Stop being afraid of your microwave
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If you’re someone who’s always looking for ways to streamline your morning routine and you haven’t started making breakfasts in a mug, I have some questions for you. The main one being, why not? Learning how to make breakfast in the microwave will make your mornings so much easier, and you’ll be able to serve yourself a hot breakfast in less than ten minutes. And though I understand that it might seem gross to do all your cooking in a single mug in the microwave, and I wouldn’t blame you if you had some gnarly flashbacks to freshman year of college, you don’t have to sacrifice taste for convenience with these quick, microwave-friendly recipes.

Perhaps the best part of mug breakfasts is that they all can be mixed up in the single dish, so even if you’re making something that sounds labor intensive—like blueberry muffins or even a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich—really, all you have to do is throw all the ingredients together and toss it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and sometimes as little as 30 seconds.

All of these cooking times could vary, depending on how powerful your microwave is, but isn’t it time you started embracing your microwave and learning how to harness its power for breakfast anyway? Sleep in a little later and still enjoy a piping hot mug of breakfast along with your coffee with these 11 microwave breakfasts to make in a mug.

Jelly Doughnut

Pair a microwave jelly doughnut with a cup of coffee for the ultimate mug meal. Though this recipe from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking calls for strawberry jam, you can always swap it out for your favorite flavor if there’s something you like better.

Cheesy Omelet

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One of the easiest meals to make in a microwave is a cheesy omelet in a mug. Crack a couple of eggs, whisk together with milk, salt, and pepper, and let it cook in the microwave for about a minute. You can even add in vegetables to make this quick dish extra fancy.

Scrambled Eggs

The second easiest meal to make in a microwave is scrambled eggs in a mug, if only because you need to take the mug out of the microwave briefly to stir and then put it back in to finish cooking.

Banana Pancakes

Pancakes don’t just have to be for lazy weekend mornings with this three-minute microwave pancake recipe, and it’s super easy to throw together if you’re using a premade pancake mix. To make banana pancakes, simply add chunks of banana to the batter in the mug.

Blueberry Muffin

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Mug breakfasts can be as healthy as they are quick, as this paleo and gluten-free recipe for a blueberry muffin in a mug proves. You can also easily eliminate any oil or butter by using mashed bananas, or make it vegan by using an egg replacer.

French Toast

French toast is another one of those breakfasts that you might think is reserved for weekends only, but a microwave and a mug can change all that. For French toast in a mug, mix together an egg, milk, and some cinnamon sugar, then plop pieces of bread into the mug until it’s all coated. This recipe also calls for some chocolate chips, if you want to make your mug breakfast extra sweet.

Baked Oatmeal

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Baking something in the microwave doesn’t sound quite right, but it works with this recipe for baked oatmeal in a mug. Once you cook up all the ingredients, you can top it however you’d like—This recipe from Kim’s Cravings recommends topping your microwave-baked oatmeal with peanut butter, bananas, and blueberries, but simply adding fresh berries works, too.

Coffee Cake

In two minutes, you can make coffee cake in a mug, complete with sugary streusel to put on top. This recipe from Heather Likes Food also uses applesauce instead of egg, which adds extra moisture and sweetness to the cake.

Fried Egg

Using a microwave to make eggs doesn’t mean you must give up a runny yolk. Make a “fried” egg by cracking an egg into a bowl with about a teaspoon of water then cooking it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Just be sure to cover the bowl tightly with clear wrap first.

Cinnamon Rolls

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This microwaved cinnamon roll recipe from Kirbie Cravings is a little more complicated than other mug breakfast recipes, and it may even require a couple of mugs, but it’s worth it to be able to make cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting in less than five minutes.

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese

You read that correctly. You can make a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich in a mug, or ramekin, as the case may be. Put a piece of Canadian bacon on the bottom of the mug, pour over an egg, add a bit of cheese, then cook in the microwave. Immediately serve on a toasted English muffin or bagel for a bacon, egg, and cheese that you made in less time than it takes to get to the deli.

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