Chocolate mug cake

Hi guys ๐Ÿ˜€ Howโ€™s your Monday treating ya?? Hope youโ€™re having a great day so far- LOVED reading your thoughts on Skinny Bitch this morning.

I know yaโ€™ll donโ€™t usually hear from me again this early in the day, but for this recipeโ€ฆ I had to do it ๐Ÿ˜€


I spent a lot of my morning sitting at the dining room table, working on the Pilotโ€™s pages for the squadron scrapbook.


(I have to sit on a cushion at the table.. itโ€™s my booster seat, haha)

I have so much admiration for those who scrapbook willingly and enjoy it. I canโ€™t stand it because Iโ€™m a busy body, but really needed to get these pages done because they were due on Friday (slacker). While I was working away, I kept thinking that some chocolate would make the task a little more bearable ๐Ÿ˜‰

So.. I took a 5 minute break and was rewarded with this beauty.

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Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake

Serves: 1


-2 T flour of choice (I used spelt, but whole wheat or gluten-free would be lovely)

-1 T protein powder (chocolate or Vanilla; I rolled with vanilla Nutribiotic brown rice protein)

-1 T raw cacao powder (1/2 T of cooked cacao powder, since the flavor is stronger)

-1/4 t baking soda

-pinch of sea salt

-1 flax egg (1 T milled flax seed mixed with 3 T water)

-2 T almond milk (or milk of choice)

-1 T chocolate chips

-1/2 T oil, yogurt or applesauce (optional: will make the cake more moist, but I made mine without)

-1/2 t vanilla extract

-cinnamon and Stevia, to taste

1. Spray the inside of a microwave-safe coffee mug with nonstick spray


2. Add the dry ingredients (flour, protein, cacao, baking soda and salt), and stir well to combine


3. Add the wet ingredients and mix with a spoon until mixture resembles a thin cake batter โ€“make sure there are no flour chunks in there


4. Taste the mixture and add Stevia and cinnamon to your liking โ€“ I used about 6 drops of liquid Stevia and a hefty shake of cinnamon. Stir in chocolate chips.

5. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 โ€“ 3 minutes, until the cake is cooked on top and around the edges.

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6. Using a spoon, loosen the edges and plop onto a plate. Drizzle with chocolate syrup (Ahlaska! is fabulous) or almond butter, if youโ€™d like.

7. Prepare for foodgasmic glory.

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The nutritional stats (not including oil, since I didnโ€™t use any):


Iโ€™m not really one to toot my own hornโ€ฆ.


toot toot ๐Ÿ˜‰

Please let me know if any of you try this recipe!

See ya tonight! <3



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  1. OMG! You sooo went there, didn’t you? lol

    I can’t wait to try this one out, Gina. Thank you for once again coming up with an incredible recipe. Bless you for sharing these gems with us little bloggies! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. OMG! I die! I must try this!

  3. this looks great!! There are so many delicious microwave single-serving cake recipes out there- this looks like the best! I make them a lot ๐Ÿ˜€ pumpkin cake in the microwave is one of my faves! I make protein powder cakes in the micro too… I dare you to try it with some nut butter.. TOO GOOD FOR WORDS!

  4. Wow, gotta hand it to yah…..pretty stinkin’ genius.

  5. Can you use something like hot chocolate mix if you don’t keep cocao in?

  6. Erin Hayes says:

    forced portion control! I love it-I can’t wait to try ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hahaha this is so weird… I literally just made one of these…

  8. Nutribiotic is my favourite protein powder! It’s so good. I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe.

  9. Mine came out dry….wonder what I did wrong! I used walnuts instead of chocolate chips but I did include the oil. Hmmm…

  10. Omg, I’m so making this for dessert this weekend!

  11. That is a great idea.

  12. Wow! I make a very very similar version of thiz! Will have to try yours!
    Its weird! Since i got the inspiration for my version from your protein
    pAncakes! Much luv!!

  13. ahh, i made this and it turned out great. except i nixed the stevia (didn’t have any). i think next time i would add an extra T of choc chips in lieu of the sweetener. hmm … i think there are a number of mix-ins to do … fruit, jam, nut butter … i’m on it …

  14. I made this for my vegan roommate, and she said it tasted like a hot mug of nothing ๐Ÿ™ I used Jarrow chocolate brown rice protein and Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter in lieu of chocolate chips, but followed everything else exactly! I really wanted it to work, too…

  15. I didn’t have flax seed so I used egg in lieu of the flax egg. Plus, I didn’t have just plain flour but instead had Bob’s gluten free baking mix. It came out more like a souffle than a cake, but since I can’t make a souffle when I try to make one I won’t complain ๐Ÿ˜€ It was honestly wonderful even though it wasn’t what I expected. YUM!

  16. That looks so yummy and quick and easy! Definitely a must try!

  17. Katherine says:

    Ohh baby, Gina. I just made this (used coconut flour and a chia egg instead of a flax egg) and seriously, this is amazing. Thank you SO much, I will be making this very often. It also really makes me respect the powers of baking soda!

  18. GINA I just took a bite. I’m in love. With the chocolate cake, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Hi Gina
    What do I do if I do not have a microwave? I would really love to make this – Can I bake it…if so, for how long, do you think? Have a lovely Friday!

  20. that was awesome! so yums..great for before I teach bootcamp!

  21. Just made this with 2T oat flour + 1T coconut flour + 2T extra almond milk…yu-um ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. This certainly curbed my sweet craving tonight! Thanks Gina!

  23. i was going to eat dinner but then I just had two of these instead. i used garfava flour, so that makes it dinner, right?

  24. Oh wow that cake looks good, and I LOVE that there’s protein in it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  25. I just made this and it was amazing!! What a great replacement for cake!! Thanks, Gina ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. There is also a great mix at Trader Joes- called Guilt Free Brownie Mix, and all you do is add 1 tbsp of vanilla yogurt to two tbsp of the brownie dry mixture- and you can make a one person serving brownie for 130 calories! Good alternative if your not quite the baker- but this looks so good!

  27. I avoid using the microwave so I searched through the comments to see if there was any information for an alternative method. So I found one comment about using the oven. Since the previous person never reported back, I thought I’d let you know that for me it worked at 350 for roughly 20 minutes. Maybe you can include that as a sidenote at the bottom of the recipe? Just a suggestion ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, thanks for sharing this recipe!

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