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Quinoa Fritters with Pesto and Goat Cheese

    These healthy quinoa fritters are filled with creamy goat cheese, basil pesto and sun-dried tomatoes then lightly pan-fried. Crispy on the outside but light on the inside, these are always a crowd pleaser.

    quinoa fritters on a plate

    Have you ever intended to make one recipe only to end up making something entirely different than you expect? That is exactly the story of how these delicious quinoa fritters came to be.

    Liz Forming Quinoa Fritters

    Recently I hosted a fun cocktail party for my friends at Bob’s Red Mill where I created a custom menu full of recipes using their products. In fact, if you didn’t hear about this party be sure to read about it here.

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    Liz Frying Fritters

    When I was brainstorming a recipe using their quinoa, I originally planned to make some sort of Vietnamese fresh roll. Long story short: one of my kitchen assistants overcooked the quinoa (we used too small of a pot for such a large quantity) and the quinoa came out way too mushy for the fresh rolls.

    Quinoa Fritters Recipe

    The solution? Quinoa fritters! In fact, I made them multiple times and actually think they turned out better with the mushier, over-cooked quinoa. Of course, they are just as delicious with perfectly cooked quinoa but there is something to be said for turning a recipe disaster into a recipe win.

    Quinoa Fritters with Pesto Recipe

    These fritters get a major boost of flavor from all of the mix-ins including creamy goat cheese, basil pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.

    Liz Eating Quinoa Fritters

    We used almond flour to keep them gluten free but traditional bread crumbs or panko would work great too.

    Healthy Quinoa Fritters Recipe

    Serve with a little fresh basil and crumbled goat cheese to garnish and you’re good to go. Want to make them ahead of time? No problem – simply reheat in the oven before serving.

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    Pesto Goat Cheese Quinoa Fritters Recipe

    Quinoa Fritters with Pesto and Goat Cheese

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    These healthy quinoa fritters are filled with creamy goat cheese, basil pesto and sun-dried tomatoes then lightly pan-fried. Always a crowd pleaser!
    PREP: 15 mins
    COOK: 15 mins
    TOTAL: 30 mins
    Servings: 4


    • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Quinoa (uncooked – any variety )
    • 2 cups chicken broth (or water)
    • 4 ounces goat cheese (crumbled)
    • ¼ cup parsley (minced)
    • 1 clove garlic (minced)
    • ¼ cup pesto
    • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes (minced)
    • 2 eggs
    • ¼ cup Bob's Red Mill almond flour (or regular bread crumbs)
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon pepper


    • Prepare quinoa according to package instructions using chicken broth instaed of water if you wish. Fluff with a fork when it's done cooking then remove quinoa from pot and place in a medium bowl. Let quinoa cool slightly.
    • To the bowl with the cooked quinoa, add all remaining ingredients. If the mixture seems dry, add another egg. If it seems wet, add more almond flour.
    • Form mixture into patties – any size you wish. If you're serving as a main course, make them slightly larger. If you want them to be bite-sized for an appetizer, make them about the size of two tablespoons.
      Liz Forming Quinoa Fritters
    • Pre-heat griddle or a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray or use a little oil. Cook patties for 5-6 minutes per side. Serve warm, room temparture or chilled.


    Serving: 2large pattiesCalories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 17gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 866mgPotassium: 470mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1060IUVitamin C: 14.4mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 3.9mg

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


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