3-Cheese Quinoa Spinach Artichoke Bites

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Spinach artichoke quinoa bites with three kinds of cheese turn your favorite hot spinach artichoke dip recipe into a healthy, whole grain finger food for gluten free appetizers or an easy snack. Heat up some tomato sauce for dipping these Cheesy Quinoa Spinach Artichoke Bites.

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Originally published on Jan 18, 2017.

I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that we are homebodies. And not just homebodies. We are happy homebodies.

I see people running around to seventeen different sports and activities every week, day trips and outings and overnights away every weekend, squeezing in movies and dinners at restaurants after school, and I feel like I am doing something wrong.

Do you know what we did for the past few Saturdays? Absolutely nothing.

Well, to be fair, a few Saturdays ago was New Year’s Eve and three-quarters of us were sick and eating Butternut Squash Soup and sipping on a Cold Toddy Whiskey Mule (well the second one was just me – no whiskey for the kiddos!). And the other Saturdays it’s not like we were not doing anything at all. I was putting away Christmas decorations, purging closets, filming videos, and such.

My kids were playing. Just playing. Good as gold, happy as clams.

And I’m trying to be ok with that instead of feeling bad that we weren’t hosting playdates or dinners for friends, going to the Smithsonian, or whatever. We were all just home. Doing our thing. And nobody seemed to mind or care or want to be anywhere else.

And you know what? That’s totally fine. Or I’m at least going to keep convincing myself it’s fine.

You know what else is totally fine? The fact that I can only get my kids to eat spinach or artichokes or quinoa when I turn it into cheesy finger food…

A platter of Spinach Artichoke Cheesy Quinoa Bites appetizer

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Bites

These are a great game day appetizer, after school snack, or even a dinner side dish.

You’ve got the usual suspects in classic spinach artichoke dip – spinach, artichoke hearts, and three kinds of cheese – mixed up with cooked quinoa and an egg to stick it all together. Then just pack the mixture into a mini muffin tin and bake till you have golden, crispy little bites perfect for dipping in tomato sauce and popping right in your mouth. Even the pickiest of eaters won’t be able to resist all the cheesy finger food fun.

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Bites on a plate with a bowl of tomato sauce

What do you need to make cheesy quinoa bites?


  • Quinoa – cooked and cooled
  • Cheese – Monterey Jack, mozzarella, and parmesan
  • Canned artichoke hearts – chopped and squeezed until dry
  • Frozen spinach – thawed and squeezed until dry
  • Salt
  • Egg

You might also want some Marinara Sauce for dipping!


How do you make spinach artichoke bites?

This brief overview will show you just how easy they are to make. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full amounts and details.

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Divide the mixture between cups of a mini muffin pan. Press down firmly.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until crisp and golden.
  4. Let cool slightly before loosening with the tip of a butter knife to pop them out of the pan.

BRIANNE’S PRO TIP: Make sure you’ve squeezed as much of the excess moisture out of both the thawed spinach and canned artichoke hearts as possible before you stir everything together. This will ensure everything sticks together.

A platter of Quinoa Spinach Artichoke Bites with marinara sauce for dipping

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Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Bites Recipe

Three kinds of cheese and all the flavors you love about Spinach Artichoke in a bite-sized finger food. These make a great side dish or snack, but you can also serve them with tomato sauce for dipping as a party appetizer. Only eight ingredients, healthy, and gluten free too!

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Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Bites
4.8 from 13 votes

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Bites

An easy, healthy appetizer or snack recipe with spinach, artichoke hearts, quinoa, and three kinds of cheese.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 22 mins
Total: 32 mins


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 2 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 oz shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 14 oz artichoke hearts, chopped and squeezed in a paper towel or kitchen towel until throughly dry
  • 4 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed in a paper towel or kitchen towel until throughly dry
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray or oil.
  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the cups of the mini muffin tin, and press down to pack it in firmly.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Let cool for a couple minutes before loosening from the pan with the tip of a butter knife.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Quinoa Bites
Amount Per Serving (2 quinoa bites)
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 304mg13%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1535IU31%
Vitamin C 7.4mg9%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. Barbara

    5 stars
    Made for our weekly distancing cocktail hour. Was a huge hit. I had some sauteed onions & peppers that I added as well as garlic salt. Not one leftover.

  2. Amanda

    5 stars
    Just made these bites and I love them!! I work 12 hour shifts and am always looking for new things I can prep/make/freeze ahead of time for lunches and snacks at work. Thanks for this awesome addition to my recipe book! 🙂

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Absolutely, Sheryl. Just be sure to wrap them when they’re cool. I suggest wrapping them in a layer of plastic wrap with a layer of aluminum foil around that. Put them into the fridge to thaw the night before you want to reheat them and you should be good to go!

  3. Chantal


    I was wondering if you think I could bake the whole content in a square or rectangular dish to then cut them into small pieces. If so, what size of dish would you recommend and would you keep the oven temperature the same? Thank you ahead of time for any input you may have

    And happy winter holidays


  4. Lauren

    5 stars
    Love the recipe! Added a few seasonings and just a small amount to not over power. SO. FREAKING. GOOD!!!
    Thank you for this !!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’m so glad to hear that you love the quinoa bites, Lauren. They’re pretty addictive, aren’t they? 😉

  5. Brenda Pennington

    4 stars
    Made these for dinner tonight. Yummy! I changed the recipe just a little. I added 1/4 red bell pepper, 2 green onions, 1 very small clove of garlic and didn’t add any salt. With all the cheese I felt there would be enough salt in the recipe. I also used fresh spinach. That was what I had on hand. I warmed some marinara sauce but after one I switched to cocktail sauce and salsa to see which we liked the best. My thought is it depends on how I feel at any different time. Next time I may also try guacamole. This was our dinner with a side salad. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Brenda, your substitutions and additions to the quinoa bites recipe sound amazing! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for your comment and recipe rating!

  6. Leann

    5 stars
    Do you think these would still be good reheated? I want to make them for an office potluck, but I would need to make them the day before. Thanks!


    These deserve 5 *. I added some scallions to them the second time I made them. they are so good. I cant imagine them getting only 2*. This is a keeper, love them.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I am so happy to hear that you like the quinoa bites, Shirley! Thank you for your 5 star review 🙂

  8. Andrea

    Hello! Can I use fresh spinach for this recipe, or is it important to use thawed frozen? I already have fresh spinach on hand, but I’m wondering if there is something unique about the texture of frozen that makes it better for this. Thanks!!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Hi Andrea! I used frozen spinach because I wanted to be able to remove the excess moisture so they would hold together, and to ensure no uncooked bits of spinach (which my kids don’t like). If you wilt fresh spinach and squeeze out the moisture it might work, but I haven’t tried it.

  9. I love all the quinoa recipes I’ve been seeing lately! It’s one of my favorites and so versatile! (P.S. Sorry you got hit with negativity – your blog is beautiful, and I love what I’ve seen!) Thanks so much for linking up with us at Funtastic Friday!

  10. S.L.Turner

    The ads are obnoxious & cover content. They move as the screen does. I just wanted to see the recipe to see what ingredients and I had to go through a crud load of pictures (same one again & again of the recipe Cooked) and ads, ads, & more ads! Ugh! Won’t come back to your site. You annoying.

      1. Michelle

        Hi! I love these little bites. I had leftover quinoa and these were SO GOOD! I’m taking them to a party later. What is the best way to reheat them without them getting soggy or drying out? Oven? Air Fryer? Thx so much for this recipe!!

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