Shamelessly Easy, 5-Minute, 5-Ingredient Microwave Mug Granola


You could hang around the kitchen for 45 minutes to an hour, hand-crafting a jumbo batch of artisanal granola. Follow it up with 20 minutes of scrubbing bowls, measuring cups, countertops and a cookie sheet.

Or you could make my  above-pictured, wondrously delectable granola. In 5 minutes. In one mug.

You don’t have to share.

You can pinch yourself now. You’re not dreaming.

This is all that you need ingredients-wise (fruit is optional, so I’m not including it–or the water–in the “five” ingredients.


Now get your granola groove on! Here’s how:

(1) Measure everything EXCEPT the dried fruit (if you are adding dried fruit; you don’t have to. Raisins haters rejoice) into a large mug. Stir it up with a fork so the oats and nuts/seeds are coated. It’s important to leave out the dried fruit at this stage. Microwaving chopped dried fruit for several minutes leads to teeth-breaking bits of coal.


(2) Next, a moment of abject TERROR: You will need to (gulp) set the power level button (yes, said button exists on your microwave) to Medium (50%). You may have never touched this button before now. You can do it. Apply finger and push until it reads either Medium or 50% power. Breathe. You did it.

(3) Microwave on Medium (50%) for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 minutes total, stopping halfway through to stir (the oats and nuts/seeds at the bottom of the mug will toast faster than those at the top). You read the correctly: toast. The oats and nuts/seeds get toasty, golden and fragrant. In the microwave. Really and truly!

(4) Add the dried fruit (if using) and stir things up one last time. The granola will be perfectly crispy in a few minutes as the oats cool.


You can tweak this basic recipe with whatever nuts, seeds, dried fruit, dried coconut, extracts, citrus zest that suit your fancy. My fancy tends to be very fancy, so I often add a little bit of everything :). The base recipe is pretty forgiving, so adjust the sweetener and salt—a bit more, a touch less—or add a pinch of a favorite spice.

Eat the granola straight up as an energizing snack, or add a splash of your favorite milk for a complete meal. With the energy you’ve gained (oat power!), and the time you’ve saved, you will want to run, skip and jump for joy!

Happy eating (and playing!)

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5-Minute, 5-Ingredient Microwave Mug Granola
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Super-easy, microwave granola made in a mug with minimal ingredients.
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Cereal
Serves: 1
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, honey or agave nectar
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 tsp oil (e.g. olive oil, melted coconut oil, butter if not vegan)
  • ⅛ tsp fine sea salt
  • ⅓ cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 tbsp chopped nuts or seeds
  • Optional: 1 tbsp chopped dried fruit (e.g., raisins, apricots, cranberries)
  1. In the large mug (14 to 16 oz), mix the maple syrup, water, oil, salt, oats and nuts until blended.
  2. Microwave on Medium (50%) power for 2 minutes. Stir, making sure to stir up any syrup on the bottom of the mug. Microwave on Medium (50%) power for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes longer until oats are golden brown.
  3. Mix in the dried fruit, if using. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes to cool before eating.
*Sugar in place of syrup: An equal amount of sugar (any variety) can be used in place of the syrup; add 2 tsp more water along with the sugar.

*Spices: Add between ¼ tsp and ¾ tsp (1 to 3 mL) of any sweet spice (e.g., cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, allspice) along with the salt in step 1.

*Extracts & Zest: Consider adding a few drops of vanilla or almond extract to the syrup mixture, or ½ tsp (2 mL) finely grated citrus zest (e.g., lemon, orange or lime).
Nutrition Information
Serving size: entire recipe Calories: 255 Fat: 13.2 g Saturated fat: 1.8 g Carbohydrates: 32.3 g Sugar: 12.3 g Sodium: 237 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 3.9 g Cholesterol: 0 mg


  1. Raven G says

    OMG–I just made this and it is sooooo good!!! It really does get perfectly toasty. I add a tbsp of coconut in the last minute of cooking and left out the dried fruit. LOVE!!!

  2. Leah says

    Wow, I tried this recipe and I fell in love! Is soooo easy and fast, but you don’t compromise on taste even a little. Thank you very much for sharing!!!

  3. Vera says

    This was sooooooo good! Especially the taste of the roasted walnuts. I left out the dried fruit and added one chopped date after microwaving.

  4. Tammy Tahara says

    This sounds delicious! Do you think I can expand the recipe to 6 servings in one bowl so that I can make a batch?


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