Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake (Two Ways!)

Paleo banana bread mug cake – a grain-free, refined sugar-free dessert (or breakfast) – this post showcases two ways of preparing the mug cake – either using coconut flour or almond flour.

NOTE: Photos updated 6/12/2017

Just look at this thang.

 

Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake - 2 Ways! One method using coconut flour, and another method using almond flour #glutenfree

Cake for one?! With zero guilt or regrets? Why didn’t we do this sooner?

Mug cakes have been the talk of the blog for yeeeeeears now. Fashionably late as always, this is my first go-round with the cake-in-the-mug situation. Like many of the food trends I’ve resisted, I was baffled upon trying the mug cake and wondered why I had waited for so dang long. I mean, the thing LITRALLY takes 5 minutes to make! And there’s no cleanup involved. And no leftovers to tempt you at 2am. And duh, this version’s healthy! So what it boils down to, is you’ve got yourself a crazy convenient breakfast/dessert that is 200% nutritious and scrumtrulescent.

THIS JUST IN: Mug cake is the lowest maintenance thing you will ever do in your entire life. Other than eating an apple. Or sleeping. Or…just trust me on this one.

 

Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake - 2 Ways! One method using coconut flour, and another method using almond flour #glutenfree

What if I told you I ate this for breakfast and dessert every day for two solid weeks? I had to exercise my will power and remind myself that diets rich in mug cake, while delicious, are not well rounded. As in, you should probably come up for air and eat some greens before solidifying an impossible-to-break habit of consuming Nothing But Mug Cake forever and ever amen. Take it from me, once you go mug cake, you never go back.

Because haven’t you heard? This thing’s a cinch.

Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake | TheRoastedRoot.net This grain-free, refined suagr-free cake for one requires only 5 minutes of time and it's super healthy and delicious!

All’s you do is mash everything together in no particular order and nuke it in the microwave.

 Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake | TheRoastedRoot.net This grain-free, refined suagr-free cake for one requires only 5 minutes of time and it's super healthy and delicious!

I know, I know, I’m not a fan of microwaving things either…you can also bake the mug cake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 30-ish minutes (or until the cake tests clean), but my take on that is you may as well bake a full cake if you’re going to go through the trouble of pre-heating and such. We trade microwaves for convenience in this life of compromise.

Because I took it upon myself to test this recipe 17,000 times with my face, I can give you a little insight as to how to make it two delicious ways with either coconut flour or almond flour. The recipe is puh-reeeetty much the same, you just use slightly different quantities of flour.

Method #1 with Coconut Flour: Turns out light and fluffy, with a texture very similar to regular cake. Plus: delicious. Plus: full of fiber. Ladies? You want.

Method #2 with Almond Flour: Comes out light and spongy, and almost custard-y…the texture isn’t an exact replica of regular cake, but it’s still suuuupah delish and full of protein.

Note: If you use coconut flour, you will use 2 tablespoons, and if you use almond flour, you will use 1/4 cup.

Adaptations: You can substitute almond milk for coconut milk, and maple syrup for honey. You can add more cinnamon or no cinnamon at all. You can eliminate the walnuts. You can pretty much do anything you dang-well please. How about we add chocolate chips? Okay, twist my arm.

 

I’m jetting off to Illinois for the weekend to go to Stephie and Alex’s wedding! I’m so excited to see the two lovebirds tie the knot and to spend some quality time with their families. Before I make like a baby and head out, I’ll be needing my fill of breakfast. You bet your bottom dollar I’ll be eating this mug cake before I climb on that plane and surrender to a mug cake coma. I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I’ll catch up with you on Monday!

Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake (Two Ways!) - with instructions for using either coconut flour or almond flour| TheRoastedRoot.net This grain-free, refined sugar-free cake for one requires only 5 minutes of time and it's super healthy and delicious!

My cup runneth over.

Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake for all them meals!

Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake - 2 Ways! One method using coconut flour, and another method using almond flour #glutenfree

Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 1 mug cake
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a microwave-safe mug and mash/stir together until well-combined.
  2. Microwave on high for 3 to 3-1/2 minutes, or until cake has set up and tests clean. Note: If using coconut flour, I microwave for 3 minutes, and if using almond flour, I microwave for 3.5 minutes.
  3. Allow cake to cool slightly before diving in!

 

 

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  1. Julie

    I LOVE YOU!! I can’t wait to see you. Like in 12 hours or so. Also, I have lots of snacks waiting here. And Jerry and I love making mug cakes for a Sunday evening snack. Ok. That was a semi-lie. I make them and Jerry eats them. Either way, they are perfect for us. And, I have containers of both of these flours in my freezer that I need to use. Maybe not this weekend, as I have a feeling I’ll have regular cupcakes leftover to eat, but the following weekend. I’m babbling. Whee!! See you soon. Love, hugs and beagle kisses await you. xoxo

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  2. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    GIRL. I grew up with those exact mugs in my house and they are just taking me back to childhood! Sometimes I really need a cake in my face RIGHTNOW without all the steps and crap, so this looks perfect for my 10pm ‘gimmedessertrightthissecond’ moments! xo

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  3. Katie (The Muffin Myth)

    Um, yes please. I also just discovered mug cakes (seriously, what is wrong with us? Where have we been?) and you bet your bananas I’ll be making this one…. basically when I get home from work. I have a habit of rescuing the brown bananas from the office fruit bowl at the end of the week, so I’ve always got many on hand. Which means many are now destined for mug cake. Many.

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  4. Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}

    OK I have to try this, because my banana mug cake experiments have always come out pretty blah. Now chocolate, that’s another story. Coconut flour must be the secret? I’m in! And P.S. LOVE those mugs 🙂

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  5. Megan Ware

    I really have no idea how you make a mug cake look so beautiful. My mug creations (almost) always taste delicious, but look like something that should be in my dogs bowl. You even made it overflow perfectly so that it formed a little muffin top. Love it!

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  6. Caitlin @ teaspoon

    I would eat that for breakfast and dessert everyday too. So easy and yummy looking! And I love the mugs…a good friend’s family had the same pattern and they bring back good memories!

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  7. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I’ve actually never tried a mug cake so you’re one step ahead of me! Ima have to make it happen soon so I can have scrumtrulescence all in my face.

    I hope you made it to Illinois safe and sound and that you have a great time! Be sure to IG us a few pics. I wanna see how purdy you look in your bridesmaid dress!!

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  8. Joanne

    I think this is why I’ve resisted the mug cake thus far. It’s almost TOO easy to make, meaning I would make one at least six times a day….and I suspect that might be overkill.

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  9. Samantha

    Am I the only one who can’t see the actual recipe?!? I’m so excited to make this…please help!!

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      1. Julia Post author

        Hi ladies, my apologies! I must have deleted the recipe while editing the post. It’s back up. Hope you both enjoy the mug cake! 😀

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  10. Kathy

    Hi! Where is the actual recipe for this cake? I read the entire blog post & can’t seem to find it.

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  11. Rainman

    Julia,
    I was just introduced to the mug cake concept recently. I guess old men take a little more time to catch up with everything. An 81 yr old friend in Rhode Island (boy oh boy is that a small state!) Shared his chocolate mug cake recipe with me and I loved it. Soooooooo I’m planning on making mug cakes with my grandchildren soon but now I’ll have two recipes to choose from. Thanks for posting this,
    BTW, I’ve shared your zucchini pasta recipe with everyone who will listen and they all LOVE it.

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    1. Julia Post author

      LOL, it took me forever to acquaint myself with mug cake, too, so you’re in good company 🙂 I love the idea of making a chocolate mug cake and I hope you like my banana bread version! Thanks so much for all the support – I’m so happy you like the zucchini pasta!! xo

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  12. Anyua

    Loved you recipe! It was so tasty that my men only left me try a couple of spoons. 🙂 The only problem I had was a microwave potency. I put it on the highest point and it was all over my microwave. So the next one I started on the lowest the first minute, switched to the middle on the second minute, and put it on the highest at the last minute.

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    1. Julia Post author

      Absolutely! I’d use just a tad bit more. I’ve also made this without baking powder or soda, and it turns out fine 🙂

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  13. Linda

    My daughter and I just made one of each recipe (coconut flour and almond flour). The coconut flour went in the microwave first… The standard-sized mug was not big enough for the batter and it overflowed and cooked onto the sides of the mug. Lesson learned! Switched the almond flour batch into a BIG mug and that worked much better. So I suspect if you have average or smallish mugs, divide the recipe into two batches and reduce cooking time to maybe 2 minutes. That being said, both tasted delicious topped with a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Debbie, I haven’t tested the recipe with stevia, but I’m sure you could use a small amount instead of the maple syrup. Because the cake has ripe banana in it, it’s pretty sweet on its own, so you wouldn’t need very much. I’ll let you know if I try it with Stevia 🙂

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  14. Olivia

    I just made this for myself. It is SOOOOOO good! And healthy, for that matter! As a 16 year old CrossFitter who wants to eat healthier, but also loves cake….this is perfect. Thanks so much! I see myself eating this for breakfast every morning till I’m sick of it 😉

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  24. Avinash Mishra (inviul)

    I love Banana.. It is my favorite fruit.

    Paleo Banana bread looks delicious and so yummy, so I will defensively give a try to make this recipe in weekends.

    Thanks for sharing lovely & yummy recipe.

    Avinash

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  25. Hannah

    Hi! I know I”m kind of late on the comment bandwagon, here, but this mug cake saved my morning, yesterday (used the almond flour, not the coconut)! Cooked up perfectly, unlike every other mug cake I’ve tried. Even threw in a few blackberries.

    Thank you so much!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Hannah,

      Ahhhh I’m go happy to hear it!! I love this mug cake and make it time and again on those mornings I need something quick and comforting. Thanks for your sweet note! xoxo

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  27. DJ

    This is really delicious! I used
    120g banana mashed
    60g egg lightly beaten
    2 tablespoons coconut water
    Pinch of stevia
    2 tablespoons coconut flour
    No nuts
    no innamon
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    No

    I ate it chilled in the fridge overnight!

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