Healthy 1 Minute Low Carb Vanilla Mug Cake

A super fluffy and moist vanilla mug cake which packs a protein punch and is low carb- It’s also ready in under a minute! This healthy 1 Minute Low Carb Vanilla Mug Cake is also naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo and sugar free! 

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Healthy 1 Minute LOW CARB Vanilla Mug Cake- Light, fluffy and moist in the inside! Packed full of protein and no sugar whatsoever! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

When it comes to flavor options, I feel like vanilla gets some unfair flack.

Ice cream? Every flavor under the sun….and then vanilla.

Yogurt? Blueberry, raspberry, peach….and then vanilla.

Cupcake? Chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter…and then vanilla.

Pretty much, vanilla was like the ugly duckling of flavors. 

Actually, I take that back.

Licorice is the ugly duckling of flavors. 

Healthy 1 Minute LOW CARB Vanilla Mug Cake- Light, fluffy and moist in the inside! Packed full of protein and no sugar whatsoever! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

In all seriousness, if presented with a plethora of flavor options, unless you are a die-hard vanilla fan, it’s often not the first choice. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to appreciate vanilla. It’s like a base we can jazz up or keep as it is. In fact, I’ve come to prefer vanilla over some of the more elaborate flavors I once indulged in daily.

Oh geebuz, that was a fun experiment.

The other week, I went to get ice cream with my sister and she got a strawberry shortcake and creme brulee hybrid.

It cost $6.50.

I got plain vanilla.

It cost me $7.

No, the vanilla wasn’t personally plucked from Madagascar.

….I got a waffle cone. 

Healthy 1 Minute LOW CARB Vanilla Mug Cake- Light, fluffy and moist in the inside! Packed full of protein and no sugar whatsoever! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-


A classic vanilla cake is something which works as a delicious base on itself or can be jazzed up. We’re keeping things simple and basic here with this super fluffy, light and protein packed goodness. Even if your not on a low carb or higher protein diet, it doesn’t discriminate. 

Eat it in a sandwich.

Okay, recipe time!

Healthy 1 Minute LOW CARB Vanilla Mug Cake- Light, fluffy and moist in the inside! Packed full of protein and no sugar whatsoever! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

This simple vanilla mug cake is low carb, packed with protein and ready in under a minute! For such a light and fluffy cake, you’d be surprised that it doesn’t contain any flour, butter, oil, sugar or dairy! For those who don’t use or have access to a microwave, this can totally be made in the oven. To do that, you’ll prep it the exact same way as the microwave method. Then, you’d bake in the oven (350 degrees!) for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick or skewer comes out ‘just’ clean. Based on the ingredients used, this low carb vanilla mug cake is naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, sugar free and grain free! 

Because the protein powder is an important ingredient in this recipe, the type you use makes a big difference. I always stick to a casein protein powder, a vegan protein powder, and a paleo friendly protein powder. If dietary restrictions aren’t an issue, I’d recommend the casein protein powder or vegan protein powder as the ones which lend the best texture. I didn’t try this recipe with a whey based protein powder, as I tend to find it makes BAKED recipes super tough. Similarly, it makes non-baked recipes super sticky. 

No bueno. 

Healthy 1 Minute LOW CARB Vanilla Mug Cake- Light, fluffy and moist in the inside! Packed full of protein and no sugar whatsoever! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Not a fan of protein powder? Try out this vanilla mug cake– It’s still lower in carbs and relatively high protein too! It’s also ready in a minute too! 

HACK! For a super moist vanilla mug cake, opt for the vegan version, irrespective of your dietary choices. By omitting the egg white (or whole egg), and increasing the milk of choice, you can remove it from the microwave (or oven) when half cooked- You guys will LOVE the texture!

Healthy 1 Minute LOW CARB Vanilla Mug Cake- Light, fluffy and moist in the inside! Packed full of protein and no sugar whatsoever! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

Make this healthy 1 Minute Low Carb Vanilla Mug Cake and let’s do like the late Amy Winehouse’s album.

Back to basics.

Check out the video below- 1 minute!

Healthy 1 Minute Low Carb Vanilla Mug Cake
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A super fluffy and moist vanilla mug cake which packs a protein punch and is low carb- It's also ready in under a minute! Paleo, vegan, gluten free, grain free and sugar free!
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  1. 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (32-34 grams)
  2. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 T coconut flour
  4. 1 T granulated sweetener of choice*
  5. 1 large egg OR 1/4 cup liquid egg whites (see notes for Vegan option)
  6. 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
  7. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  8. Chocolate chips to top (optional)
For the microwave option
  1. Grease a microwave safe bowl with cooking spray and add the protein powder, baking powder, coconut flour, sweetener of choice and mix well.
  2. Add the egg/whites and mix into the dry mixture. Add the milk of choice and vanilla extract- If batter is too crumbly, continue adding milk of choice until a very thick batter is formed. Top with chocolate chips and microwave for 60 seconds, or until just cooked in the centre.
For the oven option
  1. Follow as above, but bake in the oven for 8-15 minutes, depending on consistency desired- Mug cake is cooked once a toothpick comes out 'just' clean from the center.
  1. * Adjust according to taste- If protein powder is sweetened, feel free to omit completely.
  2. For the vegan option, you won't need any flax eggs/egg substitute- Simply omit and slowly add milk of choice until a thick batter is formed. Microwave/bake until 'just' cooked in the center.
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Healthy 1 Minute LOW CARB Vanilla Mug Cake- Light, fluffy and moist in the inside! Packed full of protein and no sugar whatsoever! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-

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50 thoughts on “Healthy 1 Minute Low Carb Vanilla Mug Cake

  1. All time favorite ice cream flavor? Well, I don’t really like ice cream by itself, to be honest. I really only eat it because of what else is in it (i.e. cookie dough, PB chunks, oreo chunks), then I just pick out the good stuff and leave the rest.

  2. Dude, I am all about the vanilla. Seriously! I love vanilla. I’ll pick it over almost every other flavor out there. Call me boring, but the classics are still the best! I’m pretty sure I want to stick my face into this cake…sans the chocolate chips. Do they make vanilla chips? Because I need those for this cake…

  3. I usually add vanilla extract to my baking, as it does add a lovely delicate flavour in the background. I find that I do notice if that flavour is missing in baked goods, so I generally do add vanilla where possible (but definitely not paired with licorice… that would be weird.? Yeah, that would be an ‘ugly duckling’ for sure.) Anyways, my all time favourite ice-cream flavour is probably coconut. I had THE most delicious coconut ice cream in Guernsey once, and funny thing is that I’m pretty sure I could taste a hint of vanilla in the background. Vanilla is a cook’s secret weapon.? In the past, I would have definitely preferred chocolate, but nowadays I’d actually say that I like both chocolate and vanilla equally! Caramel extract is another good one to use for adding depth of flavour. Thanks for the mug cake recipe, Arman!?

  4. I HATE vanilla protein powders, so I always add cinnamon! BEST hack ever. And my favorite ice cream flavor used to be cookie dough, but now I love anything peanut butter, chocolate, cinnamon, pistachio or salted caramel! So tasty!

  5. Thanks for the recipe. I used what I had on hand: cream and cookie flavour protein powder, soy flour but no sugar and no egg or chocolate chips! After 1 minute in the microwave it was perfect to dig into but not before a dollop of double cream on top. Tastes incredible and my new favourite with a cup of tea!

  6. Unfortunately, I have found I can breath more easily when I don’t eat coconut. Is there a gluten free flour that will substitute adequately for the coconut flour in the vegan version of this recipe (sigh… gluten no eggs no coconut, at least I can still eat chocolate). Coconut ice cream was my favorite. Buy I do really appreciate a good vanilla. I had some vanilla ice cream in Mexico when I was a teen that was so good, it took us awhile to figure out it was vanilla.

  7. I can’t thank you enough for this recipe (life saver!)!!! I’ve made it three times and am still trying to get the oven timing just perfect, but it’s absolutely delicious!!! Doesn’t have that “eggy” Paleo texture most baked goods have that I’ve tried. I’m just so thrilled with it!!! Tonight I’m putting some fresh peaches and bananas over the top. YUMMM!!!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!

  8. Hi! I just wanted to drop a comment because I just made this recipe! I used vanilla Aloha protein powder and no egg. ?The coconut flour is really unique in its powers to absorb liquids and therefore it helps fluff up this cake. I have made other mug cakes with flour so to all of those commenters wondering about substituting coconut flour, you should go find a recipe utilizing what you desire. Just for reference, you’d probably need 3-4 tbsp of flour if you go that route.
    This recipe was great though! ?Suggestion: I’d love a peanut butter version of this mug cake. Can that be a thing? Pretty please? ?

  9. This is awesome! I made it tonight with Watkins Banana Extract, which is artificial, but it was just a few drops, and it turned out great! I have been so bad lately and I have diabetes and heart problems, so I am thankful to find something that will fill the void of the sugar I MUST give up! Thank you!

  10. Hey! First off love all of your recipes, they’re so great and creative. You may not know the answer and people may say this defeats the purpose given it is titled “low carb”, but if not wanting as much protein and not super concerned about carbs, from your experience do you think you could replace some/all of the protein powder with some sort of flour? Wasn’t sure if the protein powder might specifically act as a binder or something? They are similar consistencies so wasn’t sure if you thought that would be doable as I like the makeup and ingredients in the rest of the cake. Thanks!

  11. Omg this is soo good!! I have used a bunch of quest protein powders to make it and havent been disappointed yet! Vanilla with pb and chocolate chips, cooked and cream, chocolate, and peanut butter (sometimes I’ll add pb and/or chocolate chips). Can’t go wrong. Thanks for this awesome recipe!!

  12. Ive been making your recipes for a bit now and I just wanted to drop by and give u a quick ,but enormous, thank you!!! I was having a really hard time finding healthy alternatives that my 12 year old and 4 year old twins would actually eat. Still working on getting them to eat vegetables and healthy protein dinner options since all 3 of my boys are a little anemic . They will eat plain avacados all day long ,which is great, but that’s the only healthy food they will eat …..knowingly. So once again , from me and my 3 crazy …..I mean amazing , boys …. THANK YOU for creating these healthy sweet bites that my kids and I actually crave!

  13. I’ve tried a few protein mug cakes, but this is by far my favorite.

    I couldn’t find my coconut flour, so for those of you asking for different substitutes, I used almond flour. However, I screwed up adding 1/4 c milk, so I’d probably limit that to two tablespoons. My batter was a little thin so I just added a touch more almond flour (about 1/2 tbsp) and a little more protein powder (I use Orgain Vanilla Protein Powder). I used Lakanto monk fruit sugar, which is the best sugar substitute that is calorie free, in my opinion. It still has carbs but no calories…? Or must be very low.

    This was awesome, even with the subs. Thank you!

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