 month old loves these, I add a bit more cheese, and grate carrot or zucchini instead of peas as I don’t like them. An easy snack for everyone.

  4. posted by Risa on March 22, 2013

    We just had these tonight. I was really skeptical as the mix didn’t hold together on the tray. But they came out of the oven really well (baked for closer to 40 mins but my oven might be a little off) and my 11 month old gobbled them up. Most surprising, my husband liked them too.

    I’ll make again with an eye toward bringing out the faintly southwestern taste from the corn by adding red capsicum, cumin, and cilantro. Should go really well with guacamole.

  5. posted by Sam on November 20, 2013

    Yum! We cheated and defrosted the peas and corn then cooked these in the frypan on low. So simple and moreish! Will experiment with other herbs and spices now that Mr 9MO is getting into it

  6. posted by Sam on November 20, 2013

    Yum! So simple and moreish. We cheated and defrosted the peas and corn so we could cook them on low in the frypan. Will try adding more herbs and spices now that Mr 9MO is getting into these more

    • posted by Allie on November 21, 2013

      Thanks for the feedback Sam, love hearing your success. Ax

  7. posted by Erak on December 10, 2013

    Success! My 14month old loved them. I halved all the ingredients (except the egg!) in case he didn’t like it & thought the mix might be too runny but they came out perfect. I love the simple flavour. Would love to hear from others who have added other ingredients.


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