Starbucks knows my heart. Right around when I was pretty much giving up breakfast carbs for life (which send me on a roller coaster all day filled with crashes, spikes and cravings), it came out with its Sous Vide Egg Bites. The anti-sandwich, they are the epitome of my perfect breakfast food.
Take all my money, Starbucks. Just take it. Over the last 18 months, I have fallen so deeply in love with these egg bites, that I would covet Starbucks gift cards and even forego coffee to afford them. The protein count, pop of flavor, the cute little carrying case. I love it all.
I needed to find a way to recreate these and started researching it over a year ago. It seems the secret/not-so-secret ingredient is cottage cheese. That gives them the protein boost and the creamy texture. The add-ins are infinitely adaptable. The method is indisputable, sous vide in the Instant Pot.
Through some trial and error and shamelessly stealing other people’s recipes, I have developed my own easy recipe for these that is going to carry me through this Fall until I burn out on them.
- Vitamix – this thing is more than a blender people – you can try these without one, but I firmly believe that the Vitamix whips a lot of air into the eggs which ends up being the key to the light and fluffy texture
- Instant Pot – I mean, can we even be internet friends if you don’t have one? I am the Instant Pot’s original hype girl.
- Silicone Mold – this little flower-looking mold makes these mimic the texture of the Starbucks bites and fits perfectly into your Instant Pot
Add into your Vitamix: 8 eggs, 1 cup of full fat cottage cheese, and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese of your choice. I think you could omit the shredded cheese. Blend, gently turning it up to 10 and then to high, for 2-3 minutes, incorporating all of that good air.
Mix-ins: I have found that about 2 cups of raw spinach, 1/2 cup raw chopped peppers, and about 1 cup of chopped up turkey sausage or bacon are my favorites. I love that I don’t have to cook the mix-ins in advance.
Add them into the Vitamix and “pulse” the Vitamix- incorporating the mix-ins and pulverizing the spinach a bit.
Put two cups of water in your IP, and lower your trivet down into it (the one that came with it). Fill your mold. Seal the top with foil and put on Steam for 10 minutes.
You will need to do two batches- this made 14. I found it worked best to pop them out when they were warm vs. leaving them in the mold and putting the lid on.
I am very happy with these, my kids love them, too, and it makes enough to make it worth it for quick breakfasts.