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Prepare time: 20 min
Cook: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min

These quinoa balls are crispy, hearty, and full of flavour. Plus they are simple to make, requiring just a few ingredients. These mini balls go so well with pasta or spiralized zucchini (and this sun-dried tomato pesto), and they are great simply as a snack with your favourite dip.

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  • 4 zucchinis or 350 g/12 oz pasta
    For the black bean and quinoa balls
  • ½ cup of quinoa
  • 1 can of black beans
  • ¼ cup of sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup of oat flour or bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp Sriracha
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1,5 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (oregano, sage, rosemary, basil…)
  • salt, pepper
  • For the sun-dried tomato sauce
  • ½ cup of halved cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup of sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • handful of fresh basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt, pepper
  • To serve
  • fresh basil
  • ½ cup of halved cherry tomatoes



Black bean and quinoa balls

  1. Add quinoa and one cup of water to a pot and cook for about 15 minutes. Drain any excess water and let cool a bit.
  2. Meanwhile add black beans to a bowl and mash coarsely with a potato masher or a fork. Add quinoa, sesame seeds, oat flour or bread crumbs, tomato paste, Sriracha, nutritional yeast and spices and mix well together. Use your hands to make it into a moldable dough.
  3. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into balls (about 22-25 total). Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  4. Bake at 200°C/400ºF for 35-40 minutes, or until crispy.
Sun-dried tomato sauce
  1. Place sauce ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy.
  1. Spiralize zucchinis and place in a large bowl, or prepare your pasta according to package instructions.
  1. Add sun-dried tomato sauce and cherry tomatoes to zucchini/pasta and mix well. To serve, top zucchini/pasta with 4-5 balls per serving and sprinkle with fresh basil. Enjoy!



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