Healthy Mug Cake

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This healthy mug cake is super moist and fluffy, you won’t believe it uses wholesome and clean ingredients. Microwave and oven instructions included.

healthy mug cake.

If you love mug cakes, this healthy mug cake recipe will be your new favorite. 

It’s still just as delicious as any other mug cake, but uses more wholesome ingredients. It’s the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising on your health goals!

Table of Contents
  1. Why you’ll love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make a healthy mug cake
  4. Can I use an oven instead?
  5. Tips to make the best recipe
  6. Storage instructions
  7. More healthy mug cake recipes to try
  8. Frequently Asked Questions 
  9. Healthy Mug Cake Recipe (Recipe Card)

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Quick and easy. Making this incredibly delicious treat requires only 3 easy steps and 90 seconds. 
  • Healthier. As the name suggests, we swap out typical cake ingredients like excessive butter and oil, along with white flour, and use more wholesome counterparts.
  • Easy to customize. Customizing this recipe is easy; you can add your favorite flavors and toppings to create the perfect mug cake.
  • Best texture. Don’t let the healthy halo fool you- This cake is just as moist and delicious and you’d expect.

Ingredients needed

No hard to find ingredients are used in this recipe. Here is everything you need: 

  • Oat flour. A gluten-free and fiber-rich alternative to white or wheat flour. I like to make homemade oat flour, but any packaged brand works.
  • Tapioca starch. Binds the ingredients together and prevents the cake from becoming too dense.
  • Cocoa powder. Gives the cake a lovely and rich chocolate flavor. Opt for a sweetener-free cocoa powder.
  • Sugar. We use just a touch of sugar to sweeten the cake. Coconut sugar is a fabulous option as it is a natural sweetener, but white or brown sugar will work in a pinch. You can also use liquid sweeteners like maple syrup and honey.
  • Baking powder. Rising agent used to give the cake some lift and fluffiness.  
  • Salt. Enhances the flavor of the cake.
  • Milk. I used unsweetened almond milk but use whichever milk you prefer.
  • Unsweetened applesauce. Instead of oil or butter, we’ll be using applesauce. It keeps the mug cake moist without adding excess calories or fat.
  • Vanilla. Adds flavor. 

How to make a healthy mug cake

Mix, bake and enjoy is all you have to do to make this healthy mug cake. 

  1. Mix all the ingredients. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl until combined. Add the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. 
  2. Microwave. Transfer the batter to a greased mug and microwave for 90 seconds. 
  3. Enjoy. Remove the mug cake from the microwave and let it cool for at least 30 seconds before enjoying it. 
healthy chocolate mug cake.

Can I use an oven instead?

Yes! If you don’t own a microwave or prefer to bake this, you can certainly do so. Grease an oven-safe ramekin and transfer the prepared batter into it. Bake at 180C/350F for 7 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Keep a firm eye while microwaving the mug cake. A little too long and you risk the cake becoming gummy and dry.
  • Use a sugar-free sweetener to cut the sugar out completely. Allulose or monk fruit sweetener are two of my preferred options.
  • Whisk the batter until it is smooth and there are no lumps. This will help to ensure that the cake cooks evenly.
  • Add mix-ins, like fresh berries, chocolate chips, or your favorite nuts. I like to drizzle peanut butter or almond butter over the top.

Storage instructions

Mug cakes are best enjoyed fresh so I don’t recommend storing it to enjoy later. If you do have any leftovers, cover in plastic wrap and keep it for up to one day.

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More healthy mug cake recipes to try

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are some healthy toppings for this mug cake? 

A dollop of Greek yogurt, whipped coconut cream, peanut butter, fresh and frozen berries are all healthy and delicious toppings.

Can I make this mug cake without cocoa powder? 

Yes! If you don’t like the chocolaty-flavored mug cake, you can omit the cocoa powder. You can add other flavors like cinnamon, lemon zest, or nutmeg. 

healthy mug cake recipe.

Healthy Mug Cake Recipe

5 from 16 votes
This healthy mug cake is super moist and fluffy, you won't believe it uses wholesome and clean ingredients. Microwave and oven instructions included.
Servings: 1 mug cake
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 3 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. 
  • Transfer to a greased microwave-safe mug and microwave for one minute.
  • Remove the mug cake from the microwave and let it sit for 30 seconds before enjoying.

Notes

STORAGE: Mug cakes are best enjoyed fresh so I don’t recommend storing it to enjoy later. If you do have any leftovers, cover in plastic wrap and keep it for up to one day.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mug cakeCalories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSodium: 547mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 176mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 22g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Can the tapioca starch be omitted or subbed for something else? My local stores don’t carry it and I want to try this recipe asap

  2. Thank You, i am diabetic and has very limited options for desserts to freshfruits, now I can’t wait to try to make these mouthwatering recipes

  3. When subbing in apple sauce innplace of sugar, how much would you use. Also where can your cookbook be bought?

  4. My husband is allergic to almonds, can I just use coconut flour with all the recipes or what can I substitute almond flour with?

    1. No that won’t work- Unless specified, the recipes can’t be subbed at all for coconut flour, its a different texture.

  5. Hi! I Just wan’t to tell you that they are not vegan, because they are made with eggs :-(, casein protein is also not vegan it is protein made From milk. But that is not the problem for vegans, there are lot’s of vegan protein powders, but is there something I can use isted of? :-h Polona

    1. Polana, these are vegan- All of them. Please refer to the full recipe AND included options for the vegan ones. I am well aware of what a vegan diet entails and what doesn’t.

    1. Unless stated, you should to achieve the exact consistency. There are several mug cakes with no protein powder 🙂

  6. By my count, there are 23 1-minute mug recipe here. That means in 23 minutes from now, I’m going to have one epic spread of deliciousness laid out across my kitchen counter! Of course, that also means finding 23 mugs….hmmm….

  7. Yay thank you for putting these all in one place!! I love using my microwave and can’t wait to try a few of these out!

  8. Hello, I love your recipes,but can you tell me which ones have a caloric amount ? Will your cookbook have the calorie count ?

      1. 5 stars
        This is a very tasty mug cake. Rich and chocolatey. Not too sweet. I sprinkled a few chocolate chips on top before microwaving and they actually stayed there! No sinking. I’ll definitely be making this again. I may try making half, though, since it is so rich. 😊