Strange But Good: Peanut Butter Cake in a Squash

Cake can be an acceptable breakfast.


It’s cooked in a squash, so it’s practically a vegetable dish.

Microwaves are the greatest invention since sliced bread.  Or sliced squash?

The idea of a freshly baked breakfast was particularly appealing in Atlanta’s ice/snow disaster.  I was eyeing Kierston’s bites, but was having a hunger problem.  It takes too long to pre-heat the oven and wait for something to bake!

PB Cake in a squash


Thanks to my meal prep, I had half a butternut squash pre-roasted and ready to eat.  I whipped up my peanut flour cake batter and poured it in.  Less than 1 min in the microwave later, I had a fancy-looking cake for breakfast.  You could even make this quick-cake vegan with a flax egg!

Take a big bite.  The fluffy, warm peanut butter cake paired with the natural sweetness of the softened squash is fantastic.  You’ll be hard-pressed to figure out what to save for the last bite.

Butternut Squash Cake


When life calls for instant gratification, why wait?  The best part is that if it doesn’t turn out, you can make another in 45 seconds.  Not that I would know…


Peanut Butter Cake in a Squash

Peanut Butter Cake in a Squash

  • 2 T peanut flour*
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 drops liquid stevia
  • 2 T egg whites (or flax egg)
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, pre-roasted


Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl.  Add wet ingredients and stir to combine.  

Pour mixture in the “bowl” of the squash.  Microwave ~45 seconds.

Top as desired (I used sugar-free syrup and pomegranate arils).  Enjoy!

Note: I order my peanut flour from iHerb.  Use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your order!  If you don’t have peanut flour, you can sub 2T protein powder.


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Do you “bake” in the microwave?

What’s your favorite hot breakfast?



  1. says

    Oh how i love microwave cakes!! The best part is watching them grow in the microwave. Can you believe I only work with one since a little more than a year?
    I once almost burned down our office when making microwave popcorn and then shied away from it for years, lol.

  2. says

    okay, so sometimes i just steam everything in the microwave. Yep, too hot in TX to use the oven during summer. So, can i steam the squash there first too? Please say yes.

  3. says

    This sounds great. I have GOT to get some peanut flour. This might keep me from standing over the peanut butter jar with a spoon!! Have a great day, Laura!!

  4. says

    Oh this sounds good! I haven’t roasted up squash in awhile, I was eating it all the time this fall. This sounds like it would be a perfect late afternoon snack. I often eat a big afternoon snack and then small dinner if dinner is after 10 on class nights.

    • Laura says

      Maybe… it would be a different texture, and you may need to cut back on the liquid since almond flour is not de-fatted and hold more moisture/oil.

  5. says

    Love it! totally agree cake can be for breakfast…..especially when i get back from my 9 mile runs ravishingly hungry, and want something sweet! I would love to have some of that cake right now! Yum!!!!

  6. says

    Dude, I would seriously die without my microwave! Screw all those micro-haters out there! Mug cakes are my jam! Favorite hot breakfast? The whole spread: eggs, biscuits, hashbrowns, and BACON! I’d say pancakes, but I take so long to take pictures that they’re almost always cold! Ha!


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