June 14, 2016

Favorite Mug Desserts

I mentioned in my recent "What I Eat in a Day" post that I sometimes will treat myself to a mug dessert. I've made my fair share of gross, rubbery, bland, or, all of the above, mug cakes, so if I can save one person the disappointment of making a mug cake only to pitch it after a bite, here are my go-to recipes for mug desserts that are actually good. (Note: I use organic skim milk, whole wheat flour, coconut or canola oil in place of butter, and coconut sugar in all of these.)

The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake

There's a reason this mug cake has this name, even if "moistest" somehow manages to be a grosser word than its stem word, "moist." The dollop of Nutella makes all the difference in this rich, gooey, chocolaty, yummy cake. Julie also has a recipe for "The Moistest Very Vanilla Mug Cake," which I've also tried. I didn't find that it tasted quite right with extra vanilla extract in place of the vanilla bean paste (too overpoweringly vanilla alcohol-y? I don't know), but I'm sure it's great with the paste!

Funfetti Mug Cake


A good basic birthday cake recipe. Fair warning that this recipe yields a fairly substantial fluffy vanilla mug cake.

Mug Muffin


I usually use frozen mixed berries for this muffin recipe. I was skeptical before trying it, but it's quite good. Not overwhelmingly sweet, and it makes for a quick Saturday breakfast paired with some coffee. (Beth also makes my favorite one-pot mac n' cheese recipe!)

I typically make this with coconut sugar and coconut oil, so there is a coconutty flavor to my cookie. I also use a small splash of milk in place of the egg yolk, and I think it comes out just fine. 

(Finally, you can make a pancake in a mug. Way easier and faster than flipping pancakes on a stovetop, and it comes out consistently good. 1/4 cup pancake mix + 1/8 cup milk. One minute on high, drizzle with syrup, and you're good to go!)

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