A microwave mug cake made with chocolate, bananas, and quinoa, this delicious, gluten free and dairy free one-minute mug cake recipe will leave you feeling nourished and energized! An easy snack recipe that’s also great for breakfast, or dessert! Made with real food, real fast.
You know you’re an old blogger when trendy blog recipes from 8 years ago make their way back. ACK! I’m old. I mean blog years old. But truth be told I’m so okay with the recipe trends thing because some of them are so simple and SO DELISH! For instance, the microwave mug cake.
Protein MUG CAKE. Oatmeal Mug cake. You get my point. Microwave mug cake is just amazing.
Back in the day, when the Kiwi and I were traveling for races and training camps, microwave mug cakes were my JAM! I used make a ton of microwaveable protein muffins and even chia muffins! Yes, I knew about chia back then too. Haha, but I digress.
My point being, microwave mug cake recipes are making a comeback, but in an UPGRADED form. High fives ya’ll!
What do I mean by upgraded? I mean ingredient upgrade. Like …. you can cram a lot of nourishment in that mug. Coffee mug and mug (mouth) —> Pun intended.
Let’s chat about these fantastic microwave mug cake ingredients and then I’ll show you how to make one! mmmm k?
One of the best things about this quinoa mug cake recipe is that it uses up all those odds and ends of leftover ingredients!
Resourceful, healthy, easy = PERFECTION. Okay I may be bias.
Ingredients in this microwave mug cake recipe
- Tri Colored Quinoa Medley – Ahh yes, the plant based “pseudo grain.” Quinoa is a gluten free false grain because it has a different botanical origins than cereal grains. It’s also one of the only vegetarian foods that contains a complete protein (all the essential amino acids). This is why it has a good about of protein per serving. YEA! I talk more about pseudo grains in this pasta post (warning -> OLD picture alert, yikes! .
- Chia – Cha Cha Cha Chia! We all the that it’s amazing. They provide a significant amounts of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Banana – Potassium booster and a decent amount of vitamin B6.
- Cocoa Powder – naturally unsweetened and rich in antioxidants. Plus cocoa powder can help create healthy gut microbes . Really, which why I used it in my Reese bites! Bite of good Gut health. Right?
- Egg – Protein, Healthy fats, Choline –> which is so important for liver function, brain health, energy, and more!
- Protein Powder or Superfood Supplement – I actually used Better Body Foods Liv Fit Superfood! It’s pack with fruits, vegetables, vegan protein, digestive enzymes, and more.
See, I wasn’t kidding about the upgrade! SUPER POWERED MUG CAKE. I should have just titled it that.
How to make a microwave mug cake
So that’s how we’ve been enjoying our microwave mug cakes lately. The chocolate sauce is optional but I am for certain that the act of drizzling it on top (of the quinoa mug cake) is therapeutic. Which calms us and therefore makes us more healthy. That’s my justification and I’m sticking to it.
Ready .. set… mix, press start (on the microwave), flip, drizzle, and dig in!Print
Chocolate Banana Quinoa Microwave Mug Cake
- Total Time: 6 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
Chocolate Banana Quinoa Microwave Mug Cake
- 2 tbsp cooked quinoa
- 1 tbsp chia seed
- 30 grams protein powder or cocoa powder ( or half of both to equals 30 grams)
- ½ banana
- 1 egg
- Optional vanilla (¼ tsp)
- Optional honey to make it sweeter (1 tbsp)
- Drizzle with dark chocolate sauce
- cocoa powder (unsweetened) to sprinkle on top
- Mash your banana. Then add all ingredients to a large microwave safe mug. Mix thoroughly until batter is formed
- Microwave for 30 seconds. Wait 10 seconds, then microwave again for 15 seconds. wait one more time and then microwave for an addition 10-15 seconds or until cake starts to expand past mug.
- Remove from oven and gently flip mug over onto a plate. Cake will have form. Drizzle will any additional chocolate sauce, honey, cocoa, etc. of your choice! Enjoy!
Serving size: 1 cake Calories: 215 Fat: 8.5 Saturated fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 27 Sugar: 8 Sodium: 76 Fiber: 7.8 Protein: 11
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 1 min
Okay so the inside of the microwave mug cake might not be as pretty as the outside, but it’s delish and we so loved that the nutty texture.
Those of you who have made a microwave mug cake before, what do you put in it? Have you ever tried making a mug cake with chia or quinoa? Time to experiment. Haha, have fun!
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Want to see a picture of an OLD mug cake recipe? hehe –> Check out this chia cake recipe from 4 years ago. LOL!.
This tasty mug cake recipe creation is sponsored by my friends over at Better Body Foods! Thank you for allowing me to share their wonderful products and talk about this caring company.
What recipe trend do you think is going to make a comeback next? Let’s keep the mug cakes around though, k?
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Satta king 786
Thank ya! 🙂
really Awesome, I tried and taste was really amazing.
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Satta King 786
Thanks to ensure me about the chocolate banana quinoa microwave mug cake.
What a fabulous recipe this is, I just want to test it.
Thank you! I think you’ll like it-so easy and so good!?
Love this.. Will do this ?? i’ll Suggest for someone
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Ok why haven’t I tried this before. Thanks for the great recipe!
Thank you!! Lmk how it turns out ?
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I tried it.It is good & tasty. Quinoa seeds are very healthy for a body
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nice article thanks man,..
wow such a beautiful receipee
delicious and my favouray
I tried this last day and my day something special. Muaah :*
wonderful! so glad!
Love this.. Will do this ??
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
I love this mug cake!!!!!
it loves you! haha
Ashley - Baker by Nature
This looks fabulous!
Megan @ MegUnprocessed.com
Love bring older recipes back around! This is a cute idea!
Me too! So fun to remake
nicole @ I am a Honey Bee
I love quinoa but I’ve never had it in a dessert before. Gotta check this out
let me know if you do nicole!
This is the mug cake I’m finally going to try!
let me know if you do christie!
I love the video complete with a little swing dancing music.
Fantastic use of quinoa.
haha i know, right? Let’s dance!
The microwave is a kitchen magician. By the time you say “abra-cadabra” your food has transformed into something totally different!! 😀 I just smiled at my microwave. LOL
Mug cakes! Yay!
I only just started making mug cakes this year, so I’m a bit of a novice here.
Pinned. Thanks Lindsay!
thanks Neil! Let me know if you try it! Youre not a novice. You’re an expert in so many more IMPORTANT areas haha
Kristy @ Southern In Law
This looks so goood! I have been making microwave breakfasts quite a lot lately because not only are they delicious – it means I don’t have to worry about my klutzy self burning myself on pans haha.
haha i can so relate Kristy!
I was just thinking the other day about all the “new” trendy food blog things that I was blogging about back in grad school…..more than 5 years ago!! Chia for sure, but also matcha, maca, yacon syrup, spirulina, stevia, mug cakes, etc etc
We’re so old.
I mean, we’re so cool.
we are the coolest. I mean we practically invented blogging. Kidding. kinda
Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
I always forget about mug cakes! Thanks for the reminder – also gives me an excuse to finally buy quinoa, haven’t had it in such a long time either!
I feel so old at the moment when I go shopping – all I see is the exact same clothing that I wore in the 80’s and 90’s!! Eeek!
yea! 80’s children! and I know, I feel like I should bust out my scrunchy!
Alysia at Slim Sanity
I’ve never actually plated a mug cake…yours look so pretty! 🙂
haha i give credit to the sauce!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
YES! Let’s keep the mug cakes around. Definitely. I got hooked on them a few years back, and while I sometimes forget about them, they always manage to sneak back into my life and make me fall in love all over again. I’ve definitely never seen one made with quinoa before, though! You’re brilliant <3
This is so creative! And you make it look pretty. My mug cakes are always horrendous looking LOL but at least they taste good ;D
Jody - Fit at 58
LOve this variation! Some of the older microwave mug cakes – just did not so it for me. Beautiful!
Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
LOVE IT!! I was actually trying to find a mug cake recipe when this came in my email! One question…do you think it would work without the banana? I don’t like bananas but was wondering if it was necessary for the consistency….
I didn’t taste banana. It’s just there for texture but I think it would work without. Might be more “airy” if that makes sense? less cakey.
dixya @ food, pleasure, and health
i have not been successful in making mug cakes…looking at this, i am going to have to give this a go again,.
I’m sure you’ll make one mean lean clean mug! haha. 😉
Marisa | Uproot Kitchen
Well I hope your chia mug cake from the older days gets a traffic boost from our new mug cake trend! 🙂 I’ve only made 2 mug cakes in my life… one brownie experiment and one funfetti cake from Arman that was delicious… but this flavor combination is calling my name. Love the addition of chewy quinoa as a creative use of leftovers!
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
Yay mug cakes! When I discovered I could make chocolate chip ones I was having them almost every night. It was a problem haha.
Quinoa in a mug cake?! I’m intrigued!! The last time I made a mug cake it went terribly and I was scraping cake leftover out of a mug for too long….
Guess I will have to make quinoa soon so I have a little leftover to make this! Especially since A loved the mug cake we made earlier this week and now probably thinks it should be a thing. Monday Mug Cake, Taco Tuesday, Waffle Wednesday, Froyo Friday, Scone Sunday…
haha i love it! what’s saturday? snack attack saturday?
Arman @ thebigmansworld
I think you should personally bring double denim back 🙂
This looks bomb, L!
I will gladly bring back double denim. and i’ll bust out my krimper! if you even know what a krimper is. haha. early 80’s child here.
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I still do mug cakes all the time. They’re so quick and easy… and usually when I don’t have any groceries, I still have enough to make one. I’ve never used chia in one though – gotta try it out!
And thank you for validating my cocoa powder habit. 😉
anything for good gut health, right? Mwah!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
The video <3 Mug cakes will always rule!
You rule! you know this, right? xxoo
I love high protein mug cakes… gonna try this after my workout today! Thanks for the great idea.
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
First off – LUUURRRVVVE the video! LURVE it!!
And – “Coffee mug and mug (mouth) —> Pun intended” bwahahaha! I <3 you and your healthier, amped up, EPIC mugcake!
I love you more! always!
Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
This looks AMAZING! Some mug cakes never show well in photos – not yours!! 8 years?! That’s crazy. Thanks for bringing this one BACK!
haha thanks! i know, 8 years. it’s being 70 in blog years
Ok why haven’t I tried this before. Thanks for the great recipe!
Sam @ PancakeWarriors
I wasn’t blogging back in the day but I had microwave protein cookie between teaching classes after my real job for about 2 years straight. I remember when I found out about chia seeds, I’m pretty sure I had to order them online because I couldn’t find them anywhere. I love when food fads repeat, I am taken back in time and think about how crazy life was then and it calms me a bit because we always only remember how crazy things are right now!
oMG i remember that too! and matcha and maca!
I’ve only made a few mug cakes, but never thought to try quinoa in one! See, that’s why you are the recipe genius. Pinned!
you are too good to me. <3
Susie @ SuzLyfe
Noms. Luckily, if enough recipes get trendy again, you won’t have to worry about “teaching an old dog new tricks”–just dig up the good old ones! I just am ready for smoothie bowls to leave. You can’t survive on liquids alone.
haha yes! but smoothie bowls are so pretty make. That’s my only justification
Erin @ The Almond Eater
Ha! Mug cakes are still the jam, at least for me anyway. This looks fabbbbbb and I love the addition of chocolate sauce overtop. MMMM.
Brittany @ Britt's Blurbs
You are seriously my favorite. This looks insanely delicious!!!
you are mine!!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
What you call an old blogger I call an experienced and AWESOME blogger!
You know I love you so! <3
This looks like the heartiest mug cake I’ve ever seen, which means I need to make it ASAP. Loving all the ingredients here!
This is genius! Pinning this one for sure and will DEFINITELY be giving it a try soon 😀
keep me posted! xxoo
Michele @ paleorunningmomma
I’m the worst because I’ve never made a mug cake lol! This really needs to change!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
Oh o have my fair share of yucky pictures too! This mug cake now I may have to test this out today. I’ve never actually made one!
You might be an old blogger, but not an old lady! I love mug cakes, and this version looks different from the norm — and delicious!
haha i love you!
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
I can’t wait to make this!
keep me posted mere!