Breakfast in the RV: French Toast in a Mug (yes, a mug)

James & Stef Adinaro James & Stef Adinaro  |  03.14.2016

Okay I’ll admit it. On RV trips, James and I are worthless in the mornings. We sleep in, sip coffee, and remain completely unproductive. We loll around the RV being as lazy as we can possibly be, savoring the feeling of having nothing on our To Do lists.

Beach shotIt’s a complete change from our REAL mornings when we’re not traveling. Thanks to those pesky day jobs, we both get up early and move quickly, rushing through our morning routines so we can get to work.

So knowing about this lazy problem of ours, it probably doesn’t surprise you that our RV breakfasts, which fall during our window of slothfulness, are all about simple. And tasty, too. And of course we can’t leave off healthy; as no matter where we are, that’s always our #1 priority.

Which is where mug recipes come into play. You might have already seen our Turkey Spinach Omelet in a Mug recipe on The Fit RV website. Mug omelets are a big hit with me and James, and they meet our criteria for breakfast on the road: simple, tasty, and healthy. So, friends, today I’m letting you in on another mug breakfast favorite of ours: French Toast in a Mug.

Photo 3 French ToastFrench toast was one of my all-time favorite breakfasts growing up. Sorry you pancake fans, but they don’t hold a candle to French toast. I think it’s mostly a texture thing…is there anything better than that custard-like center and the way it melts in your mouth? As a health-conscious adult, French toast became more of a rarity for me. There’s high refined sugar content in traditional French toast, lots of carbs, and when getting it at restaurants, there’s that mystery oil being slopped on the griddle and sponged up into the bread. So, I tended to avoid it.

Photo 4 French ToastBut, gang, that’s the beauty of this recipe! There’s no additional refined sugar and no oiled up griddle. Plus you prepare it, cook it, and eat it all in the same fabulous mug! SO we’ve got simple, and we’ve got healthy. Check!

But what about tasty? I actually think French toast in a mug beats traditional French toast in the taste department. I really do! You know that melty gooey French toast center? When you make it in a mug, the ENTIRE MUG has that same texture. Now every bite can be awesomeness in your mouth, instead of just the one bite you get in the very center of your piece of French toast. Once you make this recipe you’ll say this: “Where’ve you been all my life, Mug French Toast?”

I know you will.

French Toast in a Mug


  • 1 teaspoon butter (to coat the inside of the mug)
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup (or sub 1 packet Stevia)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:Photo 6 French Toast

  1. In a large mug, melt the butter in the microwave and brush it around the sides.
  2. Add the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to the mug. Stir well.
  3. Whisk in the egg and maple syrup (or Stevia) until very well blended.
  4. Cut the bread into small bite-sized cubes, and then add to the mug. Stir thoroughly and press the cubes down to absorb the liquid.
  5. Let stand for a few minutes so the bread has more time to absorb the liquid. Before cooking, give the bread another stir and make sure it’s all pressed down into the liquid.
  6. Microwave on high for 90 seconds to 21⁄2 minutes (check after 90 seconds) or until firm to the touch and liquid is absorbed. NOTE: This will swell over the rim of the mug when cooking, that’s normal. If it gets too high, it helps to stop the microwave for a few seconds to let it settle back down. And make sure you’re using a large mug!
  7. Top with your favorite French toast toppings, and enjoy!

Prep The Night Before Option:

  1. You can actually prepare these the night before, doings steps 1-4 above, and then covering until morning when you’re ready to pop them in the microwave. They work great this way!

That’s all there is to it…and since you didn’t dirty any extra bowls or pans, clean-up is easy peasy.

If you make Mug French Toast, I’d love to hear what you thought, and what toppings you used. I’m partial to bananas and walnuts, but am always looking for other creative additions.

Happy and Healthy RVing, gang!


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  1. Frank Craighead Posted on 02.18.2017

    We just made this using the night before method. LOVED IT!
    Will definitely be ma king again (and again!)

  2. Maggie Graeber Posted on 03.27.2016

    This was really, really good! Hubby liked it, which says a lot. He is EXTREMELY picky!!! Thank you for sharing.

    1. James and Stef Adinaro Posted on 04.05.2016

      I’m so glad to hear that, Maggie! My hubby isn’t picky at all – and he loves it too (but he loves everything).

  3. Debra Posted on 03.17.2016

    I LOVE French Toast… can’t wait to try your mug recipe Stefany!!!

    This will most certainly be one of my fav RV kitchen breakfasts, lunches or dinners LOL! We are going full-time in a couple months and easy prepare, easy cleanup makes me a happy camper! :)


    1. James and Stef Adinaro Posted on 04.05.2016

      Oh Debra, a gal after my own heart. As a fellow French toast lover I can tell you this is going to become a staple once you try it! And so cool you’re going full-time soonly. May you have lots of amazing adventures (and lots of mugs of French toast along the way)!

  4. velda Posted on 03.17.2016

    Does that butter keep it from being a pain to get egg off the mug? Even though you are stirring it?
    How did you choose mugs? Any consideration as to where made and materials. I find a lot of mugs get really hot (more than just from hot food).
    These sound like great recipes.

    1. James and Stef Adinaro Posted on 04.05.2016

      Velda, the French toast pulls away very easy from the sides of the mug. The butter mostly gets mixed in with the other ingredients and probably isn’t necessary, though I’m not sure, as we always just add it! As for mugs, the ones we use I picked up at World Market. They don’t heat up bad at all!