With the winter sports season in full swing, chances are your social calendar has got a tailgate party or two. And what better way to cheer on your favorite team than surrounded by friends and loved ones, enjoying some delicious and gluten-free tailgate snacks and drinks?
Bring one of these mouthwatering treats with you to your next viewing event, and you might see your party paying more attention to the food than to the game:
Spicy Quinoa Chicken Fingers, The Baking Beauties
One of the most popular party foods of all time gets a gluten-free makeover with this spicy version of chicken fingers, beautifully encrusted in rice flour and quinoa. Don’t forget to make the accompanying Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce, which highlights one of our favorite superfoods.
Soft Quinoa Pretzel Bites, Cooking Quinoa
The pillowy texture and satisfying flavor of a soft pretzel, but without the gluten? Sign us up. These tasty little bites feature toasted quinoa flour (ours would work perfectly here) and as much Kosher salt as you’d like – and the option to use dairy-free butter makes the recipe vegan as well.
Quinoa, Corn & Black Bean Quesadillas, Nosh and Nourish (pictured)
We always love a good quesadilla – and this one, which features one of our favorite gluten-free ancient grains as well as flavorful ingredients like green chile salsa and ground cumin, is sure to be a winner. Use gluten-free tortillas and Ancient Harvest Quinoa Traditional White Quinoa Grains for an easy and delicious gluten-free treat.
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Easily customized to feature your favorite toppings, these adorable pizza bites make a fun and delicious appetizer. They’re ready in just over 20 minutes and the gluten-free pizza dough is made of a combination of flax meal and quinoa flour – which really makes you wonder, is there anything quinoa can’t do?
Cauliflower Buffalo Bites, The Lean Clean Eating Machine
Packed with the zesty flavor of classic Buffalo wings, these party-pleasing snacks offer a wonderful plant-based alternative. They’re gluten-free (the bite-sized pieces of cauliflower are coated in brown rice flour, not bread crumbs) and baked instead of fried, so even those with dietary restrictions may enjoy.
Jalapeño Popper Quinoa Bites, Alida’s Kitchen
A frequently ordered appetizer at busy sports bars, jalapeño poppers are known to be tasty and fun – but not necessarily nutritious. Made with quinoa grains and fresh veggies, these little bites offer the best of both worlds. Bonus: They take only 15 minutes to make and can even be made ahead, giving you more time to enjoy the party.
Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Cupcakes, Ancient Harvest
Because it’s not a party without dessert and everyone loves a good cupcake, we couldn’t resist including these sweet treats in our gluten-free tailgate roundup. The recipe was submitted as part of Clean Eating Magazine’s Modern Meal Makeover Recipe Contest, and it features Ancient Harvest 100% Whole Grain Quinoa Flour – as well as brown sugar, an incredible caramel buttercream, and a secret (and nutritious!) ingredient.