15 Easy muffin tin recipes to convince you that mini breakfasts are the best

Jul 16, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Making your breakfast in a muffin tin is a creative way to make individual servings in a flash. Try these recipes that will make your mornings even better.

1. Healthy egg muffin cups

Healthy egg muffin cups

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Packed with protein and vitamins, these healthy egg muffin cups are a terrific start to an energetic and productive morning.

2. Baked French toast muffins

Baked French toast muffins

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Have as many of these dairy-free pull-apart French toast muffins as you want — there's no butter or oil in the mix, and they use just 2 tablespoons of sugar.

3. Baked Parmesan hash brown cups

Baked Parmesan Hash Brown Cups

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Grated Parmesan and potatoes are baked together for these amazing Parmesan hash brown cups. Golden and crispy on the outside and cheesy and tender on the inside, these would be perfect with an over-easy egg.

4. Chocolate brioches

Chocolate brioches

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If you're going to have a pastry for breakfast, you may as well make it one of these stunning chocolate brioches. Why settle for a plastic-wrapped bear claw when you can indulge in one of these foodie dreams?

5. Mini German pancakes

Mini German Pancakes

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These mini German pancakes cook up into perfect little bowls just begging to be filled with sweetened fruit or savory sausages.

6. Java chocolate smoothie cups

Java Chocolate Smoothie Cups

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This is iced coffee like you've never had it. These unusual coffee-flavored frozen smoothies are made from bananas, dates, almonds and — wait for it — chocolate hemp protein. Maybe I just move in the wrong circles, but I had no idea there was such a thing as chocolate hemp protein. Good to know.

7. Granola cups with vanilla-scented yogurt

Granola Cups with Vanilla Scented Yogurt

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These adorable yogurt cups are made from a truly healthy granola for a change. Quality ingredients like hemp hearts, wheat germ and coconut oil make this granola stand apart from the usual sugar-heavy fare.

8. Bacon and egg breakfast muffins

Bacon and egg breakfast muffins

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With a whole egg baked right in, this daring twist on the classic bacon and eggs breakfast makes for a breakfast muffin that busy moms can just grab and go.

9. Whole-wheat apple cider doughnut muffins

Apple Cider Donut Muffins

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Coated in cinnamon and sugar, these fluffy whole-wheat apple cider doughnut muffins are a fun new way to get your apple-flavored doughnut fix.

10. Croque-madame toastie cups

Croque Madam toastie cups

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More than a few gourmands might take offense to this croque-madame in a muffin tin, but we think it's a fun and creative play on the traditional French dish. What's life without a little adventure?

11. Baked oatmeal

Baked oatmeal

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Vegan and gluten-free don't mean bland when you're talking about baked oatmeal. This tasty breakfast-on-the-go is simple to make and can be easily tweaked.

12. Brunch egg and cheese cups

Brunch egg & cheese cups

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Packed with onions, tomatoes and fresh thyme, these brunch egg and cheese cups are an ideal way to get your savory fix in the morning.

13. Easy breakfast burrito bites

Easy breakfast burrito bites

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Quartered flour tortillas work wonderfully for these easy and inventive breakfast burrito bites. Fill them with your favorite toppings, and freeze them for those busy Monday mornings.

14. Sausage and bacon grits muffins

Sausage and bacon grits muffins

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For all of us Southerners, here is a breakfast cup made with sausage, bacon and... grits. Grits may not be for everyone, but for those of us with a bit of a drawl (and a lotta taste), it's a real treat to find a muffin tin recipe like this.

15. Bacon, egg, cheese and hash brown muffins

bacon egg hash brown muffins

It's basically a complete breakfast in one bite. It doesn't get much better than that.

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