Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Mug Cake for One

Today I have a healthier mug cake recipe for when that nighttime sweet tooth kicks in. It’s a grain-free, dairy-free mug cake for one that’s perfectly soft, chocolatey and light! Scroll down for the recipe or read on for life updates. 🙂

Acupuncture, Workouts and a Green Smoothie

Thank you again for all of the kind words and heartfelt comments. You’re too good to this girl. <3 It’s going to be a great morning because I have acupuncture on the menu. I’m trying out a new spot that came highly recommended by my chiropractor (and is less expensive that my other guy here, whom I adore but he was $$$$), so I will report back. If I get to lightly snooze in a comfy chair, I’ll call that a win haha. 

Yesterday started off with a bit of a fail on my part. Liv and I were dressed and ready to head to the gym, when I realized that I’d left the keys to my car in the Pilot’s car. We had gone on a date the previously night, and I got into his car with my keys in hand. (Habit? I don’t even know.) I never grabbed them to put back in my purse and the spare key has seemingly disappeared forever. The Pilot drove all the way home from work to save us and we still had time to head to the gym before childcare closed. Fail turned win!

I got in a great cardio and TRX workout,

Functional room

and then Liv and I spent the rest of the morning playing at the park before some more Monday funday stuff: a trip to the dentist for her, quiet time in the afternoon and her yoga class.

Lunchtime green smoothie:

green smoothie

(1 pack of Vega vanilla, 1 banana, a handful of spinach, a drizzle of coconut oil, frozen mango and a cup of almond milk)

Workout-wise, I’m teaching barre today and also doing my first PiYo workout (a 25-minute leg workout, which will complement the pieces I do along with class. I coach most of the time, especially now.). Chalene is basically my fitness celebrity idol who can do no wrong, so chances are that I will love it. I’ll do a Focus On post after I complete the workouts in the set.

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Mug Cake

This morning’s recipe is a special one because it’s been over a week in process. I really wanted to create a grain-free, healthier mug cake (perfect for when the nighttime sweet tooth hits), and for the life of me, I could I usually have fairly good luck with recipes (and have made gluten-free mug cakes before), and it will only take me a time or two before I feel satisfied with the end result. This one took multiple attempts, so this meant I had to eat a lot of cake.

The struggle was real.

This one was a bit too dry.

Sawdust cake

I burned the heck out of this one.

Burned mug cake

And this one was juuuuust right: soft, chocolaty, lightly sweet and light. Also, it has pretty awesome nutritional stats!

the best grain-free, dairy-free mug cake

Healthier Mug Cake for One Recipe

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a whirl.

Grain-free mug cake


Grain-free dairy-free mug cake

A single serving of dessert! Perfect for when the sweet tooth hits, and is a great combo of protein and healthy fats.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 1
  • Total Time: 6 minutes


  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 an egg white (sorry this is not more precise! Separate the egg from the white, but not entirely. Leave some white with the yolk, and I would scramble these together as a snack. Just add *most* of the white to your mug cake)
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. 1. Combine all ingredients in a standard ramekin. Be sure to stir really well so there are no obvious egg white portions.
  2. 2. Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, until set.


  • For extra credit, top with some banana soft serve ice cream.


  • Serving Size: 1

Nutrition stats are here.

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What do you have in the evenings when you’re craving a sweet treat? Here’s a vegan, gluten-free chocolate mug cake and a double chocolate protein microwave muffin to try!

Hope you have a great night and I’ll see ya later this afternoon.



More of my favorite desserts for one:

2-minute protein muffin

Avocado chocolate chia pudding (+ lots of other ideas)

Chocolate mug cake

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  1. Sagan on July 28, 2015 at 7:22 am

    PERFECT timing with this recipe 😀 My sweet tooth has been a little monster lately and I have been eating waaaaay too many crappy foods. Looking forward to testing this one out; thanks for sharing!!

    (Also – love the color of that smoothie. Green smoothies are the prettiest :))

  2. Kelsey Halena on July 28, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I was at a friend’s house for the Bachelorette the other week, and she made the most amazing dessert that has been occupying my post-dinner cravings ever since – a banana sliced down the middle with chocolate chips inside, wrapped in tin foil and baked for a few minutes and then sprinkled with graham cracker (she added marshmallows in too, but I’m not wild about them).


    • Ali on July 28, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Omg I need to try that, it sounds amazing!!!!

    • Christina on July 29, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      totally need to try that!

  3. Chrissa - Physical Kithness on July 28, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Oh I admire your persistence to get the perfect mug cake! LOL! I’m not even prego and nighttime sweet cravings hit me all the time. Can’t wait to try this tonight when I’m watching my recorded season finale of The Bachelorette (note – never go on Facebook when you record a popular finale to watch later).

  4. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 28, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I like to have a spoonful of almond butter and mini dairy free chocolate chips. You can’t beat chocolate and nut butter. But this recipe, I’ll definitely need to try.

  5. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on July 28, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try–and good idea about keeping the extra egg! Thanks for trying so hard to get it right just to share with us.
    I usually go for a small mug of plain full-fat yogurt, a heaping tsp of peanut butter, a small handful of oats, and a heaping tsp of chocolate chips, all mixed together. It tastes like cookie dough, is overall pretty good for you, and is filling. I know it sounds strange to mix PB with yogurt, but trust me on this one. It’s really good!

  6. on July 28, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I love piyo!!!

  7. Pam on July 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Just buy a cupcake!

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2015 at 11:33 am

      when you’re in jammies and the kiddo is asleep, this is almost as good. man i love that store-bought frosting though 😉

  8. Maria on July 28, 2015 at 11:37 am

    this looks amazing!!! I WILL be making this to go along with my banana soft serve. I have the bananas in the freezer as we speak! Pregnancy cravings are no joke.

  9. Jill on July 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I love a Ghiradelli square in the evenings – specifically the dark chocolate & sea salt caramel. Soooo delish! Other times, I’ll just melt a few chocolate chips and eat them with a spoon. It tastes really decadent.

  10. Mo on July 28, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    haha! The cake eating struggle is REAL! Thanks for taking one for the team to come up with this 🙂 I’ll have to give this one a whirl! My go-to for night time sweet tooth is TEA! Republic of tea makes a coconut almond tea and I add a little Califia Farms toasted coconut almond milk to it- so good. Complimented with a few squares of good dark chocolate and its perfection 🙂

    And Chalene is my celebrity fitness idol too! I teach turbokick, that’s how I learned about her. She’s incredible!! Do you listen to her podcasts? RE: Piyo interested to see what you think. No one teaches Piyo at the gym I work where I teach or the gym where I’m a member, so I look forward to your thoughts. I keep toying with the idea of buying it, so I’ll wait patiently for your review 🙂

  11. Jen on July 28, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    This looks yummy! When I want something sweet, I usually mix a scoop of peanut butter with cocoa powder and maple syrup. Tastes like chocolate frosting!

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      ahhh i’m going to do that right now. thank you!!

  12. Debbie on July 28, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Yahoo, I made this tonight when I got home. I don’t have any ramekins, so I used the egg whites of an XL egg and then double the rest of the recipe and put in a small corningware bowl and newked for about 2 minutes and maybe another 15 seconds. Personally, I HATE to use my microwave, but had to try this. I hope you or we can figure out how to make in oven. THANK YOU!!!! Oh, and YUMMY it is!!!

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      so so happy you liked it!!

  13. Jess on July 29, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Yum! Looks delicious!

  14. mary on July 29, 2015 at 7:13 am

    We made two of these last night. YUM. I always freak out over the calories in stuff made with almond meal but I have to admit the fat content in this kept me satisfied for hours.

    Though I should admit we smeared a little Nutella on it.

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

      this is why we’re friends 😉

  15. Jessie on August 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I made this last night and it was perfect! Thanks so much:)!

  16. Kristina E on October 15, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Wow! This is delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      happy you liked it!

  17. Laura on May 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    This looks so good! I’m vegan so I’m going to try it with aquafaba instead of egg whites. I’ll let you know how it comes out!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      yes, please let me know how it turns out!

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