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Chocolate Mug Cake (gluten-free, paleo)


Posted by on December 18, 2016 / 31 Comments

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 for a hot minute…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.

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.

(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!

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.

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.

I debated turning this chocolate mug cake recipe into a video for my YouTube channel, but they’re so incredibly fast and easy it probably would’ve been the shortest video ever. Once you make this recipe, I think you’ll understand.

Anyway, feel free to 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. I’m all about the fruit flair on top.

Enjoy!

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

Chocolate Mug Cake (gluten-free, paleo)
 
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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.
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Serves: 1 mug cake
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Whisk all of the wet ingredients together in a measuring cup.
  2. Add the almond flour and raw cacao powder and stir until you have a batter.
  3. Pour the batter into your mug and microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through.

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

  • Sarah @ Champagne Tastes

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

    • Thanks Sarah – it was definitely fun to photograph! And yes, I think some mug cake recipes are off. I’ve done this one 4 times now and it’s turned out fab each time (once I figured out the right cook time for my microwave). :)

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

    • Not only is this version gluten-free/dairy-free…but there’s a lot less sugar than most other mug cake recipes. No guilt here! :)

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

  • Liz Stark

    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!

    • Yeah, me too. But after you watch this mug cake cook in the microwave and taste it, you can tell it’s 100% fully cooked. And delicious! ;) x

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  • Donna V

    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…..in a single serve recipe! :)

    • Love that creativity! And happy to help supply a healthy addiction (even if it is a chocolate one). ;) x

      • Donna V

        New variation……add peppermint extract to batter before baking. Yum! (and yes the chocolate chips are a standard part of my recipe!) :)

  • Christine

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

  • Dee

    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! :)

  • Ashlee Heartt

    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!!

    • Yay – so glad you liked it Ashlee! Isn’t it lovely that something so simple can turn out so good (and be good for you)? :) x

  • Christine Good

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

  • Lg

    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!

    • That’s so wonderful to hear! When I double the recipe I use two eggs, though you could probably get by with one. You’ll have to try both and see which you prefer (and let me know!). :)

  • pause2shopdotcom

    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!!

    • Awesome – so glad you liked it! And love that you put shaved chocolate on top. I can just imagine how decadent that must have tasted! :) x

      • pause2shopdotcom

        indeed! i made a second time and used almond extract in place of the vanilla, wow was that good too!! Thank you again for sharing this recipe, just wonderful!

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