Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Despite the fact that peanuts can cause ama (indigestion), my father, an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi, encouraged us to snack on peanuts even at a young age mainly for 3 reasons: Peanuts are the only legumes that grow underground hence the rich sources of micro-nutrients than any other legumes; they are beneficial to vegetarians for being the greatest sources of plant-based protein; it is possible to rid of ama while taking peanuts. Raw peanuts and roasted peanuts cause ama but not the steamed peanuts, so we can avoid taking raw peanuts altogether. Instead, we can take roasted peanuts along with jaggery, some spices, or herbs that aid in getting rid of ama. Here I have prepared a peanut butter using jaggery and added it into my mug cake.

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Indian peanut snacks

Traditional Indian snacks using peanuts:

Generally, we snack on boiled peanuts salad (sundal), a popular street food, especially during monsoon or winter. We also relish peanut candies, fried peanuts, etc. made using roasted peanuts. Besides, we use roasted peanuts to prepare chutney, use them as thickening agent for curries, and sprinkle them over rice dishes, poriyal, or salad for adding crunchy texture. Here I have prepared a simple mug cake in the microwave oven using home-made stomach-friendly peanut butter. First let’s look into the recipe for cardamom flavored peanut butter sweetened with jaggery :

Peanut butter recipe:

I have prepared cardamom-flavored peanut butter and also used jaggery as a sweetener.

peanut-butter-scaled Peanut Butter Mug Cake
Homemade peanut butter using jaggery

Time taken: 10 min.

Yields: 1 and 1/4 cups of peanut butter

How to prepare peanut butter at home:

  • Heat the roasted peanuts (just to loosen the fat ) along with cardamom seeds in medium flame for 3 or 4 minutes.
  • Add them into a mixer grinder along with salt, oil & jaggery.
  • Grind them into a smooth dough.
  • Transfer the dough into a mixing bowl.
  • Pour water (or milk) little by little and combine together using electric mixer at low speed until smooth & creamy.
  • It is better to use electric mixer rather than mixer-grinder to prevent the dough getting heated up as it may lead to separation of oil.
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Peanut butter recipe

Peanut butter mug cake recipe:

Here I have prepared eggless mug cake using homemade peanut butter. If you use store-bought peanut butter, you may have to add cardamom powder (or vanilla extract) and also add more jaggery into your cake.

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Plain peanut butter mug cake & chocolate mug cake

Ingredients for chocolate mug cake:

Whole wheat flour 1 and 1/2 tablespoons
Cocoa powder 1 and 1/2 tablespoons
Peanut butter3 tablespoons
Milk3 tablespoons
Powdered jaggery1 and 1/2 tablespoons
Baking powder1/4 teaspoon
Coconut oil*1/4 teaspoon
Chocolate chips for toppingas needed

Microwaving peanut butter mug cake:

Time taken: 5 min.

  • First we need to dissolve jaggery powder in little milk and then mix all the ingredients one by one.
  • For plain cake I have used 3 tablespoons of wheat flour (but no cocoa powder).
  • Normally the capacity of a mug is 200-300 ml, but here I used large mugs (400 ml), and hence I used 3 tablespoons of flour. You can reduce the ingredients according to the size of your mug in the ratio of flour:butter:milk:jaggery is 2:2:2:1.  If you are not using sweetened peanut butter, you need to add more jaggery. However the quantity of baking powder & coconut oil may remain the same.
  • Microwave both the mugs for 2 minutes and 30 seconds (for 1 mug it may take 1 minute or more).
  • Serve peanut butter mug cake warm.

*We normally use peanut oil for cooking, and it is not suggested to consume peanut oil  directly just like coconut oil or olive oil.

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Peanut butter mug cakes

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    1. I have not tried coconut flour before, but I feel peanut & coconut is really a delicious pair. πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by.

  1. Loved it. Megala, I would like to know what sort of mug could we use? Any normal mug or are there certain materials to be avoided as the mugs goes into oven.

    1. Yes, we can use any microwave safe mugs like porcelain or glass mugs, and we should avoid using plastic, melamine or SS mugs.
      Hope you would like to try this some time soon. Thank you so much for reading this post.

  2. Such an inventive idea to have it in a mug! I like that the portion size is already done for you so you don’t have to cut the cake later. And I LOVE peanut butter πŸ˜€ Great!

  3. Oh my this looks so yummmy!!!!!!!!!!!
    Great job, Ms Megala! πŸ™‚
    You know in my country, we eat the jaggery bar thing – except it is cut into smaller squares πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, nice to know that peanut-jaggery bars are available there also. Thanks Doni for stopping by.

  4. Love the effort of making the peanut butter from scratch and the mug cake looks delicious enough to satiate the heart and the forever cravings that follows

  5. Yummy and mouth watering and delicious, Megala. I love this chikki and the presentation is awesome. Your recipes are awesome. I tried that samosa it turned out too good. Thanks so much for the share.

  6. It is looking marvelous, I like boiled peanut since I can’t get fresh peanut much can’t have boiled peanut. Nice to know about your father, only few people know very well about Gandhi when they knew him well there is no doubt they start loving Gandhi. Tell my respect to your father and thanks for telling peanut is good for vegetarian.

    1. Yes, Gandhi was a childhood hero for most of the Indians born in the 1940s. Everyone at that time was inspired by his philosophy of ahimsa and vegetarianism. My father was also no exception, he spoke at length about him, he took us to Gandhi Museum and seeded Gandhian values, esp. the power of truth, into our young minds.
      Hope you could make peanut butter and enjoy the mug cake sometime soon.
      Thanks a million for your constant support and encouragement.

      1. I learned more about Gandhiji only after reading his autobiography. This world is not going to get a human like him again. Thanks for telling about Gandhi museum I never visited it, during my next visit to my hometown I will surely try for it. Thank you for your reply.

    1. I’m glad you asked this question, he lived on peanuts & goat’s milk, he took peanuts as his staple food. I’m sure you would love to take peanuts from now on. πŸ™‚
      Thanks Annika!

  7. Another wonderful post Megala! Love the various peanut dishes you have presented especially the one sold in the beaches.The pea nut butter recipe and the mug cakes are delicious shares as well, especially useful when one has a craving and we can easily make a small serving of it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes, it is easy to prepare in just 5 minutes. I’m glad you enjoy this post, thanks Nisha!

  8. Love these kinda quick fix mug cakes and love the way how you made it dairy free and guiltfree…
    Homemade peanut butter is always The BEST when compare to store bought one…
    Loved the recipe Megala…

  9. I’m not a big fan of peanut butter. Somehow, I don’t like it all that much – except in making Thai-style noodles. Your version of home-made peanut butter looks so lovely, I’m tempted to try it out myself. πŸ™‚
    The mug cake looks so cute! I’m wondering if they can be made in an OTG. Do they need only a microwave?

    1. Yes, you can very well bake them, but it takes longer time (about 10 min) to get cooked in OTG than microwave oven.
      I’m sure you would love this Indian flavored sweet peanut butter. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much.

  10. Interesting to read how to avoid Ama…I love making peanut butter it is so easy and delicious ..Peanuts are used a lot in Thai cooking πŸ™‚ Nice post πŸ™‚

  11. Peanuts are such a favourite for me, Megala. I love this recipe, and will definitely make it…
    Thank You so much; your knowledge of healthy foods and the recipes to make them delicious is very much appreciated.

      1. Megala, I’m so impressed with this recipe. Not having any jaggery powder I used raw sugar instead (I will continue to look for the powder; it sounds delightful). I also used organic peanut butter, which is a staple for me!
        I am very happy to report it was delicious. I know I will make it again. It would be just the thing to produce for the unexpected visitor to have with a cup of tea/coffee. πŸ™‚

      1. You are most welcome πŸ™‚ I made masala last week. I used, (well mostly used) your cauliflower masala resipe. I had to improvise a bit as I didn’t have some of the ingrdients. I made my own garam masala. The aroma in the house just from toasting the spices for the garam masala was amazing all by itselfs haha. I don’t know what it is suppose to taste like but it was good πŸ™‚

        1. That’s awesome! I would like to share a tip with you to handle spice powder: As far as I know spice powders that are used for aroma have to be sprinkled just before the final boil, and the ones used for the purpose of enjoying the benefits of spices have to be added in the beginning. I wish you could enjoy the same aroma (released while toasting) even in your curry as well. πŸ™‚
          Have a great day!

          1. Thank you so much Megala πŸ™‚ I will make a note of that. I appreciate your kind advice. I am getting my nerve up to make your boli, and will definitely be making the potato masala and the curry πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, boiled fresh peanuts (not dried peanuts) are absolutely safe to consume. Thanks much for reading this post. πŸ™‚

  12. Wow! I love peanut butter and add at least a tablespoon to most recipes, including desserts and stir-frys etc. I didn’t know the information you shared on peanuts and how they are the only legumes to grow underground. Great post πŸ™‚

  13. Peanuts are truly one of the richest sources of micronutrients for vegetarians.. I love this mug cake recipe perfect for the individual portions for kids..

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