Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bites

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Flavorful, bite-sized quinoa cakes perfect for a snack or light meal!

Admittedly, I can get pretty snacky. Most days, I would rather eat snacks than meals. People often write snacking off as a bad habit. But there are ways to do it healthfully. Like anything, it’s all about balance. And if you swap some meals out in favor of some lighter snacking fare, there’s no reason you can’t indulge your snacking urges. I love these sweet potato black bean quinoa bites because they satisfy my snacky side. Unlike that bag of chips I’m tempted to reach for, however, these snacks are actually healthy.

Between the sweet potato, the beans, and the quinoa, these bite-sized patties boast an impressive nutritional profile. Packed with protein, these quinoa bites are filling and energizing. They make for an excellent mid-morning or afternoon snack, or even a light meal.

Rich with flavor and spices like cumin, paprika, chili powder, and turmeric, these quinoa bites are a zesty and flavorful snack. Definitely better than any snack you can buy in a bag.

Sweet potato black bean quinoa bites are easy to make, and this recipe makes a bunch. I like to whip up a batch just to have around for when my snacking urges strike! They’re also great to have on hand to pack for lunches.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a light and easy dinner, these mini quinoa cakes are excellent served over salad, brown rice, or your favorite veggies. An easy, delicious, and protein-packed meatless dinner option!

Alternately, these sweet potato black bean quinoa bites make a super fun and healthy app. In my family, no get together is complete without a full spread of appetizers. While this is often something I look forward to, it can be daunting when I’m trying to watch my weight. I always like to try to provide some healthier options that will keep me full, satisfied, and, most importantly, away from the cheesy puffs.

Served with guacamole or a Greek yogurt sauce, these quinoa bites make a great, healthy alternative to party classics like chips and dip or nachos. Meanwhile, because they’re so flavorful and delicious, guests will never even have to know it’s a “healthy” option. These fun and tasty quinoa bites are just as delicious as any other snack out there.

Spicy Indian Yogurt Dip (optional)

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together and dip away!

Unlike most of those snacks, however, these fresh and flavorful sweet potato quinoa bites fill you up with nutrients and protein. Whether you enjoy them as a snack, appetizer, or light meal, these sweet potato black bean quinoa bites will keep you full and focused.

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bites

These savory bites are perfect for a light meal or afternoon snack.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 12 people
Serving Size 2 bites
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups quinoa cooked
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup sweet potatoes mashed
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro fresh, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 15 ounces black beans can, drained and rinsed


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for the black beans and mix well. Gently fold in the beans just until they're incorporated.
  • Gently form into patties, about 2 to 3 tablespoons per patty, and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through and just beginning to brown. Serve hot or cold if a more firm patty is desired.


TIP (optional): Serve with a spicy yogurt dip, fresh pico de gallo, or guacamole!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2bites | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 160mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1
Keywords Budget-Friendly, dairy-free, Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb, Plant-Based, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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