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22 Microwaveable Mug Recipes You Can Make in Minutes

These recipes might cause a bit of a storm in a teacup with purists, but we aren’t mugging you off when we say you really can enjoy a meal – breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert – in the same mug normally reserved for your morning brew. Enjoy!


2-Minute French Toast

French toast has appeared on the Savisto blog before, but never in a mug. You can thank Pretty Prudent for this syrup-drizzled cup of goodness.

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Scrambled Eggs

Home Is Where The Cookies Are’s scrambled eggs recipe couldn’t be easier: two eggs, beaten; a splash of milk and a zap in the mic. Remove, top with cheese and herbs and serve.

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Apricot & Berry Mug Pancake

Apricot, berries and pecan nuts aren't the most common ingredients for a breakfast pancake, especially together. Kudos to Refinery 29 for making this recipe work quite brilliantly.

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Blueberry Muffin

Any morning meal that’s ready to eat in one minute is a winner in our book. The fact that The Big Man’s World’s Starbucks-inspired muffin is as healthy as it is tasty only adds to its appeal.

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Strawberry Breakfast Bowl

Bran Appetit’s breakfast bite is a proper winter warmer that goes down a treat with a cup of tea. Swap the ramekin for a mug and you can ignore the use of ‘bowl’ in the name.

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Banana Bread Mug Cake

Five minutes and five ingredients is all you’ll need to make Running With Spoons’ chocolate chip-laced banana bread. Better still, it’s gluten-free and vegan, making it perfect for almost everyone.

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Coffee Cup Quiche

Who knew that a coffee cup would make such a good vessel for a ham and cheese quiche? The St. Louis Post. They knew…

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Italian Meatball Stew

Ready-made meatballs, marinara sauce, mushrooms and mixed veg make for a hearty Italian meal. This recipe appears on page 146 of quite possibly the best mug meal recipe book ever penned: Camilla V. Saulsbury’s 250 Best Recipes in a Mug. Put it on your Christmas list.

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Mic Mac & Cheese

Babble’s Kelsey Banfield always thought mac and cheese could work in the microwave. When one day she realised she was out of boxed mac and cheese, it was time to put her theory to the test. We’re eternally thankful that she did.

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Chilaquiles is basically tortilla chips and salsa sauce, crammed together in a cup along with green onion, cheese and sour cream. It’s not the most obvious meal-in-a-mug, but it works.

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The Burrito Mug

Urban Outfitters’ burrito mug is healthy and not overly bloating, making it perfect for lunch. Nothing fancy required here: just throw the ingredients in your mug and nuke on high.

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Sausage and Cheese Spaghetti

Lady & Pups’ microwaved Italian sausage and three cheese combo is a source of shame for the author, at least on the face of it. She loves it as much as we do really.

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Low Carb Lasagne

If you ever eaten a frozen lasagne for one, Ginny’s Low Carb Kitchen’s soup mug alternative is a game changer. It’s every bit as tasty and there’s no risk of burning your fingers when peeling back the plastic film.

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Mug Pizza

It’s a pizza, in a mug. And it’s incredible! Genius from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking.

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Chicken Pot Pie

We love a good, homemade chicken pie. We don’t care one bit if it’s made in the microwave, not when it takes like Refinery 29’s effort.

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Molten Cookie

A well-crafted molten cookie is a thing of beauty. Get it right and the lava-like flow of the gooey chocolate is impossible to resist. The Naughty Fork has, of course, fine-tuned the ingredients for this recipe to perfection.

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Chocolate Fudge S’mores

S’mores are quickly gaining popularity in the UK. Recipes like this one by How Sweet It Is are a big reason why.

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Cookie Dough

Cookie dough pancakes are light, fluffy and plenty chocolatey – the perfect snack for whenever you’re feeling peckish. Another great recipe from the guys at The Naughty Fork.

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Lemon Mug Cake

When the cake cravings kick in, it’s wise to act upon them. Life Love Liz’s mug of citrusy goodness is the perfect way to do so.

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60-Second Brownie

The Gunny Sack’s 60-second mug brownie was created as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. We can confirm that it serves its purpose very well.

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Strawberries and Cream Cake

Kirbie’s Cravings’ strawberries and cream mug cake is built on cream cake base, littered with strawberry pieces and topped with one large juicy strawberry. It’s very Wimbledon, but don’t assume it tastes any less wonderful in winter!

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Banana Mug Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

When banana bread meets vanilla cake and the two get acquainted with cream cheese frosting, the results are amazing! A gem of a recipe from the considerable back catalogue of Cooking Classy.

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These recipes might cause a bit of a storm in a teacup with purists, but we aren’t mugging you off when we say you really can enjoy a meal – breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert – in the same mug normally reserved for your morning brew.