Mornings are usually a big hurry, so make breakfast way easier with these easy, pre-prepared muffin tin egg bites that contain all your favorite veggies. You can customize them to contain any breakfast meat, cheese, and veggies that you like.
They are so simple to pop in the microwave from the freezer and quickly reheat to eat on the go. These are a great option to take on-to-go in a reusable bag to work or school, too!
Why this Recipe Works
It's quick and easy to whip up a big batch of these egg bites. Since this recipe uses a non-stick muffin tin to cook them in the oven, they are already separated into portions for you.
These egg bites are customizable so you can switch them up every time – meat, cheese, veggies, seasoning... whatever is your favorite! Eggs are a protein-packed and healthy base, which will give you plenty of energy and keep you fuller for longer.
The egg bites cook perfectly and quickly in the oven.
They're great to take on the go with you, and you can freeze and eat them for breakfast a few days later. Simply wrap them in a damp paper towel and reheat in the microwave for 50 seconds, then 10 seconds at a time until heated. You can also reheat them in the oven. Just like you can freeze these meatless breakfast burritos.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Broccoli – Swap with other cruciferous veggies you love, like cauliflower or kale.
Bell pepper – Any color bell pepper will taste great in this recipe, but I prefer red for its sweetness.
Pepper jack cheese – Swap in your favorite cheese, like cheddar, swiss, or mozzarella.
Cottage cheese – I use full-fat cottage cheese, but this recipe also works with non-fat. If you don't want to use cottage cheese, you could use ricotta in its place.
Red onion – Slightly milder than yellow onion. You can substitute with scallions, shallots, or even regular white or yellow onion and just use less.
Turkey or vegan bacon – Add any cooked meat you like, vegan or not. This recipe also works if you leave the meat out completely.
Oil - Use any flavorless or olive oil like canola, avocado, or sunflower seed.
Egg Bite Combinations & Variations to Try
- BEC – vegan or turkey bacon, egg, and cheddar
- Go Green – broccoli, green bell pepper, asparagus
- Rainbow – red, yellow, orange, and green bell peppers, red onion
- Simple – egg, cheese, seasoning of choice
- Classic – broccoli and cheddar, just like your favorite soup
- Italian – pesto, chopped tomatoes, parmesan
- Protein-packed - spinach, feta, red pepper
- Pizza - pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato
- Croque madame - ham, cheddar
- Greek - feta, green pepper, olives
If you're looking for an egg recipe packed with greens, you can turn this kuku sabzi (herb frittata) into egg bites, too!
How to Make this Recipe
Start by pre-heating your oven to 350F. While your oven is heating up, you need to heat the oil in a medium pan.
In that pan, cook the broccoli, onion, bell pepper, and turkey bacon until all the veggies and bacon have slightly softened and are aromatic. This should take about 5 minutes. When ready, set these aside.
Coat a standard muffin tin (12 cup spaces) with cooking spray. Divide the veggie and bacon mixture equally between each muffin cup. Do not press them down, because you need to leave space in between so that the egg mixture can fill up the gaps.
Note: have made this recipe using a non-stick muffin tin and a regular muffin tin. If using a regular muffin tin, it is helpful to add a little extra cooking spray or butter. You can also cook them in silicone cupcake liners.
Next, divide the egg mixture and pour it evenly into the 12 cups over the top of the veggies and the bacon. Sprinkle your cheese evenly over each cup, as shown.
Place in the oven and cook for around 20-25 minutes until the eggs are set.
Remove from the oven and cool the egg cups for about 2-3 minutes. To release the egg cups from the tin, lightly run a knife along the edge of each cup to ease them out. Eat now or freeze and store to enjoy later!
Yes, these eggs are great to freeze and enjoy later. Freeze the egg cups in a sealed container and reheat then for a few minutes in the microwave when ready to eat. They are good for up to 2 months in the freezer.
Wrap frozen egg cups in a damp paper towel to help evenly steam them through, then microwave for 50 seconds, then 10 seconds at a time until heated. For refrigerated egg cups, microwave for 20 seconds, then 10 seconds at a time until heated.
Grease your muffin tin well before filling to prevent the eggs from sticking. I use avocado oil spray and it works great. If you would like to make doubly sure, use a non-stick muffin tin. You can use muffin tin cupcake liners, too. Silicon ones are great for reusing.
Use dried oregano, dried basil, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper, everything but the bagel seasoning, or cumin. Choose your own adventure!
Keep your energy going with these tasty and filling breakfast ideas that are easy to whip up!
Muffin Tin Egg Bites
- 2 cups broccoli chopped
- ¼ cup onion diced
- ¼ cup red bell pepper diced
- 2 tablespoon oil olive, avocado, canola, sunflower seed, etc.
- ¾ cup Pepper Jack cheese shredded
- 8 large eggs
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- 3 slices turkey bacon or vegan bacon, chopped
- Pinch salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In the meantime, heat the oil in a medium pan. Cook the broccoli, onion, bell pepper, and turkey bacon until the veggies are slightly softened and aromatic, ~5 minutes. Set aside.
- In a blender, add the eggs, cottage cheese, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
- Coat 12 standard muffin cups with cooking spray. Divide the broccoli and bacon mixture evenly. Do not press down. Leaving the space allows for the egg mixture to fill.
- Divide the egg mixture into the 12 cups over the broccoli and bacon mixture.
- Sprinkle the cheese mixture evenly over each cup.
- Cook 20-25 minutes until the eggs are set.
- Cool for 2-3 minutes. To release, lightly run a knife along the edge of each bit.
This post was originally published in July of 2019 but was republished with step by step instructions, FAQs, and tips in January of 2022. It was updated in March 2023 with additional FAQs, and edits for clarity and conciseness throughout.