Low-Carb Cottage Cheese Breakfast Muffins with Bacon have egg, Parmesan, almond flour, and a tiny bit of white whole wheat flour. See suggestions to replace the flour for a version that’s Keto and gluten-free.
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When I spotted an idea for cottage cheese egg muffins online years ago, I loved the idea of a high-protein muffin with cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan, and almond meal, and just the tiniest bit of flour, and I decided to make them have a breakfast muffin. And when I did I discovered that the almond flour and tiny bit of flour gave these breakfast muffins a nice texture that was different than the Keto Egg Muffins I’d been making for years.
And these Cottage Cheese Breakfast Muffins with Bacon were definitely a success! And even with the small amount of flour, there are only 7 net carbs per muffin, and 15 grams of protein! Since I first posted this recipe I’ve made these delicious breakfast muffins over and over to keep in the fridge for a grab-and-go breakfast. And these tasty high protein breakfast muffins have been a hit with everyone who tries them!
If you don’t want flour or want a muffin that’s stricter on carbs for Keto or Gluten-Free, this post has some suggestions for adapting the recipe for that as well!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- cottage cheese
- grated parmesan cheese
- White Whole Wheat Flour (affiliate link), or see Keto and Gluten-Free options below
- Almond Flour (affiliate link)
- baking powder
- green onions
What if you want a breakfast muffin that’s gluten-free or Keto?
If you check the nutritional information you’ll see that the small amount of white whole wheat flour doesn’t add many carbs, and the flour does give a nice texture to the egg muffins with cottage cheese. But if you need a version that’s gluten-free or Keto I’d recommend replacing the flour with Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) or Hemp Seeds (affiliate link), or maybe a combination of both those. There are also a number of brands of Keto Flour (affiliate link) on the market which I am guessing would work fine in this recipe. And there’s also a delicious flourless gluten-free breakfast muffin on the blog that was partly inspired by this recipe.
Want more ideas for muffins like these?
I love these cottage cheese and egg muffins so much that I’ve made a variation with ham and cheddar and a meatless version with mushrooms and Feta! Try the recipe yourself and see if these are going to become a repeater for you too!
Want lots more Ideas for Egg Muffins and Breakfast Muffins?
Check out my post with Low-Carb Muffins and Breakfast Muffins for lots more tasty muffin ideas to make for breakfast!
How to Make Cottage Cheese Breakfast Muffins with Bacon:
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- Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
- Spray silicone baking cups (affiliate link) lightly with olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Mix together the cottage cheese, Parmesan, white whole wheat flour, almond meal, salt, water, and beaten egg.
- Then fold in the crumbled pre-cooked bacon and thinly sliced green onion.
- Fill large muffin cups 3/4 full.
- Bake 25-30 minutes, or until muffins are light browned and enjoy!
- One of these muffins is enough for me for a tasty breakfast!
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Weekend Food Prep:
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2/3 cup cottage cheese (see notes)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour (see notes for gluten-free option)
2/3 cup almond flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 T water
4 eggs, beaten
3 strips cooked bacon
3 T thinly sliced green onion
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Spray silicone baking cups (affiliate link) lightly with olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Microwave bacon until crisp and then crumble it. (I use Costco pre-cooked bacon which made this quick.)
- Thinly slice green onions.
- In mixing bowl, combines cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, white whole wheat flour, Almond Flour (affiliate link), salt, water, and beaten egg. Mix well.
- Gently mix in crumbled bacon and green onion, until well distributed in batter.
- Fill muffin cups 3/4 full with cottage cheese and egg mixture.
- Bake 25-30 minutes, or until muffins are firm and lightly browned.
- Serve hot or room temperature.
To make a version that’s gluten-free I would replace the white whole wheat flour with Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) or Hemp Seeds (affiliate link), or use a combination of both. Some people have also reported using quinoa flakes, and I think a gluten-free flour mix would also work.
Use regular or low-fat cottage cheese, whichever you prefer.
Muffins can be refrigerated and reheated in the microwave. (I cut in half crosswise before heating. Be very careful not to microwave too long, or they will become tough.)
I haven’t tried freezing them, but I would imagine they will freeze well.
Recipe from adapted Sundried Tomato Cottage Cheese Muffins by Rose Elliot, featured on 101 Cookbooks.
Amount Per Serving:
calories: 224Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 659mgCarbohydrates: 9gfiber: 2gSugar: 1gprotein: 15g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
These Cottage Cheese Breakfast Muffins with Bacon are low in net carbs, even with the small amount of white whole wheat flour. See suggestions in the recipe for Keto and Gluten-Free options to replace the flour if you prefer. These muffins would be phase 2 or 3 for the original South Beach Diet due to the flour. I wouldn’t worry about the small amount of bacon here for South Beach, but you could use turkey bacon if you prefer.
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Historical Notes for this recipe
Cottage Cheese Breakfast Muffins with Bacon were first posted October 2007 and updated with better photos, September 2015. The recipe was last updated with more information in 2022.
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