Vegan Buffalo Quinoa Bites that Pack a Punch

Vegan buffalo quinoa bites
Vegan buffalo quinoa bites. Photo: Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife via Leah Rodrigues.

These vegan buffalo quinoa bites are the perfect appetizer or party food. They pack a punch of flavor, so they’ll be a crowd pleaser with vegans and carnivores alike.

Choose a sauce of your choice, like a vegan ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing. (See recipe videos below.)


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup minced cauliflower*
  • 1/2 cup cannellini beans (or navy beans)
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup crushed saltine crackers
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with a non-stick mat.
  2. Put the cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and cover with a moist paper towel. Microwave for 2 minutes or until cauliflower is softened.
  3. In a bowl, mash the beans with a fork until they become a thick paste, add the quinoa, garlic and cauliflower and mix until well combined. Add the flour, saltine crackers and buffalo sauce. Start with 2 tablespoons and increase until desired heat level. Season mixture with salt and pepper.
  4. Form into 1 inch balls and line onto the baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes or until outside is crisp. Serve with more buffalo sauce.

*Note: You can usually find “riced” cauliflower in both the fresh and frozen foods section of the grocery store. If not, you can chop up the cauliflower into tiny pieces using a food processor.


Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing

This recipe is courtesy of Leah Rodrigues, founder of Appetite Delight, via Foodista, the cooking encyclopedia that everyone can edit.

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Leah Rodrigues is passionate about food and culinary arts. She has degrees in Spanish, Portuguese, and anthropology. She's also a world traveler and currently lives in Madrid, where she cooks and writes about Mediterranean and European culinary traditions.


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