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This paleo Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe has rich chocolaty flavor and great texture! It’s saved me when I just want a little something sweet that’s fast without eating junk food.

Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe in White Mug on Wooden Table

Like I mentioned when I told you about my Chocolate Cupcakes for Two, I’m kind-of particular about my cake. (As Mike likes to tell me, I’m kind-of particular about a lot of food-related stuff, but that remains to be proven and is an entirely different discussion for another day.)

Anyway. I don’t think there is anything more disappointing than seeing an absolutely stunning cake and then sinking your teeth into what you think will be pure bliss, and realizing that it tastes like rubbery-textured cardboard.

Such a bummer.

There are legitimate days when you just need a single serving of cake, right, ladies? And I won’t discriminate, guys too. And I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t have to make an entire cake just to get a decent slice of it.

But what if you could have a single serving cake that tastes like it’s worth the calories (no rubbery, flavorless cakes here!), is made in five minutes, and is full of wholesome, nourishing ingredients? That day has come, friends.

Whole Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake with Vintage Spoons on Side

I don’t blame you if you’re a little skeptical about this cake at first…because who would have thought? But give it a try, especially if you keep a pretty well-stocked healthy pantry and have all the ingredients on hand. You won’t believe how amazing this cake is.

When I was developing this recipe, it became a nightly ritual for about a week straight (purely for testing purposes, of course), until I realized that I was sort-of defeating the purpose of a single-serving cake. But it is so good I really didn’t care.

So go ahead and make this, but be warned, it might become a new nightly routine.

Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe with Description

Paleo Chocolate Mug Cake – Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake!

Mug cake is perfect for those times when you want a little something sweet without having to make a whole cake. It alleviates the problem of having to wait for an entire cake to cook. And additionally, it solves the issue of what you’ll do with a whole cake once it’s made! (Unless it’s a birthday, nobody needs an entire cake laying around the house, right?!)

This Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake just happens to be paleo, meaning it’s grain free, gluten free, dairy free, and free of refined sugars.

I use honey as the sweetener, almond milk as the liquid, and a blend of almond flour, cocoa powder, and flaxseed meal as the flour.

How to Make Mug Cake

The point of a mug cake is that there are no dishes (or at least minimal dishes) to clean other than the mug you cook the cake in!

I stir together the ingredients for this cake in a small bowl and then pour it into a greased mug. However, you can stir everything together in a mug if you prefer. And then just microwave it.

If you want, you can top this mug cake with healthy goodies, such as fresh berries, coconut flakes, or chopped nuts. And I think it goes particularly well with a dollop of coconut whipped cream!

What Makes a Cake Moist?

Some recipes use fat, usually in the form of oil or butter, to make a moist cake.

My Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake uses egg yolk for fat to help make this cake moist.

Additionally, honey yields moist baked goods. (Even though this isn’t technically a baked good since it’s made in the microwave, it’s the same idea.)

Lastly, be sure not to over-cook this cake because that’s the one thing that is sure to dry it out!

Close Up of Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake Showing Texture

More Delicious Mug Cake Recipes to Try

Front View Horizontal Orientation of Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe
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Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake

Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Yields: 1 serving
This paleo Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake is rich and chocolaty; it's the perfect dessert for a weeknight when you don't want to make a whole cake!

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  • Add the coconut oil to a 12 oz (355 ml) microwave-safe mug; microwave 10 seconds, or until the oil is melted. Rotate the mug around to coat the entire inside with the oil.
  • Whisk the egg in a small bowl, then whisk in the honey, almond milk, and vanilla.
  • Stir in the almond meal, cocoa powder, flaxseed meal, salt, baking soda, and espresso powder until smooth.
  • Pour off any extra coconut oil from the mug into the batter and stir it in.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared mug and microwave on high until cooked, about 2 minutes in an 800W microwave. (If your microwave has a higher wattage than that, start with 1 minute and add 10 second intervals until it’s done.)
  • Cool slightly and then serve immediately (it’s best eaten when still hot).


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3.3mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on March 17, 2014. I updated it with more information on May 25, 2020.

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Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. I have made this recipe a few times and changed it slightly for my taste. I Used orange extract instead of vanilla and added some dried orange zest.

    Today, I thought I would try to make a donut with the recipe. I doubled the recipe and divided evenly into a six donut pan. Baked @ 350° for 15 minutes. Frosted with melted dark chocolate, coconut oil & orange extract. YUM YUM!

    1. Janet, The donuts you made sound delicious, thanks for the tip!! I will definitely try that!

  2. I am in heaven right now I would definitely recommend this recipe as a healthy desert, or snack with friend !

  3. Mm, just tried this (with whole wheat flour and carob powder instead of almond flour and cocoa powder) and it was great! I only put it in for a minute and that was almost too long, so I would definitely reccomend not putting it in for the full 2 minutes. Also, it is not very sweet, so for those of you looking for something sweeter, I would up the honey. Great recipe!

  4. Can’t wait to try this! A 5 minute mug cake for one has long been one of my “go to” desserts, but as I’ve been trying to move away from wheat-based flours and grains I’ve been struggling to get the consistency right. Coconut flour, almond flour, they all behave so differently! You just saved the day!

  5. dorothy@paleoinpumps says:

    top that baby with some coconut milk whipped cream and I am SO IN.

  6. Wow, Faith! What an awesome way to snack! Thank you for keeping those easy and delicious snacking ideas coming! Betsy

  7. Wow..gluten fee too…can’t wait to try it…sounds yummy.

  8. I have the same discerning palate when it comes to cake, so I totally understand. I love that your mug cake is quality stuff…I feel like I’ve made a few that were definitely of the weirdly textured variety.

  9. jehanne@thecookingdoctor says:

    i am usually skeptical about mug cakes, but skimming through your recipe, it is tempting me to try on this one! it looks really yum :-)

  10. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says:

    Yum! I make one that is very similar and it is absolutely my go-to when I really feel like dessert but there isn’t anything in the house. I bet that was a fun “testing” week :)

  11. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says:

    Ohhhhh you read my mind! I am right there with you on being particular about cake…if I am going to eat cake…it better bed de-lic-ious!

  12. Yum! I think my husband would really appreciate this recipe (I’m more of a vanilla vs. chocolate girl ;)). I will have to make this for him

  13. Jess @ Keeping It Real Food says:

    The past week I’ve been making mug cakes and playing around with the ingredients—this one sounds awesome! Can’t wait to try it : )

  14. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    i have yet to experiment with mug cake..I love how wholesome your version is.

  15. Cara's Healthy Cravings says:

    Love that you have “healthified” the mug cake. I have pinned this so I remember to make it!

  16. A great idea! Delicious.



  17. Becca from It's Yummi! says:

    I SO know what you mean about rubbery mug cakes! There’s nothing more depressing than perfectly destroyed chocolate. *sniffle*
    I love the addition of espresso powder in your recipe. I bet it really makes the cake burst with flavor.
    Thanks so much for sharing my recipe with your readers, too!

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