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. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on August 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Holy moly. I want. Now. That is all.

  2. Kelly Michelle on August 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    hmmmmm I make something similar only using all protein powder instead of flour, and a real egg white so not vegan but its delicious, not sure what else different but mine is about 125cals so I usually throw some vegan ice cream on top, yummm

  3. Amelia on August 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    That sounds/looks incredible. And I have all the ingredients! Woohoo!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet on August 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    YUM! I want one for lunch!

  5. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on August 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Mmmmm… I make this recipe often (or one similar!) It’s so great and you don’t end up over indulging which is perfecto!

  6. Elli @ 16 and Losing It on August 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    ohmygosh that looks so good! it looks like something you could get at a restaurant! I’m in awe of it its makeing me drool just thinking about it

  7. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on August 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Holy yum. And it sounds so easy to make!

  8. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Ooh awesome! This is the perfect for when I need a night time chocolate fix!

  9. Mandy A on August 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Oh yeah!! I am trying this tonight! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe, Gina!

  10. Erica on August 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    It’s times like these when I actually wish I owned a microwave!

  11. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on August 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Gina that looks delicious! I need to remember to get cacao powder tonight!

    I saw your facebook update and I thought you were posting earlier than usual 🙂

  12. s on August 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    amazing – i am trying this tonight. seriously.

  13. Kate @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey on August 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Yes! Super exciting! I actually don’t love the traditional chocolate mug cake but I have a feeling I will love this! It looks so moist and delicious! I’m not actually sure what raw cacao powder is but I’m assuming its different than cocoa powder? I have a dark cocoa powder that I love. What do you think about using it instead….?

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm

      yup raw cacao powder isn’t heated so more nutrients are intact. you could totally use the dark cocoa powder instead, though!

  14. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Gina this looks amazing!!!!!!!! I love that it’s (easily) GF and Vegan! And one bowl (the mug) no dishes, no equipment that’s complicated, and it’s nuke-able! SCORE!! I am allllll about this one later tonite when the Chocolate Monster comes callin’ my name!

    Have a great week!!


  15. Melissa @ Vegan CacaoBee on August 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    That looks awesome! And I can definitely relate to that feeling about scrapbooking too.

  16. brittney on August 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    *slow clap*

  17. Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure on August 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    That looks really good, good luck with the squadron book. I did one for my husband a few years ago with all his military stuff and I KNOW hoe much a PAIN in the you know what it can be after a while did someone say “labor of love”?

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

      for real. it takes forever, too!!!

  18. suki on August 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Quick and easy! Very nice. 🙂 I try not to nuke too many things in the microwave, but sometimes you have to. :p

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      i’m the same way, but some things are worth it 🙂

      • brittany on August 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm

        omg i thought i was the only one who really HATES microwaving stuff!! I’m scared of radiation or something! It gives me anxiety. that sounds so crazy!

  19. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Looks yummy! I’ve been making a similar ‘cake’ (although I kind of think of mine as pudding) by mixing a scoop of chocolate casein protein with water, egg whites, baking bowder, and a bit of cinnamon. So so good and it seems so indulgent – but it’s not really!
    I love scrapbooking, and it’s a bit of a coincidence that you’re doing it as well because I just got all of my gear out yesterday…. I am SOOO behind and have my 2 final years of university photos to catch up on.. yiiikes!

  20. Heather (Heather's Dish) on August 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    i love chocolate mug cake…i’m making the vegan version ASAP! yum!

  21. Jessie (Bites and Pieces) on August 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Yum, this seems like the perfect way to satisfy the chocolate craving! I love how simple it is! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

      yes- ridiculously easy!

  22. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on August 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Yum! This looks like a chocolate lava cake or something! I can’t believe how easy it is!

  23. Kristin on August 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I’m totally going to try this, it looks sooo amazing, and if I can get it work with gluten free flour, I’ll be even more excited. You are an amazing cook and I always look forward to your recipes.

  24. thefruitpersuit (Sabine) on August 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    How DO you do it Gena? So cool haha!

  25. Julia on August 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I am a HUGE fan of this blog. I found it last week and spent about five hours reading it and getting ideas for recipes, etc. I wanted to know what your thoughts are on gluten/ eating bread. I noticed that in general, you don’t eat a lot of breads. Is this a personal taste preference, or do you prefer to stay away because it impacts your diet adversely? I am weening myself off of processed breads and now love Esekiel, but am still a little wary, coming from my South Beach past, lol. The fear of carbs is still in me, I guess you could say.

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

      hey girl,
      thank you so much for reading my little blog!
      i actually have bread almost every day, but don’t usually post it because i don’t post all of my eats and think a piece of bread with almond butter and cinnamon gets a little boring to look at day after day 🙂 i usually have 1-2 pieces of some kind of bread (millet, ezekiel, brown rice, kamut or spelt) every other day or so.
      don’t fear the carbs! we need them 🙂

  26. Ellen on August 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    You. Are. BRILLIANT! I made one immediately. Sooo tasty 🙂 Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      wahoo!!! i’m so happy you liked it 🙂

  27. KATIE on August 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Love it!!! Looks delicious. Cant wait to try it. Reminds me of a vita muffin. Has anyone tried vita muffins?

  28. Jen on August 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Sounds good — I’m a little confused by the calorie and fat count though…it seems to be off (as in too high?) — unless that’s stemming from the cacao powder, which I’m not as familiar with…

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      the high cals are from the cacao powder and protein powder (100 cals from those two) and the flax is what gives it so much fat- it’s healthy fat though 🙂

  29. Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean on August 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    ohhhh now that looks good! your a wee recipe superstar! you should defo do abit of toot tootin!

  30. Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward on August 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I have to sit on a pillow at my desk, too!

  31. Mama Pea on August 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Awesome recipe! I want to try it with peanut flour. YUM!

  32. Pearl Lee on August 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    looks amazing! it seriously looks like a dessert from a nice restaurant!

  33. LisaG on August 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Oh yum can’t believe it’s healthy! If I wanted to add some espresso powder how much to add? I usually add it to brownies or choc cake.

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

      i can’t tell on my comp if i answered this already, but i’d say maybe a teaspoon?? that sounds amazing 🙂

  34. Katelyn on August 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I HAVE to try this! Love single servings so I don’t have a whole batch of cookies staring at me 🙂 I’ll have to use my mug with the heart indents!

  35. Tayla on August 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Wow! This looks awesome! Its like a souffle thing 🙂 I have been enjoying your blog for the past few months, keep up the great work!

  36. Paige (Running Around Normal) on August 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I’m not a good scrap booker either! I get so ADD lol. Oh, the curse of being type A 😉
    That mug cake sounds delicious!!!

  37. Devyn on August 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    How did you get the nutritional information? Looks lovely!

  38. Melissa on August 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    This is off topic but wanted to let you know I made your enchiladas this weekend and they were wonderful…easy, filling, yummy! I made them sans the Chipotles in adobo with zucchini, green peppers, onions, tomatoes and added shredded chicken to the ones I made for my hubby! He loved them too! Thank you!!

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 8:05 pm

      whoo hoo! so glad you liked them 🙂

  39. Jordana on August 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Oh Gosh, I HATE Scrapbooking. Just thinking about it makes my eye twitch! I have plans for the mug cake for dessert tonight, Thanks for the recipe!

  40. Laura J. on August 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Wow that looks amazing!! I can’t wait to try it!! 🙂

  41. Katie T on August 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Oh my god, I am making this TONIGHT for sure. Love that it’s vegan! You rock!

  42. Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf on August 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Oh heavens help me! I’m all over brownies this weekend. This looks amazing!

  43. Little Bookworm on August 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    That cake looks amazing! 😀 Could I sub more flour for the protein powder do you think? Thanks for the recipe!

  44. tweal on August 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Oh wow that looks yummy – did you find this on another blog recently? I swear I saw it just the other day somewhere else…. If I had a microwave I would totally make that, and probably too often, so it’s a good thing I don’t have a microwave.

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 8:04 pm

      nope, i wish i had more time for blog reading lately!
      i’m sure it’s not the first cake in a mug in the blog world though 🙂

  45. Naomi on August 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    omg so easy and so delicious you would never know that you made it in a mug!

  46. Tamar on August 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I just followed your exact recipe, except used coconut oil to grease the mug instead of nonstick spray and I forgot the vanilla. It still came out super yummy. I love that it’s a single serving recipe. I also avoid microwaving, but this is a perfect reason to use it. I think next time I will dry the partially defatted peanut flour from Trader Joe’s as the flour for a little peanut butter chocolate action. Thanks for the idea!

  47. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on August 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    That is ridiculous Gina! How easy!

    I love scrapbooking, but only when I’m on break and I don’t have anything else to-do. If you’re on a time crunch I could see how that would be awful.

  48. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on August 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    YUM. How amazing does that look?!?! Love it.


  49. Lauren on August 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I have always wanted to try the cake in a mug thing. I love the idea and how easy it seems. It also looks delicious!

  50. Wendy @ Seriously Sassy on August 23, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    That mug cake looks chocTASTIC!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

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