I’m always in the hunt for easy, delicious, and healthy treats (like Paleo fudge). I’ve seen videos pop up on social media of making yummy, quick, and personalized mug cakes that you can throw together in a microwave.
But these recipes were always problematic.
First, we can’t eat gluten – so most recipes were out. Second, we don’t own a microwave.
So when I found out that you can quickly make mug cakes in the Instant Pot, I literally shouted with happiness and called my friend, squealing like a fan girl.
Apparently I like my cake.
I toyed around with the recipe to make it my own. And, WOW. Is it good. (Are you allowed to say that about your own recipes? Then I will. It is good.) I even came up with four recipes:
- Raspberry Chocolate Chip
- Basic Blueberry
- Cinnamon Apple
- Chocolate Banana
How To Make Instant Pot Paleo Mug Cakes
Begin by making the base recipe. Since you are making personalized mug cakes, just throw it together into a small bowl. Next, toss in your add-ins.
The beauty of a mug cake recipe is that you can customize every single one!
Not every mug is oven-safe, so you’ll want to make sure yours can handle the pressure of the Instant Pot. Because of this, I prefer using 8 oz mason jars.
Note: Sometimes I spray my jars with cooking oil before adding my ingredients to make clean up easier on the back end.
When you fill your mason jar, only go to top ring and not the lip. Your cake will expand as it cooks. I use this super-skinny spatula to help me fill the jars mess-free.
Place a trivet in your IP and add the jars (4 fit easily in my 6 quart Instant Pot).
Cover with foil to prevent water from dripping, or use a corelle dinner plate (specifically this special size) to cover your jars.
I just had someone tell me about silicone mug covers and I’m putting them on my wishlist! I love the idea of not using foil!!
Select MANUAL for ten minutes and you’re all set for a delicious snack.
Oh! A helpful tip. You’ll want a good pair of jar tongs to remove your hot jars once they are done cooking. I’ve done a TON of canning over the years and have learned that this particular lifter is my absolute favorite. I had other versions, but the plastic eventually melted off. My pair is several years old and still looks brand new.
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Dessert For Breakfast? Yes, Please!
I think that’s one thing I love about Paleo desserts. They can totally be enjoyed for breakfast. If you’re looking to beat the breakfast rush, consider assembling your mug cakes the night before. Store in the fridge with these reusable caps.
In the morning, remove the cap and set your breakfast to cook while you grab a shower.
If you’re in a hurry, replace the cap after cooking to take your breakfast on the go.
Bam. Best breakfast ever. 🙂