Home
January 29, 2015

by Alyssa Rimmer

Buffalo Quinoa Pizza Bites

Jump To Recipe

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logobuffalo-quinoa-pizza-bites-13

Living in NYC has it’s challenges when you’re gluten-free. For one, we have amazing bagels. And second, our pizza is awesome.

Practically every street you walk down you are surrounded by the smells of these delightful eats. Although I can’t personally vouch for the bagels, nor have I found a suitable gluten-free alternative, we are lucky enough to have some pretty great gluten-free pizza.

But like many of the specialty items in this city, the pizza tends to be on the expensive side and doesn’t offer much in the way of variety. I’m certainly glad that I am even able to order pizza at a restaurant, but marinara gets boring after a while.

Especially when you’re taunted by all the options that everyone else gets to enjoy.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logobuffalo-quinoa-pizza-bites-13

Ever since posting my quinoa pizza crust recipe a few weeks ago, I’ve been dreaming of different flavor options. We’ve done a meat-lovers for Matt and I’ve had a veggie loaded one, but it was this buffalo version that kept creeping up in my mind.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logogluten-free-quinoa-pizza-bites

Buffalo chicken pizza holds a special place in my heart.

There’s this pizza place near where we went to college; a late night hangout for kids walking home from the bars. The line would be a mile long, but Matt would make us stop every single time so he could get two slices of buffalo chicken pizza (“buff chick” as he likes to call it). He could only ever finish one.

Still, almost five years later, he’s still got a soft spot for a good slice of buff chick pizza. Which means I’ve got a soft spot for it too.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logogluten-free-buffalo-pizza

So when I was thinking up quinoa pizza variations, I knew a buffalo version was in our future.

I’m not a big meat eater, so I wanted to make one that tasted like the real thing but was vegetarian (and easily adaptable to be vegan). I knew many of you would appreciate that also!

I started with the crust, which was a no brainer since this is my newest quinoa obsession. But rather than turning this into a pizza, I figured this time of year, with the Super Bowl just around the corner, it would be so much more fun to make these into bites.

Yes! Quinoa pizza bites.

Okay, if it wasn't official before, it is now. I'm full on pizza obsessed.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logohow-to-make-quinoa-pizza-bites

To make these mini pizzas, I used a muffin tin that I lined with a stip of parchment paper (thanks to my lovely lady Ali from Inspiralized for the idea!) and baked them as normal. One batch of pizza dough made a little more than 12 pizzas. Perfect.

Moving onto the sauce, that’s where I felt like I was going to be challenged. Again, I used one of Ali’s recent recipes for inspiration, but went in my own direction since I wanted to make sure that it held the right consistency for the pizza.

I wanted it to be hefty and give the pizza some more substance, but not be loaded with the junk that the traditional sauce was.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logohow-to-make-gluten-free-pizza

I started with a base of cashews (you know how I love my cashew sauces), then just added some cayenne pepper sauce and a little chia so it was thick and spreadable, and went with it. To my surprise it tasted like real buffalo sauce – score!

Then for the topping. Since I wasn’t doing chicken I wanted a veggie that would still make the pizza feel substantial without overpowering the buffalo flavor. I’ve seen buffalo cauliflower recipes floating around on Pinterest, shared as an alternative to buffalo wings, and it was exactly what I was looking for.

I put a quick layer of goat cheese down on top of the sauce, then chopped up the cauliflower into super small pieces and sprinkled them on top of the pizzas. These babies just needed to be baked until the cheese was melty and they were done.

And let me tell you, they are scrumptious!

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logobuffalo-quinoa-pizza-bites-13

The crust is thin and crispy, with a mellow flavor and a nice chew. The sauce is creamy and ultra buffalo-y. The cheese is just totally necessary (I use goat gouda, but vegan cheese will also work). And the cauliflower acted just like chicken would – tender and juicy with the ever so subtle hint of buffalo.

It was everything I dreamed it would be. And since this was my first buffalo pizza in five years, you better believe I did a happy dance all around my kitchen! Then proceeded to eat almost the entire tray, realizing with two left that I needed to save some for Matt.

Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logobuffalo-quinoa-pizza-bites-13

Oops! Guess that just means I'll have to make them again tomorrow 🙂

Share this recipe!

Buffalo Quinoa Pizza Bites

I wanted it to be hefty and give the pizza some more substance, but not be loaded with the junk that the traditional sauce was.
Prep Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 12 pizza bites
Calories 110kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
Print Pin
Facebook logoTwitter logoPinterest logobuffalo-quinoa-pizza-bites-13
0 from 0 votes

Ingredients

for the crust:

for the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper sauce I used Frank's
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste

for the toppings:

  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped cauliflower florets

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with strips of parchment paper and drizzle 1/4 teaspoon of oil in the center. Spread around with your finger until evenly coated and set pan aside.
  • Thoroughly rinse quinoa, then add to a blender. Add remaining crust ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy. This should resemble a thick pancake batter.
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of batter into prepared each muffin tin and bake for 10 minutes. Remove pan, flip crusts onto a baking sheet and return to oven baking for another 5 - 10 minutes until browned and edges are crispy.
  • While the crust finishes cooking, blend all ingredients in a high powered blender. Transfer to a bowl and let thicken.
  • Remove baking sheet from oven and top each pizza round with 1 teaspoon of sauce. Add a layer of cheese and then the cauliflower, and bake for 10 - 12 minutes until cheese has melted and started to brown.
  • Remove, let cool for a few minutes on the pan.
  • Garnish with herbs, pepper flakes, grated cheese, etc., and serve immediately!

Notes

You might have some sauce left over here. Save it and use it on pasta for your next meal!

Nutrition

Serving: 3g | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Other Quinoa Pizza Crust recipes you might enjoy:

My Ultimate Quinoa Pizza Crust (yeast-free)

The Best Gluten-Free Pizza (yeasted)

Multigrain Gluten-Free Pizza (yeasted)

rate this recipe

13 comments

share what you make

Tag #simplyquinoa on Instagram with your creations! We love sharing what you make with the community. We can’t wait to see!

About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

Interested in Healthy Eating? Grab our 7-Day Vegan Meal Plan!

With a week’s worth of simple and healthy meals, Eat Clean will help you see just how easy living a life full of whole foods can be. Recipe are 100% gluten-free and vegan!

Grab Your Meal Plan Here

13 comments
LEAVE A COMMENT

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. These are fabulous! Perfect for a day out by the sea or drive around the mountains. Always a nibble to put away.
    Do they freeze well as grandchildren Hoover up everything in sight as do most visitors. They assure me it is the air and not really a fit of mad greediness!

  2. […] Buffalo quinoa pizza bites by Simply Quinoa. These lovely snacks are made with quinoa, cashews, chia seeds, cheese and […]

  3. […] Japanese Riceballs (English at the bottom) / Kimchi Quesadilla / Buffalo Quinoa Pizza Bites / Chive and Sesame Coated Tofu / Spinach Garlic […]

  4. THESE LOOK AMAZING! I’ve recently discovered the whole cauliflower chicken fake “wing” recipe, and we have been devouring them in our house!

  5. Recently told I have a terrible allergy to gluten so always looking for great ideas and simple ways to prepare food for this transition in my life. Will be interesting to see how this comes together, as it’s hard to believe that the ingredients listed will make a crust; so will just go with it and prepare. I haven’t used quinoa all that much, so this is a little new for me. 🙂

  6. These look delicious! My bf and I love buffalo chicken pizza as well…I’ll have to try this. I actually have only really cooked quinoa once or twice in my life. Any tips on how to make it not so bland and spice it up when you’re cooking it as a side?

  7. These look amazing! I love quinoa and love the idea of a quinoa pizza crust. Can’t wait to try this.

  8. I’m so excited to try this recipe and your GF pizza dough! We have a young family member who is loves pizza and is eating a gluten-free and dairy-free diet – I think this is the recipe we’ve been searching for! Looks fantastic!

  9. Alyssa,
    I make a lot of pizza for my family but I’ve never thought to use a muffin pan to help me with mini pizzas. That’s a terrific idea–thanks! My son loves all things Buffalo sauce, I’m always glad to have new ideas.

    • Awesome, hope you end up trying it Kirsten! We really enjoyed having them in bite sized portions – much better for snacking and munching on!

  10. I’m a cauliflower-lover but for those who aren’t, I think these pizza bites could make some new converts. Using the muffin tin is a great idea. For me, it’s the edges of the crust that are my favorite part and this way that’s what you get in every bite.

FREE EMAIL SERIES

5 Secrets to Cooking with Quinoa

New tips for making ultra-delicious quinoa dishes!

  • Please check this box to confirm your consent in the collection and secure storage of this data, as described in our Privacy Policy.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Welcome to Simply Quinoa! Our mission is to help women be well + truly healthy.

This is a community that celebrates your own unique health journey, no matter where you are on your path. We will encourage you, inspire you and support you every step of the way.