No time for breakfast? No longer an excuse! Here are 31 portable Paleo-friendly meals and snacks you can make in a muffin tin. Sweet or savory, these recipes are easy to whip up and can be eaten on the go.
In our fast-paced lives, the thing that makes it hardest to eat Paleo is often lack of time to make healthy food. Sometimes you just don’t have time to chop veggies, brown meat, bake sweet potatoes, or grill some steaks.
So how can we eat healthy in these situations?
A muffin tin comes to the rescue!
This versatile kitchen essential is something we take for granted and usually just use for Paleo muffins and the occasional Paleo cupcake for parties. Luckily, there’s so much more that can be done with a muffin tin!
Egg muffins, mini meatloaves, breakfast biscuit cups, and even mini meatball subs are just a few ways that you can create healthy make-ahead meals easily using a muffin tin.
It’s easy to make muffin-tin meals with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! As these recipes prove, if it’s edible, you can probably cook it in a muffin tin!
Pick out a few of these recipes and take a couple hours on Saturday or Sunday to do some make-ahead muffin cup meal prep. As a result, you’ll have nutrition and protein-packed food to sustain you and your family all throughout the week. This is also a fun project to do with kids to teach them how to cook healthy food.
You can change up the meat and veggies you use in these recipes to make your own mini-meal creations! Round things out with some greens tossed with olive oil and balsamic, or quickly steam your favorite green veggie to serve alongside it.
Many of these recipes can be made and frozen to thaw when ready to eat. They can even be made in a mini muffin tin for Paleo appetizers! Serve these recipes at a fancy dinner or brunch; they’re that good!
Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins Recipe
These unique protein-packed egg muffins are full of flavor from chicken and hot sauce! They’re a perfect way to start a busy morning.
Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins
Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins
Fancy savory pumpkin pie – in muffin cups? Yes! Get all the delicious flavors in these adorable mini pumpkin zucchini muffins.
Recipe: Pumpkin Zuccini Muffins
Crisp Ham and Egg Cups Recipe
This is a gourmet ham and eggs breakfast turned into finger food. These are fancy enough to serve for brunch!
Recipe: Crisp Ham and Egg Cups
Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Packed with all the flavors of pumpkin pie, these muffins will sweeten up breakfast in a nutritious way, so that you don’t, you know, actually eat pie for breakfast.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Paleo Meatloaf Muffins with Tangy Sweet Tomato Glaze Recipe
Meatloaf muffins? It’s a thing! These flavorful turkey and pork meatloaves are topped with a homemade roasted tomato sauce. These are a full gourmet meal in a cup!
Veggie-Packed Meatloaf Muffins Recipe
Want more veggies? These meatloaves can be made with turkey or chicken and spiced with flavorful Italian spices. They’re packed with bell peppers, carrots and zucchini and topped with ketchup. Yum!
Recipe: Meatloaf Muffins
Spicy Tuna Cakes Recipe
These baked tuna cakes feature sweet potato, cilantro, and red pepper flakes. They’re a simple make-ahead meal that you can serve at a dinner party!
Recipe: Spicy Tuna Cakes
Eggs in Hash Brown Nests Recipe
There are only two ingredients in these yummy egg nests: sweet potatoes and eggs. These are a great way to get protein and carbs in a fast, delicious way!
Recipe: Eggs in Hash Brown Nests
Heavenly Paleo Banana Muffins
These Paleo Banana Muffins are sweet, moist and incredibly scrumptious! They are a delicious reminder of banana bread and cake but presented in a tasty bite-sized version.
Recipe: Heavenly Paleo Banana Muffins
Paleo Pizza Bowls Recipe
These pizza bowls are made by baking cauliflower pizza dough in muffin cups and filling with pizza toppings! They’re a great way to eat healthy pizza even on the go!
Recipe: Paleo Pizza Bowls
Spaghetti and Meatball Bites Recipe
Love spaghetti and meatballs but want something quick and portable? These spaghetti squash meatball cups are your delicious solution!
Recipe: Spaghetti and Meatball Bites
Mini Egg Pizzas
Put all your favorite pizza toppings in a Paleo egg muffin for a super-quick meal that’s kid-friendly and full of flavor!
Recipe: Mini Egg Pizzas
Paleo Breakfast Tacos
Try these Paleo breakfast taco fillings in a crispy taco shell that are baked using a muffin tin!
Recipe: Paleo Breakfast Tacos
Pesto Egg Muffins
The light and delicious flavors of pesto and fresh chives make these simple egg muffins into a special breakfast.
Recipe: Pesto Egg Muffins
Cocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
This recipe swaps the usual wheat flour and sugar with fresh zucchini and coconut flour. The end result is delicious, fluffy, moist muffins studded with pieces of dark chocolate.
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
Paleo Breakfast Biscuit Cups
Put all your favorite Paleo breakfast foods in a convenient sweet potato biscuit cup!
Recipe: Paleo Breakfast Biscuit Cups
Bacon and Egg Biscuit Cups
With a biscuit base, egg and spinach filling, and bacon “crust,” these Paleo breakfast delights will taste amazing and keep you full until lunch!
Recipe: Bacon and Egg Biscuit Cups
Paleo Beef “Sausage” and Broccoli Egg Muffins
Get all the flavors of a broccoli-sausage quiche in a bite-sized way with this recipe! This one features homemade beef sausage, fresh broccoli, and creamy coconut milk.
Paleo Bacon and Eggs to Go
Ever wanted to wrap your scrambled eggs in bacon? Now you can with this simple recipe!
Recipe: Paleo Bacon and Eggs to Go
Paleo Sweet Potato Egg Cups
Try these egg and bell pepper quiches baked in a nutritious sweet potato crust!
Recipe: Paleo Sweet Potato Egg Cups
Mini Bacon Guacamole Cups
Crispy bacon bowls made in a muffin pan and filled with guacamole — delicious!
Recipe: Mini Bacon Guacamole Cups
Mini Meatball Sub Cups
All the amazingness of a saucy meatball sub – made in a muffin cup!
Recipe: Mini Meatball Sub Cups
Paleo Mini Quiches in Almond Flour Crusts
Get all the flavors of a traditional quiche – complete with a homemade flaky crust – with this recipe!
Paleo Chicken Pot Pie
Comforting chicken pot pie filling topped with homemade Paleo biscuits = perfection!
Recipe: Paleo Chicken Pot Pie
Apple Cinnamon Egg Muffins
These protein-packed muffins are full of nutrition from eggs and green apples. Cinnamon and a little coconut flour make them feel like a treat!
Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Egg Muffins
Mini Morning Egg Bites
Chia seeds, eggs, onion, parsley, and tomato combine to create the perfect nutritious breakfast all rolled into one delicious egg bite.
Recipe: Mini Morning Egg Bites
Bacon Sweet Potato Muffins
Who doesn’t love egg, bacon, and sweet potatoes for breakfast? Now you can eat them in muffin form!
Carrot Bacon Egg Muffins
Delicious carrot, coconut cream, and bacon mini quiches!
Recipe: Carrot Bacon Egg Muffins
Paleo Chili Cups
Homemade meat and veggie chili in plantain bread cups? Yes, please!
Recipe: Paleo Chili Cups
Savoury Paleo Muffins with Ham and Sundried Tomatoes
These high-protein, flavorful Paleo muffins are the perfect make-ahead breakfast or filling snack!
Paleo Mini Tacos Recipe
Almond flour crust, homemade taco-spiced beef, and taco fixings on top? These are a perfect make-ahead meal that doubles as a great game-day recipe!
Recipe: Paleo Mini Tacos
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