College Kitchen: Mug Shot Banana Bread


Story by Mykaela Cross, Assistant Editor


  • 1 Large(r) Mug
  • 3 tbs. All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • 2 tbs. Brown Sugar
  • ⅛ tsp. Salt
  • ⅛ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ⅛ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tbs. Egg
  • ¼ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tbs. Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbs. Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • Cinnamon (for sprinkling, optional)
  • 2 or 3 Crushed/Crumbled Walnuts (optional)
  • 2 tbs. Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Nonstick spray (optional but recommended)

Why try?

Small, fast and easy to take on the go, Mug Shot Banana Bread is perfect for college students with only microwave and a mini fridge, and little time between classes. Though there seem to be quite a few ingredients for this recipe, they are extremely cheap, easy to find down the street at the local grocery story or Dollar General and can be stored in a limited amount of space. Buying one container or package of each ingredient will allow for many servings down the road, and roommates love it, too.


  1. Lightly mist the mug with nonstick spray. In a small bowl or tupperware container, crack egg and whisk with a fork until well mixed. You will have egg left for later, I would recommend saving it for another serving, remember, roommates love it too.
  2. Peel and slice your banana in half. Cut one half into thin centimeter slices, and mash the other. Set both aside for later.
  3. In the mug, blend flour, sugars, salt, baking powder and baking soda with a fork.
  4. Add egg, and mix until all the dry ingredients are thoroughly blended, there should not be any powder clumps in the mix.
  5. Add in some of the crushed walnuts.
  6. Stir in vanilla, milk and the mashed banana. At this point, the mashed banana may give the dough a clumpy appearance.
  7. Microwave for about 2 or 2 ½ minutes for an older average microwave. If your microwave is new, check your mug at 90 seconds. While cooking, bread will rise above the top of the mug. If the bread is still runny, try microwaving for 30 second intervals until ready. Be sure to keep an eye out, be sure not to overcook! Mug will be hot!
  8. Sprinkle a light layer of cinnamon over the top of the bread if you have time, though it’s fine without it. Add the rest of the crushed nuts and banana slices over the cinnamon, top it off with the whipped cream and dig in!
  9. Enjoy by yourself, or share with a friend!


If you really like this quick and easy version but want more, try this recipe at home from The Food Network for REAL banana bread.