Tender, endlessly adaptable, and deliciously nutritious, these Starbucks Copycat Keto Egg Bites are quite possibly the best make-ahead breakfast around. Made with a simple 2-ingredient base of eggs and milk then gussied up with your choice of fixin’s before baking, these homemade egg bites are deeply satisfying and perfect for busy mornings.
About This Recipe
I don’t know about you, but mornings are not exactly my strong suit. I feel like I’m not even a real person until I’ve had at least one strong cup of coffee. Even then I’m not ready for concentrating in the kitchen, so I’ve taken to prepping my breakfast in advance.
That said, many of my make-ahead breakfast options lean in the sweet direction. Overnight oats with coconut milk, homemade granola, healthy-ish breakfast cookies, and bakery-style muffins are all delectable, but sometimes I want something savory to start the day. That’s where my DIY egg bites come into play.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Aside from making the ideal grab-and-go breakfast (all you have to do is microwave a serving for about 45 seconds for a hot and delicious meal), this simple recipe for easy egg bites is also:
- Quick & Easy - Add your favorite omelet fillings to a prepared muffin tin, blend up the egg base, pour the eggs in, then bake. Your total active time in the kitchen is just 15 minutes or less.
- Super Versatile - While I include a recipe for bacon & gruyere egg bites, Starbucks red pepper egg bites, and parmesan & herb egg bites below, those are just 3 among endless options for how to flavor these protein-packed handheld breakfasts. Read on below for even more ideas!
- Made With Just 2 Basic Ingredients - If you have eggs and milk on hand, you have the makings for my baked egg bites. Get as creative as you want with the fillings!
- Meal-Prep & Freezer-Friendly - The best part? Make a batch on your meal prep day and you’ll have beautiful breakfasts ready for the whole week.
- Budget-Friendly - Rather than spending about $5 for a serving on your morning coffee run, make a week’s worth of these copycat Starbucks egg bites at home for roughly the same price. While you’re at it, make your own fancy coffee shop-style drinks at home too — over the course of a month, you’ll save a boatload of cash!
Ingredients & Substitutions
As promised, this Starbucks egg bites recipe requires just a few basic ingredients, plus the fillings of your choice. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Eggs - If possible, opt for pasture-raised eggs to get the heftiest dose of nutritional benefits.
- Milk - Any percentage of dairy milk or any unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk will work here.
- Salt & Pepper - Ok, I suppose these are ingredients #3 & #4, but everything needs seasoning and I assume you have these most basic ingredients on hand at all times.
After that, whatever fillings you choose are entirely up to you! Here are my three current favorite flavors of breakfast egg bites:
Flavor Option #1 — Bacon & Gruyere
- Cooked Bacon - BEC is the OG breakfast sandwich for good reason. Who doesn’t love salty, cheesy eggs?? Make sure your bacon is already cooked & chopped into pieces before adding it to your muffin tin. I love getting Applewood Bacon from my Butcher Box subscription!
- Gruyere - This nutty swiss cheese pairs beautifully with bacon. For the best, meltiest results, be sure to grate your own cheese.
Flavor Option #2 - Herb & Parmesan Cheese Egg Bites
- Parmesan Cheese - Opt for real, grated cheese over the shakeable kind that comes in a green lidded jar.
- Herbs - Any fresh, tender herbs like dill, thyme, rosemary, chives, parsley, basil, cilantro, or tarragon will work. Feel free to mix and match to your heart’s delight!
Flavor Option #3 - Cheddar, Red Pepper, & Spinach
- Cheddar Cheese - Feel free to use either mild, medium, or sharp cheddar depending on your preferences.
- Red Pepper - You can also use yellow or orange bell peppers if that’s what you have on hand!
- Spinach - I prefer using tender baby spinach for this egg bite recipe, but feel free to use mature spinach if that’s what you have in the crisper. Just make sure to remove any tough stems ahead of time.
- Muffin Tin
- Muffin Liners or Non-Stick Spray
- Sharp Knife (Chef's Knife)
- Cutting Board
- Cheese Grater
How To Make Keto Egg Bites In A Muffin Tin
These protein egg bites come together in a flash for a quick breakfast. Here’s how:
Step 1: Prep. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray OR line with muffin cups or a silicone mold cup variation.
Step 2: Add Fillings. Fill the muffin tins about halfway full with the flavor options of your choosing.
Step 3: Make Egg Base. Place eggs and milk in a blender with salt and pepper - blend eggs for 20-30 seconds until homogenous This blending is a great way to ensure fluffy eggs!
Step 4: Assemble & Bake. Pour egg mixture over the toppings into the muffin cavities until they are about ¾ of the way full. Gently mix the egg into the ingredients. Carefully place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top of the egg bites are set. You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if you notice the eggs have not set yet!
Step 5: Cool & Eat! Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack before enjoying your delicious breakfast!
Perhaps the greatest part about this recipe for muffin pan egg bites is how versatile they are for a nutritious breakfast. You’re welcome to build your own make-ahead omelettes by adding your favorite fillings. The only rule is to not fill the muffin tins more than halfway with your mix-ins!
Here are some filling ideas to consider for your east egg bites:
- Meats & Protein - Sausage crumbles, sausage slices, chicken, turkey, pulled pork, taco meat, ham, Canadian bacon, bacon, vegan meat alternatives, or beans. Check out a Butcher Box subscription if you're interested in getting your sustainably produced meat delivered to you!
- Cheeses - Goat, cheddar, parmesan, havarti, gouda, Monterey jack, feta, colby, brie, or asiago.
- Veggies - Roasted veggies (sweet potatoes, summer squash, eggplant, green bell peppers, red bell pepper, tomatoes, etc), leafy greens (fresh or sautéed), artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, green onions, fresh spinach hash browns, etc.
- Herbs - Any fresh or dried herb your heart desires!
- Spices - Garlic powder, Nutmeg adds a hint of sweet warmth, black pepper with cayenne adds heat, smoked paprika or ground chipotle adds smokiness. You can also play with different spice blends like Everything But The Bagel, za’atar, steak seasoning, ranch seasoning, etc.
You’re also welcome to tweak these omelet bites to fit your dietary needs & preferences. Here are a few ideas:
- Egg White Bites - Make your bites calorically lighter by opting to make them with egg whites instead of the whole egg. Feel free to swap in egg whites from a carton to make prep work easier.
- Dairy-Free Egg Bites - Opt for plant-based milk and either use vegan cheese or omit it in favor of meat and veggies.
- Vegan Egg Bites - Use your favorite egg substitute (e.g. JUST Eggs) and vegan fillings to make a purely plant-based version of these tasty breakfast bites.
- Mini Egg Bites - Rather than making large-format egg bites, use a mini muffin pan to make bite-sized snack versions of these breakfast favorites.
- Make 3-4 flavors in each batch so you don’t get bored. While I love the concept of meal prep in theory, living in a 2-person household makes it a little tricky. As a food-lover, I crave variety in my daily meals. Rather than making just one flavor of these handheld omelets at a time, make several! Simply fill 3-4 muffin wells with a flavor before moving on to the next.
- Don’t overfill the muffin wells. If you fill them further than about ¾ of the way full, they’ll balloon out over the sides and potentially meld with their neighbors. Keep things tidy by showing a bit of restraint.
- Cook watery vegetables first. Options like mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus, and broccoli have quite a bit of moisture lurking in them. Cook them first before adding to the egg bites so the egg mixture doesn’t get too watery.
Oven-baked egg bites will last in an airtight container or freezer bag in the fridge for up to 5 days in a single layer, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To reheat your little egg muffins, allow to defrost overnight in the fridge, then microwave until heated through, about 30-45 seconds on high. You’re also welcome to toast them in a toaster oven for about 2-3 minutes if you prefer a crispy exterior.
Frequently Asked Questions
Since I’m not a registered nutrition professional, and since “healthy” is a pretty subjective term, I don’t feel qualified to make the proclamation about whether or not egg bites are healthy.
What I WILL say is that these tasty little breakfast bites are packed with protein, are an easy way to sneak veggies into my diet first thing, and are great at keeping me fueled and satisfied until lunch. In my book, that makes them both nutritious AND delicious.
Aside from serving them warm, there’s no real “right” way to serve these egg cups. Sometimes I’ll smash one between two pieces of toast or an English muffin to make a breakfast sandwich.
Other times, I’ll douse them with hot sauce or salsa and a dollop of sour cream and tuck them into a tortilla. They’re also excellent eaten by themselves, straight out of hand as you’re running out the door. 😉
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Starbucks Copycat Keto Egg Bites (In Oven, 3 Ways!)
- 8 Eggs
- ¼ cup Milk
Flavor Option One
- ⅓ cup Bacon, cooked & chopped into pieces
- ¼ cup Gruyere, grated
- Salt & Pepper
Flavor Option Two
- ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- ¼ cup Herbs, dill, thyme, rosemary, chives etc
- Salt & Pepper
Flavor Option 3
- ¼ cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
- ⅓ cup Red Pepper, Diced
- ⅓ cup Spinach, roughly chopped
- Salt & Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Place eggs and milk in a bender - blend until homogenous8 Eggs, ¼ cup Milk
- Spray muffin pan with spray OR line with muffin liners. Fill the muffin tins about halfway full with the flavor options of your choosing.
- Pour egg mixture over the toppings into the muffin cavities until they are about ¾ of the way full, and gently stir to combine within the muffin tin.
- Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the top of the egg bites are set.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before enjoying!
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