3-Minute Single-Serving Microwave Pancake Muffin

A single-serving fluffy pancake in a mug, right in the microwave, in under 5 minutes! If you are in the mood for pancakes, but don’t want to spend the time cooking over the stove or washing dishes, this recipes is so easy and creates the perfect grab-and-go breakfast in no time.

It starts with just 3 ingredients: Pancake mix, water and a tablespoon of melted butter. You can also just use a tablespoon of oil instead, if you prefer, but I find that butter gives a better flavor.

Then, gently stir everything together with a fork until the batter is just combined. It’s okay if it’s not perfectly smooth, we just don’t want to over-mix it so it doesn’t get tough, and bakes up nice and fluffy. So this is your base recipe for a plain buttermilk pancake muffin, buuut, if you want to take it one step further, this is where you can add in about 1-2 tablespoons of any type of mix-ins you want, like chocolate chips and sprinkles, blueberry and lemon, or good old-fashioned banana!

Then, it’s ready for the microwave. Now, my trick for making microwave dessert recipes, is cooking at 50% power so it doesn’t nuke the ingredients and make them dry and rubbery. So, just going to pop it in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes on 50% power and it done. Just make sure you don’t overcook it, to keep that soft, fluffy texture. Enjoy!

3-Minute Single-Serving Microwave Pancake Muffin


Prep Time: 2 min Total Time: 3 min Servings: 1


1/3 cup Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
1 tablespoon butter (may substitute 1 tablespoon oil)
3 tablespoons water Syrup for serving Flavor variations

Blueberry: Gently stir in 2 tablespoons of fresh or frozen blueberries and a little lemon zest just before cooking.

Banana: Reduce water to 1 tablespoon and add 2 tablespoons of mashed banana and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon in with the liquids.

Chocolate Chip Confetti: Gently stir in 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of sprinkles just before cooking.


Gently spoon pancake mix into a 1 cup measuring cup and level it off with the back of a knife.

Microwave butter in a 7-8 oz. microwave safe ramekin or mug, until melted.

Add water followed by pancake mix. Gently stir the ingredients together with a fork until just blended. Batter will not be perfectly smooth, do not over-mix.

Microwave on 50% power for 1-2 minutes*, until batter has just cooked through and is no longer wet. Serve warm with syrup or toppings of your choice. Pancake muffin is best enjoyed right after cooking.


*Please note that cook time will vary depending on the wattage of your microwave. To prevent it from getting dry and rubbery, check at the minimum baking time so it does not overcook, to keep it fluffy and moist.