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“one muffin a day keeps the stress away”
Working days and busy schedules can be quite a challenge for our meal plan, let alone leave us time to prepare and enjoy a dessert, right? Well, no, because when our devotion to sweet things is put to the test, we adapt and create something like this yummy single serving blueberry muffin mug! It’s the perfect quick delight when you don’t have time to get messy in the kitchen.
It’s incredibly rich in flavor – sweet, yet with a touch of savory to really stimulate your taste buds and make you eat it in a heartbeat. I’m not kidding – one minute you’re taking it out fresh from the oven, and it’s gone the next!
The muffin base is a little drier than cookie dough, but nevertheless very sweet and tender, which is why blueberries are perfect ingredients for muffins. They have a slightly sweet taste with just a touch of acidity. It’s when you bite the muffin that you’ll feel a pleasant “squirt” of juice that really makes you lick your lips in anticipation of the next bite.
Okay, my mouth is already watering, so let’s get down to business. To make this single serving blueberry muffin mug, you’ll need no more than 15 minutes in total, one oven-safe mug or bowl, another mixing bowl, and the ingredients listed below. Now, you may have noticed some of the ingredients are optional, and you can add them or leave them out depending on your personal preferences. For example, I love to sprinkle some lemon zest over my muffins because it enhances that slight acidity from the blueberries, which I adore, especially in my chocolaty deserts. However, if you’re not the person for it, no worries, you can totally skip it!
The first thing you want to do is preheat the oven. I know I usually forget to turn it on when I start preparing my meals, so here’s a friendly reminder! For baking muffins, I’ve found that 180°C (356°F) is the perfect temperature.
Next, take an oven-safe mug or bowl to mix in the dry ingredients for the muffin base – the flour, baking powder, brown (or regular) sugar, salt, and vanilla. Once the ingredients are well-combined, stir in the milk, olive oil, and butter (if you’re using). Butter makes the muffins more tender and moist, and it gives them a more familiar taste, but if you want a lighter dessert, that’s okay. Make sure the butter is well-melted before leaving the mug on the side to make the topping.
Take another mixing bowl and briefly beat together the flour, sugar, olive oil, and coconut flakes. When you get the right consistency, you can the mixture to the mug. But before you do that, first take the blueberries and add them over the muffin. Now, apply the topping over the blueberries.
Sprinkle lemon zest, or maybe chocolate chips (optional).
Place your mug in the preheated oven and let it cook for around 10 minutes.
Remember, it’s going to be very hot when you take it out, so use a protective pad to save your countertop! Finally, let the muffin cool off before eating it. That’s a perfect time to brew a nice cup of tea to enjoy with this muffin.
Considering that a typical oven can easily fit four mugs, you can make blueberry muffin mugs for your whole family or for when your friends when they come to visit and you want to surprise them with something sweet!
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For The Muffin:
- ¼ cup flour
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp milk (optional: plant-based)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 30-50g blueberries
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of vanilla extract or powder
- Optional: 1 tbsp butter
For the Topping:
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp sugar (optional: powdered sugar)
- 1 tbsp olive or almond oil
- ½ tbsp coconut flakes
- Optional: lemon zest
- Preheat the oven to 180°C degrees (356°F).
- In a small oven-safe bowl or mug, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and vanilla powder.
- While stirring, add the milk, olive oil, and butter (if using). Make sure the butter is well melted, then set aside.
- In another bowl mix in the flour, sugar, olive oil, and coconut flakes to make the topping.
- Add the blueberries in the mug, then spatter the topping over the blueberries.
- Place the mug in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove the mug carefully and let it cool at room temperature before eating.
Enjoy the muffin as a breakfast treat before starting your workday, or even better – surprise your kids and be a real supermom!