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Microwave Mug Meals: 5 Unbelievable Recipes (Mug Pizza, Macaroni and Cheese, Granola, Healthy Muffin, Brownie)

Microwave Mug Meals: 5 Unbelievable Recipes

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Microwave Mug Meals are an easy way to eat Real Food for every meal but with little waiting or wash up. Mug Meals take minutes to mix up and less time to cook in the microwave. To make your life easy I have created a days worth of Microwave Mug Meals from breakfast to dinner, and of course dessert. You’ll find real game changers like Microwave Mug Granola, Macaroni & Cheese and even Microwave Mug Pizza.

Microwave Mug Meals are for EVERYONE! Whether you are always on the go, living in a dorm or want to eat single serving portions of real meals that will satisfy your appetite and save you time. Mix any of the Microwave Mug Meals up the night before, and just pop them into the microwave for a quick meal in minutes. And of course, feel free to combine them all for the ultimate Mug Meal!

 

Microwave Granola in a Mug (Breakfast)

You won’t believe that Granola can come out of a microwave crunchy, toasted and just like baked granola but without the wait and wash up. This Granola is gluten free and suitable for vegans. Find the Microwave Granola in a Mug recipe here.

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Microwave Macaroni & Cheese in a Mug (Lunch)

This recipe may change the way you make this family favorite going forward. It’s made with real ingredients made in minutes, and faster than from a box. Find my Microwave Macaroni & Cheese in a Mug Recipe here.

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Microwave Peanut Butter & Banana Mug Cake (Snack)

This muffin packs a protein punch that will give you energy and keeps you going until your next meal. It’s a perfect snack for after a work out. Find my Microwave Peanut Butter & Banana Mug Cake Recipe here.

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Microwave Mug Pizza (Dinner)

Pizza made in a microwave? This Pizza is a serious game changer when it comes to your meals. It is real food fast, better than fast food. You will not believe the results. Find my Microwave Mug Pizza Recipe here.

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Microwave Mug Brownie (Dessert)

This indulgent Chocolate Brownie is a single serving of heaven just for you and possibly the best, fudgiest Brownie ever. Find my Microwave Mug Brownie Recipe here

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275 Comments

  1. Khadija Belgrave on October 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    How do I know how many watts my microwave is

    • Michael Mallory on October 21, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Somewhere on your Microwave is a manufacturing label that has a model number on it. In that label is the Wattage of the microwave. If not you can look up the model number on the manufacturer’s website for the wattage.

  2. Krishel on September 29, 2017 at 2:04 am

    I love you Gemma you are my inspiration and I am just 13 yrs old still I love trying your creations I am following you since 7 yrs

    • Gemma Stafford on September 29, 2017 at 2:17 am

      Hi there,
      that is so nice to hear, thank you. It is great to start baking early, you will learn a lot by experience, the best way to learn,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. mój link on September 18, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I like this web site its a master peace ! .

    • Gemma Stafford on September 19, 2017 at 1:29 am

      Wow! Thank you, that is really nice to hear, we do work hard at this!
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Roxana on September 9, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Great recipes Gemma, tried out a few. Thank you

  5. Stacie on August 14, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I’m so excited to try these recipes!

    Would you say most of them can be prepped ahead of time and then cooked later? Or would you advise cooking them and just reheating later in the day?

    (I work the overnight shift and can’t leave the premises. I’m so tired of tv dinners!)

    • Gemma Stafford on August 15, 2017 at 2:06 am

      Hi Stacie,
      It depends on the recipe.
      Microwaves cook differently to a regular oven. Baked goods are always best consumed when freshly made, and baked. This particularly applies to anything which has a raising agent, such as baking powder. This begins to activate as soon as the wet ingredients are added. So! yes, these will help you, but I would be inclined to bag up the dry ingredients, and then add the wet before baking. A small plastic pudding bowl, with a lid, would be perfect for transporting this, and for baking too, I hope tihs is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. jikotakuhaibin on July 24, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Gemma! Been having a lot of great results with your Crazy Dough recipes, and will now start your mug recipes. You mention that you can put together the breakfast mugs the night before, then cook them in the morning. Can I do that with the other mug recipes, too? I was hoping to have them for lunch at work.

  7. Denise on July 16, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Thank you for doing the mud recipes. I like the muffin idea but what about us who have banana allergies. Would you be able to when you make recipes with bananas give sunstitutes for the bananas for us who cannot eat them?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 17, 2017 at 2:15 am

      hi Denise,
      Banana is often used as an egg substitute. This is why I use it in some recipes, but what you use really will depend on why you are using it in any particular recipe.
      There are many mug recipes here which do not use banana, do take a look through them, you will find a favorite,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Ziad on June 26, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Hi Gemma,

    I enjoy this chat forum a lot and I always read all the comments as there is a lot of learning and of course to avoid repeated question as many followers have good ones to cover.

    Now here is the my weird question, I am not a big fan of microwave and I don’t own one. Would I get the same results if I opt to put them in the oven and what is an ideal temp.? Needles to say I would have to use microwave friendly mugs.

    • Gemma Stafford on June 28, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Hi,

      I’m delighted to hear that. sure pop them into the oven at 180oC (350F) for roughly 10 minutes. All cakes are different so timing may vary 🙂

  9. HollyTheBoldBaker on June 10, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Hi Gemma! Just wondering about the brownie, can you use soft brown sugar instead of regular brown sugar and what alternatives can you use instead of a flavourless oil, could you use milk or olive oil? I made the mac ‘n’ cheese and I thought it was delicious, I missed the corn flour out because I prefer my sauce to be a little liquidy and it tasted like the real thing, I am planning to make the mug pizza for dinner because I had the pasta for breakfast, also can you please make a cookies and cream Ice cream or a cookie dough milkshake!

  10. Harsh on May 5, 2017 at 5:23 am

    The mug pizza was truly delicious. Me, my sister and my cousin loved it! Thanks Gemma!???

    • Gemma Stafford on May 6, 2017 at 1:33 am

      Yea! When I saw your name ‘harsh’ I though I was in trouble! lol,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. Stuart of Blyth on April 17, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I’ve done every one of these mug meals as a special treat this Easter Monday. They are BRILLIANT. I’ve never had granola before but it was a real treat to start the day. I used cashews and hazelnuts, and topped it off with supermarket special Madagascan vanilla yoghurt. Delicious! I pranged the macaroni cheese by not stirring in the dry ingredients before putting it in the microwave, so I’ll try again tomorrow. The water does boil up when cooking the pasta, as Gemma warns, so I will use a larger bowl next time then transfer it (and the mixed frozen vegetables I added) to the mug after it’s cooked. Gemma says the pizza in a mug is “insane” and you must try it. She’s right – it is and you must. The brownie is HUGE and totally as described. Use a larger mug so you can cram on lots of ice cream to moderate the gooeyness. My microwave oven is 800 watts so cooking takes longer, but I keep going in increments of 10-15 seconds until I get to the final product. The beauty of it is that you can’t overcook it this way. Every one of these 5 is a winner, but if you don’t do them all you MUST do the granola and the pizza.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 18, 2017 at 2:26 am

      Yea! Thank you Stuart, so nice to have you input here to encourage other bold bakers.
      I appreciate the time you took to put this together, happy now!
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Salted caramel on March 15, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Hi Gemma
    I was wondering weather you could create an ice cream cook book coz i am looking forward to it ??

  13. Sneha on February 4, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Hi Gemma …..And I am actually from India …
    And I love all ur recepies…..But I just want to know how much of these stuffs I would need to put in the brownie ….Like any measurements

    • Gemma Stafford on February 4, 2017 at 2:08 am

      I am confused! did you read the recipe here on my website? Scroll down to find them,
      Gemma 🙂

  14. wessam on January 16, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Hey Gemma. ummm what can i use instead of maple syrup cuz we don,t have it here in KSA and thanks a lot.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

      That is too bad, Maple syrup is so delicious. This is a liquid sugar, so it depends on the recipe really, honey sometimes, agave syrup other times, brown sugar too! Try what you have first,
      Gemma 🙂

  15. Om Dighe on January 14, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Hello Gemma,
    Can you teach us how to make some awesome soups because I am a fan of soups.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Yes, I should do this, I will add this idea to my list,
      Gemma 🙂

  16. SadeeM on January 4, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Gemma I absolutely love your recipes, I just started baking this summer and your recipes really helped me out, I just wanted to suggest you something, you should develope an app for this website, then I’d be the happiest person in his world ?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 5, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Hi there,
      The app may follow, i have a lot to do this year, so we will see how it goes.
      It is good to have you with us, Happy New Year to you,
      Gemma 🙂

  17. Kaushali on December 23, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Hi gemma,
    M from India and me n my family just love your receipes..my 7 yr old daughter make mug meals her own.thanks dear for sharing lovely receipes… Would like to see some Indian flavours from ur kitchen..

    • Gemma Stafford on December 23, 2016 at 2:28 am

      Hi there,
      Thank you, and thanks to your little girl too, it is great to get them started in the kitchen.
      I would love to see some Indian flavors too, I am working towards that, it really is an international request too.
      Happy christmas to you and your family,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. linsar on November 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Wondering if I can freeze a meal in a mug for later. I’m using Thanksgiving leftovers. Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 26, 2016 at 7:18 am

      Yes, but these are best prepared, cooked and eaten at once, microwaved food does not keep as well as traditionally prepared food,
      Gemma 🙂

  19. Madonna Glazier on September 5, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    New sign up

  20. Leigh Anne on August 31, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Hi there Gemma!
    When I was having swallowing problems a while ago your soft mug recipes were all I could eat. Thank you for that! Now even after the issue is resolved I still have your recipes for breakfast all the time!

    • Gemma Stafford on August 31, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Hi Leigh, that is eally too bad, I do hope you are well again. I am delighted that these recipes are useful for you, thank you for being with us 🙂

  21. alznurse on August 23, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Just found your website yesterday and must give you a big thank you. I am a disabled elderly lady who lives alone and does not eat all the time because of all the cleanup and wastefull leftovers. I tried your Mac and Cheese yesterday and will be making many more of your mugs. Thank you for the service to all the people who are cooking for one.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 25, 2016 at 2:24 am

      Hi there,
      I am so happy to have you with us, and delighted that these recipes are working for you, well done to you too!
      there are tons more of these recipes in my head, coming up soon, so stay tuned,
      Gemma 🙂

  22. Jennifer on August 20, 2016 at 5:51 am

    These look awesome! I am excited to share them with my children. These mug meals would be something they could make for a snack or meal until I get home from work. Thank you for these recipes!

    • Gemma Stafford on August 21, 2016 at 2:54 am

      That is the idea Jennifer, get the kids baking, it is a skill for life!
      Gemma 🙂

  23. Camy on August 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Can you use self raising flour?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 13, 2016 at 1:33 am

      Hi Camy,
      it depends on the recipe, it is best to follow the recipe for each application,
      Gemma 🙂

  24. Rachael curtin on August 2, 2016 at 8:37 am

    the granola looks really good and so does the banana cake but the brownie ,i just cant wait to make it!:) you make the recipe so easy and clear that i just have to make them thank you so much and as you know schools just around the corner so right now im just collecting microwave recipes

  25. christina.christina on July 26, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Hi Gemma,
    My sister introduced me to your videos and website. (You are amazing)
    I tried this recipe twice and the same thing happened both times, the dough sank after being taken out of the microwave. Do you have any tips to fix that? I’m determined to get it right. I also tried the Mac-n-cheese and that was excellent. Thanks for showing the fresh side.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 26, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Hi Christina,
      Thank you for being with us. It sounds like it was not fully cooked! could that be right? When the cake is baked it will feel firm to the touch. If it is baked, it almost cannot fall.
      The stencil for butterflies? (https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/?s=Stencil) is with this post. Search in the search bar for others,
      Gemma 🙂

  26. Farheen on July 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Gemma…i tried the brownie recipe & came out really nice. thank you soo much for sharing such easy microwave mug recipes.
    I could manage and prepare a brownie for my sister birthday…as i was short of time….
    thanks once again..and i will also surely try other recipes as well..

    • Gemma Stafford on July 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Hi Farheen,
      That is great, I am happy to hear that. tank you for letting me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  27. Molly on July 15, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Gemma!!! Love your recipes… every time I baked, it was a disaster but your recipes are a saviour and those made in mugs made my day.. I tried my hands on both Mug pizza and Mug banana and peanut cake ..they were simply awesome … Thankyou for your wonderful recipes…I will definitely try other recipes and keep you posted?

    • Gemma Stafford on July 15, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Hi Molly,
      I am so happy that you are getting on with these recipes, thank you for letting me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  28. Dora Carvalho on July 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Gemma, thanks for your recipes. I will try all of them and see if I’ll be lucky this time 🙂 I tried other mug cake recipes in the microwave and they were hard. Could not eat them… Interesting because the difference between your recipes and those I have tested was one ingredient: egg – Yours there are no eggs… Is it perhaps the reason why my recipes were not soft and tasty? thanking you again

    • Gemma Stafford on July 11, 2016 at 2:49 am

      Hi Dora,
      Egg is one of the most difficult things to manage in microwave cooking. Microwaves essentially ‘spot’ cook, and then the heat from the ‘spot’ cooks the surrounding food. Eggs will toughen if submitted to this treatment for too long, so the quantity and how they are handled through the cooking process, matters. So, well spotted!
      Gemma 🙂

  29. rounak bose on July 9, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Gemma ur ideas are cool I just wanted to know that can I use normal cheese instead of cheddar and is there any substition for scallions

    • Gemma Stafford on July 10, 2016 at 2:18 am

      Hi there,
      So! what is normal cheese? Different countries have their own version of a hard cheese, some countries have many regional cheeses too. I good hard well flavored cheese, which melts with heat will work for you. Scallions are also known as Spring onion, and are widely available. You can use chives if you can get these, delicious, or you can leave them out altogether. Change the additions to suit your taste and available ingredients,
      Gemma 🙂

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