Buffalo Quinoa Balls with Ranch Dipping Sauce

Buffalo Quinoa Balls | These Buffalo Quinoa Balls are a nice way to get that Buffalo sauce fix without meat! vegan, vegan buffalo sauce, buffalo sauce recipe

These Buffalo Quinoa balls are a great vegan option to get that hot sauce fix without any meat!

Buffalo Quinoa Balls | These Buffalo Quinoa Balls are a nice way to get that Buffalo sauce fix without meat! vegan, vegan buffalo sauce, buffalo sauce recipe

I love anything spicy. I try to hold back from making too many spicy recipes but I can’t help myself sometimes. Some of my favorite recipes include a bit of heat like my Vegan Buffalo Chicken Rice Skillet and my Spicy Sesame Noodles (trust me, they’re good).

Hot sauce has been a staple of mine since my undergraduate days. My roommate Alana was from Buffalo and Buffalonians always had some hot sauce around to throw on just about anything. Alana got me into that habit and now I carry around a small hot sauce in my purse just in case (don’t judge).

My friend Kevin shares my love of Buffalo sauce and I wanted to make a vegan version of the sauce for Kevin who has been partaking in some of my plant-based recipes lately. I really enjoy seeing people add vegan meals to their diet so I wanted to create a special treat for him that would give him a taste of Buffalo wings without any meat so I came up with these Buffalo Quinoa Balls.

Buffalo Quinoa Balls | These Buffalo Quinoa Balls are a nice way to get that Buffalo sauce fix without meat! vegan, vegan buffalo sauce, buffalo sauce recipe

Buffalo Quinoa Balls

I’ve seen other bloggers use quinoa in burgers and I thought it might work in sort of a meatball shape as well and I’m happy to say it did! These Buffalo Quinoa Balls are versatile – I’ve had them as an appetizer, on salads, and as part of my main meals. The quinoa adds protein, carbs, fiber and iron.

I first fry the balls then bake them – the frying seems to help the balls stay together better since I’m not using egg as a binder. I also put the balls in the freezer for about 10 minutes before frying as well which keeps them in better ball form.

Buffalo Quinoa Balls | These Buffalo Quinoa Balls are a nice way to get that Buffalo sauce fix without meat! vegan, vegan buffalo sauce, buffalo sauce recipe

Add a Side of Ranch

I was never a big fan of blue cheese but I have always loved me some ranch so the dipping sauce is my take on a healthy ranch dressing using cashews. The cashews add protein as well as magnesium (which many people in the US are deficient in).

 

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Yields 20-22 balls

Buffalo Quinoa Balls with Ranch Dipping Sauce
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Ingredients

    QUINOA BALLS
  • 1.5 C cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 15oz can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 flax egg (1 TB flax meal & 3 TB water - let sit 10 mins before using)
  • 4 TB buffalo sauce (see below)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (gluten free optional)
  • 1 TB nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • olive or coconut oil for frying
  • BUFFALO SAUCE
  • 3 TB vegan butter (I use Earth Balance) or coconut oil
  • 1/2 C hot sauce (I use Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • RANCH DIPPING SAUCE
  • 1.5 C raw cashews, soaked overnight or in hot water for 10 mins
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2.5 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TB nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 TB fresh chives chopped
  • 1/2 TB fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp celery salt (or regular salt)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all of the sauce ingredient in a small saucepan and heat until butter is melted and set aside.
  2. Add beans to food processor and mix until smooth (you may need to add a tablespoon of water to get it smooth). If you do not have a food processor, you can mash them with your hands but the texture will be a little less smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the bean mixture, flax egg and 3 TB of sauce. Then add cooled quinoa, bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and salt.
  4. Take quinoa mixture and form into about 1" balls (sometimes mine get a little larger).
  5. Put balls in freezer for 10 mins (optional but makes them stay together better).
  6. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Heat 2-3 TB of oil (depending on how large you pan is) and fry quinoa balls for about 5 minutes flipping so that all sides get cooked. I usually do this in 2-3 batches.
  8. Place balls on cookie pan and bake for 15 mins.
  9. While balls are baking, make the ranch dipping sauce by adding all the ingredients to a high speed blender until smooth.
  10. When balls are done baking, you can coat them in the rest of buffalo sauce. Or what I like to do is keep them a bit more crunchy and only put the sauce on each ball right before I eat each one.
  11. Serve with dipping sauce on the side.

Notes

*I have made the buffalo ball mixture the night before and they come out the exact same way. I recommend this if you're busy - this way you can just fry and bake them the day of.

*Ranch dipping sauce will be good in the fridge for up to 5 days so I pre-make this as well.

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48 thoughts on “Buffalo Quinoa Balls with Ranch Dipping Sauce

  1. Holy crap those look AMAZING. What a fun food to make. Terry would love these. I’m not a fan of hot sauce, but I might try to make them with bbq sauce. I know it probably won’t be the same, but I’ll give it a go.
    Awesome job on this recipe!

    1. You don’t like hot sauce!? I thought we were soul mates until I read that! Love you anyway lol. 🙂

      I wonder how they’d be with bbq sauce. Let me know if you try them that way!

    1. Oh that would be terrible if they were made from buffalos! I’m so glad I added that tidbit in about where they came from! 🙂

      I need to remember to explain things more about geography or US specific foods in my posts better now that I have more people coming to the blog from other countries! I love connecting with new friends form around the world!

  2. Ooo I love everything about the recipe! 🙂 I’ve only recently started doing ‘hot’ so I’ll see how it goes. Loving the quinoa balls 🙂 Thanks for bringing to the Plant Based Potluck Party this week.

  3. These are perfect for my next club meeting! My friends will love these awesome quinoa balls. Thanks for sharing your healthy and delectable Buffalo Quinoa Balls With Ranch Dipping Sauce recipe with us on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I’m pinning and sharing.

  4. I love buffalo sauce a little too much 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Best of Blogs– tweeted and pinned for you.

  5. I am a Buffalonian…born and raised! Love that you use Frank’s hot sauce, THE only real Buffalo sauce. This looks delicious, such a creative way to use quinoa! We’ll have to try this out!

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