Are quinoa puffs counted as protein?

No. We do not count quinoa puffs as a protein. They are a grain.

1 oz. quinoa puffs = 1 grain

Only plain, cooked, whole quinoa (the cooked grain) can be used as a protein. This is helpful for WFPB people who can’t have soy and need more protein options.  (Please see the FAQ on quinoa for further information.) But quinoa puffs are definitely not a protein.