This morning I was really craving banana bread, but no way was I going to make a whole loaf for one just piece.
First of all, Mr. Vittles doesn't really like it- so then I get stuck with all this bread, that I either have to eat by myself or give away.
Secondly, I had a very busy President's Day morning ahead that included sitting on the couch and watching Wife Swap reruns on Lifetime. I needed banana bread, pronto.
I was thinking, since I've been seeing mug brownies & cakes all over Pinterest, maybe it's possible to make muffins or quick bread in a mug?
After a quick Google search, I found a lot of recipes that didn't look very appetizing. I was starting to get discouraged when I finally found one that had some promise, on a blog called Micki's Morsels. She had some really yummy-looking photos on her main page, so this seemed like a good source.
I still had my doubts that the microwave could produce a worthy substitute for oven-baked banana bread, but I decided to give it a shot. Let me tell you, I was happy to be proven wrong.
It isn't an exact replica, and has a slight eggy aftertaste - but for me the good points definitely outweigh the bad. The bread has a good consistency, and is very moist & yummy. Not to mention it's a quick & easy way to make a single serving. I will make this again for sure!
Mug Banana Bread
- 3 T. + 1 t. all-purpose flour
- 1 packet stevia (or other sweetener of your choice equivalent to 2 t. sugar)
- 2 T. brown sugar
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. baking powder
- 1/8 tsp. baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1/4 t. vanilla extract
- 1 T. vegetable oil
- 1 T. lowfat milk
- half a banana, mashed
- cinnamon, for sprinkling (optional)
In a large microwaveable mug lightly misted with non-stick spray, blend flour, sugars, salt, baking powder & baking soda. Add egg & mix until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Stir in vanilla, oil & milk, then mashed banana. Microwave 1-1/2 minutes to 3 minutes, depending on your microwave.
*You can stop it & peek in the door at 90 seconds to check if its done - it will probably rise over the top of the mug as it's heating, & if it's still runny it's not done yet. But be careful not to overcook! I have a pretty bad microwave, and mine took about 2 1/2 minutes.
Adapted from Mickis Morsels