As much as we love the concept of fresh-baked, vegan muffins for breakfast, as practical kitchen aficionados, we also seek kitchen tools and gadgets that have more than one purpose. For example, we like to use our loaf pans for making banana bread, veggie meatloaf, and even some no-bake desserts. But what about a muffin tin? It seems like you’re restricted to either making some scrumptious, seasonal muffins or vegan cupcakes, right? Turns out, your muffin tin can be an incredible versatile kitchen tool. Here’s how.

That muffin tin that’s been sitting in among your baking sheets and loaf pans can be used to make more than just a simple, portable breakfast and the recipes below will make you see it in a whole new light. We searched the depths of the Food Monster App for some of our top picks, from egg-free quiches to mac and cheese bites. Yum!

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1. Egg-Free QuichesChickpea Flour Quicke [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These little Chickpea Flour Quiches by Chrysta Hiser are like an omelet in a snackable portable form. They’re a little crispy and they taste eggy without the use of eggs, thanks to chickpea flour. These are ridiculously filling, yet surprisingly light. Just one should be enough to satisfy you when you’re feeling peckish, but they’re so good, you won’t want to stop there. If you want to make it taste even eggier, try swapping the salt with black salt.

2. Veggie Loaf BitesMeatless Meatloaf Bites

These Veggie Loaf Bites by Annie Markowitz are the perfect savory, bite-sized appetizer or grab-n-go snack. All of the ingredients come together easily in one bowl and then bake in a muffin pan until they are slightly golden on the outside and tender on the inside. You can use any mixture of vegetables, so experiment and discover your favorite flavor combo!

3. Easy Pasta FrittatasSpaghetti Frittata [Vegan]

Yes, this Pasta Frittata by Simona Malerba is real. Not only is it real, cheesy, saucy, and savory, it’s also easy to make. Most frittatas use eggs as the binding agent, but this recipe uses chickpea flour. They can be made two ways; as a large frittata or as a bite-sized, oven-baked appetizer using a muffin tin.

4. Samosa Cups

The flavor of these Baked Samosa Cups by Paris Marash are pretty spot on to the traditional version. Skip take out and make them yourself and see exactly what goes into every single bite. And you don’t have to order multiple orders of samosas to be satisfied, now you can make your own and have as many as you’d like.

5. Mac and Cheese BitesBaked Mac and Cheese Bites 1

 

The only thing better than a delicious bowl of creamy mac and cheese is an appetizer that allows you to share this comforting pasta with friends! These Baked Mac and Cheese Bites by Emilie Heck are made by stuffing a tiny muffin pan with decadent mac and cheese, sprinkling a little (or a lot) of cayenne pepper on top, and then popping the tray in the oven so that the pasta can bind together. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have a cute, whimsical appetizer that friends and family will love!

Want more muffin tin hacks? Read Using a Muffin Tin Just for Muffins? Here are 10 Savory Dishes You Can Make in It.

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

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