So, if your family is anything like mine, finding a breakfast option that is quick, delicious, and loved by all can be a pretty major challenge. Start your morning off right with Sausage & Cheddar Egg Donut Bites! This protein-packed breakfast is sure to please the whole family, and it’s perfect for those on-the-go mornings. Plus, it’s frugal, keto, gluten-free, and low carb friendly. So grab a few and get your day started with a delicious, nutritious breakfast!
A little back story here. My husband and I work in residential care (which is very similar to foster care, but we live in a group home with up to eight children at a time). The first time I made this recipe was right when the whole country shut down during the pandemic. We had 7 girls (ages 6-15) living with us and most of them had ADHD diagnoses (meaning sugary cereals or pop-tarts are not just lacking in nutrition, they are their kryptonite!)
One of our teens is a big athlete and I knew with the lack of practices and being locked down, we would have to help her steward her nutrition well to keep her body (and her game) strong. We took that as an opportunity to teach her about the power of protein! Our 6-year-old at the time loved helping in the kitchen, too, so it was going to be a win-win. When I pulled out our festive donut pans, I immediately saw hearts appear in her widely opened eyes!
I had previously thrown similar ingredients together to make sausage balls for a holiday appetizer and they were always a hit. I knew from experience that getting the girls to eat traditional eggs, bacon, or really anything healthy was a challenge, but I thought to myself “they all love donuts.. I wonder if we bake these in the shape of donuts if they will eat them?”
Sure enough, they did. They absolutely did! Not a single “egg donut” was left. There was barely even a crumb! (Full disclosure, though, that may be because the girls think it is their personal mission to feed our pup any crumbs they come across. Ha!)
Moral of the story, these egg donuts were (and still are) a hit for all in our house! From the 6-year-old to my hubby (and the dog too), everyone finds these protein packed noms to be drool-worthy. They have since become a staple in our home. I even made them for my family when they visited from Indiana and they all loved them, too! (So much so, my mom asks for the recipe regularly and asked me to start this blog specifically to post this recipe.)
So there you have it! Double or triple these ingredients and make a large batch, pop them in an air tight container, and store in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months!
To reheat, simply pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or nuke them in the microwave for a minute (a little longer if they’re frozen).
If you choose to make these, let me know in the comments what your family thinks, or tag me on social media! Happy baking, friends!
Sausage & Cheddar Egg Donut Bites
Protein-packed, low carb, egg donut bites that are perfect for busy families. Just grab and reheat before you walk out the door!
- Silicone Donut Pans
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 lb Breakfast Sausage (Pork, Turkey, Chicken, etc.)
- 8 oz Cream Cheese (softened)
- 6 Eggs (beaten)
- 1/3 cup Almond Flour
- 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, brown breakfast sausage. Season with your favorite seasonings (I like to do 1 tbsp brown sugar & 1 tsp ground sage).
- While sausage is still hot, add cream cheese (cubed works best) and combine until melted and mixed.
Set aside sausage and cream cheese mixture to cool briefly. In separate bowl, beat eggs. Add salt and shredded cheddar and mix well.
Combine the egg/cheddar and sausage/cream cheese mixtures. Stir well. Spoon 1/3 cup of batter into silicone donut pan. Spread evenly in pan with the back of a spoon.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes (until tops begin to brown).
- Store in air tight container in fridge for up to 5 days or in freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or pop them in the microwave (we usually do about a minute).