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Vegan Buffalo Quinoa Bites & Vegan Ranch Dip

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

These simple vegan buffalo quinoa bites are a quick and healthy appetizer or snack, and are perfect for parties! Served with a creamy ranch dipping too!

vegan buffalo quinoa bites served with vegan ranch dressing

How many times have been out to eat with friends, they order the buffalo wings and you drift off into a daydream where you're eating something deliciously buffalo-y yet also plant-based?

Probably at least 100 for me!

For me, that wing-lover in my life is Matt. He's a meat-eater, which I'm totally okay with, and definitely loves his wings. While I've never personally been a fan of chicken wings (even before I was plant-based), I do love a good buffalo sauce and the smell is so addicting!

For all my buffalo flavor lovers out there, I've got you. Today we're making Vegan Buffalo Quinoa Bites and serving them with a creamy ranch dressing and they are everything. Simple. Healthy. Flavorful. Protein-Packed. And freaking delicious!

how to make vegan buffalo quinoa bites using a food processor

The great thing about this recipe? It's made entirely in the food processor!

The base is white beans, which are creamy and relatively mild in flavor, which makes them the perfect vehicle for the buffalo sauce. We're also adding in some quinoa (of course!) to help hold everything together and add in some extra protein.

Our spices are simple: just buffalo sauce, salt and pepper. Because honestly, that's all these quinoa bites need!

how to make vegan buffalo quinoa bites using a food processor

Once we blend it all up, you shape them into patties or balls!

If you're serving these at a party, I suggest thinking about the look you're going for and the audience that you're serving them to. Got kids at the party? I like patties because they remind me of chicken nuggets. Something a little more “sophisticated”, I'd probably go with balls because they resemble mini meatballs.

vegan buffalo quinoa bites dipped in vegan ranch dressing

And speaking of serving…

Let's talk about this vegan ranch dressing!

I should preface by saying it's not a true ranch dressing, a bit more on the herbaceous side, but it's absolutely scrumptious! I actually used my vegan caesar dressing for inspiration, so we've got tahini and hemp seeds as our base, then swapped out the spices to give it a more ranch-like flavor.

Our spices? Fresh chives, onion powder, garlic powder, dried dill and lemon. The chives are what's giving it that light green color, and while not traditional, promise you'll love it!

vegan buffalo quinoa bites dipped in vegan ranch dressing

These vegan buffalo bites are definitely a must-make for your next party! (whether Super Bowl or otherwise)

I also like saving some extras, or making a double batch, and keeping the leftovers for salads or bowls. They're a great source of protein and add a really nice pop of flavor. They remind me of falafels, just buffalo flavored!

Can't wait to see your recreations, friends! Make sure to tag me on Instagram with your own quinoa bites ❤ you can use @simplyquinoa or #simplyquinoa!

How to make these Vegan Buffalo Quinoa Bites

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Vegan Buffalo Quinoa Bites

These simple vegan buffalo quinoa bites are a quick and healthy appetizer or snack, and are perfect for parties! Served with a creamy ranch dipping too! 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo, healthy snack, quinoa bites, quinoa burger, quinoa recipe, vegan snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20 bites
Calories 78 kcal

Ingredients

for the bites

  • 1 15 oz can of white beans
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup vegan buffalo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons chickpea flour

for the dressing

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons dried dill start with 1
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Add half the beans, shallot and garlic into a food processor and pulse until mixture is coming together, 10 – 15 pulses.Add the buffalo sauce and spices and process again until smooth.
  3.  Pulse in the remaining beans, the quinoa, and chickpea flour until just combined. Remove lid and stir together to form a dough.
  4. Shape dough into golf ball-sized patties and place on baking sheet. Repeat until no dough remains.
  5. Bake on center rack for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through until the bites are browned and crispy on the outside. Remove and let sit for 5 – 10 minutes.
  6. While the bites are resting, prepare the dressing. Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend on high until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  7. Arrange the bites around a bowl of the ranch dip on a serving plate (along with some carrots and celery if desired) and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Buffalo Quinoa Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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  1. Can I use black beans instead of white? I assume it will change the color but would it still work with the recipe?

  2. I have a problem with tofu although I’ve eaten at the thought of soy bean and estrogen it just bothers me but I love everything else I can’t wait to get Insta pot so I can try some of the other things in there Thank you for all your recipes

    • I haven’t tried, but I think it probably could be! You’d want to do the base part first (blending) and then transfer to a bowl and stir everything else in!

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