We love to cook and bake in our house, and somewhere along the lines, my kids got spoiled.  Cereal for breakfast is an insult… if it isn’t hot and doesn’t involve ingredients, it doesn’t count.  That said, I’m not running a diner, and can’t be expected to serve up a full breakfast on a daily basis.  We recently discovered the muffin-in-a-mug, and have never looked back.  What I love about this recipe is that it is grain-free, oil-free, and sweetened with honey instead of refined sugar. It satisfies our cravings for a “hot” breakfast without requiring mixing bowls, pans, and use of the oven.  It’s an easy one for the kids to put together themselves, and you can measure out dry ingredients the night before to streamline morning prep.  Best of all, it’s fun to watch as it bakes.  The muffin rises beyond the rim of the mug as it cooks, and then settles as it cools.  While the little ones are mixing ingredients and watching their breakfast cook, perhaps you use those 80 seconds to enjoy some peace and quiet?

Muffin in a Mug

Muffin in a Mug

I found many muffin-in-a-mug versions online, but most required oil or sugar.  Wanting to make our breakfast a little healthier, I adapted and experimented with a recipe until it was to our liking.  It’s perfect now, and in 80 seconds, breakfast is on the table.


1 egg
1 ½ teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon applesauce
1 ½ tablespoon almond flour
1 ½ tablespoon ground flax seeds (meal)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder


Crack egg into mug.  With a fork, whisk until until uniform in color.  Stir in applesauce and honey.  Add flour, flax seed, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and baking powder.  Mix until well combined.  Cook in microwave on high for 80 seconds.  Bottom of muffin will be moist and slightly gooey (almost like a lava cake); adjust cooking time as desired.  Frozen blueberries can be mixed in before baking; this will extend cooking time by 20-30 seconds. Chocolate chips would probably taste great added in, but we have yet to go down that rabbit hole.  Try out the muffin in a mug, you won’t be disappointed!

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