Strawberry Streusel Mug Muffin #MuffinMonday

Strawberry Streusel Mug Muffin #MuffinMonday

You want to make a recipe.  You’ve been thinking about this recipe for a few days or even a week.  Your heart is set on making it the first free moment you have.  The time comes and you read through the recipe one more time.  Oh no.  You don’t have one of the ingredients.  The recipe will have to wait or you’ll have to venture out to the store to pick up the missing piece of this soon to be very yummy puzzle.

Worse yet, you start measuring out ingredients.  Maybe you’re mindlessly scooping flour for a recipe you know by heart or going line by line of a new experiment.  Flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, butter, sugar, eggs.  Wait a minute.  Eggs?  Yep, the refrigerator is eggless.  If you’re anything like me, you spend the next half an hour searching for a similar recipe that doesn’t call for eggs or whatever ingredient you happen to be missing.  Sometimes you find one, sometimes not so much.

Strawberry Streusel Mug Muffin #MuffinMonday

Strawberry Streusel Mug Muffin #MuffinMonday

This doesn’t happen to me often, but it has for sure happened.  I try to adapt, make something else, not freak out, but sometimes a freak out is necessary.  Each and every time I am ingredient-less, I wonder how it happened.  I plan everything out, and yet, occasionally things slip right by me.

When this week’s Muffin Monday e-mail arrived, it said we were to bake with strawberries.  I had just bought a package of them at the store, but between Mom and me, there were only five left.  Those weren’t going to make very exciting muffins. 

Strawberry Streusel Mug Muffin #MuffinMonday

So I thought about it for a moment, and came up with a solution.  One muffin, made in a mug, in the microwave.  I don’t always need a dozen muffins in the house or freezer, and I bet you don’t either.  Sometimes you just want a special treat and no more to tempt you or have to give away.  In addition, there’s something very appealing about being able to put together a warm, comforting, hearty breakfast in a just a few moments.

Two bowls, a few simple ingredients, including, of course, strawberries, and a minute or so in the microwave, result in a large, warm, moist, flavorful, light, and airy muffin.  The cinnamon flavor is a great match to the soft, moist strawberries, but the streusel really brings home the flavor and adds great texture.  It’s a fabulous way to start the morning and hopefully won’t leave you running to the store for an ingredient.

Strawberry Streusel Mug Muffin #MuffinMonday

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Strawberry Streusel Mug Muffin #MuffinMonday
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Serves: 1
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large strawberries, diced
  • 1 tablespoon old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  1. Generously oil a large mug. Two smaller mugs would probably work too – just watch the cooking time.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and light brown sugar. Add oil, egg, and vanilla, and mix to combine. Add the strawberries and mix to combine. Pour into the prepared mug.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together oats, sugar, and oil until clumping together. Pour on top of batter in mug. Swirl streusel into batter using a fork. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes until puffed and fully cooked. Do not cook more than 2 minutes. Your cake is mst likely done after 2 even if you don’t think it is. Longer will make it tough and dry. Serve immediately. This recipe should not be frozen and it meant to be eaten as soon as it is made.
Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks

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  1. I haven’t thought about this recipe in ages – thanks for the linkup! And glad the recipe came in handy at a time when you didn’t’ quite have the other things you wanted. There are times when I literally have 10 bags of baking chips, i.e. dark, milk, white, but say….no butterscotch chips. Or 10 kinds of extracts yet I am out of vanilla. Murphy’s Law!

    • Laura says:

      Thanks for a great recipe, Averie! I really loved it and how easy it is to make. I’ve even run out of ap flour before and had to use cake flour. Sometimes I’m kind of scatterbrained anymore!

  2. I’ve never made a muffin in a mug before, Laura! But it sounds like something perfectly convenient to make before work in the morning. Thanks for sharing! Love the strawberries in there. 🙂

    • Laura says:

      This is a great breakfast to make before work. So much to love about an easy, fresh baked, warm breakfast! Thanks, Sally!

  3. What a neat idea!

  4. gah! I need 2 of these now.
    I have no breakfast for my espresso right now. (woke up late)
    great idea girl!

  5. Way to improvise! That mug looks awesome and I love the idea of a giant muffin like that.

  6. I love muffins in a mug – very simple and I don’t end up with 15 muffins that I have to give away (or eat!) This one reminds me of spring and I can’t wait to try it!

  7. Bee says:

    True story, #MuffinMonday may be the greatest idea in the history of time. Muffins make all sucky-Mondays non-sucky Mondays. Immediately.
    Also, these look delicious! And since they’re so easy, they’ve just made my afternoon snacking agenda. 🙂

    • Laura says:

      Muffins do makes Mondays better! I look forward to making one every week. I hope they make a good afternoon snack for you 🙂 Thanks, Bee!

  8. Natalie says:

    This is impressive! I love that it’s in a mug, I totally want to try this out. Looks super easy and full of YUM.

  9. I love this muffin in a mug. So easy and simple! It sure beats my usual microwaving oatmeal for breakfast routine!

  10. Cute! Whats this about muffin monday? I posted a muffin recipe today but didn’t know about #muffinmonday! I love the idea of muffin in a mug- too cute!

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Katy! I actually forgot to include the link for Muffin Monday (thanks for reminding me!). It is now at the bottom of my post, or you can check out for the details. It’s a lot of fun!

  11. Using fresh strawberries in baking is always a good idea. They look wonderful! Especially with streusel. Everything is better with a crumb topping.

    • Laura says:

      I love using all kinds of fresh fruit in baking. It lends not only great flavor but also moisture. I totally agree crumb topping makes everything better. Thanks, Paula!

  12. What a great idea. And I know what you mean. When you are out of something, it is a pain! And lately, for some reason I’ve been out of everything!

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Abbe! I know what you mean about being out of everything. But then other times I have so much I can’t use it all. It’s crazy!

  13. Eee I need to make this for Michael when one of his sudden hungers occurs (which is quite regularly :P)

  14. Dad says:

    I think it’s pretty cool that you can make these in a mug!

  15. Amy Tong says:

    I’ve seen quite a bit of mug cake/muffin on the blog land lately. I’ve never have the urge to make any until see this! Strawberry and Streusel? I’m sold! And I can make just 1 serving? What a bonus. 😛 Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try this.

  16. Deborah says:

    I love how resourceful you were!! This sounds like a great way to make breakfast for one.

  17. Carolyn Jung says:

    This is genius! Ah, when I was a kid and baking like crazy, I often started mixing up stuff before checking to see that I had everything that was needed. Thankfully, my Dad was happy to indulge me by running out to the store in a flash if need be. He had a major sweet tooth, so he never minded. 😉

    • Laura says:

      My dad still runs out to the store any time I need something. I don’t know what I’d do without him. He always enjoys the results too 🙂

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