A deliciously moist, incredibly soft and decadent banana mug cake put together in hardly 10 minutes is all that you need if you are looking for banana cake for one! Put that ripe banana to use in the best banana mug cake recipe ever. It is perfect for a tea time snack or right after that brunch when you are craving something sweet and warm or maybe at midnight when you are looking for a quick fix! Let’s get to the ingredients straight away!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR BANANA MUG CAKE
As the name tells, it’s a banana mug cake. You need one regular sized banana which is to be mashed before adding to the mug. A few things that you should keep in mind while choosing the correct banana is a) it’s ripeness and b) it’s size. If you see that your banana is not ripe enough, do not fret, you can make your banana ripe by baking it at 150C in the oven until the peel turns blackish. While baking, it might start leaving its juices and bubble up a bit, that’s absolutely okay. Make sure that you let it cool a bit before pealing and mashing. Now on to the size of the banana. Just a regular banana which when mashed makes less than or equal to ½ cup. Not more than that.
To replace eggs in this recipe, the best substitute is yogurt or homemade dahi. I don’t particularly enjoy mug cakes that have eggs because of that eggy after taste. No amount of vanilla suffices that unpleasant smell of eggs. When replaced with dahi, you get the perfect tender moist crumb which is achieved with eggs. In this banana mug cake, you can either use regular homemade dahi (do not hang and remove water from it) or store brought yogurt. Both of them works well.
A regular flavourless oil is your best bet while baking. Any other oil usually leaves an after taste which you do not want in your dessert. I have used olive oil with chocolate in a chocolate cake recipe and it didn’t leave any after taste so if you would want to give it try, you sure can in this recipe of banana mug cake.
I usually prefer castor sugar in all my recipe until mentioned otherwise. Castor sugar melts evenly unlike granulated sugar. If you don’t have castor sugar in hand, feel free to substitute it with powdered sugar in this banana mug cake.
Using the best kind of vanilla has always made all the difference in any dessert. Please avoid using vanilla essence as it is not real but synthetic and chemically made vanilla flavour. Make sure you use good quality vanilla extract or bean for this banana mug cake. I recommend this one. To know more about vanilla and which vanilla to use for your desserts, you can check out my article Vanilla 101.
ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
I have used regular maida in this banana mug cake. Feel free to swap it for whole wheat flour or oat flour. Make sure you increase the quantity of dahi in that case as these flour absorb more liquid in a recipe.
BAKING POWDER AND BAKING SODA
I have used both baking powder and soda in this banana mug cake. Baking soda will react with the yogurt or homemade dahi and baking powder would react to the rest of the liquid in the recipe.
I love flavour of cinnamon in my desserts. It definitely takes everything a level up. And when paired with banana and walnuts in this super moist and delicious banana mug cake, you are going to love it because I did too!
Lastly, for that chocolatey goodness I have used dark chocolate chips. Feel free to use milk chocolate chips in place of dark if that’s your game. I loved the dark chocolatey flavour in this banana mug cake.
Everytime I make banana bread, I love a bit of crunch in it. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans any nut you can use of your choice in this banana mug cake.
PROCESS TO MAKE BANANA MUG CAKE
The procedure to make this banana mug cake is super easy. Like all my mug cakes, take a large mug and add mashed banana, homemade dahi, oil and vanilla to it. Give it a good mix. Time to add the dry ingredients. Start by adding castor sugar along with all purpose flour, cinnamon powder, baking powder and baking soda. Make sure everything is well combined. Lastly, add chocolate chips and crushed walnuts and microwave it for 3 mins at regular setting. Let it cool for a minute or two before digging in.
TIPS AND TRICKS TO MAKE BANANA MUG CAKE
- Make sure you use a ripe banana for this recipe for that extra tenderness and sweetness.
- Mash the banana really well so that there are no chunks of banana in the batter.
- If you are using homemade dahi, use the thick part. Do not remove water just make sure you don’t take a lot of it.
- Make sure your wet ingredients are well combined before adding the dry ingredients.
- Make sure your dry ingredients are either sifted before or doesn’t have a lot of lumps.
- Do not use a very old baking soda. Make sure it’s fresh and not expired.
- Mix the batter really well and only then top with chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Let it cool for a few minutes before digging in.
And if you try this recipe and like it, do try other mug cake recipes from the blog. I am sure you are going to love them too!
OTHER MUG CAKE RECIPES ON THE BLOG
- 1 banana (mashed)
- 1 tbsp yogurt or homemade dahi
- 3 tbsp oil
- ¼ cup castor sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup maida
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ⅛ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp crushed walnuts
- Start by mashing your banana in a bowl.
- In the mug you will be baking in, add mashed banana, along with yogurt, oil and vanilla.
- Give it a good mix.
- Add castor sugar, maida, cinnamon powder along with both baking powder and baking soda.
- Lastly top it with chocolate chips and walnuts and microwave for 3 minutes.
- Top it with vanilla ice cream if you would like and enjoy!
If you like my eggless double chocolate banana mug cake recipe and happen to make it in your kitchen, do tag me on Instagram and share pictures with me using #Bakewithshivesh. Happy Baking!