I have seen these recipes floating around the internet and I really had no interest in trying them. Cake in a mug, cooked in the microwave. It just didn’t sound appealing to me. But, I got desperate to provide some semblance of a birthday cake for Michael’s big day and I didn’t want a huge cake sitting around my house to taunt and tempt me and since he’s not a big cake eater anyway, guess who would have consumed the lion’s share? So, I decided to give this a whirl…
…and I was pleasantly surprised. These were super easy to put together and contain healthy ingredients, so it doesn’t really feel like a cheat at all. I love that I can give my kid cake and it’s good for her! I probably won’t be making these often, but they would be great for those cool evenings when you want a warm, comforting treat.
The best part is that you probably already have these items around your house. To make this truly paleo, you would want to use almond butter or maybe cashew butter. I only had peanut butter on hand, so that’s what I used. I almost always have extra ripe bananas around too. One of the local grocery stores sells huge bags of over-ripe bananas for 99 cents, so I buy bags and freeze them. You could add a little sweetener of your choice to this recipe, but I usually just rely on the bananas for sweetness. You could also mix in nuts or chocolate chips or top the warm cake with some vanilla ice cream if you wanted to be extra decadent. I added a spoonful of the peanut butter to the top of Michael’s cake while it was still hot.
I even stuck a few candles in there so we could have a proper birthday song. Don’t repeat my rookie mistake though. I put one candle in while the cake was still too hot and it melted! Let your cakes cool before you add candles, folks.
The verdict was yes! We will make these again!
I found the original recipe at Wannabe Chef.
Paleo Mug Cakes
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 egg
- 1.5 tbsp natural nut butter of your choice
- 2 rounded tbsp cocoa powder
- (optional) 2 tsp sweetener of your choice
Mash up the banana with a fork until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix into a smooth batter.
Pour into a microwave-safe mug. Make sure the mug is only about 2/3 full, because the batter will expand.
Cook in the microwave for about 2.5 minutes, carefully remove, allow to cool and enjoy!