Spinach Ricotta bites are one of the most kid-friendly, healthy recipes you could ask for! They’re absolutely delicious and so easy to make. 

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Getting good foods into your kids growing bodies can be difficult, but this Spinach Ricotta Bites recipe makes it easier! Lucky me that I have a cousin with two growing boys who loves to cook and feed her kids healthy foods. She makes a version of this recipe in a pie dish and has been trying to convince me that her boys absolutely devour it whenever she makes it for them. Although I sometimes find statements like that hard to believe when we’re talking about green foods and highly independent children, I’m always game for recipes that defy the odds. And this one does that! 

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I decided to take my cousin’s original recipe, make a few tweaks to the ingredients and then cook them in mini muffin cups instead of a pie dish. The mini muffins cups allow these to cook faster and after all, what kid doesn’t like something mini? It’s one of my hacks when cooking for kids. I make Corn Dog Muffin BitesCheesy Turkey Meatloaf Bites and Spaghetti and Meatball Muffins in muffin tins and kids absolutely love it!

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As for my my initial doubts about the kid appeal of this recipe, after watching Gemma repeatedly walk by the cooling rack to grab three of them within 15 minutes and Chloe and Kenta both scarfing down 4 or 5 at dinner, I realized these could be one of the all time greatest kid and parent friendly recipes I’ve ever made. Delicious, healthy and SO easy to make. My cousin gets total props for this kiddy culinary hit!

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These Spinach Ricotta Bites aren’t just for kids either. These little bite sized quiches go great on an hors d’oeuvres table at a small get together or as a side with dinner that both kids and adults will love. 

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Let me know what you think of this recipe and tag me on social media if you make it!

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Spinach Ricotta Bites

Spinach Ricotta bites are one of the most kid-friendly, healthy recipes you could ask for! They're absolutely delicious and so easy to make. 
4.75 from 8 votes
Servings: 20
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (low or full fat ricotta will work)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained WELL (I use my hands to squeeze as much liquid out of the spinach as possible)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the onions for 4 minutes until tender.
  • Add the garlic and cook an additional minute then set aside to cool.
  • Whisk eggs in a bowl and stir in ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
  • Once combined, stir in spinach, salt and cooled onion and garlic mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into greased mini muffin cups.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set and golden on top. If necessary use a sharp knife to cut around sides of bites to release. 

Nutrition

Sodium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Calories: 60kcal | Fat: 4g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 2g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

    1. For regular sized muffin tin, I would start with 30-35 minutes at the given temperature. Let me know how they turn out 🙂

  1. First, these are DELICIOUS! And a great time saver in the morning! Question for Nutrionals..what is the serving size please! It makes 20, but the nutrionals don’t indicate how many per serving. Thank you!

  2. Tried these after watching your Facebook live, and my daughter loved them. She kept asking me for more.

  3. These stuck to my non-stick pan. Tried with liners and those were even worse. Any suggestions to make these not stick? I’m using mini muffin tin. While my 5 year old has decided he does not want to eat these, I make them for the adults!

  4. I just wanted to say that my 4 year old and 19 month old are big fans of Spinach Bites. I realized yesterday that while they napped, I made the raspberry sauce, spinach bites and the banana wheat germ muffins -all from your cookbook! We are big fans!

  5. Haven’t made this yet, but wanted to let you all know that a potato ricer makes a great tool for squeezing water out of your spinach. Since we started eating low carb 15 years ago, we don’t use our ricer for potatoes anymore, however we’ve found that it does an amazing job with thawed frozen spinach and canned tuna.

  6. […] made these glorious Spinach Ricotta Bites straight from the pages of my Weelicious cook book for Aria. I’m not sure who likes them more… me or […]

  7. I made these last night and while my kids weren’t so sure about them, my husband was popping them in his mouth like they were candy! I can definitely see trying this again but also seeing how they do with spinach and cheddar cheese. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. I just made these again! 😀 And added a couple of things! I doubled the recipe, added in 3/4 package of ground pork (my husband’s a carnivore!) into the saute pan with the onion and garlic, added a splash of white wine into the mix and followed the rest of the recipe with fresh spinach washed and pat dry with kitchen towels. And it turned out weelicious as usual!

  9. PERFECT!! They came up AMAZING! My daughter’s in a serious teething phase with 8 teeth coming out so she wasn’t eating ANYTHING. Today’s the first day she’s eaten anything serious! And she ate 2 of the minis!!! 😀 😀 😀 I used baby spinach, shredded parmesan instead of grated cuz that was all I had… and topped the mixture with parmesan & mozzarella too! THANKS CATHERINE!

  10. Do these rise at all? I’m halfway through spooning the batter into the muffin tins and was wondering if they’d rise! cuz if they do, I’d be in trouble! 😛

  11. I made these tonight for my 10.5 month old but used broccoli and cheddar instead of spinach and mozzarella because that is what I had on hand. I cut them in cubes and packed some up for his lunch tomorrow. Of course I had to try a couple and they were great. Hoping the rest freezes well!

  12. I’m making this tonight for my family! I made them in a regular size muffin pan…they turned out DELICIOUS! I broiled them for 5 mins. (which was a lot!), but they still are very good! Thanks Caterine! 😉

  13. Hmm I haven’t tested this in a full size pan, but I’m not sure it would cook all the way through… If you try it let me know how it comes out!

  14. Could I make this in a regular pie pan? If so, would everything remain the same and how long would I cook it for? Thanks so much.

  15. Just saw this recipe in Parenting magazine, complete with the same picture. Can’t wait to try!

  16. These were delicious. I omitted the garlic and used fresh spinach. I just cut my fresh spinach up and stirred it in the batter. Overall, a little salty ……next time I will only use a pinch of salt.

  17. Love this recipe and for fun I substituted finely chopped steamed broccoli for the spinach and a cheddar/gruyere blend for the mozzarella. They turned out great and I just wanted to share. Such a fun way to get the kiddos to eat their veggies!

  18. I live in B’klyn ny. This is an old Kosher Syrian dish. We make it with ricotta or low fat cottage cheese with some Munster cheese. Yes the kids really love it. Usually served with a dish call Mujedrah.
    You can find these recipes in the cookbook “Aromas of Aleppo.
    Written by Poopa Dweck

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  20. These were so yummy using my fresh goat-milk ricotta! Next time, I’ll try other readers suggestions and add mushrooms to the mix!

  21. Thank you! Made a double batch for a party. Used olive oil instead of butter and added some black pepper and basil. Had to keep my family (and myself) from eating everything before the party. They were much appreciated by some low-carbers and a gluten-intolerant guest. Recipe was easy enough to rattle off to anyone (everyone) who asked.

  22. I made these this morning and what a huge success! My in-laws are visiting and they ate them all up. So easy to make. Great recipe.

  23. My daughter didnt like these but I love them! Anyone know what the cook time or temperature difference would be if I wanted to make it in a large casserole dish instead of muffin tin? thanks

  24. wow! another fantastic recipe. I wonder if anybody has tried to change it up with a little artichoke, red pepper flakes or possibly mushroom?

  25. Frank,
    I’ve made these several times and they’ve always turned out really well. I wonder what you are doing differently. Sorry you had a bad result but I agree Jaime.
    Laura

  26. I didn’t even measure the Ricotta, Mozzarella or Parmesan Cheeses & this recipe worked great! Also, I only used half a box of frozen spinach (as we don’t work in oz here in Australia) & all turned out great.

  27. These came out perfect for me with one try. A friend of mine who doesn’t even cook wanted to try out this recipe and she was successful as well. Did you try to cook them in a regular sized muffin tin perhaps? That would require a longer cooking time.

  28. I’ve made these at least a half dozen times over the last 6 months and never had an issue – give them another try Frank, they are WORTH it!

  29. Gosh, so not true for me and many other who have definitely tried the recipe! I followed the recipe to the letter as I do with all Weelicious recipes (I depend on them being accurate) and the batch came out perfectly. I made a batch again tonight, this time using zucchini instead of spinach and they came out perfectly, like little quiches.

  30. Sorry, but this is a horrible recipe, and certainly a far cry from anything healthy!To begin with, the recipe does not “gel” in the mini-muffin tins, even after cooking an extra 1/2 hour!Anyone who actually followed this recipe, would know this. This recipe has to go back to the drawing board for some more thought even though I think it may have potential, but perhaps with a little flour?

  31. I make these in double batches, freeze and reheat a few at a time. To defrost I usually just put them in the oven for a few minutes while I’m reheating it for another purpose.

    And Frank, you should try them again – these turn out fine for me, and even my very picky 15 month old twins will eat them!

  32. I have some fresh spinach I need to use up – any idea how much to use in place of the frozen?
    thank you!

  33. I haven’t tested it with cottage cheese, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know how they turn out!

  34. hmm for this recipe, sound a little tricky. The egg is the main binder so not sure how it would hold if you used the flax/water sub. Do you have any other egg substitute in mind?

  35. I don’t think much would change if you added 1/2 a cup of chopped turkey bacon 🙂 it would be so good1

  36. Would adding chopped turkey bacon to make these more of a breakfast treat work or would it change the finished product too much? I’m looking for a breakfast-y version of an egg-based “muffin.”

  37. I made these a while ago and my son (14 months at the time) wouldn’t eat them. In the spirit of making him try things more than once, I froze the rest. Two days ago (now 15 months) I was searching for something to give him instead of our overly spicy meal (that was too spicy for me), I pulled them out, nuked them till they were warm and he loved it! So glad that I didn’t give up and just eat them myself. 🙂

  38. Well, I had high hopes after reading all the comments, but unfortunately my 19 month old son was not impressed. He loves mini muffins, but he won’t have anything to do with these, even though he likes ricotta and eats other things seasoned with onion and garlic. The good news is that my husband and I find them delicious and are quickly eating up the whole batch! I’ll try again with my son in a few more months and with any luck he’ll be more receptive then.

  39. LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! The kids love it and I love it for a nice quick lunch – especially the leftovers!

  40. Lifesaver with my 11 month old, who is going through a picky phase! This recipe (without the onion and a little less parm) got the “happy hands” wave of approval. She could feed them to herself or eat off of a fork—having these options also made her happy. Thank you!

  41. My husband loved them and my 3 year old ate it but only because he had to, 11 month old poo poo’d it.

  42. You can also freeze these. They are good in the fridge for about 2-3 days since there is a raw egg in them 🙂

  43. How long will these keep in the refrigerator? I’m making them tomorrow and am wondering how many days of daycare snacks I’ll have before they get yucky.

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