Make the ultimate healthy breakfast this recipe for cheesy and delicious homemade egg bites. Bacon egg bites are a fabulous on-the-go breakfast that is packed with protein to keep protein to keep you fueled all morning long.
Egg Bites Recipe
If you're in need of a delicious breakfast that is still quick and easy, then you're going to love these amazing egg bites. They are loaded with chopped bacon, fresh spinach and gooey cheese. Irresistibly tasty!
This copycat Starbucks egg bites recipe is sure to save you money too. Those yummy egg bites from the popular coffee chain just seem to be getting more expensive!
They're just perfect for busy mornings too! Eat a few on the go or simply warm up the ones you've made ahead of time for a fast breakfast before you start your day. You can eat these all by themselves, or pair with something tasty like blueberry overnight oats or healthy granola.
I love recipes that use whole food ingredients that are good for you. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and these gruyere egg bites are a great way to star the day off on the right foot!
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Make this quick breakfast favorite whenever you need something filling and good for you. There's so many reasons to love a breakfast recipe like this one:
- You can finish the entire recipe in about a half hour. So even if you've got to get everyone out the door and off to their day in the morning, you can quickly make a nourishing meal for breakfast!
- These are a wonderful meal prep item. Make multiple batches and then store in the fridge and reheat as needed throughout the week.
- Egg bites are an easily shareable breakfast. A wonderful option for the times that you are hosting guests or need to serve a crowd. No cutting and serving required!
With just a few simple ingredients you can make this copycat recipe. They have the most velverty texture and delicious flavor.
Keep in mind that you can make many different variations with this base recipe! So if you have add-ins you want, be sure to put it on your shopping list so that you don't forget. Here's what you need:
- shredded gouda cheese
- bacon chunks
- spinach, ripped or chopped into small pieces
- black pepper
Substitutions and Variations
Swap out the chopped bacon bits for a different meat. Diced ham chunks and ground pork breakfast sausage would both be tasty.
To make a really close copycat version of the Starbucks egg bites, you'll need to use shredded gouda. However, if you don't mind changing it up then you can use different cheeses. Cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, gruyere cheese, and Monterey Jack cheese would all be great swaps.
This recipe uses whole eggs but you can use just egg whites if you prefer.
I prefer to use fresh spinach in this recipe, but you can use frozen spinach if that is all that you have on hand. You can also swap out the spinach for some kale if you prefer.
Feel free to add more veggies like bell peppers, diced green onion, or tomatoes to give these even more good health benefits.
Any milk will work in this recipe! I typically grab whole milk to have the creamiest results, but 2% milk and skim milk also work. You can use a dairy-free milk if that is all that you have on hand. But you will have to omit the cheese to make this recipe completely dairy free.
How to Make Egg Bites
You can use the sous vide method if you have sous vide cooker. However, this oven cooking method works perfectly too! Here's how to make egg bite in the oven:
Whisk together the eggs and milk in a large mixing bowl until the two ingredients are well combined.
Stir in shredded gouda cheese, bacon bits, and chopped fresh spinach leaves. Then add a little salt and pepper and make sure to stir it in well.
Then pour egg mixture into the previously prepared muffin pan, filling each cup about ⅔ of the way full.
Carefully transfer the muffin pan to the bottom rack of the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Bake until the egg bites are set and slightly golden brown on the top.
Allow the cooked egg bites to cool in the muffin tin and then gently remove and place them onto a serving plate.
Serve egg bites warm for breakfast or as a protein packed snack.
How to Store Egg Bites
Storing leftover egg bites is actually pretty similar to storing muffins. Which is great if you make a batch of banana bread muffins with these egg muffins!
If you're storing them for later, let allow the cheesy egg bites to completely cool to room temperature on a wire cooling rack. Then transfer the bite to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
You can also freeze these egg bites. Allow them to cool to room temp on a wire cooling rack and then wrap them individually in plastic wrap. You can also place them into individual plastic bags. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Alternatively, you can flash freeze the muffins on a baking sheet or in a baking dish. Then, once they are frozen, transfer to an airtight container or a freezer bag and then freeze for up to 3 months. Flash freezing them should keep the bites from sticking together in the freezer.
For best reheating results, allow the egg bites to thaw before reheating.
How to Reheat Egg Bites
To reheat, cook them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.
If reheating from frozen, pull however many you need out of the freezer container and microwave them for 1-2 minutes until warmed through. Depending on your microwave, you may need adjust the cook time.
You can also pull them out of the freezer the night before and allow them to thaw in the fridge overnight. They will reheat more easily and evenly this way.
What to Serve with Egg Bites
Or, you can stay on the healthy track and serve them with a sweet fresh fruit salad or a mixed berry smoothie. In fact, if you need to keep breakfast on the go then any smoothie, like a coffee smoothie or a peanut butter banana smoothie, would be a great addition.
Tips for Success
Check out these simple tips to make your egg bites absolutely perfect every single time:
- It is very important to properly grease the cupcake tins or line it with silicone liners. This will keep the gruyere egg bites from sticking to the bottom of each muffin cup and falling apart when you try to remove them. Allowing them to cool in the pan a bit helps prevent sticking too!
- Be careful not to overfill the muffin cups. ⅔ of the way is plenty and will allow for the slight rise that occurs when the egg bites bake. If you overfill them, then they spill over the sides while baking.
- If you are unsure as to whether or not the egg bites are done, just give the pan a slight jiggle. The center of each bite should be mostly set and the tops should be golden brown.
Generally, egg bites are a very healthy option for breakfast. It depends on what ingredients you add to the egg mixture, but they are a better option than many popular breakfast foods that contain a lot of sugar. The more veggies and protein you add to the egg bites, the better! Just don't make the mixture too chunky.
The combination of bacon and gruyere cheese is the main reason why these specific egg bites taste so amazing! Salty bacon with a rich and creamy cheese is a flavorful combination with a comfort food feel.
If you end up with soggy homemade egg bites, you likely did not bake them long enough. To be fully cooked, they need to bake at 350°F (177°C) for 20-25 minutes. The middles need to be mostly set before being removed from the oven and then they need to cool in the muffin pan so that they finish setting. If you follow this method, your egg bites should not be soggy or watery.
More Breakfast Recipes
- Mexican Breakfast Casserole
- Pumpkin Smoothie
- Cheesy Egg Muffins with Spinach
- Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
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- 10 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup shredded gouda cheese
- ½ cup bacon chunks
- 1 handful of spinach, ripped or chopped into small pieces
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a muffin tin or use silicone muffin cups.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until well combined.
- Stir in the shredded gouda cheese, bacon chunks, and chopped spinach. Season with salt and a dash of pepper. Mix well.
- Pour the egg mixture into the muffin tin or muffin cups, filling each about ⅔ full.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the egg bites are set and lightly golden on top.
- Let them cool in the muffin tin for a few minutes, then gently remove and transfer to a serving plate.
- Serve the egg bites warm for a tasty breakfast or snack.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 253mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g