3 Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)

Just 3 Ingredients (or four if you add the optional sweetener) and one minute is needed to whip up this delicious moist, fluffy and satisfying chocolate cake! Clocking in around 100 calories, it is also naturally paleo, gluten free, refined sugar-free and comes with a tested vegan option! 

3 Ingredient 1 Minute Chocolate Cake Bake (Whole 30, Paleo, V, GF)- Whole30 friendly breakfast or snack which uses just THREE ingredients- Flourless, grain-free and fruit based and sweetened! Microwave mug cake or oven option! {whole 30, paleo, vegan, gluten free recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake

Kitchen gadgets- You have one up on me this time.

Over the last few months, I’ve barely used any fancy or large kitchen gadgets. Besides the odd use of the oven on occasion, I’ve mainly stuck to mixing bowls, microwave safe bowls and a frying pan or two. 

Here I was thinking I was some culinary genius who scoffed at the blender, the food processor and the thing that made curly fries spiralizer. However, after three unfortunate attempts of this recipe making do by hand, I realised I had to surrender and turn to the one gadget I knew would blitz this batter to perfection- The blender. 

This recipe is nothing new in terms of ingredients but the concept- Hello time saver. The infamous 2 ingredient pancakes took the internet world by storm with the mere use of two generally static staples- The banana and the egg. You mash the two together, fry in a pan and suddenly a stack of pancakes appear. Add some cocoa powder and BAM- Chocolate pancakes.

Healthy THREE Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake which takes ONE minute- Moist, fluffy and delicious, it clocks in at around 100 calories only- {Paleo, gluten free + tested Vegan option!} -thebigmansworld.com

However, seeing as I’ve been on a recent microwave cake recipe bender (as evidenced by vanilla and tiramisu here!), I wanted to take a stab at trying it out in the microwave. I mashed away by hand, whisked in the eggs and added cocoa powder and was presented with……something very visually unfortunate. 

Not only was it visually unfortunate, I clearly didn’t mash the banana well enough as I was alternating between bites of cocoa eggs (gross) and chunks of warm banana (hello, sunshine). I tried two more times before calling defeat and chucking it all in the blender.

The result of number 4? Cake. Chocolate cake. Fluffy, moist and delicious chocolate cake with no gross cocoa egg pieces. 

Oh you cheeky blender. Smoothing out my chunks. 

So when zucchini was suggested as this month’s key ingredient, I winked at my blender, whipped my hair back forth (a la Willow Smith) and twerked around my kitchen. Just kidding, I just added some chopped zucchini to the batter.

Healthy THREE Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake which takes ONE minute- Moist, fluffy and delicious, it clocks in at around 100 calories only- {Paleo, gluten free + tested Vegan option!} -thebigmansworld.com

Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake

So here I’m sharing an easy, healthy 3 ingredient chocolate cake which literally takes 1 minute. Before you whip YOUR hair back and forth thinking I can’t count and that there are 4 ingredients, I made the zucchini optional, along with several other suggestions. I tried this out on several friends with different add ins and they all worked too (see recipe for ideas).

I also had to use up the 10 bananas.

Ho. Ho. Ho. 

Healthy THREE Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake which takes ONE minute- Moist, fluffy and delicious, it clocks in at around 100 calories only- {Paleo, gluten free + tested Vegan option!} -thebigmansworld.com

This healthy 3 ingredient chocolate cake is fluffy, moist and is the perfect healthy treat to satisfy a chocolate craving, STAT. It’s naturally paleo, gluten free, grain free and THE ideal balanced snack- Protein, carbs and healthy fats in tow.

BONUS- For my vegan friends, I DID test it out using a flax egg, however I added an extra 1/4 cup of dairy free milk to give it more moisture. 

 

Make this 3 Ingredient 1 Minute chocolate Cake (or four, if you go the zucchini route) and let’s not diss our kitchen gadgets again.

Correction. I shall not diss my kitchen gadgets again. 

3 Ingredient 1 Minute Chocolate Cake Bake (Whole 30, Paleo, V, GF)- Whole30 friendly breakfast or snack which uses just THREE ingredients- Flourless, grain-free and fruit based and sweetened! Microwave mug cake or oven option! {whole 30, paleo, vegan, gluten free recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

 

3 Ingredient 1 Minute Flourless Chocolate Cake
Serves 1
Just 3 Ingredients (or four if you add the zucchini!) and one minute is needed to whip up this delicious moist, fluffy and satisfying chocolate cake! Clocking in around 100 calories, it is also naturally paleo, gluten free, refined sugar free and comes with a tested vegan option!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small extra ripe banana (almost brown is perfect)
  2. 1 small egg (for the vegan option, use 1 flax egg)*
  3. 1-3 T dark cocoa powder (I like a rich taste and usually go 3 T)
  4. 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  5. 1/4 cup dairy free milk (optional- see notes)**
Optional ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup mixed berries
  2. 1-2 T maple syrup or agave nectar
  3. Chocolate chips to top
Microwave version
  1. In a high speed blender or food processor, pulse the banana, egg, cocoa powder and optional sweetener until a very fine batter is formed.
  2. Grease a small cereal bowl or mug very well. Pour the batter in there and cook in the microwave for 60 seconds or longer, depending on desired texture.
Oven version
  1. Pour batter in an oven safe dish and bake for 10-12 minutes on 180 degrees celsius for 10-12 minutes, until desired consistency.
Notes
  1. * For the vegan/flax egg option, I'd recommend using the fork and whisk method as opposed to a blender.
  2. ** For a more moist cake, add up to 1/4 cup dairy free milk.
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Healthy THREE Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake which takes ONE minute- Moist, fluffy and delicious, it clocks in at around 100 calories only- {Paleo, gluten free + tested Vegan option!} -thebigmansworld.com

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101 thoughts on “3 Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)

      1. I’ve tried 3 of your recipes and always skeptical they will work because I was a pastry chef. They are all fantastic. This one is my favorite little miracle.

  1. if i didn’t like zucchini, this would make me a convert. but good thing i ADORE zucchini, so now I just will be OBSESSED with all these recipes. can we have a tasting party?

  2. “Hello, sunshine” Haha…the thought of warm bananas mixed with chocolate eggs just made me not hungry real fast. But I’m glad you stuck with it because this cake looks crazy awesome! 1 minute? Say what!? That’ll teach you to make fun of all those fancy schmancy kitchen tools! Blender: 1, Arman: 0.

  3. Now – this is my kinda chocolate cake – ready in a jif and with a veggie and fruit in tow! Thanks Arman for twerked around your kitchen and coming up with this! Now we need you to start posting videos of said twerked around your kitchen.. 🙂

  4. Looks so decadent!! I bet this would work with aquafaba instead of the flax egg and I just happen to have some leftover form last night’s chickpeas! I’m going to try it!! 🙂

  5. Oh oh oh–I love zucchini noodles, hands down! But I’ve been getting bored with them, so I’ll have to try these recipes!
    An underrated kitchen gadget is a pair of chopsticks! You can scramble eggs with them, eat anything with them, and stir with them!

  6. Dear Arman, I cannot believe how soft and moist this cake looks. Admittedly, I do not own a microwave, but love the single size portions and how easy this recipe is, so I will be making the oven version. Have a wonderful day my friend, Catherine

  7. My mom was just bragging about all the mug cakes she’s been making lately and now I’m seeing them everywhere online. You’d think something this easy is something I would’ve done by now, but I’ve still never made a mug cake!
    Kitchen gadget? Ummm, how ’bout a corkscrew? Can you think of another kitchen item that can make people so happy?

  8. Yum cocoa eggs! It’s probably a delicacy in some country. My favorite way to use zucchini is pan fried and dipped in some sort of creamy sauce. The most under appreciated kitchen appliance is the broiler. It’s amazing for melting cheese on top of things.

  9. Ah the blender…. I am trying to decide what kitchen gadgets I need to buy here (we have one week left before moving from a hotel apartment to our rental house) and I think a blender will have to be one of them. I am hoping a blender will double up as a food processor…maybe! Others on my shopping list include a filter coffee machine and a slow cooker!
    Loving the simplicity of your recipe! 🙂

  10. On behalf of all the volume eaters (me me me!) out there, who can’t stop at just one piece of delicious cake, I thank you! I’ve been wanting to develop a recipe for a chocolate mug cake and honestly didn’t even know where to start. Thankfully you did all the work for me, so I can enjoy this thing while binge watching Grace and Frankie on the ‘Flix. Bravo, Arman! I say bravo!

  11. My favourite way to enjoy zucchini is to look at its pretty green colour as I pass it by in the store 😛 And I feel like spatulas don’t get enough love. I broke one of mine a few weeks back and honestly didn’t know what to do with myself…

  12. This sounds great and easy, but I try to stay away from bananas because of the high GI count. Can you suggest a different fruit that might work? What about peaches?

  13. It sounds good. But would have been more enjoyable to read if I didn’t have to read around the Pinterest Facebook Twitter bar on the side that covered up the words, and the ad that kept scrolling in the way.

  14. I did the oven version. It took about 16 minutes. Texture was great! Taste was a bit bitter.. I’ll have to tweak it to see if I can change that (maybe I’ll add a pinch of salt and vanilla?), but other than that, great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Do not under cook!! I made that mistake and took a few bites, tasted like chocolate eggs… but I sent it back to the microwave for a few more minutes and it came out delicious, no more chocolate eggs! I used a banana, an egg, 2 tbsp cocoa, and 1 tbsp maple syrup and I had to microwave it for four minutes. Perfect afternoon snack for the littles!

    1. Yay! Thanks so much for letting me know- It’s really dependent on the microwave- My one is 50-70 seconds but some can be up to 5 minutes! It’s SO good with a tablespoon of maple syrup 🙂 Hope the little ones enjoyed 😀

  16. Hi guys! Big time chocolate lover here. I’ve searched for a bunch of recipes and tried them all, and i have to say this is by far the easiest and tastiest one out there! The banana is an amazing touch here, and the fact that I don’t have to get my kitchen and clothes all dirty with the flour and baking powder is a joy. I would suggest adding walnuts in there for those of you who love nuts with your desserts. I also don’t have coco powder, so for those of you who don’t, melting 2 table spoons of Kirkland chocolate chips is a perfect alternative. One thing to note is that I had to microwave it for 2 minutes and 30 seconds to get the real puffy texture. Maybe it’s just my microwave, but that’s a thing to keep in mind while following this recipe. Other than that, this tastes amazing!

  17. This looks so good but I do question the calories as a banana has about 100 cal and a small egg has 60. That’s 110 right there not accounting for the other ingredients. I might try half a banana and use egg whites to keep the cal. count down. Looking forward to trying it out.

  18. Mine turned out really bitter, but I’m not a big fan of maple syrup. I’m also pretty new to clean eating. Any ideas??

  19. I was unsure of how banana, egg and cocoa could make such a delicious snack, but since banana egg pancakes are a favourite of mine I gave it a go – YUM! I added the agave and also a pinch of baking powder to help it rise. I used 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa and added some chocolate chips too. This was a deliciously chocolatey treat!

  20. Added zucchini and cooked for 2 min in microwave! It does the trick to get your chocolate fix! Thanks for the recipe! Yum!

  21. Looks yummy 🙂 Does the cocoa override the banana taste? I don’t like mashed bananas or the taste of overly ripe bananas. But I love the taste of chocolate 🙂

  22. Like four years ago, I tried a recipe for a mug cake and it was so disgusting and rubbery that I vowed never again. Lately though, I’ve been trying to eat better, yet am still desperate for cake and sweets, so I decided to give this recipe a shot. Wasn’t disappointed! The texture was absolutely fantastic, which I really wasn’t expecting given the ingredients and the cooking method. It really was great. I made it with only the three prime ingredients, and do think it needs to be sweeter, but I’ll try a little dash of sweetening agent next time. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Hey! I dont see zucchini on the recipe. How much is the optional amount to add? I’m very interested in trying this! Thanks!

  24. Hello, like the other vegan poster, I tried this with flax eggs and it came out like a gooey gob as opposed to a flourless cake texture. Any suggestions?

  25. Tripled it with just 1/2 cup almond milk (vs 3/4). It’s was very moist and spongy. My wife is dairy free because of breast feeding our daughter who does not tolerate it well (weird right?). I’m sure someone could improve on what I did, but we really enjoyed it. It makes a lot with the milk. Filled three fairly large glass baking dishes and we walk had more than we expected to eat. I also added some chocolate chips just to bump up the taste a little, but it would be good without.

  26. Love it! Do you think a chocolate protein powder would work? I usually use a casein protein to make mug cakes.

  27. I quadrupled this recipe and baked it in a 9×9 baking dish for about 40 minutes. Came out wonderful. About to go get another piece of dessert, totally guilt-free!!!!

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