My next meal-in-a-mug experiment was oatmeal. I used this recipe for Baked Oatmeal in a Mug. You'll be amazed to hear that I actually followed the directions EXACTLY as written! (I'm shocked myself.) Here's how the oatmeal looked heading into the microwave:
This is how it looked 2 minutes later. Huh. That doesn't look at all like what I expected.
The taste. Delicious, despite the faint banana taste (I hate bananas). The texture wasn't quite like regular oatmeal, as it was a bit lighter and slightly spongy. That's due, I assume, to the ingredient on the list that you'd be least likely to expect in oatmeal, the egg.
The oatmeal was so good that I wanted to give it another go the following morning. But this time, I wanted to ditch the banana and replace it with a fruit I actually like - strawberries. While I was at it, I tinkered with the quantities of the other ingredients. Here's how it looked going into the microwave:
This is how it looked two minutes later. Oops. Time to wash the microwave again.
Next time I'll make sure I haven't chosen such a small mug when I make this. Despite the mess, it was delicious! Here's my recipe:
Strawberry Oatmeal in a Mug
- 3 ripe strawberries, diced
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 T. maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. oats
Put the strawberries in a mug. (Don't choose your smallest mug.) Add the egg and beat with a fork. Mix in the milk and maple syrup. Stir in the cinnamon and the oats. Microwave for 2 minutes and fluff the oatmeal. If it is not completely cooked, return it to the microwave for up to 1 more minute.