It’s a given that chocolate is perfectly acceptable to be eaten for breakfast. This chocolate mug cake recipe is a healthy way to get your chocolate in, first thing! This microwave chocolate mug cake is also great for a healthy snack or dessert anytime!
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A healthy chocolate mug cake!
Oh mug cakes how I love you. If I feel like a baked dessert or a muffin-like treat for breakfast I don’t need to take half an hour to whip up a batch of something or other. I can satisfy my impatient cravings in mere minutes. The mug cake is the poster-child treat for our fast-paced culture!
I could go on a big tangent here and talk about how I usually like slow-cooking and slow-eating and think we should all just generally slow the heck down, BUT that is a discussion for another post. There are times when (yes husband I will admit) that I get hangry and first thing in the morning can be one of those times. If I didn’t prep ahead some overnight oats or chia pudding, and if we have already had way too many scrambled eggs that week, mug cakes to the rescue!
Since this recipe for healthy single serving banana bread was so popular, I had to make another version! This healthy chocolate mug cake recipe is dessert-like yet packed with protein, gluten-free, and can be made (and delicious!) with no added sugar.
Other mug cake recipes to try:
Ingredients you need for this chocolate mug cake
This recipe is super simple. Here’s what you need to make this chocolate mug cake:
- an egg
- almond flour
- cocoa powder
- a banana
- chocolate chips
Tips to make the best chocolate mug cake
This recipe can make one thicker chocolate mug cake but I like the texture even better when the batter is divided into two dishes and cooked that way. That way you can share one too! If you’re just making one, increase the microwave time by 30-60 seconds. Still super fast!
All microwaves are different so watch your chocolate mug cake to see when it’s done. Some microwaves need a bit more time. You’ll figure out the best time for you and then you’ll want to make this mug cake recipe all the time!!!
A wider mug is MUCH easier to cook mug cakes in. If you use a narrower mug, it could be hard to fully cook the middle part of the mug cake while the outside could dry out a little. I try to use the widest mug I have for mug cake recipes.
You can also use ramekins or other small glass or ceramic dishes for this recipe.
Chocolate mug cake recipe substitutions
A lot of people have tried this healthy chocolate mug cake recipe and there have been different questions about substituting ingredients.
I wanted to add some info on subs for those who have asked.
You can’t sub the almond flour with coconut flour – coconut flour acts completely different in baking than almond flour and it won’t turn out.
You CAN sub the almond flour with regular white flour. It will have a different texture, will have less protein and fewer calories than the original chocolate mug cake recipe.
You can sub the almond flour with a gluten-free flour mix. If you use white flour or a gluten-free baking mix, the microwave time might be a little different. Just keep an eye on it while it’s baking into deliciousness in the microwave.
For the chocolate chips, you can sub dairy-free chocolate chips, vegan chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chocolate chips, etc.
If you want a lower carb version (the almond flour and egg are already low carb), you can use stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, monk fruit chocolate chips (I have wanted to try these!), or (gasp) leave them out completely (don’t do it!!!!!!!!!)
Do you have a couple minutes? Then let’s make this chocolate mug cake recipe!
Healthy chocolate mug cake recipe
This healthy chocolate mug cake recipe take minutes to make. It is gluten-free, and can be made with no added sugar. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, a healthy snack.
- 1 egg
- 1 banana
- 3 tbsp almond flour
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips
Peel and smash the banana into a small bowl with the back of a fork or a pastry cutter like this.
Crack the egg into the bowl and mix it in. Add the almond flour, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips and stir. Spray a microwave-safe mug or dish (I used two small dishes so I could make one for my toddler!) with non-stick oil.
Pour the batter into the mug or dishes. Microwave for 90 seconds on high if you’re using shallower dishes. If you’re using a deeper mug, after 90 seconds, stop and microwave in 30 second bursts until done (will take around 2 1/2 minutes).
Wait a minute or two if you can and enjoy!
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Let me know if you try this chocolate mug cake recipe!