Microwaveable Mean Green Breakfast Cake

I’m going to start this blog post off by admitting that this dish is one of the nastiest looking things I’ve posted on here. I mean, look at that color! But it’s tasty, I promise. We health bloggers chug green smoothies like it ain’t no thang, so why not green breakfast cakes?green cookie-3

One of my goals this year is to eat greens everyday and I’ve OD’d on salads a bit and haven’t been feeling the smoothie thing for a while. Mostly because my blender is really inconvenient to use since it’s a part of my Bosch mixer which I like to keep off the counter because it’s big (and kind of unattractive) and therefore a pain to lug out of the cupboard. Yeah, true story. That prevents me from making smoothies.

So, I’ve been going all Jessica Seinfeld style and pureeing veggies to add to my dishes. I took my Protein-Packed Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Cookie and just tweaked it. I removed the protein powder and walnuts and added pureed spinach. I also renamed it a “cake” instead of a “cookie” because the texture isn’t like any cookie I’ve had. And we gotta have accuracy on this blog.

Microwaveable Mean Green Breakfast Cake
inspired by the original breakfast cookie that changed my breakfast life

(Approximate nutritional stats: 260 calories, 7.5 g fiber, 12 g protein)

  • 1 cup spinach (or just a big handful)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/3 c pumpkin puree (or you could sub half a mashed banana for a different flavor)
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t NuStevia powder or sweetener of choice
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c (heaping) plain old fashioned oats

(You could also mix in milled flaxseed and/or chopped walnuts when you add the oats, but I just happened to be out of both. The nutritional stats are calculated excluding those.)

1. Using a hand blender or small food processor, thoroughly blend the egg, pumpkin and spinach until very smooth and no noticeable spinach pieces remain. Pour into a microwave-safe bowl.

2. Add the baking powder, sweetener, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and stir until well incorporated. green cookie-1

2. Add the oats and combine. You should have  a thick mixture. Scrape the sides down a bit and smooth the top out and microwave for 1 minute, 45 seconds. green cookie-2

3. Using a spoon, loosen the sides and turn the cake onto a plate. Just because it’s a little more visually appealing that way. Drizzle a little maple syrup on top if your heart desires and dig in. green cookie-4

Having your iPhone next to your plate for checking Twitter at 7 AM is optional.

Do you keep your smartphone by you when you eat? I do…and I admit that I do use it while I’m eating if I’m by myself (always breakfast, often lunch). I’m better if I’m dining with somebody else because I guess I have some sense of manners. I’m going to try to improve my iPhone dining habits.


  • dana @ my little celebration

    Yum! I WILL be making this, likely tomorrow! Thanks!

  • Mama Pea

    My iPhone never leaves my side. I certainly hope that cancer thing doesn’t pan out…

    Love the green cake!

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms

    I have to make a conscious effort to put the phone away while eating! It’s hard when you’re by alone, though.

  • Kate @ NaturaStride

    Looks good! My husband have a 7-hour road trip coming up this weekend and I was trying to think of some healthy snacks/meals I could pack that are easy to eat in the car – I think I may try these!
    Trying to get better with the phone at meals – drives my husband crazy.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed

    Yeah, that cake looks pretty ick, but you’re right, so do green monsters! I’ve been trying to get more greens into my diet too… good idea! I really need to buy myself a food processor!!!!

  • Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.)

    Oh wow, that does look disgusting. Ha ha. But after reading the ingredients I can see how it would taste a lot better than it looks. I’ll have to try it.

  • Cary

    I’m so excited to try this! Most breakfast cookies/cake involve a nut butter of some kind and due to my allergy to nuts I’ve never figured out a way I can join in on the fun…until now! Thank you so much for this great recipe 🙂

    • Teri

      oh wonderful!!! I really hope you like it!

  • Elizabeth @ RunWithSneakers

    I can not wait to try this! You are right, it does not look very appetizing, but most of my morning oatmeal concoctions don’t look great and yet are delicious and filling.

  • Alaina

    I don’t have a smart phone, but I’m seriously thinking about getting one when I’m eligible for an upgrade!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife

    you’re right, it does look a little funky, but it sounds delicious actually! I am going to have to try this, esp since it is microwaveable!

  • Pure2raw twins

    oh yes phone my me all the time, haha

    you know we would love this 😉

  • Amanda Jewell

    I too made it a goal to eat something green everyday, be it green salads or smoothies or juices. Despite the color, I can tell this tastes good 🙂

  • Tichina

    I do the exsact same thing.. I’m always connected, but I like eating with someone else (is that strange??) and hate being a lonely soul so it makes me feel like all you blogger gals are there with me haha 🙂

  • Meg

    DEFINITELY always have the smartphone beside me to check twitter 😉

  • Precious

    I am a health food junkie and although this cake doesn’t look tasty, judging it based on the ingredients I am sure it is very delicious.

    I would like to try it but I am curious if you thought this would work if I popped it in the oven instead of the microwave? I try to avoid the microwave when I can….