Healthy 1 Minute Tiramisu Cake

A delicious, moist and fluffy tiramisu flavoured cake which takes 1 minute to whip up in the microwave! It’s low calorie, gluten free and comes with a trialled and tested vegan, high protein and paleo version- For those without a microwave, there’s an oven version too! 

Healthy 1 Minute Espresso Chip Mug Cake- Tasting just like tiramisu, this delicious single serve cake is light, fluffy and has NO butter, NO oil, NO grains and NO sugar- Oven option too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-


Happy Wednesday friends and welcome to another What I ate Wednesday Par-tay! I didn’t intend to share a recipe today but it IS tiramisu/coffee loaded week and today’s recipe is simply too good to share. 

Confession- I am actually the biggest goose out there. For the last couple of weeks, I’d been having trouble sleeping and could not pin point what it was. I hadn’t changed my coffee consumption and I was waking up at my standard earlier time. 

Then it hit me. I’d been trialling out a plethora of ‘tiramisu’ inspired recipes which were cocoa and espresso dense. These snack attacks would usually occur in the afternoons and as such, would result in sleepless nights. Oh well, the things you for for recipes. Before I share this delicious recipe, let’s see what else was eaten from last week!


Breakfast- I had some errands to do in Manhattan so went early and set up camp in Pret a Manger. I ordered the California Club (I think) and it had turkey, avocado, a boiled egg and leaves. It was actually really disappointing and I added two packets of salt. It was also overpriced. I wanted to get the popcorn but remembered I have a recipe coming up this week and had leftovers. 

Lunch- Not going to lie, I ate a blueberry donut from Dunkin Donuts on my way home from the city. It wasn’t very satisfying and hence, no picture. I also snacked on one of the tiramisu cakes (the paleo version which I went overboard the the eggs and was like a fluffy sponge). 

Dinner- I went to a friend’s work event for a little bit and they had a buffet. I had steak, pesto salad and some leaves. I went back for more leaves because the dressing was probably made from HFCS and it was amazing. 

Dessert- Because recipes need taste testing, right? 

Okay, now let’s see the main event here- The healthy one minute tiramisu cake

Healthy 1 Minute Espresso Chip Mug Cake- Tasting just like tiramisu, this delicious single serve cake is light, fluffy and has NO butter, NO oil, NO grains and NO sugar- Oven option too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-


I’ve been on a microwave cake kick lately as evidenced by this creation here. When I declared a week of tiramisu recipes, of course I had to flavour on with some zing coffee. This healthy 1 minute tiramisu cake is the perfect dessert or anytime snack which tastes amazing and is actually healthy for you. Clocking in at under 100 calories, not only is it naturally gluten free and sugar free, I also tested it successfully to cater for my vegan and paleo friends! Similar to the vanilla version, this tiramisu cake is so darn fluffy, you could…, eat it? 

A note though- For those familiar with baking/cooking with flax eggs, I’ve found they don’t come out as fluffy as when using egg whites like the standard version calls for. Furthermore, sometimes using a whole egg also makes it slightly more flat- Just an FYI! 


Make this healthy 1 minute tiramisu cake and add some zing before you sleep. 

Healthy 1 Minute Tiramisu Cake
Serves 1
A delicious, moist and fluffy tiramisu flavoured cake which takes 1 minute to whip up in the microwave! It’s low calorie, gluten free and comes with a trialled and tested vegan, high protein and paleo version- For those without a microwave, there’s an oven version too!
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For the cake
  1. 1 1/2 T coconut flour
  2. 1 T almond flour (can sub for any flour of choice but will no longer be paleo friendly)
  3. 1 tsp dark cocoa powder
  4. 1 tsp espresso powder (can substitute for an extra tsp dark cocoa powder)
  5. pinch sea salt
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 T granulated sweetener of choice (I used a paleo friendly stevia blend)
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1 large egg white (for a vegan version, use 1 flax egg)*
  10. 1 T coconut milk**
  11. 2 T + dairy free milk of choice***
  12. Handful of bittersweet chocolate chunks
For the optional 'tiramisu' sprinkles
  1. 1 tsp dark cocoa powder
  2. 1 tsp granulated sweetener of choice (I've used coconut palm sugar and a monk fruit stevia blend)
For the microwave version
  1. In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine the dairy free creamer, dairy free milk with the egg white (or flax egg) and whisk lightly. Add the mixture to the dry mixture and mix until just combined. Stir through bittersweet chunks.
  3. Grease a large mug or deep bowl (I used a cereal bowl) generously and pour the batter in it and microwave for 50 seconds-2 minutes (Depending on brand and wattage).
  4. Remove from bowl and enjoy!
For the oven version
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease a large ramekin with oil and set aside.
  2. Follow directions as above and once ready, bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  1. * You can use a whole egg but as mentioned earlier, it will be slightly more flat
  2. ** I used So delicious dairy free creamer
  3. *** You may need more depending on what flour you use
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Healthy 1 Minute Espresso Chip Mug Cake- Tasting just like tiramisu, this delicious single serve cake is light, fluffy and has NO butter, NO oil, NO grains and NO sugar- Oven option too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- 
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84 thoughts on “Healthy 1 Minute Tiramisu Cake

  1. Haha all that espresso and you finally figured out why you couldn’t sleep. You just need to build up a tolerance, like I have. Then you can just drink coffee alllllll day and it won’t even make a difference! In all seriousness, though, I avoid caffeine after lunch, which helps a lot.

  2. Caffeine and I are BFFs, just not after 4. I have not been to a Pret Manger in forever! When John and I were in London, we were obsessed with the cheese and pickle sandwich!
    Keep the tiramisu love coming!

  3. You deliver with these 1 minute recipes! The only ingredient I don’t have is creamer- but it’s an easy fix! Excited to try this- I worked at a greek/italian restaurant and the tiramisu was to die for..

  4. Your site and recipes have been such a lifesaver to me as my dad went gluten free in the past 6 months. Needless to say I have used so many recipes from your site and Amanda’s! Thanks Arman!

  5. ALREADY PINNED. breakfast = espresso.. dessert = extra cocoa or ill be up for 947 weeks straight. oh yeah cause i don’t sleep already.

    your WIAW though is making me sad.. a failed breakfast is like the ultimate day ruiner aka FRET a manger. and dunkin donuts is practically air.. much more satisfying on the way down but it probably comes out my belly button before it hits a stomach. maybe why i used to eat a dozen donuts as a child. is that only me? or is anyone else confused when people have one donut and say they’re “full”.

    maybe i’ll make 3-4 tiramisu cakes and crumble them on top of your fluffy pancakes because this is all too brilliant. thanks for being the most dedicated allergen testing (big) man in the world. 😉

  6. I had the same problem a few years ago with caffeine and cut out the coffee. Now I drink my green tea in the morning and I’m good to go. Love the single serve snacks so I’m not snacking too much. I swear I could live on snacks.

  7. I like how you call your salad ‘leaves’ since that it truly what they are. It makes me picture giant dinosaurs eating leaves off of trees in the jungle (sorry, I am not very sure what space they occupied). I totally had this weird dream last night that you based you WIAW off of ONLY eating chocolate. Like for every meal and snack you had pretty much the same homemade chocolate, and I was thoroughly impressed. Just like I am now with this tiramisu. If only my mom had not shunned our microwave….

  8. YAAAAAS. Trying this later because I’ve been wanting to get on the microwavable cake game and because tiramisu has my heart.
    I had the same bad sleeping situation as you a few days ago when I was eating tiramisu at night… not smart when you have to get up at 4:30 the next morning haha. Posting my mom’s tiramisu recipe in a few hours!

  9. This looks so delicious. How do you come up with such amazing ideas? I will definitely have to try this with a flax egg and coconut cream.

  10. I haven’t been to a buffet in FOREVER! I would definitely be in pain leaving. I’m a “get my moneys worth” kinda gal. Cake in one minute is something of the heavens.

  11. Fluffy sponge….omg.
    Totally need to go back to the microwave kick too!! How did I forget about this gem in my kitchen? I normally just defrost everything in there, but hell yes, this sounds delicious. I probably skip the espresso(and take the cacao powder), cause let’s be honest, chicken on caffeine drug is a human punishment.

  12. Dude you’re on a tiramisu roll, and this mug cake looks delicious. Plus I love hoe easy it is. Total winner.
    But I have to give you a stern talking to: what’s up with that DD situation? No good my friend, no good. Just know that wou may or may not have been blacklisted by the paleo police. 😉

  13. That steak/pasta salad combo looks awesome. I would definitely have gone for seconds!

    Is it crazy that I’ve never made a mug cake…? I have so many “office kitchen hacks” that I use and I feel like I should add mug cake to the list.

  14. You do know I am tapping my foot at you in “disgust” a little bit because of your lunch. However…. YOU KINDA made up for it by supplying me with this 1 minute recipe – and because um, how could I ever be mad at you?! lol

  15. So I just calculated that there are 1,440 minutes in a day. That means 1,440 1-minute tiramisu cakes for me. Thanks.

  16. I don’t handle caffeine well at all anymore so this is probably one for early afternoon for me. At some point I’m going to have a baking month (maybe in the cooler fall?) when I actually buy some flower and other ingredients to make stuff. As it stands right now I don’t own any of those! 🙂

  17. This mugcake looks absolutely amazing! Today I had chocolate nice cream for breakfast, low-carb bagels with egg whites and tomato sauce and I have yet to make a snack and dessert!

  18. Ah Arman I simply cannot do coconut flour. Coconuts are fine; love coconut oil; but there’s something about the flour that bothers me. Do you have any substitutes?

  19. I just wanted to tell you that I adore your blog! I have been making mug cakes like you for several years, I actually had the exact same recipe blueprint but I never thought to use vanilla protein powder over whey! Eating halo top with it was the only way I could stomach the hockey puck brownies. Soy protein powder has been a game changer for me. I’ve slowly been trying all of your recipes ha. If you get a chance, I would love to see what you come up with for gluten free/high protein lemon bars!

  20. Don’t really understand why this is called tiramisu cake.
    Tiramisu gets most of its flavour from coffee, coffee liqueur and mascarpone.
    The only chocolate (or cocoa for that matter) is the dusting on top.
    This cake is mocha…but it isn’t tiramisu.
    Still looks good though…

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