I love banana bread, but when I develop a craving for it, it takes a while to satisfy. I have to mash some bananas, bake for an hour, let it cool, etc. But not anymore.

Banana cake is possible in just a few minutes.

Someone requested I try making this cake, but I didn’t get a chance to try creating it until now, after being given some lovely organic bananas from Organics Unlimited . This cake came out light and fluffy with a flavor of bananas and cinnamon.

When I added egg yolk to the batter, it turned the cake quite yellow. I worried it would affect the taste, but it didn’t taste too eggy.

I even lightened the cake a little by replacing by eliminating the oil with some nonfat yogurt and nonfat milk. Though I haven’t figured out how to make it as light as some of the other mug cakes I’ve altered.

Like all the other mug cakes I’ve made, this one was easy to make.

A little more information about the bananas. Organics Unlimited is a woman-owned company that grows organic bananas for their brand GROW. The bananas are grown in Mexico and a portion of proceeds is donated to their GROW fund which helps fund health, dental and educational programs for Organics Unlimited workers and their families. You can read all about the young company on their website. I didn’t detect too much of a difference in taste for the bananas, but I do love that they are organic.

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Banana Mug Cake


5 1/2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp greek strained nonfat plain yogurt
1 egg
4 tbsp nonfat milk
3 tbsp mashed bananas (about 1/2 of a banana, keep in mind 1 tbsp mashed banana is more than 1 tbsp of a piece of banana before it's mashed)


1. Mix all ingredient into an oversized mug until batter is smooth (make sure to get the flour that sticks to the bottom). Cook for about 1 1/2 minute in microwave. Check for doneness. If inside is done, cake is done even if outside appears slightly wet/gooey. Let cake cool before eating.


26 Responses to “Banana Mug Cake”

  1. Connie — June 29, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I agree, banana bread usually takes some planning! First, you must have very ripe bananas. And then the mashing and baking. Also, some recipes say to wrap the bread in foil and let it stand for a day for the flavors to develop! This mug cake looks tasty.

    • Kirbie replied: — June 29th, 2012 @ 8:20 am

      It’s not quite banana bread, since it’s a cake, but it’s still yummy and satisfies my banana bread cravings. =) I try to keep some really ripe bananas in the freezer at all times so I don’t have to wait for new bananas to ripen.

  2. caninecologne — June 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    i love how easy your mug cake recipes are! i want to try this but need to buy that Greek yogurt though.

    haha, when I first glanced at your post, i thought it said, “Banana SLUG Cake”!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 1st, 2012 @ 9:54 am

      hehe, bananas are kind of slug looking after they turn too ripe. I’m sure there is a version that can be made without greek yogurt but I’ve been trying to healthify some recipes, so I played around with one using some greek yogurt. Though if you do have greek yogurt, you can make the greek yogurt chocolate cake or the greek yogurt chocolate cookies. Both really good! Or the greek yogurt fudgy Nutella mug cake. All of them used the greek yogurt and I was completely able to eliminate eggs and veg oil so I cut out hundreds of calories and most of the fat.

  3. Ann P. — July 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I was just thinking about making a banana cake when this popped into my google reader! :) Thank you!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      You’re welcome! =)

  4. Jaylee — February 9, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Delicious! I didn’t use the yoghurt at all, added an extra tblspn of lite milk instead. Couldn’t eat all of it, very filling.

    • Kirbie replied: — February 9th, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

      Nice! Glad you like it. I agree, it’s more like a 2 serving thing for me so I usually split it with my husband.

  5. sofi — February 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    i just tried it and it tastes so much like banana bread. I didnt have plain greek yogurt so i uses vanana(vanilla/banana).
    love your much cake recipes

    • Kirbie replied: — February 19th, 2013 @ 9:17 am

      Yay! So glad you liked it.

  6. Nikki — May 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I was craving, and have been wanting to try your mug cake for a while now. Unfortunately I didn’t have yoghurt or eggs at the ready, so I substituted the yoghurt with a tbsp of milk like someone commented before and left out the egg. I’m amazed it still got the job done, and is very yummy! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Kirbie replied: — May 18th, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

      I’ve actually been making a lot of them without egg now. I like them better without the egg too and it’s so much easier.

  7. Alyssa — July 14, 2013 at 1:24 am

    To make mug cakes do we have to grease the inside of our mugs with oil first? I’m a beginner and it’s my first time trying to make one. :)

    • Kirbie replied: — July 15th, 2013 @ 7:50 am

      No you don’t need to spray. The cake won’t just pop out of the mug after, but if you soak it after you eat it, it should be pretty easy to clean.

  8. Kimberley — August 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I was making banana loaf for tomorrow and got cravings, so gave this a go. But, sadly, after six or seven minutes in the microwave, it was still uncooked. Beats me!

    • Kirbie replied: — August 26th, 2013 @ 11:46 am

      Hmm that doesnt sound right at all. Not sure what happened with yours.

  9. Kimberley — August 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

    My banana loaf failed as well! Different oven, so the common factor was: me. :-)

    • Kirbie replied: — August 27th, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

      Oh no! Perhaps you needed to bake it longer. Or check on your baking powder. It might be too old?

  10. Kimberley — September 1, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I’d just bought new. Or so I thought until the memory of your comment made me check. Turns out it was the baking soda and cream of tartar that was new, d’oh! Thank you.

    • Kirbie replied: — September 1st, 2013 @ 6:26 am

      Ooh maybe that was it! U could try with baking soda. It won’t be as fluffy but I think it might work

  11. Brooklyn — September 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I love these Mug cake thing they are so Good! In this one I didn’t use yogurt, I hate yogurt I used vanilla to make it amazing! It was super yummy! Thx:)

    • Kirbie replied: — September 23rd, 2013 @ 1:08 am

      I’m glad it worked out for you!

  12. Nicole — April 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Hi can I use some of your recipe I’m doing a cable acces show on healthy recipes, and would to share them with my audience.

    Thank You

    Holisticnutberry Healing with Nature and Loving It!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 15th, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

      If you could please contact me via email or the contact form and give more specifics as to which recipes and how you would credit it, thank you!

  13. Lisa — April 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Tried it and love it! Great way to get rid of that one old banana and feed two people dessert! For high altitude- microwave for 3 minutes.

    • Kirbie replied: — April 21st, 2015 @ 7:39 pm

      thanks for adding that! glad it worked for you!

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