How Your Microwave Can Save You Time This Holiday Season

Three quick microwave recipes to keep the kids happy and entertained this festive season

How Your Microwave Can Save You Time This Holiday Season

The microwave gets a lot of use during the festive season. With the holidays just around the corner, perhaps no appliance will see a greater spike in usage than the microwave. With family and friends coming together, chances are you’re going to have a lot of little mouths to feed and keep entertained. Your microwave may just be the little helper that makes all the difference.

“Everyone knows how convenient a microwave can be but few really maximise what it can do. At Samsung, we are committed to designing products that make life easier. Our customers already experience this with the Samsung Hotblast™. Its revolutionary functions are tailor-made for busy households and the festive season is definitely a time to discover how your microwave can delight you,” says Tracy Gordon, Head of Product – Home Appliances at Samsung South Africa.

When the kiddies need a snack or dessert in a hurry look no further than your microwave. The recipes below tick a few helpful boxes; they’re quick, you can serve them in a mug and you can even get the kids to help you prepare them. Each kid can enjoy the delicious results of their own special creation. Share the festive joy with these microwave recipes as we head into the most wonderful time of the year. 

Banana Bread Cake in a Mug

If your kids love dessert but you’re focused on getting them to eat healthily, this banana bread mug cake is a delicious compromise.

Ingredients (Serves one)

1⁄2 medium size ripe banana, plus a few slices for garnish

1 tbsp almond butter

1 egg white

1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract

4 1⁄2 tbsp oat flour

1⁄4 tsp baking powder

1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish

1⁄4 tsp kosher salt


Prep 2 min | Cook 1 min | Ready 3 min

Place banana in a microwave safe cup or ramekin and mash with a fork.

Stir in almond butter, egg white and vanilla extract.

Add oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix until well combined.

Microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute or until the middle of the cake is firm.

Top with banana slices and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Pizza in a Mug

When hunger strikes, enjoy a tasty pizza in a mug, in minutes. The kids can add any ‘creative’ toppings they like and it’s faster than a pizza delivery.

Ingredients (Serves one)

4 tbsp all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp baking powder

1/16 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

3 tbsps milk

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp marinara sauce

1 generous tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese

5 mini pepperoni

1/2 tsp dried Italian herbs (basil or oregano will work)


Prep Time 5 min | Cook Time 1 min | Ready 6 min

Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a microwavable mug

Add in the milk and oil with mix together. There might be some lumps but that’s ok.

Spoon on the marinara sauce and spread it around the surface of the batter.

Sprinkle on the cheese, pepperoni and dried herbs.

Microwave for 1 minute and 10-20 seconds, or until it rises up and the topping are bubbling.

Enjoy straight away.


Brownie in a mug

Sometimes a brownie can hit the sweet spot like nothing else. And a brownie in a cup is more fun than a trip to the shops.

Ingredients (Serves one)

2 tbsps of butter

2 tbsps of sugar

1 firmly packed tbsp of light brown sugar

1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Pinch of kosher salt

1 egg yolk

4 tbsps of flour

1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

2 heaping tbsps of semi-sweet chocolate chunks


Prep Time 5 min | Cook Time 1 min | Ready 6 min

Melt butter in microwave safe mug or ramekin.

Butter should be melted, not boiling.

Stir together butter, sugars, vanilla and salt.

Stir in egg yolk. Do not use egg white. Save for a different recipe or discard.

Add flour and cocoa powder and stir again until well combined.

Finally, add chocolate chunks.

Cook for about 45 seconds in microwave.

There you have it. A few quick microwave recipes to keep the kids happy and even healthy. By turning the preparation into a fun, group activity you get a lot more mileage out of your microwave.

When it comes to bigger meals, you can still trust your microwave to do the job. With the Samsung Hotblast™, you can cook entire meals deliciously and in no time. The HotBlast™ has multiple air holes blowing out powerful hot air, which reduces cooking time. The SLIM FRY™ technology also ensures that your food is perfectly crisp on the outside and delicious and juicy on the inside. Additionally, this versatile microwave also has a wider grill, making it easier to brown food fast and evenly. The turntable is wider, measuring 345mm, making it easier to prepare bigger portions of food. And with its ECO Mode power it significantly reduces energy consumption with its low standby power. Ultimately, its intelligent features and stylish design makes it perfect for any kitchen.


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