Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mini Crustless Quiche (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

I love being able to wake up, pop something in the toaster oven while I get ready for school/work, and eat it right before I leave or as I walk out the door. This is one of those meals.

As with almost all the recipes I post, you can pretty much eliminate or add anything as you please. Don't like mushrooms? Nix them. Really love tomatoes? Add more. Simple as that.

Here's some pictures to get you craving them. You may notice there aren't any pictures of it actually done. That's because I forgot to take any before we ate them all over the past few days. Fail. Time to use your imagination.

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Mini Crustless Quiche
Servings: 12 muffins       Prep Time: 20 minutes       Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
1/2 package bacon
2 stalks green onion
1 cup spinach
3 mushrooms
9 cherry tomatoes
10 eggs
4 tablespoon coconut milkfat* from the top of a can of coconut milk or whole milk (read about coconut milkfat benefits here)
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook bacon until crispy, however you usually cook bacon. I love cooking it in my cast iron pan and popping it in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes, but this time I cooked it on the stove because it's faster. 

While the bacon is cooking (or after, if you're doing it on the stovetop and can't multitask without burning the bacon!), cut up the green onion, spinach, and mushrooms into tiny pieces. Quarter the cherry tomatoes by cutting it in half, then in half again. 

Crack all the eggs into a large bowl. Add the coconut milkfat or milk, salt and pepper and whisk. The coconut milkfat will not completely break up, but will be little chunks. It will melt in the oven. Don't worry about the quiche tasting coconutty - you won't notice it but you'll be getting healthy fats!

When the bacon is done, cut it into small pieces. You are now ready to assemble!

Line a cupcake pan with foil liners (or grease the pan really well with your bacon grease). Add about a tablespoon of egg to the bottom of each liner, then add in a little bit of green onion, spinach, mushrooms, and 3 pieces of cherry tomatoes. I separated all my ingredients in half and then split each half throughout 6 liners so that I knew I'd have enough to fill all 12. Once all the green onion, spinach, mushroom and tomatoes have been divvied up, add enough egg to fill the liners about 3/4 of the way. They will expand a little. When they are full, add the cut up pieces of bacon to the top.

Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are very firm and slightly browning. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then cool on wire rack or eat! To freeze, just put them in a freezer bag. When ready to eat, put them in a toaster over for 5-10. I don't have a microwave so I don't know how long to nuke it in there!

*Note: Thai Kitchen coconut milk is not paleo because it has added xanthan gum, which is usually derived from corn. I already had some in the house, but from here on out I plan on making it myself because I have yet to find any that does not contain guar gum or xanthan gum.

Let me know if you try this recipe and what you thought!


  1. These look really tasty. I made quiche once before and have wanted to make it since ^_^ The bacon is luring me in.

  2. Ooooh great idea! I make a big quiche one afternoon a week and Ryan eats quiche, hot rice cereal or cereal for his breakfasts most mornings. I don't have the energy to get up and make a real breakfast anymore but if I make quiche he can still have something hot before he rushes off to work/class/both. I should do them as mini quiches this week!

    1. I used to do that, but Vince would practically eat the whole thing in one sitting! Now I limit him to two quiches a day hahaha

    2. So my husband eats all the sweets at once and yours eats all the quiche at once ha ha.

  3. I lovelovelove quiche, my dad used to make it all the time. Definitely gonna make this!!

  4. Made this last night after being inspired by you to try out the paleo. Mmmmmm. Tasty. I bought a package of bacon odds and ends (2# of good bacon for about the price of 1# of crappy bacon). I also just mixed all ingredients together for quicker, easier assembly. Thanks for the good recipe. We all loved it.

    1. Awesome!! I was worried about adding everything together and not evenly dividing the food in the eggs because it would sink to the bottom. Was it easy to get them somewhat even? Glad you liked it!

  5. They were even for the most part. The last few had less egg than the first ones, but it was unnoticeable when they were done.

  6. This was delicious! I hd to sub a few things, but I was desperately in need of a gluten free dairy free soy free quiche, and these are perfect! I cooked my bacon, then sautéed an onion and a little purple pepper I found at the market the other day in the bacon grease, and stuck with the spinach and tomato. Love how you counted out the cherry tomatoes! Also I made it with duck eggs, which I had never tried before. They taste great! The market lady said they were creamier/yolkier. I can't tell, since this is the only way I've eaten them and there's all that yummy coconut fat...tastes like chicken eggs to me! I have mild sensitivities to chicken eggs, so I'm hoping this is a good alternative. The best part is that all these ingredients are available at my local markets! Thank you for posting this very helpful recipe!

    1. Just seeing this comment...I'm so glad they worked for you! I saw duck eggs at the farmer's market last week and wanted to get some, but didn't. Now I think I will!