This healthy 1 Minute Iced Gingerbread Mug Cake is light, fluffy, tender on the outside! It’s the perfectly portioned snack, dessert or healthy treat to enjoy anytime! It comes with a tested oven option and is naturally gluten free, sugar free, vegan, paleo, dairy free and grain free!
I’m not going to beat around the bush here.
Growing up, the best thing about gingerbread men were the candy buttons. Instead of simply declining them, I would accept them, eat off the three candy buttons, then pawn the gingerbread base to someone else.
That didn’t go down too well.
These days? That stays very much true, although I’ve simply moved on to gingerbread flavored goods- From beverages, biscotti, and no bake bites, they’ve taken precedence over the classic. This iced gingerbread mug cake was inspired by an iced gingerbread bun. Back when I was living in Columbus, I often headed down to the Short North- A hip, modern part of Columbus, filled with many cafes, bars, and places to enjoy brunch.
I’d been to that area several times with Alexis, but that girl would always take me to the SAME PLACE EVERY SINGLE TIME- Northstar Cafe.
Off topic- Since leaving Columbus, Alexis has been venturing out to all these new foodie places on a very consistent basis. Into the burn book she goes.
As I was saying, this iced gingerbread mug cake was inspired by a glazed gingerbread bun I enjoyed in the cooler months there. In the mornings, I’d often go to the One Line Coffee Shop to do some work. I’d often only get a coffee or two, never any food. This one time, however, I saw their small baked goods section. There were some banana bread slices, apple tarts, and these gorgeous iced gingerbread buns.
I opted for the iced gingerbread bun, even though the barista told me it was HEAVILY flavored with molasses. While I don’t mind molasses in small doses, it needs to make up a minor part of a recipe.
Off topic- My mum has this weird toast concoction which I strangely find pretty delicious- Toast with honey, almond butter and a drizzle of molasses.
A normal person would have enjoyed it in its entirety.
I, however, am not normal.
I took a bite of the bun and there was an overwhelming hit of molasses. While I was warned of the increased molasses content within the bun, I wasn’t expecting what I had just taken a bite of. the amount of molasses was overwhelming, I was surprised it wasn’t tainted black! Seriously, it was like biting into a giant licorice jelly bean.
A normal person would have simply NOT gone with this option, even though the friendly barista warned up prior. I mean, there was apple tarts there instead! Alternatively, they could also have just put it aside and enjoyed something else.
I, however, am not normal.
Instead of doing that, I (in the most polished way possible), ate the cinnamon/cream cheese/sugar glaze off the top in its entirety. I literally cleaned it up so well, what remained was a pretty plain (untouched looking) gingerbread bun.
Not going to lie, I was tempted to pawn it off on Alexis, but that would be just cruel. I think some hungry birds were thankful…unless they despised molasses.
While in Columbus, I made it a point to recreate this gingerbread bun/cake thing, but on MY terms and MY conditions and with a healthy spin. I wanted to keep the molasses to a minimum (I mean, a teeny bit had to be in there for it to be ‘gingerbread’) and I wanted it to be like the bun- Fluffy and dense. Most importantly, I wanted it to be iced to perfection. As such, I’m stoked to share this healthy gingerbread mug cake!
This healthy 1 minute Gingerbread Mug Cake is light and fluffy on the inside, tender on the outside and drizzled with a cinnamon-spiked glaze! If you have access to a microwave, it takes less than a minute to whip up, but for those without, there is a tested oven option! For such a fluffy yet tender cake, you’d be surprised that this mug cake contains no butter, oil, grains, sugar or dairy! Instead, we can thank the texture to a mix of almond flour and coconut flour! As mentioned earlier in the post, to keep the gingerbread factor true to its name, I’ve included a smidge of molasses. Even with this tiny amount, you can definitely still taste it. If you are not a fan of it, simply omit it completely. Because of the ingredients used, this delicious gingerbread mug cake is naturally paleo, vegan, gluten free, sugar free, grain free and dairy free!
HACK! Unlike many of my other recipes, I omitted protein powder from both the base and the glaze. However, if you’d like a high-protein option, swap out the original glaze (using coconut butter) for a protein-packed one (I recommend all the protein powders here) and voila- You can pretty much call this your post workout smoothie….in mug cake form.
Make this healthy 1 Minute Iced Gingerbread Mug Cake and the next time someone warns you about a potential delicacy, give it a double take.
If it’s glazed and frosted, it’s totally worth it.
- 1 T almond flour
- 1 1/2 T coconut flour, sifted
- 1/4 tsp blackstrap molasses
- 1 T granulated sweetener of choice (I used a granulated stevia blend)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp mixed spice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 large egg or egg white (sub for 1 flax egg to keep it vegan)
- 3 T + dairy free milk of choice*
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 T coconut butter, melted
- 1 T granulated sweetener of choice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Milk to thin out
- In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
- In a separate small bowl, combine the dairy free milk with the egg (or flax egg) and whisk with the vanilla extract. Add the mixture to the dry mixture and mix until just combined.
- Grease a microwave safe mug or bowl generously and pour the batter in it and microwave for at least 50 seconds,depending on the microwave.
- While the mug cake is cooling, make your frosting by whisking the ingredients together. Top the gingerbread mug cake with it, allowing it to melt over the top.
- Follow as above, but bake in a microwave safe dish at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes, until just cooked in the center.
- * Depending on the coconut flour you use, you may need less/more. Adjust accordingly
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