Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nom :: Banaynay/Paleo (?) Mug Cake!

Who doesn't love a mug cake?  If you haven't tried one, please do.  They are so good, and so easy and hit the spot when you're like, "damn, I want a warm dessert right now".  The only thing that annoys me is that most of the recipes I see call for 3-4 tbl. of flour, sugar, and require a lot of measuring.  I have nothing wrong with flour and sugar-we have tons of it in Oxo containers and all over the place, but basically I'm really impatient and too damn lazy to be hauling all of that out for a mug cake, which should be simple.

So I scoured the interwebs, which means I searched "mug cake" on Pinterest, and found a recipe for a Paleo Mug Cake.  I don't know a lot about the paleo diet, but I knew enough to know that this means "no flour".

world's worst picture of a mug cake, ever.
Here is your link to the original recipe, found at The Wannabe Chef.

So here's what it called for:

1 small banana (ripe, so it's mashable)
1 egg (you could get away with egg whites too probably)
1 1/2 tbl. of almond butter or any nut butter (ok I had peanut butter, so cool--I keep meaning to buy almond butter and then forget)
2 tbl. cocoa powder
Sweetener (optional--I used a packet of Truvia since I keep that around for my coffee)

Any add-ins you would like-chocolate chips (k, now is this paleo? no, i'm sure there is tons of refined sugar.), nuts, etc. whatever


1.  Mash up that NAYNAY (you guys know I love the naynays) in your mug! (Also, use a larger mug if you have one, not that cutesy little one that's good for taking artsy pics.)
2.  Add in your egg, nut butter, and mix that up well.
3.  Then add the cocoa powder and your sweetener if you're using it, as well as the add-ins.   I did put a few chocolate chips in, but it was honestly unnecessary.
4.  Microwave that bad boy for about 2 1/2 minutes.  Mine was set up nicely in the middle after that time, but this could vary.

Umm...the next step is fairly obvious, but go back to your couch, put on your Real Housewives, and eat a mug of delicious, warm chocolate cake.

Readers:  Can anyone confirm/disprove the paleo-ness of this mug cake?  I have no idea if I made it un-paleo by adding my peanut butter vs. almond butter.  I know the sweetener isn't ideal of course, but I do think it added just enough sweetness and is worth it!  

Linking up all over the place!


  1. 1. that sounds delishhhhh girlllll
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  2. yum!! i can't wait to try this tonight, i think i have everything on the list!

  3. I tried a mug cake once but it came out not so great! I am going to have to try this one though because it sounds delish!
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  4. I totally hear you on not wanting to do a bunch of measuring for a mug cake. This looks simple & tasty!

  5. I have never tried this, but I can guarantee you I am trying it this weekend! I have all of these ingredients at home and it sounds delicious!! So glad you linked up with us!

  6. This sounds amazing!!! I actually havent tried something like this, shame on me! But I will be trying it this weekend! I totally understand about the measuring and such. I'm kind of a neat freak and so I hate making messes.

  7. eating this right now and it is soooo good! i used peanut butter too. seriously so good! thanks for the recipe!

  8. I'm definitely no paleo expert, but it definitely sounds super-healthy! I might have to give this a try :)


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