One Bowl Breakfast Cake

I am a little behind the times and am currently trying to figure out Pinterest. As you can see, my boards are pretty bare, but I am working on it!

In the process of clicking around on the Pinterest site, I ended up on something called a coffee-cake in a mug. And, while all the butter and sugar in that recipe was not for me, the idea of an easy breakfast “cake” type product was pretty appealing.

So, I had an idea. What if I made “the easiest pancakes ever” in a bowl? You know what? It works like a charm! And provides some variety to my breakfast rotation. And, it only takes one bowl – can’t beat that.

You could mix and match this recipe until the cows come home, and after trying this many different ways, my favorite is currently the following:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small pear, chopped into small bits
  • 1 small apple, chopped into small bits
  • 2 tablespoons shelled hemp seeds or 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • Optional: 1/4 cup quick cooking oats

Here’s what’cha do:

  • Mash the banana in a bowl with a fork
  • Add the eggs and whisk with the fork
  • Add the fruit (whatever fruit you choose) and hemp seeds (if using) and stir
  • If you’re adding oats, add them and stir
  • Microwave for 3-5 minutes until cooked through (My microwave in Bend takes 5 minutes, but in Seattle only 4, so I would start with 3 and go from there until you figure out your own unique cooking time)
  • If you’re not using hemp seeds, top with almond butter

This makes a surprisingly tasty “cake,” is a lot of food for a little calorie price tag, and gets you three servings of fruit before the day even really gets going.

It is a bit high on fat from the eggs and hemp or almond butter, but it is “good” fat. If you start your day with this you will not be hungry until lunch! All that said, this does not photograph nearly as well as I would like, especially since I am up at the crack of dawn. You’ll have to trust me that it’s good!

As a side note on the topic of fat, I watched a documentary last week that shot a lot of holes into the “Super Size Me” film called “Fat Head.” It’s free on Hulu and worth a watch.


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