Lindsay Ann Bakes: 5-Minute Microwave Banana Bread in a Mug (egg free, dairy free, with low fat and gluten free options)

Monday, December 12, 2011

5-Minute Microwave Banana Bread in a Mug (egg free, dairy free, with low fat and gluten free options)

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Incredibly moist, flavorful, warm banana bread from the microwave in minutes! My microwave mug recipes are some of my favorite desserts to make when I need a quick and easy sugar fix. I've tried tons of recipes, but this banana bread, with a touch of warm cinnamon, studded with your choice of chopped nuts or chocolate chips is my absolute fave, you HAVE to try it!

This recipe creates the perfect batter to ensure your bread wont get nuked by the microwave, using oil, with the addition of banana keeping it really moist and flavorful! Even though I am a huge chocoholic, I think this is one of my favorite treats! And because there is no milk or butter this bread can be made vegan!

Simply spray your mug with non-stick spray or skip this part and eat your bread straight from the mug. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Add wet ingredients and mashed banana. The more ripe and brown your banana is, the sweeter the bread will be! So don't toss those old potted bananas on the counter!

Pour into mug and cook in the microwave on 50% power for 60 seconds at a time until done!

5 Minute Single-Serving Banana Bread

1 mug-sized loaf (2/3 cup batter)


  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips or chopped nuts, optional
  • 1/3 cup very ripe mashed banana (1 small banana)
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil*
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*May sub half or all of the oil with equal parts apple sauce, for a low fat alternative.


Spray a microwave safe mug with non-stick spray (or skip this step if you want to eat your bread straight form the mug). In a small bowl combine flour cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combine. Add chocolate chips or nuts if desired. Stir in mashed banana, sugar, oil and vanilla. Pour batter into prepared mug.

Microwave on 50% power, 1 minute at a time, for 3-4 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Do not over bake.

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  1. Very quick and yummy :)

  2. delicious! I made this two twice. The first time I used oil, and as it cooled it dried out quite a bit. The second time I used apple sauce instead, and the end result was much more flavorful and moist.

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  4. Thanks for the tip, so glad you liked the recipe! Be sure to email me a photo so I can feature you on the bottom of the recipe page!

  5. I was like "What can I have for breakfast since there is no bread, eggs, cereal or milk and only this single over-ripe banana?" Well this recipe made a PERFECT breakfast. Sooooo good.

  6. I'm so glad you liked it! I make it at night all the time when I want a quick and simple treat :) Be sure to email me a photo next time so I can feature you at the bottom of the recipe!

  7. This is spectacular!
    I'm a low-carb vegan girl (lots of cooking at home haha) so I made a low-carb version this afternoon using alternate flour
    I will TOTALLY be making this again, and trying the other microwave recipe too
    Thanks so much for posting this

  8. this was SO GOOD! made it last night and prefer it to regularly baked banana bread. just remember to let it cool for awhile before eating or you'll burn your tongue

  9. Wow, totally amazing microwave banana bread, without milk or egg. I substituted canola oil with olive oil, added a cup of banana, instead of 1/3 cup, then I added cashew nuts, with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. I love cinnamon. I wanted it to overpower, yet to not dominate the essence of banana. It was harmonious balance, between the banana and cinnamon. I had no baking powder, so I added extra flour as a substitute for baking powder. The total cooking time in microwave, was 4 minutes.

    Hallelujah, thank you Jesus Christ!

  10. Wow! I've made this recipe several times, and every time it is fantastic! One time I even forgot that I was out of bananas ( o.0 ) and I added extra chocolate chips and 1 extra tablespoon of oil to make a killer chocolate chip cookie!