My favorite gear for making
Egg McMuffin Copycats
My new favorite pan for baking eggs (thanks to a suggestion by reader Angie). It makes the eggs the perfect size to fill English Muffins to the edge.
This non-stick pan also works well for baking eggs, along with super-sized muffins and cupcakes.
Also available: 7-oz Ramekins with Lids
I use these when I just want to cook 1 or 2 eggs for McMuffins. They're non-stick and the perfect size.
These handy sheets are the perfect size for wrapping individual sandwiches for the freezer or microwave.
Also available: Aluminum Foil Sheets

Make-Ahead, Healthy Egg McMuffin Copycats

A grab-and-go breakfast with reduced calories & fat


Healthy Egg McMuffin Copycats

By Monica              12 sandwiches
These popular breakfast sandwiches get a healthy makeover with the added convenience of making a big batch and freezing them for a quick, grab-and-go breakfast.
See original blog post for nutritional information, step-by-step photos, or to leave a question or comment. www.theyummylife.com/blog/2012/04/300

These popular breakfast sandwiches get a healthy makeover with the added convenience of making a big batch and freezing them for a quick, grab-and-go breakfast.
See original blog post for nutritional information, step-by-step photos, or to leave a question or comment. www.theyummylife.com/blog/2012/04/300

Ingredients
  • 12 large eggs (may substitute Egg Beaters or use all egg whites, if desired)
  • 12 100% whole grain English muffins
  • 12 slices Canadian bacon or cooked turkey sausage patties
  • 12 slices low calorie cheese (ultra-thin regular cheese or low-fat cheese; look for 45 calories or less per slice)
  • black pepper, freshly ground

Directions
BAKE THE EGGS. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray jumbo muffin tins, 7 to 8 oz. ramekins, muffin top pan, or whoopie pan with cooking spray. Add an egg to each one (or equivalent amount of Egg Beaters or egg white). Sprinkle with black pepper, if desired. Bake for 10-25 minutes until set and completely cooked. (The time will vary depending on the type of pan you are using, so keep a close watch.)
ASSEMBLE MUFFINS. Split open muffins; on each one, stack a slice of cheese, a Canadian bacon slice or sausage patty, and a baked egg.
WRAP & FREEZE MUFFINS. For microwave reheating, wrap each muffin in parchment or wax paper. For oven reheating, wrap each muffin in aluminum foil. Place wrapped muffins in plastic freezer bag and freeze.
REHEAT IN MICROWAVE. If thawed, 40-60 seconds at full power. If frozen, 3 minutes at half power, turning over after each minute.
REHEAT IN OVEN. In 350 degree oven, place on baking sheet and heat for 15 to 20 minutes if thawed; 30-40 minutes if frozen.


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One of my guilty pleasures is an occasional Egg McMuffin at McDonalds. I always wished they served breakfast all day, because that's the only thing on their menu that I like. Mickey D's makes them with either Canadian bacon or sausage. I like them both ways. However, like many fast foods, if you ever look at the calories, fat, and sodium in these it becomes even more of a GUILTY pleasure to eat one.

It's not a new idea to make one of these breakfast sandwiches at home, but I decided to figure out a tasty homemade alternative that I could mass produce, freeze, and have available for a quick grab-and-go breakfast. I followed similar procedures used by Nick at Macheesmo.com. Love the make-ahead convenience of these.  I'm so much more likely to eat healthy food in the morning if it's made and ready to eat--like my make-ahead Refrigerator Oatmeal and Oatmeal Smoothies.

Turns out that these Egg McMuffin copycats are incredibly fast and easy to make, and they amount to a pretty healthy, protein-packed breakfast. I made up one batch of these with Canadian bacon (already a lean meat choice), and a second batch using my Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage.

Nutritional Comparison
There's a dramatic difference in calorie, fat, and sodium content between McDonalds and my homemade McMuffins, especially the sausage version. Here are the numbers.

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Egg McMuffin (with Canadian Bacon)
Nutritional Comparison
  McDonalds Homemade
Calories 300 214
Fat 12g 10g
Sodium 820mg 449mg
Carbs 30g 17.6g
Protein 18g 17.2g
Fiber 2g 4g
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 8 pts 6 pts
Egg McMuffin (with Sausage)
Nutritional Comparison
  McDonalds Homemade
Calories 450 258
Fat 27g 13g
Sodium 920mg 519mg
Carbs 30g 17.6g
Protein 21g 21g
Fiber 2g 4g
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 12 pts 7 pts
  

Step-by-step photos for making
Healthy Egg McMuffin Copycats

 

Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:

  • 100% whole wheat English muffins
  •  whole eggs -- you can use Egg Beaters or all egg whites, if you prefer
  • sliced cheese -- I used regular cheddar cheese that comes in ultra-thin slices, only 45 calories per slice; you can also use reduced-fat cheese, but it doesn't melt as well. McDonalds uses American cheese, if you're looking for a more authentic taste.
  • Canadian bacon slices
  • Cooked turkey sausage patties -- you can purchase reduced fat or turkey sausage, but it's surprisingly easy to make your own. Here's my recipe:

Click to view Turkey Breakfast Sausage recipe

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I recommend using either jumbo muffin tins or ramekins for baking multiple eggs at one time. I'd seen the idea for using muffin tins for baking eggs from several sources on Pinterest. Great idea! However, I found that regular muffin tins are too small for shaping the eggs to fit the English muffins. Jumbo muffin tins worked better.  7-oz. ramekins worked the best; they're closest to diameter of English muffins. Both are available on Amazon.

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Step 2. Spray the ramekins or jumbo muffin tins with cooking spray and add an egg to each one. (Or, add the equivalent amount of Egg Beaters or egg whites.) If using ramekins, put them on a baking sheet to make it easier to get them in and out of the oven.

Step 3. Add freshly ground black pepper to your liking. I like a lot of pepper, can you tell??? I don't think additional salt is necessary, since the cheese and meats are already salted. This helps lower the sodium amount in these healthier McMuffins.

Step 4. Bake eggs at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until set. Although I normally like my egg yolks a little runny, I cooked these completely since I'd be freezing them. That's the way McDonald's makes them, too.

The baked eggs are easy to lift out with a small spatula. If they're stuck around the edges, loosen them gently with a thin knife.collage1.jpg

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HERE'S AN UPDATE  ABOUT BAKING THE EGGS BASED ON READER COMMENTS:

After first posting this, two readers made great suggestions for baking the eggs. I tried both suggestions and loved them. They're pictured below.

  • Angie suggested using a whoopie pan for baking the eggs. When I went online to check them out, I noticed several sizes. I ended up getting a muffin top pan that doubles as a whoopie pan. The circles are larger than the ramekins and jumbo muffin pan, resulting in baked eggs that extend all the way to the edges of an English muffin. The shallow circle forms make it easier to remove the baked eggs, too. This has become my favorite way to make eggs for these McMuffins. Thanks, Angie! (Note: other readers have tried this and pointed out that the eggs cook more quickly--10-15 min--in these shallow pans.)
                    click here to view my muffin top pan on Amazon 
  • Beth wrote that she used to work at McDonalds. Before they cook the eggs for McMuffins, they use a spatula to break the egg yolk so it flattens and spreads some in the egg white--better eatin' that way! I used the tip of a small knife to break my yolks. I'm using this great idea regularly now. Thanks, Beth!

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END OF UPDATE
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Step 5. While the eggs bake, prepare the muffins by splitting them open and adding cheese slices (I folded in the corners of my square slices) and Canadian bacon slices. (If you like your muffins toasted, you can toast them before assembly.)

Step 6. Add the baked eggs when they're ready.Egg_McMuffins.jpg

I made half of mine with turkey sausage patties.

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Done! How easy was that?

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Wrap for microwave reheating. I wrap my individual McMuffins in dry wax paper deli sheets. That way, I can put the wrapped sandwiches directly in the microwave for reheating. (You can also use pieces of wax or parchment paper.) After they're all wrapped, put them in freezer ziploc bags and freeze them. It takes under a minute to reheat a thawed McMuffin at full power in the microwave. A frozen one takes about 3 minutes at half power (turn it over after each minute).

Wrap for oven reheating. Wrap them in aluminum foil if you prefer to reheat them in the oven. This is a good option if you want to reheat several at one time. It takes approx. 30-40 minutes to reheat frozen McMuffins in a 350 degree oven. If they're thawed, it only takes about 15-20 minutes. The outside of the muffin gets crispy when these are warmed in the oven.

Feeding a crowd? Make up a bunch of these in advance, wrap them individually in foil, and reheat them all at once in the oven. They're easier to manage if you arrange them on large baking sheets for putting in and out of the oven. You'll need to increase the baking time a bit if you're reheating larger quantities.

I've found the waxed paper deli sheets and individual aluminum foil sheets at Sam's and Costco. They're also available on Amazon.

  • click here to view Dry Wax Paper Deli Sheets on Amazon
  • click here to view Individual Aluminum Foil Sheets on Amazon

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I love the convenience of grabbing one of these from my freezer and microwaving it in the paper wrapper. It's a great breakfast on-the-go. Or, take it with you and reheat it a work.

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Here's my healthier McMuffin with Canadian bacon. It tastes as good as Mickey D's, and I don't have to feel guilty about eating it.

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Here's the healthy sausage version. It's yummy, too!

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Make it even healthier! After reheating your sandwich, you can take the top off and add a variety of toppings that suit you. This sausage McMuffin has sprouts and tomato added. I like them with avocado and salsa, too. There are lots of possibilities. And, they don't have to be for breakfast; these are good for any meal.Egg_McMuffins4.jpg

One bite and I was sold on these healthy McMuffin copycats. I love having an easy, ready-to-eat breakfast on hand. 

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Make it a yummy day!

You might also enjoy these make-ahead, grab-and-go healthy breakfasts:

Overnight, Refrigerator, No-Cook Oatmeal

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Make-Ahead Oatmeal Smoothies 

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Healthy Breakfast Bread Pudding

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Healthy Egg McMuffin Copycats
By Monica              Servings: 12 sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 12 large eggs (may substitute Egg Beaters or use all egg whites, if desired)
  • 12 100% whole grain English muffins
  • 12 slices Canadian bacon or cooked turkey sausage patties
  • 12 slices low calorie cheese (ultra-thin regular cheese or low-fat cheese; look for 45 calories or less per slice)
  • black pepper, freshly ground
Directions
BAKE THE EGGS. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray jumbo muffin tins, 7 to 8 oz. ramekins, muffin top pan, or whoopie pan with cooking spray. Add an egg to each one (or equivalent amount of Egg Beaters or egg white). Sprinkle with black pepper, if desired. Bake for 10-25 minutes until set and completely cooked. (The time will vary depending on the type of pan you are using, so keep a close watch.)
ASSEMBLE MUFFINS. Split open muffins; on each one, stack a slice of cheese, a Canadian bacon slice or sausage patty, and a baked egg.
WRAP & FREEZE MUFFINS. For microwave reheating, wrap each muffin in parchment or wax paper. For oven reheating, wrap each muffin in aluminum foil. Place wrapped muffins in plastic freezer bag and freeze.
REHEAT IN MICROWAVE. If thawed, 40-60 seconds at full power. If frozen, 3 minutes at half power, turning over after each minute.
REHEAT IN OVEN. In 350 degree oven, place on baking sheet and heat for 15 to 20 minutes if thawed; 30-40 minutes if frozen.
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Posted on Saturday, April 21st, 2012








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