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Banana Chocolate Chip Mug Cakes

This easy, single-serving recipe is a great one for kids to make on their own. It first appeared in our book Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook.


Makes one individual mug cake

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips


  1. In a standard-sized household mug, beat together the mashed banana and egg with a fork.
  2. Add the milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and softened butter. Stir well.
  3. Stir in the baking powder and flour, mixing just until the batter is well combined.
  4. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir again. Add the chocolate chips and put the mug back into the microwave.
  5. Microwave for an additional 2 minutes, until the cake is set. Be careful — mug cakes can be hot when they first come out! We recommend letting the cake sit for a minute or two to cool before digging in.