5-Minute, 5-Ingredient Microwave Mug Granola

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 6 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x


Super-easy, microwave granola made in a mug with minimal ingredients.



  • 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)
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/3 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 1/4 tsp and 3/4 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 1/2 tsp (2 mL) finely grated citrus zest (e.g., lemon, orange or lime).

  • Category: Breakfast, Cereal


  • Serving Size: entire recipe
  • Calories: 255
  • Sugar: 12.3 g
  • Sodium: 237 mg
  • Fat: 13.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.3 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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