Kid food: Veggie Quinoa Bites


We continue to have success with spherical foods! These quinoa bites are pumpkin-flavoured and delicious. May you have success with them too.


Veggie Quinoa Bites


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup mashed pumpkin
  • 1 Small zucchini, grated
  • 1 Small carrot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1 Large egg


Step 1
Mix all ingredients together. Once combined, shape into bite-size balls with your hands. The mixture might be wet and sticky owing to the pumpkin, but they will firm up in the oven.
Step 2
Bake at 200C for 30-45 minutes, until cooked through and starting to turn golden. Can also be pan-fried, but will lose the ball-ness (heheh) and be more of a little fritter. Still good!
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  • Chantelle : Fat Mum Slim


    • Veggie Mama

      Surprisingly good :)

  • Jordan | Berlin by the Bay

    I love this recipe! My eleven month old recently started enjoying anything round and baked as well! So far its been a lot of quinoa muffins and veggie balls. I believe this is right up her alley!

    • Veggie Mama

      Oh it’s a match made in heaven!

  • Jay – Moodie Foodie

    Love spherical food – it just tastes better:) And so cute – which is more important when you’re trying to get small hands to move it from the plate to the mouth xo

    • Veggie Mama

      I’m a big fan of bite-size!

  • Teresa

    Yum! I want to make these for myself!

    • Veggie Mama

      Ha I won’t tell… I eat them too!

  • Leah

    I make us quinoa burgers all the time, but never thought to add pumpkin! Great idea thanks :)

    • Veggie Mama

      Any excuse to shove in more veggies :)

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Yum !

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  • SherrieM

    can you use canned pumpkin? Wasn’t sure about the consistency of the canned pumpkin.

    • Veggie Mama

      I don’t see why not! It’s less watery than homemade pumpkin puree, so just be mindful of that :)

  • mssararenee

    Is the baking temp supposed to be higher? I baked at 200 for 45 min and they were still mushy!

    • Veggie Mama

      200C or 200F? They’ll never have the texture of a real meatball, but they should still hold together and be edible :-)

      • mssararenee

        I did 200F. I’m guessing it should have been 200C. Thanks for responding! LO loved them!

        • Veggie Mama

          Yes, sorry I should have specified! I usually do, but it must have slipped my mind – it’s a huge difference between 200 in Australia and 200 in America! So glad to hear your kiddo liked them, mine do too :)

  • Sally McCann

    Hi there
    do you think these might be able to be frozen?

    • Veggie Mama

      Hi Sally! I’ve never frozen them so unfortunately I really can’t say. I have a feeling they would probably be too soft once thawed, as they’re quite soft to start with. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!