I eat mug cakes for breakfast. I eat mug cakes for desserts. I eat mug cakes for snacks. I even eat mug cakes for lunch sometimes!
Mug cakes had been around the Interwebs for a long, long time before I finally decided to try them (same with overnight oats in a finished nut butter jar, mason jar salads, and zoodles).
I fell for mug cakes and I fell hard. And here’s why:
Potential one bowl meal
When I brought a breakfast cookie to my folks this weekend, the dry ingredients were in a mason jar. All I had to do was add the wet ingredients, mix, and microwave. Granted, that was a cookie, not a mug cake, but you could do the same with a larger mason jar.
Just don’t forget to spray your container with a little cooking spray first!
There are sweet mug cakes; the majority of recipes are for sweet ones.
There are healthier sweet mug cakes — a cake, by definition, isn’t exactly healthy, but they can be healthier.
There are protein mug cakes, perfect for a post run snack to help your muscles recover.
There are savory mug cakes, too. Scrambled eggs. Mac n cheese. Risotto! Paleo. Gluten free. Sugar free. I sweat it seems the list is endless.
They can be cooked in a microwave and often you can cook them in toaster oven, too.
So when that craving hits, you know you can satisfy it quickly.
This may be my number one reason I love mug cakes! My healthy living means I can eat anything, but I can’t eat everything I want all the time.
So when I want a cookie or a cupcake, it’s a lot easier to make a single serving mug cake version than an entire batch of cookies or cupcakes or muffins (or even brownies or lava cake!).
That way I don’t feel deprived but I’m not polishing off an entire batch of cookies, either.
Until you get the hang of it, though, it’s a good idea to put a plate underneath your mug. Just in case your mug cake rises a bit too much to the occasion. I have quite a few tried and true recipes that I make again and again, but sometimes I experiment with a new one (damn you, Pinterest!) and they’re just a disaster.
Here are a few of my favorite mug cakes:
- Breakfast Cookie
- 2 Minute Brownies
- Peanut Butter Banana Mug Cake
- Jumbo Triple Chocolate Muffin
You can also check out my Pinterest mug cake board for more ideas. They’re mostly sweet, mostly healthy, but there are a few savory and not-so-healthy ones, too.
Have you tried mug cakes yet? Got a favorite mug cake to share?