Weekday mornings in our house are full-on bonkers. There are two adults, three kids, a dog, and a cat in our circus — most of whom need to both inhale a breakfast meal and whip up something for lunch each morning. And all in the space of about thirty minutes. Think frenetic restaurant kitchen scene meets Turner & Hooch level pet-destroys-house vignette.
Things are particularly touchy early in the week, when we’re still staring up at most of the hundred-plus meals our little kitchen has to crank out to make it to the weekend. Touchier still when cereal and other, easier but gluten-ous items are off the table and you can’t stand yet another egg scramble.
Enter the Peterson. So named for my colleague Scot who introduced our family to this super quick, tasty breakfast option that has since entered the Hall of Fame for both young and old at Chez Morton. Three to five minutes, super simple, yum.
Making the whole thing takes no time, can be done by chefs of all ages, and has endless adaptations depending on what’s on your in/out list for ingredients. We originally made it with dark chocolate chips (my kids preference) and we have also tried a blueberry riff that was great (same as above, just swap the nibs for blueberries). However chaotic your morning kitchen, you are guaranteed to enjoy this taste-bud pleaser and sanity preserver.
The Peterson 5-Minute Mug Breakfast
Making the whole thing takes no time, can be done by chefs of all ages, and has endless adaptations depending on what’s on your in/out list for ingredients.
- Cacao nibs
- Cacao/cocoa powder
- Optional: coconut oil
Drop a banana (ripeness to taste, I like a couple-three-days post purchase) in the mug, mush it up with a fork, and crack an egg over top.
Throw in a pinch of cacao nibs for crunch (go easy here as they have a strong flavor).
Whisk it all together with your fork.
Sprinkle cacao/cocoa powder on top.
Microwave for 60 seconds, jiggle the mug a little to settle, zap for another 30-45 seconds.
Flip your Peterson out onto a plate (flip again if you want chocolatey sprinkle on top), let it cool a sec, enjoy.