Top 6 Healthy Meals & Desserts in a Mug

Alpa Momaya

February 4, 2021

When you’re starved of time and food, a mug and a microwave can come to your rescue. A few ingredients tossed in a mug will give you super delicious and healthy meals in five minutes at the most. So ditch the plates and whip up these mug recipes, before a workout, as an afternoon snack or for an early dinner.

#1 Apple French Toast in a Mug

This makes for a great breakfast or a snack when you’re craving something sweet. The brown bread provides carbs. Mixed with apple, raisins and cinnamon, you have yourself a healthy sweet treat.

Apple French Toast in a Mug
Apple french toast


  • Brown or multigrain bread, 1 slice
  • Egg, 1 whole
  • Raisins, 3-4
  • Skim milk, 3 tbsp
  • Cinnamon, 1/4 tsp
  • Apple slices, 2, chopped
  • Butter, a pinch


Brush the mug with butter. Tear bread into pieces and press down into the mug. Whisk the egg with milk and cinnamon and pour mixture on the bread with raisins. Microwave for a minute and wait. Microwave again for 10 seconds. If you feel the need, zap it for 10 more seconds. Serve hot, with a drizzle of honey.

Calories 200

Nutritional value: Carbs 25 gm, protein 12 gm, fat 9 gm, fiber 3gm

#2 Palak Paneer Scramble

The fresh cheese is India’s favourite way to get a protein-packed punch and spinach is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Palak Paneer bhurji
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  • Spinach, 1 cup, chopped
  • Low-fat paneer, 80 gm, crumbled
  • Garlic, 1 clove, chopped
  • Garam masala, 1/4 tsp
  • Green chilli, 1, chopped
  • Lemon juice, 1 tsp


Mix all ingredients, except lemon juice, and microwave for a min. Stir and zap for 30 more seconds. Sprinkle the lemon juice on top and serve warm.

Calories 58

Nutritional value: Carbs 9 gm, protein 5 gm, fat 0, fiber 2 gm

#3 Baked Fruity Oatmeal

A steaming bowl of oatmeal is the best way to start your day, say experts. It gets even better when fruits are added to the mix.



  • Instant oats, ¼ cup
  • Ground flax seeds, 1 tbsp
  • Skim milk, 1 cup
  • Banana, ¼, mashed,
  • Apple or pear, ¼ chopped
  • Pomegranate seeds, a few
  • Cinnamon or elaichi powder, 1/4 tsp


Mix all the dry ingredients. Add fruits and milk to the dry mix and stir. Microwave for a minute, stir once again, and microwave for another 30 seconds. Let sit for half a minute and serve warm. Pour some milk on top if desired.

Calories 300

Nutritional value: Carbs 51 gm, protein 13 gm, fat 5gm, fiber 9gm

#4 Healthy Chocolate Chip Mug Cake

Chocolate chips and health in one cup? Could you ask for anything else?

Healthy Chocolate Chip Mug Cake


  • Oats flour, 2 tbsp
  • Ground almond, 2 tbsp
  • Salt, a pinch
  • Baking powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Milk, 3 tbsp
  • Honey, 1 tbsp
  • Ground flax seeds, 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence, 1 tsp
  • Chocolate chips, 2 tbsp


Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Pour all the wet ingredients into the same bowl, and stir. Pour the mixture into a greased mug. Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Cool for 5 minutes and then enjoy your scrumptious cake.

Calories 335

Nutritional value: Carbs 46 gm, protein 10 gm, fat 16 gm, fiber 7 gm

#5 Gajar Halwa in a Mug

Your favourite Indian sweet that can be made in minutes, and is filled with nutrients, making it the healthiest Indian dessert of the year!

Gajar Halwa in mug


  • Carrots, grated, 1 cup
  • Raisins, 6-8
  • Ghee or butter, 1 tsp
  • Skim milk, 1/2 cup
  • Cashew or almond slices, a few
  • Elaichi powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Jaggery, grated, 1 tbsp


Put ghee into a mug with the grated carrot, stir and microwave for 2 minutes. Add other ingredients and microwave for another minute. Let the mixture stand and microwave for 3 minutes, with each round of a minute. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes and then enjoy your halwa.

Calories 216

Nutritional value: Carbs 40 gm, protein 4 gm, fat 4 gm, fiber 5 gm

#6 Dhokla in a Mug

When you need a substantial snack, this soft and spongy dhokla is sure to come to the rescue.

Dhokla in mug


  • Besan, 3 tbsp
  • Curd, 1 tbsp
  • Water, 2 tbsp
  • Oil, 1 tsp
  • Sugar, 1/4 tsp
  • Fruit salt or baking powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric, a pinch
  • Asafetida, a pinch
  • Salt, to taste


Whisk all the ingredients together, except the fruit salt, till smooth and lump-free. Add the fruit salt and very quickly mix it in. Pour into a greased mug and microwave for 1 minute. You can pour tempering of rai, jeera and curry leaves on top.

Calories 211

Nutritional value: Carbs 28 gm, protein 10 gm, fat 9 gm, fiber 4 gm

For more delicious and nutritious recipes, let our nutritionists guide you.

About the Author

As the holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics from the University of Mumbai, Alpa Momaya has always understood the value of good nutrition in an individual's life. She is a Registered Nutritional Practitioner (Canada) with over 15 years of experience in the field. Specializing in Clinical Nutrition, Pre & Post Natal Diets, and Weight Management, Alpa found her calling as a Sr. Nutritionist with HealthifyMe. Alpa's love for cooking and good nutrition has seen her contribute several recipes to the HealthifyMe database over the years. Additionally, she takes a keen interest in reading and painting.

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5 responses to “Top 6 Healthy Meals & Desserts in a Mug”

  1. Chocolate chip mug cake is the best recipe????. I have tried so many recipes but this one is amazing????. Thank you for sharing this delicious mug cake recipe.

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