Microwave French Toast Mug

Microwave French Toast Mug


  • 1 tsp butter ($0.04)
  • 3 Tbsp whole milk ($0.07)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup ($0.11)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract ($0.21)
  • Pinch ground nutmeg ($0.02)
  • 1 large egg ($0.27)
  • 1 cup bread pieces* ($0.10)


  1. Place the butter in a large mug and microwave for 15-20 seconds, or until it is melted. Add the milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and the egg to the mug and whisk until everything is well mixed.

  2. Add the bread pieces to the mug and gently stir until all the pieces are saturated with the egg and milk mixture. Be careful not to stir too roughly or the bread pieces may fall apart. Let the bread sit and absorb the liquid for about 1 minute.

  3. Microwave the mug for 60-90 seconds, or until the mixture is solid. I have a 1250 watt microwave and find that 70-80 seconds is about perfect. You may need to experiment to find just the right cooking time for your microwave and mug size.

  4. Serve immediately, or deck it out with your favorite toppings.


  6. Start by placing 1 tsp butter in a large microwave safe mug. Microwave for about 20 seconds, or until the butter is melted. Add 3 Tbsp milk, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, a pinch of ground nutmeg, and one large egg to the mug with the melted butter. Whisk the mixture until it is very well combined.

  7. Tear or cut a piece of hearty bread into 1/2-inch pieces (about one heaping cup of bread pieces). Add the bread chunks to the mug and gently stir until they are saturated in the egg and milk mixture. Let them sit for about one minute to fully absorb the moisture.

  8. Microwave the mug for 60-90 seconds, or until the mixture is solid and slightly puffed up. The total cooking time will depend on the wattage of your microwave and the size and thickness of your mug. I suggest starting at 60 seconds and adding 10-15 seconds as necessary.

  9. You can add all sorts of fun toppings after it’s cooked, or even stir them in with the bread chunks before cooking. Berries are always a nice tart contrast to the slightly sweet mixture, but if you have a sugar tooth you can do things like chocolate chips, banana slices, or powdered sugar. Nuts are delicious as well!

  10. I can’t wait to try a savory version!


*Use a hearty bread, torn or cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

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