Pancakes in a Mug

Published Date: January 9, 2022

Whether it’s one of those busy mornings or you’re just having some classic late night cravings, my pancakes in a mug recipe is exactly what you’re looking for when the hunger hits for a quick breakfast fix without all the fuss!

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The Best Microwave Pancakes Ever

Why are these the best, you ask? Because unlike all the other mug pancakes recipes out there, this one I have tested myself over and over and is really fool proof! Most other recipes make half the amount mine calls for and barely has a few spoonfuls in it!

Try Some of my other Breakfast Faves:

If you LOVE easy to make breakfast food much as I do, you may want to check out a few of my other recipes: Sheet Pan Pancakes, Blueberry Biscuits, Mug Cake Recipe using Cake Mix.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These are just like regular pancakes but much faster to make and in a personal sized portion – they’re basically breakfast in a mug!
  • It’s the perfect solution for those lazy weekend mornings when you barely have the energy to get out of bed, let alone make an entire breakfast when you are starving. I’m mean, this is faster than baking pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough.
  • If it’s your first time making a mug cake, no worries, the microwave pancakes are simple to make and turn out fluffy and delicious every time!

Ingredients Used

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Sugar
  • Butter, melted
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Optional Toppings: Butter, Syrup and Berries

*see recipe card for detailed measurements

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Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need

  • Microwave-safe mug
  • Cooking spray
  • Measuring spoons

How to Make Pancakes in the Microwave

Step 1: Lightly spray a microwave-safe mug with cooking spray. (I like to use an 8 oz coffee mug but any large mug will do.) This will make clean up easier.  

Step 2: Add the flour, baking powder and sugar to the mug and use a fork to whisk together these dry ingredients. 

Step 3: Add the liquid ingredients: melted butter, milk, and vanilla. Whisk together all the ingredients with a fork until most of the lumps are gone. The pancake batter may just have a few small lumps.

Step 4: Microwave pancake for 1 minute, 20 seconds on medium heat. (Individual results depends on the wattage of your microwave oven – if the pancake is not cooked, try another 10 seconds.)

Step 5: Garnish! Top off you pancake with a slab of butter, syrup and fresh berries and enjoy your fluffy pancake!

Helpful Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure that size of the mug is proportionate to the batter you’ll make. An 8 oz mug or larger is the perfect size for this recipe, so it does not spill and create a mess while baking.
  • You definitely want to use a small spatula to scrape down the sides of the mug (after whisking ingredients together) to make sure you get all the pockets of dry ingredients clinging to the inside of the mug.
  • You may want to put paper towels under the mug as you cook it, as it may drip over the sides a little.  

Substitutions and Variations

  • Substitute butter for vegetable oil in this mug recipe – The process will just be a little different. In that case you will microwave butter (1 Tablespoon) until it is melted, and then use it the same way as the vegetable oil.  
  • Lactose intolerant – could I make this quick breakfast without milk? Yes, just use the same amount of water instead.
  • Could I use almond flour in this recipe instead of all purpose flour? Yes, just use the same amount of almond flour (3 Tablespoons).  
  • What whole grains could I add to this breakfast food? I like to use 1 Tablespoon of flaxseed meal in place of 1 of the Tablespoons of flour. Or you could use whole wheat flour although it will create a heavier texture.  
  • How could I make this into a vegan pancake? You could substitute water for the milk.  
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Storage Notes

These microwave pancakes are much better eaten warm! And because they are such a small portion, you won’t really have any leftover! I would recommend just making another quick batch the next time you are planning to make them instead of trying to store and reheat leftovers.

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to serve this easy breakfast to my family – could I make a larger batch? 

Yes, you could make up a bigger batch (for 4 people you would multiply each of the ingredients by 4) and then spoon pancake mix into the mugs. You will have a delicious breakfast for your family in a matter of minutes!

Can’t I just use pancake mix to make a pancake mug cake? 

Yes, you could use about ¼ cup of pancake mix and add 2 or 3 Tablespoons of milk or water. (If you feel the batter is too thick, add a little more liquid.) 

Could I add protein powder to this easy recipe? 

Yes, you could use 1 Tablespoon of protein powder and change the flour to 2 Tablespoons. This will create a protein pancake that may remind you of kodiak cakes. And for some extra protein, you could add 1 whole egg – the pancake will be a little denser, but still yummy!

What are some flavors I could add to this mug pancake recipe? 

I think that the best part of this recipe is how versatile it can be without spending a lot of time! You could throw a dash of cinnamon or a little lemon zest into the batter before cooking. Or, after baking, add a handful of chocolate chips, or a handful of blueberries (or other fresh fruit). (I find that the mug pancake has the nicest texture if you just cook it plain and add in the chocolate chips or blueberries after cooking, but you are welcome to try it either way.)  

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Pancakes in a Mug

Whether it's for a busy morning breakfast or a mid-night snack, my pancakes in a mug recipe is exactly what you'll want when the craving hits!
4.94 from 15 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Keyword: Microwave Pancakes, Mug Pancakes, Pancake in Microwave, Pancakes in a Mug
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 331kcal

Equipment

  • Microwaveable Mug
  • Measuring Cups
  • Spoon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Butter melted
  • 6 tbsp Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  • Lightly spray a microwave-safe mug with cooking spray. (I like to use an 8 oz coffee mug but any large mug will do.) This will make clean up easier.  
  • Add the flour, baking powder and sugar to the mug and use a fork to whisk together these dry ingredients. 
  • Add the liquid ingredients: melted butter, milk, and vanilla. Whisk together all the ingredients with a fork until most of the lumps are gone. The pancake batter may just have a few small lumps. Use a small spatula to scrape down the sides of the mug to make sure you get all the pockets of dry ingredients clinging to the inside of the mug. You may want to put paper towels under the mug as you cook it, as it may drip over the sides a little.  
  • Microwave pancake for 1 minute, 20 seconds on medium heat. (Individual results depends on the wattage of your microwave oven – if the pancake is not cooked, try another 10 seconds.)
  • Garnish! Top off you pancake with a slab of butter, syrup and fresh berries and enjoy your fluffy pancake!

Notes

Storage Notes:

These microwave pancakes are much better eaten warm! And because they are such a small portion, you won’t really have any leftover! I would recommend just making another quick batch the next time you are planning to make them instead of trying to store and reheat leftovers.
FAQ’s:
  • Can’t I just use pancake mix to make a pancake mug cake? Yes, you could use about ¼ cup of pancake mix and add 2 or 3 Tablespoons of milk or water. (If you feel the batter is too thick, add a little more liquid.) 
  • I want to serve this easy breakfast to my family – could I make a larger batch? Yes, you could make up a bigger batch (for 4 people you would multiply each of the ingredients by 4) and then spoon pancake mix into the mugs. You will have a delicious breakfast for your family in a matter of minutes!
  • What are some flavors I could add to this mug pancake recipe? I think that the best part of this recipe is how versatile it can be without spending a lot of time! You could throw a dash of cinnamon or a little lemon zest into the batter before cooking. Or, after baking, add a handful of chocolate chips, or a handful of blueberries (or other fresh fruit). (I find that the mug pancake has the nicest texture if you just cook it plain and add in the chocolate chips or blueberries after cooking, but you are welcome to try it either way.)  

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Calcium: 364mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Pancakes in a mug, is that possible? You’re making me so happy. Here I’ve found the perfect breakfast for the pancake lover I am.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing! These were so easy to make and absolutely delicious! I was surprised at how fluffy they came out in the microwave.

  3. 5 stars
    Why have I never heard of pancakes in a mug before? This is such an easy and delicious recipe that my family loved!! Thank you for a great recipe!!

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a great idea. Breakfast is always hard to make for the kids before getting to school, This made it fast and easy!

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      I love pancakes too, I just don’t always have time to make a whole batch. They are really fast and really simple, my favorite! Hope you like the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    This is really good! I substituted King Arthur Gluten Free Flour and added a spoonful of rolled oats and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. Came out great. Served with blueberries and strawberries on top with a drizzle of maple syrup.

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