Egg Bites

Need a tasty on-the-go breakfast? Make this egg bites recipe! Inspired by Starbucks, it's healthy, flavorful, and easy to make in a muffin tin.

Egg bites

This egg bites recipe is the best grab-and-go breakfast! The egg bites keep well in the fridge for a couple of days (and longer in the freezer), so they’re great for meal prep. Plus, they’re packed with protein and flavorful veggies for an energizing start to the morning.

The recipe is loosely inspired by the famous bacon and Gruyère Starbucks egg bites. They’re known for their velvety texture, which Starbucks says comes from cooking them using the French sous vide technique.

I’m not about to get out a sous vide machine to cook breakfast, so I had to find another way to make these egg bites delicate and creamy. My solution was one simple ingredient—cottage cheese!—which Starbucks also uses in its recipe. Blended with the eggs, it gives these bites a perfect texture and rich, cheesy flavor. You have to try them!

Egg bites recipe ingredients

Egg Bites Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Eggs, of course! 6 large eggs do the trick.
  • Whole milk cottage cheese – The secret ingredient! It gives this recipe an AMAZING custardy texture and cheesy taste. Plus, it adds lots of protein!
  • Fresh spinach – Starbucks loads up its egg bites with bacon and Gruyère cheese, but I love these with fresh veggies! The spinach adds a lovely green fleck and earthy flavor. Feel free to use frozen spinach instead of fresh.
  • Roasted red peppers – Make homemade roasted red peppers, or simplify this recipe by using jarred peppers from the store.
  • Green onions – For savory flavor.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Variations

I love this recipe as written, but if you want to experiment with other veggies, feel free!

A sprinkle of cheese on top would be tasty too! I like these with shredded cheddar cheese or crumbled feta cheese.

Note: I recommend sticking to about 1 1/4 cups vegetables total—any more will add too much moisture.

Egg mixture in blender

How to Make Egg Bites

This recipe is easy to make! Here’s how it goes:

First, blend the egg mixture. Crack the eggs into a blender and add the cottage cheese, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Set the mixture aside while you prep the veggies.

To prepare the vegetables, start by cooking the spinach. Steam it for 1 minute, or until wilted. Transfer it to a strainer and squeeze out the excess water. Try to remove as much liquid as possible—you don’t want the egg bites to be watery! Roughly chop the spinach.

Chop the peppers and scallions and place them in a medium bowl. Add the spinach and mix to combine. Measure 1/4 cup of the veggies and set aside.

Adding vegetables and eggs to muffin cups

Next, assemble the egg bites. Grease a nonstick muffin tin with olive oil or cooking spray. Then, evenly divide all but the reserved 1/4 cup vegetables among the muffin cups. Pour the egg mixture on top, dividing it evenly among the cups. You’ll need about a scant 1/4 cup for each one. Finally, top with the reserved veggies.

Bake the egg bites at 350°F for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the eggs are set. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before enjoying.

That’s it!

Egg bites in muffin pan

Egg Bites Recipe Tips

  • Use a nonstick muffin tin. These egg bites love to stick to the pan, so make sure your muffin tin is nonstick. If you don’t have a nonstick pan, a good alternative is a silicone mold. It’ll allow you to easily to pop out the egg bites!
  • Make them ahead. These egg bites keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for a quick on-the-go breakfast!
  • You can also freeze them. If you want to keep the egg bites around for more than a few days, I recommend freezing them. Allow them to cool to room temperature, and then seal them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow frozen egg bites to thaw overnight in the fridge before zapping them in the microwave to reheat.

Egg bites recipe

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Egg Bites

rate this recipe:
4.83 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves 12
Inspired by Starbucks, these easy egg bites are a healthy, delicious grab-and-go breakfast! See the blog post above for storage, freezing, and reheating instructions. Gluten-free.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a nonstick muffin tin with olive oil.
  • In a blender, place the eggs, cottage cheese, salt, and several grinds of pepper. Blend until smooth.
  • Place the spinach in a steamer basket and set over a pot filled with 1 inch of water. Bring the water to a simmer, cover, and steam for 1 minute, or until the spinach is wilted. Transfer to a strainer and squeeze out the excess water. Roughly chop.
  • Place the spinach in a medium bowl and add the peppers and scallions. Toss to combine and measure ¼ cup of the mixed vegetables. Set aside.
  • Evenly divide the remaining veggies among the muffin cups. Pour a scant ¼ cup of the egg mixture over the vegetables in each well. Divide any remaining egg mixture evenly among the wells. Evenly sprinkle the reserved ¼ cup vegetables on top.
  • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the eggs are set. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

Notes

Makes 12 egg bites

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  1. Amy
    02.20.2024

    Per doctors orders I am needing to increase my protein intake. I’m going to make your egg bites. Could you tell me how much protein would be in each egg bite? Many thanks.

  2. Kaitlyn
    02.11.2024

    Hi! For some reason a few of them are still liquidy in the middle. I’ve put them back in for an additional 3 minutes after the 22 minutes and still liquidy. Will it improve when I put them in a microwave tomorrow? Are they safe to eat?

  3. Alexus
    01.30.2024

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, they turned out perfect! Yeah they deflated, but it was bound to happen. I heat mine in the microwave for 45secs and they come out perfect. If I use the ones that are from my freezer, I take the amount out that I will need for three days the night before and put them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Thank you!
    I see that you don’t do nutritional information, that is the only downside.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      02.02.2024

      Hi Alexus, I’m so glad you loved the egg bites! Thanks for sharing your make-ahead and reheating method.

  4. Joy
    01.20.2024

    2 stars
    How can these be reheated? I am making them for tomorrow morning.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.23.2024

      Hi Joy, you can microwave them until just warmed through.

  5. Carolyn
    01.20.2024

    Jeanine, you write in your blog that these Egg Bites can be reheated in the microwave. Ours is not working. Is there an alternative way you could recommend to reheat these?

  6. Theresa
    01.17.2024

    Do you have nutritional information with your recipes? They look delicious. I am monitoring protein and carbs in my diet. Thank you

  7. Elizabeth
    01.17.2024

    These look wonderful as I have been looking forward to a healthier version to what SB has. Can I substitute feta cheese instead of cottage?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.17.2024

      Hi Elizabeth, I’m sorry, we don’t post nutrition facts. I haven’t tried these with feta (they might be too salty), but we use feta in this egg muffin recipe that you might like: https://www.loveandlemons.com/egg-muffins/

  8. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    01.16.2024

    great idea, much better home made than at SB’s, love being able to customize the ingredients too, thank you

  9. Fabulous. These would be really funny with a lot of kids in the house!

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