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Buffalo Quinoa Balls with Ranch Dipping Sauce

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

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo quinoa, buffalo quinoa balls, quinoa appetizer
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 balls
Calories 71 kcal
Author Mary Ellen






  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 and mix 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.

Recipe 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 you're having them.

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

* Nutrition info does not include ranch dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Quinoa Balls with Ranch Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 21
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.3g4%
Carbohydrates 9.5g3%
Fiber 1.8g8%
Protein 2.8g6%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.