Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Cups

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Store-bought muffins. Candy bars. Cheese and cracker packs. What do these have in common? They’re easy to throw in your bag for a quick snack on the go, whether for you or for the kids. But between the sugar in storebought muffins, the fat and sugar in candy bars, and the processed and unpronounceable ingredients in most packets of cheese and crackers, that’s a whole lot of unhealthy choices to be carrying around with you from day to day.

Enter these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Cups. They’re delicious snacks that are perfect for bringing with you on the go, and kids will be more than happy to pop one in their mouths when they’re feeling like a snack while you’re out and about. Plus, they’re made with only whole, healthy ingredients. Quinoa provides protein, fiber, and antioxidants, while eggs are a great source of protein, potassium, and healthy fats. Broccoli is a nutrient powerhouse, and full of fiber, keeping you full and energized throughout your day. And we use a small amount of cheddar cheese to add flavor, but not so much that we overwhelm this healthy quinoa recipe with excess fat and calories.

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Cups

A cheesy and healthy snack for on-the-go, these cups are made with wholesome ingredients you will be proud to share.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Diabetic-Friendly, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 118kcal


  • 1 cup quinoa cooked
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup broccoli finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese finely chopped or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
  • Spray muffin molds with cooking spray then fill up each mold with the quinoa mixture.
  • Bake them in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until they are cooked through.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4

Don’t forget to check out our delicious and healthy recipes with quinoa:

Quinoa Veggie Rolls

Skinny Quinoa Stir-Fry

Roasted Eggplant and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Lentil Burger

Quinoa Banana Berry Smoothie

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23 Comments on "Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Cups"

  1. robin  April 7, 2015

    Hi ! Is the broccoli raw or cooked before chopping ?

    • SkinnyMs  April 8, 2015

      Robin, The broccoli is raw before adding.

  2. marie  April 16, 2015

    can you substitute the eggs?

    • SkinnyMs  April 16, 2015

      Marie, You can substitute the eggs with any egg replacer/ egg substitute you can find in the stores.

  3. jen  June 6, 2015

    This says it makes 6 cups and a serving is 1 cup, but the text of the recipe says to spray 10 muffin cups…? Which is correct?

    • SkinnyMs  June 8, 2015

      The recipe yields 6 servings, not 10. It's been updated now. Thanks for letting us know about the mistake!

  4. Mary Lou  October 17, 2015

    What is quinoa

  5. Cathy  December 31, 2015

    Is this made in regular muffin tins or mini ones?

    • Gale Compton  December 31, 2015

      Hi Cathy, Either will work fine! Enjoy. 🙂

      • paula  February 9, 2020

        Are the calories per muffin for a mini muffin or regular size muffin? Thank you.

        • Gale Compton  February 14, 2020

          Paula, The serving is for a regular size muffin pan.

  6. Cathy  January 1, 2016

    I made then today with my kids… delicious!!!! Seriously! Really yummy. I will be making these on a regular basis. I chopped the broccoli and cheese (separately) in a food processor so it was very quick and easy to prepare. Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. Ker  January 10, 2016

    Can I use frozen broccoli or does it have to be raw?

  8. Deb  February 7, 2016

    Can I use a brown rice & quinoa mix instead of straight quinoa? Thanks!

    • Melissa Florero  February 8, 2016

      Deb, That may work, but we are not sure as we haven’t tested it. Rice is a bit heavier. If you try it, do let us know how it goes.

    • Gale Compton  February 8, 2016

      Deb, Sure, that would be fine! 🙂

  9. Wendy  December 18, 2016

    Should it be served hot or cold?
    Can it also be served as an appetizer?

    • Gale Compton  December 18, 2016

      Wendy, Yes, they can be appetizers. Hot or cold will depend on your preference. For me, they’ve got to be at least warm. 🙂

  10. Melissa  August 2, 2017

    Can I freeze them and reheat in microwave?

    • Nichole Furlong  August 3, 2017

      Great questions, Melissa! You can make these ahead to freeze and reheat. I suggest slightly under cookie the Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Cups before freezing and reheat using your desired method (oven or microwave) until hot and cooked through.


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