Cinnamon Quinoa Bites

Anyone who knows me knows I stress a bit about what my boys eat.  I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my adult life thanks to unhealthy eating habits I learned as a child.  I KNOW so much about how to eat, I like to cook, I really don’t have a huge appetite, yet time and time again when life gets stressful I find myself reaching for the worst possible foods. (Hello bagel chips!)

Because of this struggle, one thing that is of key importance to me is that my boys develop a healthy relationship with food.  All in all, I think we are doing a decent job.  (Well, with the exception of Christian’s (5 1/2) refusal to eat any vegetable but baby peas.  They are both love treats but neither is prone to overeat them.  They’ve never given themselves stomach aches from overeating “junk”.  And, they are both prone to want to save sweets the minute they get full.

Their restraint is enviable. (ENVIABLE, I TELL YA!)


Quinoa Cinnamon Bites

Part of helping them develop a healthy relationship with food is in fact, allowing them to have treats.  This is an area where I’ve struggled at times.  Many, many family arguments have resulted in me getting angry about what they’ve been fed in my absence.  I swear I’m not a control freak.  Really.

(Be quiet honey.)

Anyhow, in an effort to provide them with sweets that have some nutritional value, one of my goals this year is to make as much of their food as I can.

These quinoa cinnamon bites made with quinoa pizza crust have been one of my most successful efforts to date.  They are super easy to make – especially if you make a double batch of the pizza crust and freeze the dough in freezer bags.  (One recipe makes three crusts, so if you make a double you can use one for pizza and still have 5 crusts waiting for you in the freezer.)

Now, this is a rare recipe for me because I don’t actually measure.  (Hence no nutritional information.)  You can use as little (or as much) sugar or butter.  I generally do a light coating of butter, and then just sprinkle on the brown sugar and cinnamon.

Cinnamon Quinoa Bites

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12

Cinnamon Quinoa Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/3 recipe of Quinoa Pizza Crust (enough for 1 pizza)
  • butter, melted (I use Earth Balance)
  • brown sugar
  • Organic Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. On a clean counter, roll pizza crust into a rectangle. Using a pastry brush, spread butter evenly. Top with brown sugar and then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Starting at the LONG side of the dough, use your hands to gently roll the dough tightly. (You will be forming a long log.) Cut the dough with a sharp knife or kitchen shears into small bites.
  4. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Store for two days at room temperature or a week in the refrigerator.
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  • Michelle

    YUM! Can't wait to try these! Thank you!!!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Enjoy!

  • Jen

    Looks very yummy! I'm doing an anti-fungal diet right now and sugar is not on my list of approved foods :( I wonder if there's a substitute for the brown sugar? Hmmmmm…..have to ponder that.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Are their any sweeteners you could have? Or try a little applesauce or fruit jam? It wouldn't be quite the same but I bet it would be yummy!

      • Jen

        Hey Wendy,
        I can have xylotol and stevia at this time….honey later on…..I'll have to experiment :)

  • cooking guest

    I made these and have to say they were worth the time and effort: the kids ate them all!! I was skeptical about the dough and how it was turning out: really stuck when I rolled it out. But I persevered and the taste of the dough is quite nice. I made cheese pizza yesterday – all gone – and the bites today. For the dough I used the right ingredients – even bought Bob's Red Mill mix for the first time. Only thing I did different was to puree the cereal/cooked quinoa/water mix, because my kids wouldn't like so much texture in their crust. I can imagine how much work it would be to come up with the recipes, so thanks for sharing them :) One question: have you tried pre baking the pizza crust before putting on the toppings?

    • Wendy Polisi

      So glad it worked out for you! If the dough is too sticky to work with, you can always add a little more flour. I make adjustments most every time I make this because when you bake using measuring cups not a scale recipes become quite a bit less precise. (Well that, and I'm not a baker at heart and tend to be imprecise with measurements – dipping my flour from the canister instead of using a spoon like you are supposed to.)

      I haven't tried prebaking the crust, mostly because my fridge/freezer is always so full and storing the dough in a bag takes less room. I don't see why you couldn't though.

  • Yasmine

    Where can i attain quinoa pizza dough or how do i make it?

    • Wendy Polisi

      If you follow the link in the recipe you will get to the recipe for the pizza dough. Sorry – it was previously messed up due to a plug in change.
      My recent post Warm Quinoa & Berry Bowl

  • Wendy Polisi

    Let me know how it goes! I've actually never cooked with either but I'd be interested if it works!