​Crispy Quinoa Alfredo Balls Recipe: The Best Vegan Appetizer for the Holidays | Vegan

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With vegan and vegetarian kids, I’m always looking for new plant-based recipes to try, especially around the holidays. This crispy quinoa alfredo balls recipe is from Catherine Gill’s The Complete Quinoa Cookbook. With healthy quinoa, vegan cream cheese and spices, these crispy vegan quinoa balls are the perfect holiday appetizer

These vegan quinoa appetizers can be cooked in an air fryer or fried in vegan butter or oil in a skillet. Either way, you’ll get an appetizer that’s crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. This quinoa alfredo recipe can be served with tomato marinara sauce for dipping, or even barbeque sauce. You could also serve them as a side dish. 

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 10


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, any type, cooled
  • 1 container (8 ounces) vegan cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

Here’s how to make it: 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine quinoa, cream cheese, onion powder, garlic powder and salt.
  2. Form into 10 balls. Roll into breadcrumbs.
  3. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can you pan fry in vegan butter or vegetable oil for 10 minutes, turning the balls to cook each side after several minutes.

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