Breakfast that takes less than five minutes to make…in a mug! This vegan banana french toast in a mug is an easy way to have a weekend breakfast on a weekday morning. Breakfast that takes less than five minutes to a mug! This vegan banana french toast in a mug is an easy way to have a weekend breakfast on a weekday morning. Are you a mug person?

I like me a good mug for a steamy cup of coffee or tea but I don’t ever use it as a cooking medium. However, lately it seems everyone is about cooking with a mug. Chocolate cake in a mug. Blueberry muffins in a mug. Pancakes in a mug. Mugs are making a serious comeback. Almost as serious as when JT made a solo comeback. Almost.

And I’m down with hopping on the mug train for a ride. If it means less dishes used and an easier cleanup, why not?! Especially since the bane of my existence right now is the fact that our apartment does not have a dishwasher. I repeat. I am a food blogger and recipe developer who does not have a dishwasher. Ok, #bloggerproblems. I know. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of life. But boy, oh boy, do I despise doing dishes 383273x a day. So, all hail the mug which saves me extra dishes to clean.

Although warm dessert in a mug sounds pretty tempting, I opted for a quick weekday breakfast that would make it feel like a Saturday or Sunday. French toast. Banana French toast. Vegan-friendly.Vegan Banana French Toast in a Mug-1-2And the verdict on the mug? Awesome! It tasted like warm, banana-y, bread-y goodness. Not crispy like you would get in a skillet, but still pretty damn tasty. And I’ll take not crispy for five minutes with one less dish to clean on a weekday morning. And if you want a crispy vegan french toast, check out my easy vegan french toast recipe!

This recipe is packed with nutrients like fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B vitamins. It’s filling and satisfying and will make you believe that it’s the weekend for a quick second. Until you open up your email. 😉

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Vegan Banana French Toast in a Mug

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  • Yield: One serving


  • 1/2 tablespoon vegan buttery spread
  • 1 thick slice of day old bread, cubed
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk beverage
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional toppings: maple syrup, powdered sugar, banana slices


  1. Grease a microwave-safe mug using the buttery spread.
  2. Add bread cubes to the mug to fill all the way up to the top.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together mashed banana, coconut milk, flaxseed, vanilla and cinnamon. Let sit in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to set.
  4. Pour liquid into the mug over the bread cubes, making sure the liquid reaches all the way down to the bottom.
  5. Microwave on high for two minutes.
  6. Optional: top with powdered sugar, banana slices, and maple syrup.

Tell me, what have you cooked in a mug? Are you on the mug train forever? 

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  1. Kim

    Love this idea! Might try it with berries like you mentioned.

  2. This looks and sounds divine!!!

  3. This is the best idea ever, Kara! I am seriously drooling right now! Love the addition of fresh fruit for breakfast!

  4. I love the idea of making this in a mug! Sometimes my kids want a breakfast like this and I don’t want to make a whole pan. Looks delish! Love to have you join our meatless Monday link up today

  5. Amanda Barnes

    Hi Kara,
    Thankyou for thinking of this, I only have a bar fridge and a microwave at the moment in the kitchen and I was having a drool reading your vegan French Toast recipe. Then, joy of joys I see the link to vegan French Toast in a mug, read it, and I can do that! Marvellous, thankyou so much.

  6. Great idea! I always feel the need to make something in my empty mug once I suck down my coffee.

  7. You had me at french toast, but then vegan, in a mug and only takes 5 minutes on top of that….yes freaking please!!!

    Can’t wait to make this. Great recipe.

  8. I have some stale bread I need to use up. I love this idea!

  9. I haven’t jumped on the mug train yet either, but I love this idea! Bananas and I don’t get along, but I imagine this would work well with frozen berries too.

  10. Oh my gosh that sounds delicious!!

  11. Oh my goodness! This is such an awesome idea. And totally agree, not having a dishwasher is awful. Ergh dishes :-(.

  12. I’m all about the mug cake french toast! So easy and delish!

  13. I love how easy and delicious this looks. ! Definitely giving this a try

  14. Parker Brown-Nesbit

    Could you make this using almond milk in place of the coconut milk? Or substitute berries for the bananas? Sounds very good! I have some frozen bread (supposed to be really good, high quality and all) that is just horrible by itself.

    • Absolutely! You can sub almond milk for coconut milk and use berries instead! The bananas are likely to add a little more sweetness than the berries but I think it will still be delicious with berries.