Chocolate mug cake

Hi guys 😀 How’s your Monday treating ya?? Hope you’re having a great day so far- LOVED reading your thoughts on Skinny Bitch this morning.

I know ya’ll don’t usually hear from me again this early in the day, but for this recipe… I had to do it 😀


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


(I have to sit on a cushion at the table.. it’s my booster seat, haha)

I have so much admiration for those who scrapbook willingly and enjoy it. I can’t stand it because I’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 😉

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 –make sure there are no flour chunks in there


4. Taste the mixture and add Stevia and cinnamon to your liking – 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 – 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 you’d like.

7. Prepare for foodgasmic glory.

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The nutritional stats (not including oil, since I didn’t use any):


I’m not really one to toot my own horn….


toot toot 😉

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

See ya tonight! <3



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  1. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on August 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    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! 😉

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm

      no prob! i hope ya like it 😉

  2. Dee on August 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    OMG! I die! I must try this!

  3. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine on August 23, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    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 😀 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!

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm

      that’s an excellent idea 🙂

  4. Laury @TheFitnessDish on August 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm

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

  5. Ashley on August 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm

      sure i think that would totally work

      • Ashley on August 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm

        I will try it right now….will return soon 🙂

  6. Erin Hayes on August 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    forced portion control! I love it-I can’t wait to try 🙂

  7. Brittany on August 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm

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

  8. Sagan on August 23, 2010 at 10:54 pm

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

  9. Ashley on August 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on August 24, 2010 at 9:16 am

      that might be why- they choc chips help moisten it because they get niiiicceee and melty 😉

  10. Nicci@NiftyEats on August 23, 2010 at 11:27 pm

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

  11. Stacey@ on August 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    That is a great idea.

  12. LEM on August 23, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    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. s on August 24, 2010 at 1:12 am

    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. Rhea (Greek Feaster) on August 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I made this for my vegan roommate, and she said it tasted like a hot mug of nothing 🙁 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…

    • Fitnessista on August 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm

      did you sweeten it?? also, it needs the chocolate chips for flavor and moisture

      • Rhea (Greek Feaster) on August 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm

        Word. I thought that the nut butter would work, but I was wrong! I will try again with chippies 🙂

        • Fitnessista on August 24, 2010 at 10:08 pm

          yes please try again and let me know if it turns out better!

  15. Andrea on August 24, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    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 😀 It was honestly wonderful even though it wasn’t what I expected. YUM!

  16. Alysa Bajenaru, RD, CPT on August 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm

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

  17. Katherine on October 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2010 at 11:52 pm

      whoo hoo!!! glad you liked it 🙂

  18. Katie on January 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    GINA I just took a bite. I’m in love. With the chocolate cake, too 😉

  19. sophie on June 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on June 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

      maybe 10-15 min at 350? let me know if you try it!

  20. Jacqueline on August 31, 2011 at 2:17 pm

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

  21. Ashley on September 8, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Just made this with 2T oat flour + 1T coconut flour + 2T extra almond milk…yu-um 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

      yeahhhhh! 🙂

  22. Sarah Anne on September 30, 2011 at 1:48 am

    This certainly curbed my sweet craving tonight! Thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on September 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

      🙂 !

  23. Ilana on November 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    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?

    • Fitnessista on November 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      100% yes 🙂

  24. Brittany @ it's gonna be somethin' good on December 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm

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

  25. Rita @ Healthy Mom, Sexy Wife on January 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I just made this and it was amazing!! What a great replacement for cake!! Thanks, Gina 😉

  26. Abby on January 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    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!

    • Masala Girl on September 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      oh my gosh do they still have this?? i am not a chocolate person but LOVE brownies!!

  27. Katharina on March 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

    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 🙂

    xo, thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      i will- thank you!

      • Fitnessista on March 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        and i commend you for being able to wait 20 min for dessert.. i like instant gratification 😉

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