These baked quinoa patties make a perfect protein-packed finger food for toddlers; just break them into small pieces! Freeze extras and defrost when needed! Don't keep in the fridge for more than about 3 days.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 servings
Advertisement

Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

    Advertisement
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.

  • Stir quinoa, spinach, bread crumbs, eggs, and Colby cheese together in a bowl. Drop spoonfuls of the quinoa mixture onto the prepared baking sheets and press to desired thickness.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the bottoms of the patties are golden, about 15 minutes. Flip patties and bake until golden, about 5 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

Substitute multigrain baby cereal for the bread crumbs if making for toddlers.

Nutrition Facts

85 calories; protein 4.3g 9% DV; carbohydrates 10.9g 4% DV; fat 2.7g 4% DV; cholesterol 43.3mg 14% DV; sodium 80.2mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2014
These are great! I'm a big quinoa eater, this is a nice variation. I followed the quinoa package direction when cooking (2 c water, 1 c quinoa)and added flavoring. Then mixed in fresh chopped spinach, only 3 eggs, and slightly more cheese with the called for ingredients. Plus, added some garlic salt, pepper, and rosemary. A winner for me, my husband, and 1 year old. Quick, easy, and healthy. Have plenty for the week. Read More
(13)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2018
These were very plain and definitely needed some extra spices. Overall just ok. Read More
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2014
These are great! I'm a big quinoa eater, this is a nice variation. I followed the quinoa package direction when cooking (2 c water, 1 c quinoa)and added flavoring. Then mixed in fresh chopped spinach, only 3 eggs, and slightly more cheese with the called for ingredients. Plus, added some garlic salt, pepper, and rosemary. A winner for me, my husband, and 1 year old. Quick, easy, and healthy. Have plenty for the week. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2014
The recipe was good but a little bland. I added feta garlic cajun seasoning pepper and parsley when mixing everything together. I think I will also cook the quinoa in chicken broth next time instead of water. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2014
I thought I had leftover quinoa but it was couscous. It worked and was very good. Followed everything the same except I put it in muffin tins to make little cups. Then baked until brown. Filled them with beef tips. Really tasty. My mom and husband really liked the taste and the uniqueness. Next time I will actually use quinoa. Read More
(6)
Advertisement
Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2014
My kids and I like it! After reading some of the other reviews I used chicken broth diced garlic and cumin to cook the quinoa. I also added feta fresh parsley and pepper to the ingredient list. I cooked them in the oven for 20 min and then flipped and cooked another 10 min. (The first batch was 15 min and 5 min according to the instructions but we thought they needed more toasting.) They turned out very tasty! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2015
Great recipe my toddler loves these! I made these a couple times and I used shredded zucchini instead of spinach one of the times. Took your advice and made a bigger batch to freeze extra. This works out real well when you need something for snack time. Thank you for sharing:) Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2015
What a great jumping off point for creativity! Read More
(2)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2016
I love these! I used a muffin tin. I used zucchini onion and goat cheese crumbles. Chex crushed up for gluten free bread crumbs. Oh! And I tossed some kale chips in my cooked quinoa & it was fantastic. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2015
Fabulous basic recipe! Easy to spice it up with some onions garlic hot sauce sharp cheese etc when intended for an adult palate but as it stands this is great for kiddos (and less adventurous adults). One change I made was to use baby quinoa (kaniwa) which lacks the saponins and thus is not subject to the bitterness of quinoa. I really like how they turned out and will be packing them in my daughter's lunchbox as well as feeding them to my 1 yr old twins! Many thanks! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2013
Great recipe - easy - healthy! Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
02/04/2018
These were very plain and definitely needed some extra spices. Overall just ok. Read More