If you love making a quick stop at Starbucks to pick up their egg bites for breakfast, you're going to love this make-at-home recipe! These copycat Starbucks egg bites are packed with flavor and have a velvety consistency thanks to the low and slow cooking method. I show you how to make both the kale and mushroom egg bites and the bacon and gruyere version!
- 🍳 What are Starbucks egg bites?
- 🥚 But you don't need a sous vide cooker
- 🍽️ Different varieties of egg bites
- ❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- 🗒 Ingredients
- 👩🍳 How to make Starbucks egg bites
- 🥓 How to make bacon and gruyere egg bites
- ⏲️ How to store egg bites
- 🧊 How to freeze
- 🫀 Are egg bites healthy?
- 🎉 Variations on recipe
- ☕️ More Starbucks copycat recipes
- 📖 Recipe
- 💬 Comments
I think egg bites are one of the best culinary inventions ever. Not only are they delicious and packed with protein, but they can easily be made ahead so you can enjoy eggs whenever you want.
It's also fantastic that they're becoming a mainstay at so many coffee shops. Sometimes you need a quick breakfast on-the-go, but don't want a heavy and/or unhealthy egg sandwich or pastry... Egg bites are the perfect solution!
They're easy to eat in the car or on the go and generally have enough protein to keep you full for a long time. And some of them are packed with other nutritious ingredients.
Starbucks makes some of my favorite bites of any coffee shop and I especially love their kale and mushroom egg bites... Though I'd never turn down a bacon and gouda egg bite either!
🍳 What are Starbucks egg bites?
Starbucks' version of egg bites are a combination of eggs and cottage cheese, along with some other fun add-in ingredients, like cheese, mushrooms, kale, bacon, and spices.
Aside from the cottage cheese, the thing that sets Starbucks egg bites apart from others is the fact that they're cooked via the sous vide method.
Sous vide is a method of cooking that involves vacuum sealing food in a plastic bag and immersing it in a regulated, low-temperature water bath. The food comes to temperature slowly and will never go above the temperature it's set to, which means your food will never be overcooked.
When it comes to eggs, the sous vide method can help attain a custardy, velvety consistency. And you can certainly see that when it comes to Starbucks egg bites!
🥚 But you don't need a sous vide cooker
Most households don't have a way of cooking sous vide at home. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy copycat Starbucks egg bites! I wrote this recipe in a way that would be accessible to the home chef, which means you don't need a sous vide machine or any special equipment in order to make the egg bites.
Sous vide is really about cooking food slowly over an extended period of time. So, while I would normally cook egg bites at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, I cook these Starbucks egg bites at just 200 degrees for 70-75 minutes.
I've seen lots of copycat recipes that require making a steam bath in your oven, but after lots of experimentation, I've found the low temperature works even better for the custard-like texture!
🍽️ Different varieties of egg bites
The Starbucks menu changes all the time, but at the current time (March 2023), here are the varieties of Starbucks egg bites that are available:
- Kale and Mushroom
- Bacon and Gruyere
- Egg White and Roasted Red Pepper
In the past, they also made a Ham, Cheddar, and Pepper variety.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
If you're a fan of Starbucks egg bites, you're going to love this copycat recipe for them! I'm showing you how to make the kale and mushroom egg bites, but also giving you the substitutions to use for the bacon and gruyere version.
Not only are they super easy to make, but the egg bites can be stored in the fridge for you to enjoy a quick, easy, and healthy breakfast on-the-go all week long.
But if neither of those varieties sound good to you, it's super easy for you to swap out the add-in ingredients to make these your own. I'm sharing some options later in this post!
These egg bites would be perfect served alongside some Starbucks blueberry scones!
The ingredients for the kale and mushroom egg bites are fairly simple and I'm listing everything you need here, but be sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions:
- 2% cottage cheese
- Large eggs
- Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- Shredded Swiss cheese
- Dried parsley
- Garlic powder
- Salt and black pepper
- Hot sauce
- Finely diced portobello mushrooms
- Finely chopped kale
If you want to make the bacon and gruyere bites, you can use all the same ingredients as above, but omit the dried parsley and garlic powder (simply because Starbucks doesn't use them) and replace the Swiss cheese with ⅓ cup gruyere. Also use 4 strips of chopped cooked bacon instead of the mushrooms and kale.
👩🍳 How to make Starbucks egg bites
These egg bites couldn't be easier! To start, preheat oven to 200 degrees (I told you we were going to cook these over low heat!) and spray a 12-cavity muffin tin with cooking spray.
You can also feel free to use a silicone mold muffin cups for super easy release after baking.
Now, put the cottage cheese, eggs, cheeses, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and hot sauce in a blender.
And blend until mixture is smooth.
Pour egg mixture into prepared muffin tin, filling each cavity almost to the top. Don't worry, unlike other egg bites, these ones don't rise or puff up.
Now, evenly sprinkle chopped mushrooms and kale over the tops of the eggs.
And pop them in the oven for about 70-75 minutes. Yes, it's a long time, but low and slow is the way to go if you want velvety, custard-like egg bites!
You'll know they're done when the centers are set and the edges are starting to pull away from the muffin tin.
Let them rest for a couple minutes and then remove them from the tin. You'll likely need to run a knife along the edge of each egg bite to fully loosen them from the tin.
Be sure not to let them rest too long or they'll be tough to remove.
Don't the eggs just look like little bites of custard?? The consistency of these Starbucks egg bites is so, so good!
And the flavors are pretty fabulous, too. The egg cups have the perfect amount of bite from the cheese and umami from the mushrooms. They taste just like the real thing from Starbucks.
I sometimes enjoy them with a little extra hot sauce drizzled over the top and fresh fruit served on the side.
🥓 How to make bacon and gruyere egg bites
If you're not a fan of the kale and mushroom egg bites and would rather make the bacon gruyere version, you're in luck because they're just as easy!
Follow the same ingredients and method, but omit the dried parsley and garlic powder from the mixture (you can certainly keep them in, but they are not used in Starbucks' recipe).
You'll also want to omit the Swiss cheese and use ⅓ cup of Gruyere cheese instead. And rather than topping the bites with kale and mushrooms, use small pieces of cooked bacon. I usually use 4 slices of bacon.
I don't think the bacon and gruyere egg bites are quite as pretty as the kale and mushroom version, but they are certainly super delicious!
⏲️ How to store egg bites
You can store leftover egg bites in an airtight container in the fridge for about 4 days. When you're ready to enjoy them, just pop them in the microwave (for about a minute) or the oven to gently warm.
🧊 How to freeze
If you prefer to freeze them, you can do that, too! After the egg bites are completely cooled, place them on a baking sheet and put it in the freezer. Once the bites are frozen, remove them from the baking sheet and put them in a large Ziplock bag.
Now, you can grab an egg bite from the freezer whenever you want them! I do recommend that you thaw them overnight in the fridge and then warm in the microwave or oven in the morning.
Mornings are so much better when you know you have a quick and easy breakfast waiting for you!
🫀 Are egg bites healthy?
Of course, it depends on what your nutrition goals are, but relatively speaking, egg bites are one of the healthier items on Starbucks' menu.
The cottage cheese adds a nice protein boost to the bites, along with calcium and healthy fats. And the eggs offer protein and vitamins like B6, B12 and D. And kale and mushrooms also have lots of nutritional benefits!
Even if you opt for the bacon and gruyere variety, you're still getting the benefits of the cottage cheese and eggs.
🎉 Variations on recipe
If kale and mushroom and bacon and gruyere aren't your thing, no worries! There are so many things you can add to Starbucks egg bites to make them your own. Here are some of my favorite add-ins:
- Red bell pepper
- Green peppers
- Shredded chicken
- Bacon bits
- Feta cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Ricotta cheese
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Green onions
- Egg whites (instead of whole eggs)
But the world is your oyster and you can really add absolutely anything you want to your homemade egg bites!
☕️ More Starbucks copycat recipes
I love making Starbucks recipes at home and while I mostly make their popular drinks, I'm also starting to develop copycat recipes for some of their delicious food items. Here are some of my favorite make-at-home recipes (but be sure to check out my full collection):
- Grilled Cheese
- Strawberry Acai Refresher
- Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade
- Caramel Nonfat Latte
- White Hot Chocolate
- Medicine Ball
- Pink Drink
- Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
- Lemon Loaf (from Yellow Bliss Road)
I hope this Starbucks egg bites recipe helps make your mornings easier and more delicious! They're the perfect way to meal prep for a busy week.
Comment below and let me know what you like adding to your egg bites!
Starbucks Egg Bites
- 1 ½ cups 2% cottage cheese
- 8 large eggs
- ¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- ¼ cup shredded Swiss cheese
- ¼ tsp dried parsley
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp hot sauce (or more to taste)
- ½ cup finely diced portobello mushrooms
- ½ cup finely chopped kale
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees and spray a 12-cavity nonstick muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Put the first 9 ingredients (from the cottage cheese to the hot sauce) in a blender and process until smooth.
- Pour egg mixture into prepared muffin tin, filling almost to the top (egg bites won't rise much as they cook). Top evenly with chopped mushrooms and kale.
- Place muffin tin in oven and cook for 70-75 minutes, until egg bites are set in the middle and are starting to turn golden.
- Let rest for a couple minutes and then lightly run a knife along the edge of each egg bite to remove from tin.
- Egg bites can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. They can easily be heated up in the microwave or oven.
- If you want to make the Bacon and Gruyere version of these Starbucks egg bites, you can follow the above recipe, but omit the dried parsley and garlic powder (you can certainly keep them in, but they are not used in Starbucks' recipe) and use ⅓ cup of Gruyere cheese instead of Swiss cheese. Instead of topping bites with kale and mushrooms, use small pieces of cooked bacon (from about 4 slices).
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