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Chocolate Mug Cake (gluten-free, paleo)

An easy, delicious and healthy chocolate mug cake that’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo. I think it’s the best chocolate mug cake recipe out there.

(gluten-free, paleo) A delicious, healthy and moist chocolate mug cake that can be made in less than two minutes - super easy!

I remember scrolling through the TV a while back and seeing something on one of those daytime talk shows about “mug food.” Meaning, things you could microwave in a mug (ie – mug cakes, pizzas, etc). I may have chuckled out loud. And figured it was the latest novelty that’d be here today, gone tomorrow.

But a funny thing happened the other day. I got a massive craving for chocolate cake. And while I actually contemplated baking an entire chocolate cake…my brain *thankfully* kiboshed that notion. Phew. Because you guys know that I have no will power, so an entire chocolate cake sitting on the counter staring at me all day was just the worst of bad ideas. Especially with Christmas indulgence happening next week.

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Sooo, I decided to investigate this whole easy chocolate mug cake phenomenon. I mean, could you really bake a chocolate cake in a mug? And have it turn out halfway decent? Hmm. I was doubtful, but up to the challenge. Thus began my adventure to make not only the best chocolate mug cake (obviously), but one that’s gluten-free and paleo-friendly. A healthy chocolate mug cake if you will.

Are you ready to hear the end result? Not only did my mug cake turn out, but it’s damn good as well! Like a real deal chocolate cake. In a mug. Holy smokes! You guys have no idea how much the wheels in my brain are turning with new recipe ideas now.

(gluten-free, paleo) A delicious, healthy and moist chocolate mug cake that can be made in less than two minutes - super easy!

(gluten-free, paleo) A delicious, healthy and moist chocolate mug cake that can be made in less than two minutes - super easy!

So let’s chat quickly why I’m loving this recipe. First, it’s perfectly portioned. Which means if it’s 9pm and you get a hardcore craving for chocolate cake (ahem), you can whip this thing up in less than two minutes to get an individual chocolate cake the size of a cupcake.

Next, which I just mentioned above, is that it’s seriously done, cooked, baked in less than two minutes in the microwave. I actually debated calling this recipe a 2-minute chocolate mug cake, but since each person’s microwave wattage and power differs…I didn’t want to hang my hat on that two minute mark. For me, I’ve found my chocolate mug cake cooks best at one minute thirty seconds. But you’ll have to play around with yours a bit to find that perfect cook time.

(gluten-free, paleo) A delicious, healthy and moist chocolate mug cake that can be made in less than two minutes - super easy!

Lastly, this thing is healthy. Seriously. The ingredients are super simple and clean – almond flour, raw cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut oil and an egg. Yep, it has no milk, so it’s dairy-free.

I did attempt it without the egg (switching the other ingredients around a bit) as I saw some reviewers say that the egg made it chewy, but those reviews were for mug cakes using wheat flour. And wheat flour (which contains gluten) already has binding and chewiness to it. Since we’re using almond flour, I’d say the egg is definitely needed.

(gluten-free, paleo) A delicious, healthy and moist chocolate mug cake that can be made in less than two minutes - super easy!

(gluten-free, paleo) A delicious, healthy and moist chocolate mug cake that can be made in less than two minutes - super easy!

Here’s a few other chocolate mug cake tips:

  • Don’t use a huge mug as it’ll dwarf the cake. Well, I guess it’s fine if you’re just cooking for yourself, but if you’re presenting these as dessert I’d stick to a smaller mug. I switched to smaller 9-oz coffee mugs (pictured), which were the perfect size.
  • You can absolutely mix everything together in the mug you’re gonna use. But I find it’s easier to mix it in a measuring cup, then pour it into the mug.
  • If you’re watching the mug cake cook in the microwave, you’ll see it shoot straight up like a cylinder (or soufflé) as it cooks. Don’t be alarmed. As it cools, it just collapses right back down again.
  • These cakes will be HOT when you take them out of the microwave. Let them cool for a couple of minutes before digging in.
  • Play around with the cook time that works best for your microwave – which could range from 45 seconds to 2 minutes. Less time and they’ll be more moist and brownie-like.

Lastly, get creative with add-ins, like a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips, a sprinkle of cinnamon or some grated orange (yum). You can also dust the top with organic powdered sugar and fresh berries.

For more gluten-free and paleo chocolate desserts, make sure to check out my Amazing Paleo Chocolate Cake, Flourless Chocolate Cake (nut-free!), Black Forest Mug Cake, Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Hazelnuts and Sea Salt, Molten Chocolate Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream, Chocolate Covered Bananas and Paleo Brownies.


(gluten-free, paleo) A delicious, healthy and moist chocolate mug cake that can be made in less than two minutes - super easy!

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Chocolate Mug Cake (gluten-free, paleo)

An easy, delicious and healthy chocolate mug cake that’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo. I think it’s the best chocolate mug cake recipe out there. Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together!


  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Optional Toppings


  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a measuring cup.
  2. Pour the batter into your mug and microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through.
  3. Enjoy plain or top with coconut whipped cream, powdered sugar or berries.

Lisa's Tips

Make sure to read the tips above and watch the video for a chocolate mug cake that turns out perfect every time!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 chocolate mug cake, Serving Size: 1 chocolate mug cake

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 433.4
  • Total Fat: 24.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.4g
  • Cholesterol: 186.5mg
  • Sodium: 70.1mg
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 26.1g
  • Protein: 14.1g
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Recipe originally posted December 2016 and updated May 2017 to include the video. 

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250 comments on “Chocolate Mug Cake (gluten-free, paleo)”

  1. Whipped this up in no time and it tastes fabulous!! I even used unsweet cocoa powder and sugar free syrup. I topped it with sugar free whipped cream.

    • Hi Kelly – I’m so glad you loved the mug cake and found it so easy to make! Thank you for the kind comment! :)

  2. THANK YOU for this recipe! It works as written, but then I tried it with some “leftover” ingredients and it ALSO worked just as well for me. After I blended and strained almonds and for nut-milk, I wondered if I could use the still moist leftover bits of almond instead of using purchased almond-flour; YES I CAN. Also, I had recently used the liquid from a can of full fat coconut milk and placed the leftover solids in a jar in my refrigerator; those solids worked every bit as well instead of using purchased (shelf-stable) coconut oil. I was glad to be able to get dessert out of my perishable leftovers; oh, but (shame on me) I also added a heaping spoonful of chocolate-chips in the mug I microwaved today (sinful yummy yum!). THANK YOU for this recipe!!

    • Love that you used the leftover almond pulp from homemade almond milk – that’s brilliant! And who can say no to a few extra chocolate chips in this sweet little treat? I sure can’t. ;) Happy you loved the recipe Chrystal! x

  3. I love this recipie!! ..Just came home from eating out and did not want to spend $7 on dessert. I came accross this recipie online and was interested because I having been using almond flour for baking and had all other ingredients on hand. I was so pleased that I did! The cake was perfect and fulfilled my chocolate craving. I ate it with a tablespoon of my favorite vanilla ice cream, and drizzled everything with a little raw honey, organic cinnamon and some walnut pieces! Thanks!

    • Hi Cheri – Awesome, I’m so glad you enjoyed the mug cake! All your toppings sound so delicious! Thank you so much for your kind words! :)

  4.  tried this with substitutions 
    1/4 c wheat germ
    2 Tb cocoa powder
    2 Tb honey
    1 tsp coconut oil
    1 tsp canola 
    1 tsp rose water
    1 large egg
    Pinch of honey roasted, salted peanuts
    Was a little dry, overall, 
    Next time I’ll try orange zest, chocolate chips, more canola oil or an additional egg :)
    Thanks for sharing your idea!

  5. Wonderful snack for this hungry breastfeeding mum! I’m gluten free for myself and dairy free for baby so recipes like this are the best. Very forgiving too I have used sugar or honey if I have no maple syrup with great results.

    • Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the mug cake, Rachael! Yep, some sweeteners are easily swapped knowing the right dry to liquid ratio. :)

  6. I was wanting something sweet and came across this. I am following AIP so I used tiger nut flour, avacado oil, because I didn’t want to melt coconut oil, and a tablespoon unflavored gelatin for my egg. Delish!

  7. Oh my goodness this thing just made my day. I know it won’t be the 1st time!

    I added in a few Lilly’s chocolate chips.
    I substituted monkfruit for the maple syrup and butter for the coconut oil. Then I poured 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream over the top with more monk fruit sweetener and sea salt when it was done. I cannot even express how delighted I am that the internet exists right now and I was able to quickly make something that kept me on track and satisfied my craving.

    It didn’t even taste low carb to me. Very satisfying. Easy clean up. Delighted indulgent sounds of glee while eating.

  8. Found and tried the Mug Cake a couple weeks ago! Fantastic and EASY! Brought recipe with me on vacation. First time in years I’ve been able to enjoy some doably, delicious downtime dessert!! I’ve added gf/df choc. chips. And have added a drop of peppermint essential oil and tonight a drop of citrus fresh essential oil. Delicious! Topped with whipped coconut cream. Delightful! Shared with several others. So glad I found your site!

    • Wonderful! I’m so happy you loved the mug cake recipe Fran! I love it with a little peppermint flavoring as well. But then again, I love anything with a chocolate mint combo. ;) Thanks for sharing my website as well. I really appreciate that!

  9. Currently exploring gluten free eating. I love mug cakes, but they’re so heavy. Using the almond flour makes it feel much lighter.. I didn’t feel guilty after eating it. 
    Didn’t have maple syrup.. all I have now are sugar and honey. Decided on honey. 
    Also, I’m dairy free, egg free so I substituted the egg for almond milk. 
    Didn’t really work lol, but it was still super delicious and decadent. 
    I’ll keep messing around with substitutions. 
    Thanks for the post!

  10. This is the only mug cake recipe that actually worked for me!
    I didn’t have any maple syrup so I replaced it with 2tbsp of white sugar.
    Turned out delicious!
    Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  11. This is so yummy for healthy food!!! No substitutions and cooked for one min 10 sec

  12. PERFECTION cooked mine for 1min 3 seconds and topped with some homemade Nutella. DELISH.

  13. So, so good! Used date syrup instead of maple syrup and it turned out great! Thanks for the great recipe! 😊

  14. Sooo yummy 
    Thank you 😍

  15. The most easiest cake mug recipe I’ve ever made. Thank you for sharing this recipe! On top of it it’s gluten free! God bless your works!

  16. Made this many times when have chocolate craving!! It is delicious ! Thanks for the recipe! 

  17. Can I use cake flour as a substitution for almond flour?

  18. I’m shocked that I finally found a mug cake that is actually good and isn’t bad for you !! Thank u

  19. Could I make this with coconut flour instead? I’m not a fan of the almond taste. 

  20. This mug cake was amazing! Perfect chocolate fix! Thank you so much for sharing! So glad I found your page! 

    Rating: 5
  21. Best mug cake I’ve ever had! And I’ve tried lots. I substituted avocado oil for coconut oil, microwaved for 60 seconds. I’ll probably go on the low end next time at 45-50 seconds for a more gooey brownie texture, but it was excellent. Would also be great with a little cinnamon and pinch of cayenne to make it a Mexican hot chocolate cake. Bookmarked for future frequent use!!

    Rating: 5
  22. My celiac daughter was begging me for chocolate cake at 8:30 tonight and I remembered to look up your recipe. Hands down, better than any gluten containing version! I also substituted butter for coconut oil and my daughter said it was a fabulous treat. Thanks for your recipe and great YouTube channel! (I’m a subscriber)

    Rating: 5
  23. I tried this recipe today and it was totally yummmm. I replaced maple syrup with honey and didnt have cacao powder so used 70% dark chocolate. I used butter instead of coconut oil. I garnished it with strawberries. Simply too good and filling. Thanks lisa for the lovely recipe.

    Rating: 5
  24. This mug cake is AMAZING! I ran out of maple syrup so I substituted 1 and a half tablespoons of coconut sugar and I find it perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. You are an angel!

    Rating: 5
  25. Can you swap the almond flour for oat flour?

    Rating: 5
  26. Like other commenters, I have been disappointed by mediocre mug or alternative flour recipes generally. This was great! Thank you. 

    Rating: 5
  27. Can you bake this in the oven?

  28. I made the regular version. It was good but next time I will mix the dry ingredients first because it had a slight baking powder taste. Thanks for the easy recipe !

    Rating: 5
  29. If I could give this 10,000 stars, I would! I’ve been burned (both literally and figuratively) by a variety of paleo mug cake recipes in the last few weeks that basically come out as molten oily sludge. I did not go into this recipe with high expectations, but WOW! It tastes like cake. Like actual real cake, not weird healthy stuff. I did mine in a coffee cup but you could also make it in a ramekin and pop it out, frost it, and have a tiny cake for two! Only swap I made was coconut sugar for maple syrup, but I’m sure it would work out fine both ways, per the recipe. I will definitely be making this again (and sharing this time!) Thanks for an excellent recipe!

    Rating: 5
  30. If I could give this 10,000 stars I would! I have been burned (literally and figuratively) by a variety of paleo mug cakes this past month, and I did not go into this recipe with high expectations. It tastes like cake. Like a real actual cupcake. You could even make it in a ramekin, pop it out and frost it and make a tiny cake to share! I of course did not share. I snarfed down the whole thing myself. Only change I made was 2 tbs coconut sugar instead of maple syrup. Make this, friends! You will not be disappointed.

    Rating: 5
  31. Fantastic! I used sugar-free Lakanto brand monk fruit Maple Syrup instead, to make it sugar-free. Topped with sugar-free homemade whipped cream (made with Swerve), and sliced strawberries. Decadent!

    Rating: 5
  32. I would like to thank you for this. Currently in the throes of first trimester morning sickness and nothing is staying down. Had a sudden chocolate cake craving and definitely couldn’t waste precious time on a whole cake because it could change by then! This was the first “meal” bigger than a slice of bread I’ve had today. And it was delicious and stayed down! So grateful!

    Rating: 5
  33. Can coconut sugar be used instead of make syrup? I need to keep the glycemic level down.

  34. Hi there!
    Is it possible to make this without using a microwave, but just an oven? 
    Fingers crossed! 
    Rudi xxx

  35. Tried for the first time. Next time I’ll microwave it less than 1.5 minutes. Delicious!

    Rating: 5
  36. Fantastic!

    Rating: 5
  37. I just made this recipe for my husband and myself because I was craving a dessert. Omg! Did it hit the spot. I  topped in with Coconut Whipped Topping and it was yummy!!! Thank you so much for sharing this. So easy to make and healthy. 

  38. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I mistakenly doubled an ingredient, so I had to add additional ingredients,. I was mixing in a remikin which is enough for two. I used 100% cacao powder, egg White’s instead of the egg, honey in place of maple syrup mixed with all the other ingredients. After mixing well, I added about 2 TBSP coconut flakes. I have a smàll (800 watt) microwave, so I cooked for 3-3:10 min. Moist, chocolaty, good cake. I endulged with a glass of cold Almond milk.

    Rating: 5
  39. Delicious and healthy. I can still taste the healthy but whipped cream on top makes it a yummy healthy indulgence. I’ve made one every day now since I found this recipe. Thanks for sharing it

    Rating: 5
  40. I substituted butter for coconut, honey for maple syrup, and Jack Daniel’s for vanilla. I cooked it in a large but shallow tea cup for 1.5 minutes in my low-power (750 watt) microwave. Absolutely yummy.

    Rating: 5
  41. So good and love how quick and easy and healthy it is!

    Rating: 5
  42. So good thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  43. Is it possible to make this in the oven instead of the microwave?

  44. Fantastic! I can’t compliment this enough

    Rating: 5
  45. I was going to split this but somehow ended up eating the whole thing. Not hard to do! Great recipe. Thanks!

    Rating: 5
  46. Made this today, really easy. I think I will add less cacao next time, as the taste was a bit bitter. Definitely a winner. You are so smart to put these recipes together. Thank you.

  47. Can coconut flour be substituted for the almond flour?

  48. This. Is. Delicious!!! Just made this and it was super fast and easy.  I will definitely make it again …and again …and again!

    Rating: 5
  49. Ohhhhh how awesome!! Thank you 😊 Easy and delicious!

    Rating: 5
  50. I used what I had on hand, so cocoa powder instead of cacao, veg oil instead of coconut oil and honey instead of maple syrup. Came out awesome. I loved the nutty bits in the cake. Best of all, it was gluten free, so I didn’t have a huge cake on the counter going stale. Thank you! 

    Rating: 5
  51. This is AMAZING!  Usually mug cakes are a stand-in for something better, but this really knocked my socks off.  It tastes exactly like a flourless chocolate cake I have mad eyes on special occasions!  It’s nutritionally a winner, so incredibly easy to make, doesn’t make a mess, is a perfect single serving, and the taste is rich and not overly sweet the way commercially made things are.  Thank you for this great recipe!!

    Rating: 5
  52. So easy and delicious! I’ve made this friends and family. Everyone is super skeptical at first, and then an instant convert!

    Rating: 5
  53. That was ridiculously delicious and easy! And, what I mean, is that I just ate the batter. LOL!. I always think, I would love some brownie or cake, so I prepare to make some, and end up eating batter instead, because I don’t actually like “baked” goods. This was the perfect size for a quick treat, and I will definitely make it again. Maybe someday, I’ll actually cook it. :-)

    Rating: 5
  54. I’m thinking about making these for a small dinner party (4 people). Can I make the batter and pour into the mugs ahead of time so all I have to do is pop them in the microwave when it’s time for dessert?

    • Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend that as the flour will start to absorb all the liquid.

      • Actually, I doubled the recipe then put paper cupcake liners inside of four silicon baking cups and half-way filled each with the batter then, one-at-a-time, microwaved each 30-seconds. These tiny cupcakes went in my survival-snack travel-cooler to give me something safe to eat during a work-week out-of-town (I got home yesterday). While other hotel guests ate cookies with milk, I was able to drink the milk and eat these yummy snacks! No, I did not reheat them, but I loved them anyway.

  55. Tasty, might add nut butter to it next time

    Rating: 5
  56. Can xylitol be substituted for the maple syrup?

    Rating: 4
  57. I hate using a microwave, i had a craving but feeling lazy & this is absolutely delicious!

    Rating: 5
  58. YAAAASSS. I’m trying a Paleo diet and this is the perfect pick me up.

    Rating: 5
  59. Thank you!!!Simple, quick easy and delicious. Keeper for sure.

    Rating: 5
  60. Best chocolate mug cake I’ve ever had, paleo or not! Really impressive 

    Rating: 5
  61. Loved it! Easy, super quick and delicious! Made it as per recipe except put one tablespoon cacao powder instead of 2. Turned out awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  62. Yum! Just made it, and added 100% chocolate bits (instead of regular chocolate chips) and also added a bit of ground cardamom. Came super delicious. Only thing I might try next time is to double the recipe so I can have half an egg and try adding a bit of cashew or coconut milk. My hope is that it would be a bit less egg(y) if possible. Thank you for an awesome quick recipe. 

    Rating: 5
  63. Amazing and easyWant to try again and aim for brownie texture

    Rating: 5
  64. This is an awesome mug cake!! My daughter and I have Celiac’s and finding mug cakes that are grain free and fabulous is the greatest!! I added 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, substituted 1 tablespoon of light hot chocolate mix for one of the coca tablespoons. Dropped sugar free strawberry preserves on top before it cooked. Soo Good. Served it with some preserves on top. Started with 1 minute and added 30 seconds, then another 20 seconds. Perfect!! My daughter and I shared it. Thank you so much!!

    Rating: 5
  65. I just bought a tub of coconut flour, is it possible to swap that for the almond flour? Or should I just break down and buy almond flour

  66. Wow, best clean mug cake I’ve tried so far!! I only microwaved for 50 seconds and it came out perfectly moist yet all the way cooked. My giant scoop of Halo Top ice cream topped it off and I didn’t feel too guilty about this luscious dessert!! ;)-

    Rating: 5
    • Oh yum – I love Halo Top ice cream and I can imagine it’s melty creamy goodness on top of this chocolate mug cake. I think I’ll have to do that combo next. ;) Thanks Treena!

    • I’m honestly curious why you care if you’re eating a “clean” mug cake if you’re putting dairy and refined sugar and chemicals on top? If this is just a #balance thing, then ok, but then honestly why bother? Just eat a box of Oreos. 🤷🏼‍♀️

      • By “clean” Treena likely refers to the fact that it’s gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free (which is pretty darn clean in my books). I won’t speak for her, but as a celiac I can’t just eat a box of Oreos, which is why all recipes on my website are gluten-free. Halo Top also makes dairy-free ice cream and it’s sweetened with organic stevia (not refined sugar and chemicals).

  67. Love that this is a very adaptable cake that whips up  quickly! My first attempt at making these turned out a bit dry at 1 minute 30 seconds in my microwave. Will try it again with slightly less time. Added chocolate chips and a sprinkle of cinnamon… very nice! Found the cake to be very dense, so next time I’ll serve it with raspberries in syrup. The portion is generous enough to split with a friend! 

    Rating: 4
  68. I doubled the recipe to make a last-minute mini birthday cake in ess than 5 minutes – 2 mins to put together + 2 mins to microwave. I used a soup bowl for shape, and added grated frozen lime for a taste kick. Dusted with raw cacao and accompanied with a pot of berries from the freezer. It looked lush, tasted great and only150 calories portion. Thank you!

    Rating: 4
  69. Very tasty and easy to make. I did like it better when I added a 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

    Rating: 4
  70. Delicious and so easy to make!

    Rating: 5
  71. Googled “paleo mug cake” and this recipe was the first to pop up! I used a flax egg (making it vegan and paleo–what!!!) and 3 tablespoons almond flour and one tablespoon coconut flour instead of the full 1/4 cup almond flour (which equates out to 4 tablespoons of flour) I even made a glaze of coconut oil, almond milk, and powdered sugar!! I will be making this on the regular when I want something sweet and yummy! Tasted like a brownie!!

  72. This was fantastic….followed recipe as written and ate with side of fruit.  Thank you

    Rating: 5
  73. Can I substitute the almond flour. Allergy to almond

  74. This was sooooo delicious!

    Rating: 5
  75. This was AMAZING and super easy!  Could you bake these in the oven in case you needed many?What temperature would you recommend? Would you make them in muffin tins or ramekins?Thank you….

    Rating: 5
  76. I’ve been looking for a healthier brownie in a mug recipe and this was delish! I substituted 1 TBSP of chocolate protein powder for the cocoa powder and stirred in a few pieces of dark chocolate. This tastes just as good if not better than the other recipe with sugar, white flour and butter.

    Rating: 5
  77. I love the recipe
    But can I replace egg with milk?

  78. I have tried every mug cake out there and this one is my FAVORITE! Thank you for handling my chocolate craving like a boss, all while helping me not take a nose dive into the lil debs box! #paleoon

    Rating: 5
  79. Thank you for this amazingly delicious recipe!  I substituted the egg with a flax egg (1 T flax meal + 2 1|/2 T water and allowed to sit for 10 min) to make it plant-based.  Perfect! 🧡

    Rating: 5
  80. Oh my goodness! This was amazing! I cooked mine for 1:30 and it came out a little dense and wouldn’t soak up the macerated strawberry juices that I topped it with. I will just have to try it again with a lower cooking time.“For science.” ;)

    Rating: 5
  81. This mug cake is so delicious and super easy to whip up when you want a sweet treat without too much guilt. Love this one Lisa! ❤️

    Rating: 5
  82. Do you have the macros/ nutritional value for this? I made it last night and was SO delicious!! Will def have again when seeking something sweet

    Rating: 5
  83. Made this tonight for me and my husband. Had tried a lemon mug cake recipe and it was okay but my husband was very happy with this one. Added some Lily’s Stevie sweetened chocolate chips on top prior to microwaving. Came out so rich and moist and topped it with some whipped topping. Perfect! Thank you for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  84. Tried this today. 1st try, divided batter into 2 ramekins, not good, cooked too long, dry and didn’t rise enough. Later after making my homemade coconut milk, I added 1/4 cup pulverized “pulp” to the cake batter and about 2TBS or 1/4 cup dried dark cherries, 1 min 25 secs – 1 1/2 mins right amount of time required for my microwave, loved this version! Will try some raspberries, with a warm raspberry sauce next time! Quick, easy, and delicious!

    Rating: 5
  85. This was sooo good! The first time I made it, I made the mistake of over cooking it, and it did not taste good. I tried again the next night by cutting off 30 seconds and it was perfect. I added coconut whipped cream to top it off. I think this will seriously allow me to never have to “cheat” with conventional chocolate cake ever again. Thanks for the recipe!!

    Rating: 5
  86. This is yummy, and I read the recipe wrong and used almond butter instead of almond floor, still delicious!!

    Rating: 5
  87. Loved it!!! I may have microwaved too long though…is it supposed to be super moist? Mine was a tad dry. I did 1 minute and 40.

  88. I tripled this recipe, put in an 8” square pan and baked it in the oven. Sprinkled a few chocolate chips on top. It was pretty good, but next time I’ll put a little salt in the batter.

    Rating: 4
  89. Lisa, this is a lovely mug cake, I double the recipe and babe it in a soup bowl Turns out beautifully. I remember when that first hot flash hit me, I was 40. I forget who told me about a woman Doctor that had some vitamins out for menopausal women. I did get some and they certainly did take care of the problem for me. I’m sorry I do not remember the name of the Doctor or the vitamins, That has been 36 years ago. I would urge you and any women to find those vitamins . All the best wishes, and a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Matilda

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks so much Matilda for your kind words and I’m thrilled you love the mug cake! I love how you double it in a soup bow. Brilliant! I’ve also been working with a few docs on vitamins and supplements, so fingers crossed I’ll be very balanced soon. ;) x

    • You maybe talking about Dr. Susan Lark, I took her vitamins and followed her protocol around the same time frame. They helped me tremendously. They were sold under the name “Menopause” @ GNC back then. Don’t know if they still are. Google her name, you should be able to find her.

  90. Love this cake!! Best mug cake I’ve tried so far. Thank you! Due to multiple food allergies, I’m happy to finally have a dessert I can enjoy.

    Rating: 5
  91. Can you use some othe flour if you don’t have almond flour?

    • Another similar nut flour, like hazelnut flour would work. But coconut flour would produce a different result. Cassava flour may work, though I haven’t tried it.

  92. I tried this last night and it was delicious! I didn’t have any maple syrup so I used coconut nectar. I just found your site a few days ago and I’m really excited to try out your recipes.

  93. I was looking for a healthier recipe to make individual-sized desserts for a dinner party and this is a great one! Thanks, Lisa!

  94. Have you tried this with a mix of coconut flour in it? Just did 3 tbs almond flour and 1 coconut flour. It’s amazing both ways! Also. Opinion on blending the mix and then putting into a mug? I find almond flour can be gritty if not sifted and blended. LOVE this recipe!!

    • I haven’t – but that’s awesome to know! And you’re right, almond flour can be a bit gritty (do you buy the super fine grind?). But yes, if you’d like to blend first, go for it! You can also use hazelnut flour in this recipe. :) So happy you love it Erika!

  95. Will you marry me? As my second wife? Because my first wife loved this so much we are considering making more babies tonight and we’ll need help. 😁

  96. I LOVE this recipe! I have substituted the maple syrup with honey before, and also with agave nectar and it is so yummy! Do you have an idea on the number of calories this contains?

  97. I love this mug cake recipe! I make one almost every day! They are so quick and easy and are a great snack or dessert! I’m so glad I found this recipe!

  98. Desperately searched the internet as I promised my (very food restricted) boys dessert and they didn’t want whipped frozen fruit. This was perfect! So quick and delicious! They’re only allowed honey as a sweetener so I substituted that for the maple syrup.

  99. The absolute best and healthy too…double delish!!

  100. I have tried several different mug cake recipes and so far this one is the best and the healthiest. I loved it topped with strawberries and Greek yogurt

  101. Just made this for a bedtime snack since I was starving – oh my goodness – it is so delicious!! Thank you very much!

  102. Can you put it in the oven if you don’t have a microwave?

  103. You are my savior!!!! Per my doctor’s orders I have to cut back on carbs and sugar, but I desperately love chocolate and had lost all hope of finding anything somewhat healthy with chocolate. Then I found out about the raw cacao and found your recipe. It is amazing!!! I might have gone a little to long in the microwave this time since it did come out a bit dry but I don’t even care. The next time will be less time. My craving was satisfied in an instant and I could not be happier. This is definitely going pay a significant role in helping me fight really strong desperate cravings as it is incredibly satisfying and just what I need. Thank you so much!!

    • Yay!! So happy you liked the recipe Contessa! It really is the perfect recipe to satisfy those sweet cravings without going overboard, as it’s perfectly portioned. You’ll definitely dial in your microwave’s timing after a few tries (which I feel will probably be in your near future). ;) x

  104. I’ve never actually tried making a mug cake before but I’m trying to eat healthier and less sugar but love chocolate so definitely want to give this one a try! One question, can I use any other type of flour besides almond flour such as whole wheat flour? And if so would it be the same quantity of flour. Thanks! :)

    • Hi Shivani – I only tested this recipe with almond flour, so can’t comment on whole wheat flour (as I’m gluten-free). I imagine it should work fine, though you may have to tweak the ratios a bit. Hazelnut flour would also be very similar to almond flour. Let me know how it turns out for you! :)

      • Oh okay, I will see if I can buy hazelnut flour or almond flour and try it out. I will let you know how it turns out when I try it! :)

    • I experiemented making these for a small dinner party of four, using different methods, and my husband and I were pleased with the results. I had put the mix in mini bundt cake tins and used convection toaster oven; 350 degrees for 8 minutes seemed to work for mine. In the first ones I made in the morning, I substituted the maple syrup with honey and made two others with the honey and substituted the almond floor with whole wheat flour. They still come out fine, but they do tend to have more of a dense texture with the whole wheat flour, and the honey makes them less sweet, more like a healthy breakfast muffin you wouldn’t have any guilt eating every morning. (I might try the lighter version of this recipe with oatmeal next time.) As for my evening version, I used the maple syrup, added chocolate chips, and sprinkled with powdered sugar and strawberries after I heated them in the oven just enough for the chocolate chips to get soft. They turned out great; however they probably weren’t as healthy at that point but still good for serving guests. :)

  105. If I want to make these for a dinner party, can I micro-bake several mugs at a time or must they each be done individually?

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  107. OMG! This was da bomb!! I followed directions exactly and then topped with shaved dark chocolate and sliced strawberries. Soooo good!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  108. made this twice now and love it, especially topped with your coconut whipped cream!
    If I want to double the recipe, do I need to use 2 eggs?
    Thank you!

  109. These are fabulous!!! No more oven cakes for me – scrumptious and elegant recipe!! Thanks 😊

  110. I just made this and OMG – it’s so good. I feel like I got my little chocolate treat….but without the guilt & bad ingredients. Thank you!!

  111. Could I use coconut flour instead of almond?

    • Unfortunately coconut flour does not replace almond flour 1:1 as it’s highly absorbent. It’s possible to use coconut flour in this type of recipe, but the ratio of the liquid ingredients would have to be significantly modified. If you try something that works, let me know! :)

  112. this sounds simple and awesome! i can’t wait to try it. thanks for sharing!

  113. ok , so I made my first GF Low Fodmap mug cake and tossed in a couple TB of 71% chocolate chips! MMM-mmm! yep! I would do it all again with a couple raspberries and a mint leaf or a scoop of raspberry lime sorrbetto on the side. Thank you Lisa for a new addiction… a single serve recipe! :)

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  115. I too was always skeptical of mug cakes (especially when using eggs… don’t want to risk the cake not fully cooking!). Love your nourishing, perfect chocolate mug cake recipe!

  116. Oh my, I bet my daughter at college would LOVE this! Yum!

  117. This sounds intriguing. I have made these before but want to try your ingredients.

  118. The only mug cake I’ve ever tried didn’t turn out well– I need to try this one! Your photos are gorgeous

  119. You had me at chocolate, haha. But I do love mug cakes because they’re perfectly portioned!