3 Minute Chocolate Paleo Mug Cake

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

This past weekend my husband and I went out for a little date. One glass of wine led to two, the conversation started getting all hot and heavy and...okay nothing crazy happened (sorry babe) but I came home and decided I needed something sweet. The husband agreed. The cooooolest thing about eating Paleo (are you sick of that word yet?) is that once you know all of the ingredients that you can cook and bake with it makes coming up with desserts and meals that much more fun. This recipe is my own although there are many other ways and variations that you can make this EASY and delicious little treat.

What you will need:
  • 3 tbs of almond meal
  • 3 tbs of cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs of honey
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • a few dashes of salt
  • a few (5) dashes of cinnamon. Sorry I suck and you can yell at me in the comment section but I did not measure this out exactly.
*Variation- I am a little embarrassed to say that I made two of these in one night (hey wine makes you hungry) and the second batch was made with 2 tbs of cocoa powder and 1 tbs of sunflower seed butter. SO good too!

Directions:
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a microwave safe mug.
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes.
  3. Enjoy!
This really should take you no longer than three minutes to make. 1 minute to whip up all the ingredients and two minutes in the microwave. Okay I know someone who thinks they are Mr. Smarty Pants is going to say how using the microwave is not "Paleo"... but I am pretty sure caveman used microwaves all the time :)
If you want to be romantic and get your cuddle on then this recipe makes two servings. But if you are selfish and do not like sharing your chocolate cake like me then it only makes one. You can decide.

138 comments:

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free said...

This looks so tasty, and easy!!! Yum yum...And sorry, but I would keep this just for me :D

Julia said...

This is such a sweet dessert, i can already imagine myself coming home at night after 2-8 beer feeling this urgent need for chocolate. Ill remember this for sure :)

Anonymous said...

Any way to veganize this?? I'm thinking flax egg or chia seeds. Just looks so delicious! :-)

jes @ twosmuppies said...

i might have to get out of bed to go and make this right now. even though it isn't even 7am yet :)

Lisa said...

I seriously considered making this for breakfast!

Tonia L said...

Looks delicious and easy to make! What mom doesn't appreciate that?

Shannon said...

Mhmm, what a yummy looking mug cake!

caroline said...

you are really inspiring me to try paleo!

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Danielle said...

keep the paleo recipes coming :) they look so yummy!

Rachael said...

I will be making this. Tonight.
You're the best! Thanks for all of these fantastic recipes!

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

oh i can't wait to try this!!! i love your quick, healthy desserts...you have no idea how many times that avocado chocolate pudding has come to my rescue when the sweet tooth speaks ;) XO brynn

Kristin B said...

I've noticed you use almond meal, etc. In a lot of your recipies instead of flour. Could you tell me the nutritional benefit of almond meal over whole wheat flour? I'm always up to trying out new things that may be healthier, but sometimes I'm a little scared to try it until I find someone who has used it!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Kristin B- there is so many benefits of using almond meal over wheat flour. Such as it is gluten free, low glycemic, has minimal impact on blood sugar, higher in fiber, healthier baking option for people with inflammation diseases such as diabetes (I am type 1), it is not processed and natural...and SOO many more! :)

Mariana said...

This looks like a great and delicious idea!!

miss.lauren said...

Is there an almond meal replacement? Thanks! This looks delicious!

Michelle said...

Made this and it tasted good....texture was like that of a very dry brownie....will have to play with microwave time. Would be simply amazing with some Paleo ice cream!!

colleen said...

this is awesome - thank you for sharing!

Olivia said...

Cannot wait to try this! Thanks for posting paleo desserts!

Alexis said...

This looks great! I started eating paleo 3 weeks ago to test it out :) Yum!!

Rachael said...

Update: Made this tonight (I wasn't kidding in my previous comment). PReeetty sure my boyfriend loves me more.
Thank you, my idea fairy.

Evdokia Tsiligiridou said...

looks very very good!
but can it be baked in the oven too???

Maria @ GLD said...

Mmmmmm!!!! This looks so yummy! I have to try this asap!

Once Upon Her Plate said...

would whole wheat flour give the same result, consistency wise? My fiance is always looking for dessert and I think this may be the winner!

Jennifer Bridgeforth said...

This sounds very good. I think I'll make it this weekend.

Anonymous said...

I love you for this DM!! I have been thinking so long about making a paleo cake in cup!! Thank you so much...sheer genius!!

Anonymous said...

I love you for this DM!! I have been thinking so long about making a paleo cake in cup!! Thank you so much...sheer genius!!

Chelsey said...

pretty sure cavemen didn't have ovens either, so microwave away! ;)

this looks delicious and might be the first thing i try when i'm done my whole30 challenge.

heather caroline said...

WOW! LOVE...best part is that it cures a craving without being horrible for me AND no leftovers for me to munch on.

Anonymous said...

OH. MY. GOD! Made this tonight and it rocked.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone put them in cupcake cases and in an oven? Did it work the same way? Any ideas?

Joy said...

This looks SO good, I want to make it right now :) but I used the last of my Almond flour last night any way you can substitute Coconut flour instead?

Heather said...

I tried this today for a snack. It was really good! The only thing was that it was a little dry...maybe 2 minutes in the microwave was a little too long or maybe I can add a little coconut oil for moisture? Does anyone have any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

I made this and found it a little dry. So I tried it again - this time I added a little coconut milk and put it in the microwave for only 1.5 minutes. It was perfect! I guess microwave times vary. And I think the coconut milk helped too. Yum! Thanks!

nikcor20 said...

So delicious! I use the 2 tbsp of cocoa powder & 1 tbsp of sunbutter version. I added some Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips...DELICIOUS!

Amy G! said...

This is so perfect!!! I ate the whole thing myself - oopsie :) I'll def make it for dessert this week and split it with my bf. Maybe with some coconut cream "frosting" and some chocolate chips or berries on top. I just found your blog - I love it! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

I tried this with coconut flour and it came out a bit dry the first time. The second time I used coconut flour as well, but I added about 1/3 cup of milk (you could use coconut milk) and 2tbs of melted butter ( could use coconut oil or perhaps even avocado ) and I also added some semisweet chocolate chips. It was absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for this recipe. I love how quick, easy and mess free it is! :)

Jenny P said...

Could Coconut flour be substituted for the Almond Meal? If so, would I use equal amount? Thanks....this looks delish!

Suzanne C said...

I don't have a microwave. Any other way to cook this?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone added banana to this? Banana may make it less dry??

Kt said...

I tried this and it didn't turn out good at all :( It tasted super weird. Any ideas?

Bridget said...

I just finished this covered in whipped cream :-)

Nancy said...

I made this the flavor was great te texture was dry. made it a 2nd time added a tlb of peanutbutter still tasty and still dry what to ad to make it moister??

Maria @ GLD said...

Tried it and LOVED IT!!! But I used whole wheat flour instead of almond meal because I didn't have any.

Carly said...

Tasted yummy but I agree that it was dry. I will try adding mashed banana or some coconut oil next time

Angela Cummings said...

I used a little extra agave nectar and added a swig of malibu coconut rum (not sure if this is part of the Paleo diet :-O but it was good! And I didn't do the entire 2 minutes, stopped it 3 secs shy of 2 minutes. My friend said that coconnut oil helps with the dryness.

Anonymous said...

Great but my 2nd one was made with grade b maple syrup instead of honey, it was delicious!

Mardell said...

Has anyone calculated the calorie count on this yet? Just need to know how many I can eat a day:)

Tracy said...

thanks for this recipe! i made it for myself to bring to my mother in law's birthday party. now i can have cake too while they all eat my sister in laws cake.

The Imp said...

Anyone without a microwave, I made this in the oven today. Same mix, put in an oven-safe dish. I cooked it at 350F for 24 minutes, which was a bit too long. I'll try 20 next time. At 15 it was still liquid-y.

Not a bsd recipe. I want to try it with coconut flour next time.

michelle mom of 9 said...

I only cooked mine 60 seconds, and it came out perfect. The first night, I cooked it 1 minute 20 seconds, and it was too dry. I also added 1 tsp of coconut oil.

Helen Jones said...

I just made this....dry, but totally relish! I followed the directions to a T and it was soooooo yummy! Next time I think I would reduce the cooking time to see if that would help with the dryness. However, it was so good and really hit the spot for something sweet. Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

We have made this several times now. I also added a teaspoon of coconut oil. And because it was Thanksgiving, I used a packet of Artisana Raw Cacao Bliss as my frosting. Heaven! Thank you so much for your wonderful blog!

Anonymous said...

Amazingly good and simple!!!

MyHealthfulTips said...

I added a tbsp chocolate chips, a tbsp coconut flakes, and a tbsp unsweetened applesauce and it was perfect. Top with coconut ice cream!

Shankuan said...

OMG!!!!! I tried this minus the honey, used a slightly sweetened cocoa instead and talk about DIVINE!!! I was craving something dessert-ish but didnt want to make anything that I would leave leftovers since I'll be starting my 21DSD on NYE. Boy did THIS hit the PERFECT spot! I'm soo going to blog about this and place the link to your site. I hope you don't mind. :)

Crystal said...

I made this an it was dry so I added a lil bit of almond milk to it after it cooked and that did the trick. Next time I will only cook it for a lil over a min

Jen said...

I've added 1/4 tsp peppermint oil and sprinkled some chocolate chips on top for a sort of frosting. Super yummy and less wasteful than baking a whole cake and eating a couple of slices.

Mrs. Perrin the Librarian said...

Great and brownie like with the addition of a few chopped pecans. So easy to do so it is dangerous! But we all need the occasional treat, right?

Kanoelehua said...

This was awesome! Next time Iʻm eating it with coconut milk "ice cream" :o)

Unknown said...

made this tonight and hubby suggested coconut flakes that we had with some paleo whipped cream and it was delicious!!!!! Also made it with coconut flour and not the almond.yummy! thank you DM!

katrina topping said...

OMG Heaven :) and so easy to make.. Who knew I could have chocolate cake!!! Im one happy girl!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful!!! I added a bit of milk and a few chocolate chips. Thanks so much for this! :)

Yvette said...

@ The Imp

Thank you so much for the oven direction! I don't have a micro either...

Anonymous said...

This tastes amazing. Was feeling guilty about craving cake. Now I ont have to

Anonymous said...

After looking and trying the pumpkin pie and chocolate cake, I decided to experiment. I took the original chocolate cake mug recipe added 2 tps of coconut oil, 1 tsp of peanut butter, and a splash of heavy cream. I have to say, with the non- Paleo and fattening components I added, it was delightful. Moist, hot, sweet, and lots of different flavors. I then took it a step further and added some low-carb vanilla coconut buttercream icing I made yesterday. WHOO! that just put it over the top. Thanks so much for the recipe, I will love continuing to play with it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this! I just made it for the first time and it is truly amazing. Agree with the comment above about craving cake; this recipe will fix any cake and/or chocolate craving.

Kyra Edwards said...

Delicious!!! I microwaved it for 1 min and 30 seconds.

Kyra Edwards said...

Delicious!!! I microwaved it for 1 min and 30 seconds.

Jason said...

Wow.. this is so good. I didn't have almond flour, so I put some raw almonds in a coffee grinder and wham-O.

Anonymous said...

This is the BEST paleo chocolate mug cake I have had yet and I have tried several variations!! Thank you for sharing your recipe! :)

Sassy said...

Does anyone know the nutrition facts for this?

Barbara Whiffen said...

Hi! This looks delicious. Did you use sweetened cocoa powder, or unsweetened?
Thanks!!

Leimun said...

Seem easy to make and delicious!!
Thanks for the receipy

tina said...

and because i reposted this, I felt I should do the (ballpark) nutrition legwork -
Values for unsweetened cocoa powder, off the shelf honey, YMMV
Calories 412g
Calories from Fat 163g
Total Fat 18.5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Total Carbohydrate 26g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 19g
Protein 7g

B is building a house said...

It turned out dry and horrible :(

Did you add any liquid and baking powder?

B

weiya @ enjoyer of grace said...

Thanks for this recipe! Just shared it on my blog today. :)

http://enjoyerofgrace.blogspot.com/2013/01/healthy-chocolate-mug-cake.html

Tapi said...

Will be making one of these in approximately 2 mins! Awesome!

Nicole said...

Eating this right now. So good! I used 2 tbsp. cocoa and 1 tbsp. almond butter. It is the perfect texture! Thanks!

Kristina said...

OMG I had to make this thing right I read the recipe and all the great comments and I have to say that this is the first healthy sweet that actually tastes like a real candy! I'm amazed, tnx for sharing the recipe <3

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Angelic Arena said...

I just made this [and just finished eating too! hahaa :p ] and it was delicious! Although I think next time I might need to make it in something wider and shorter or add some liquid as the top half was moist and amazing but as I reached the bottom it got drier and drier.. the bottom part was hard and dry :[ but the flavor was amazing! I made it with two tbls. of cocoa powder and one of almond butterr :D yumm!

Angelic Arena said...

Oh! And I thought I should add that the kitchen smelled so good! [it actually still does!] Didn't think it'll smell this good since it wasn't oven made, but wow oh my, if I weren't full from nibbling on the almond butter already I'd eat another one!

Anonymous said...

this was delicious!!!yummmmmm!!!

Anonymous said...

Tried this a couple of times. Here's how I like it best. It is moist, but not too chocolatety.
3 tbs of almond meal
2 tbs of cocoa powder
2 tbs of honey
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 egg
a few dashes of salt
a few dashes of cinnamon
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp peanut butter
Mix well to spread out the peanut butter.
Microwave for 1.5 minutes in my 2450MHz microwave.
Flip the mug over and give it a tap.
Most if not all of the cake will pop right out.
Enjoy

jobeaudoin said...

I plan to make this for our Valentine dessert! Do you think it would fit into a ramekin? I made a different mug cake before and I know it would have but I would really like to stick to your Paleo recipe.

Anonymous said...

This came out really well using Carob powder for those that prefer it.

Carob is fairly sweet so if you use 4 tbs carob powder and only 1 tbs honey it comes out pretty good. You could even try all carob and no honey but I haven't yet. A tbs of raw cream will make it more moist.

keith.d said...

i love this and make it all the time - perhaps too often. tonite, inadvertently, i left out the almond meal (note to self: try not to do things from memory!) but thought i had included everything. it came out really nice and fluffy and i think i may now prefer it without the almond meal!

Anonymous said...

Was told about this on the wkd, I think it's gr8 and have made it twice already and it's only Tuesday ;-). Going to try the peanut butter version later in the week. Also will attempt your choc chip bisc.

Jen said...

I made this last night and it was delish! I substituted 1 tbs of coconut oil for 1 of the tbs of honey. It was still a little dry, so I may add some milk next time as well, but the flavor was spot on. Thanks so much for sharing.

Sarah Kellner said...

this was amazing!!!

leenie said...

Super good, I did about 1.5 Tbsp of honey instead. I might try a little coconut oil or almond butter with a little less time, but this was a great start! Thanks so much!

Rose said...

Mardell, you made me laugh so much, with how many can you eat a day... I want to know too

Deep Red Cellar said...

Just tried it - I did 2 TB maple syrup instead of honey. Nuked it 30 seconds less (i.e. 1 min 30 sec) and it was dry - will nuke less next time. Good chocolate flavor though - I did an internet search for "paleo, easy, chocolate" and this came up.

Anonymous said...

This was great. Ran out of cocoa powder so I used the Enjoy Life choc chips instead. I used a bigger mug and 1 minute was perfect. ooey, chocolately goodness at the bottom. :)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try this! My former mug brownie recipe was made with refined flour, sugar, and vegetable oil. This sounds like a much healthier way to satisfy my ever-present chocolate craving!

Anonymous said...

I just made this and the first one was very dry and I didn't use all the honey. Made another and used all the honey and cooked for 1:35 and it is not near as dry.

Delicious, can't wait to try other things on this site!!

Erica Giles said...

Hi, I found this wonderful recipe on Pinterest, except that the pictures and the exact recipe were posted on someone else's site. I wasn't sure if you were aware that someone else is using your pictures and recipe: http://www.evokingyou.com/fitness/2013/03/thursday-delights-13/#

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Thank you Erica for letting me know! I am not okay with that at all.

Jessica Berger said...

I just made this almost exactly as the first recipe except I added about 1 TBS of coconut milk and cooked for only 1 min 30 seconds.. DEVINE.. will add fresh berries and raw milk whipped cream next time.. YUM

Jwalsh said...

Do you think i could make this ahead of time and micro smaller portions at a time? I just made it and no way i'd be able to split it into two servings once its in my mug!!

Sooo yummy!!

Country Chic said...

MMmmmmm just made this! I swapped 1 Tbs of cocoa for choc. chia goodness. So filling!

Kelly said...

Eating it right now and am in love!! Thanks so much for your creativity!!

Anonymous said...

I've made a mug cake before, but it never came out this good AND it certainly wasn't paleo friendly!!!

Anonymous said...

Because I'm not crazy about the Omega-6's in the almond flour, as another poster suggested, I substituted coconut flour for the almond (same amounts), added 2 tablespoons of melted butter and 1/3 cup of milk. I did not add the cinnamon, because I'm not crazy about chocolate and cinnamon together. I had to cook it for about 3-1/2 minutes because it was still very wet in the middle on top after 2 minutes. This took care of the dryness problem. It was very moist and perfect! Will add homemade chocolate chips next time.

Stacy said...

Um, yum.

We don't have any almond flour, so I used all coconut flour. I added a teaspoon of coconut oil hoping to moisten it up, but it still looked too dry when I mixed it up, so a second egg did the trick. Two minutes in the microwave and perfect.

I did add a tablespoon or so of mini chocolate chips on top, but it doesn't really need it..

Anonymous said...

Thank you to "anonymous" post on February 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM.
I did it mostly like yours:

3 Tablespoons of Almond Meal
2 Tablespoons of Carob Powder
2 Tablespoons of Honey
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
Pinch of salt
3 dashes of Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter

Mix well, put in greased coffee mug, microwave for 1:30 minutes. Perfect!

Bowlingirl said...

Just made this for my husband and daughter and myself. Awesome! Thank you for the recipe. Nice to know there is a way to satisfy a chocolate craving without going off the Paleo plan.

Annabel Barritt said...

Never fancied trying paleo before... But you have really inspired me to give it a go!

Unknown said...

Try dropping a tbsp of nutbutter on top of it before you microwave, it's like a lave cake. I also would cut down the time to just over 1 minute.

Andrea said...

Holy chocolate cake! You have changed so many people's lives by sharing this, thanks! It was a-freaking-mazing.

JenWebb said...

Just made this for the third time... Simply amazing!! Thank you as always for sharing your WONDERFUL recipes!!! This really hits the spot for those chocolate cravings every month!

Anonymous said...

yummy! so easy & good! I subbed pure maple syrup for the honey & nuked 90 seconds, perfect! thanks for sharing your chocolate creation!

Natasha said...

Commenting as I savor every bite! Yum!! Wish I would have read the comments first and microwaved for a shorter time, still good!

Anonymous said...

YUMMY! Thanks for posting this- I really needed a chocolate fix ;)
I added about 1TBS melted butter since some comments had mentioned it was a bit dry. It is SO good!

5ce46ac4-c9eb-11e2-876f-000bcdcb5194 said...

just wanted to know is there a low low carb way of making this is just sounds soo yummy

Anonymous said...

sounds soo yummy i wanted to know if anyone would have a low low carb version of this would love to make it thanks justginababe@aol.com

Cara Foley said...

I loved this! I added 1 tbsp of almond milk to offset the dryness. Perfect dessert after a hard day

Emma Watkins said...

You are a lifesaver!! I've been Paleo for just over two months, and wondered if microwave cakes were still possible on the diet...THANK YOU!

Inspirational Focus said...

I loved to add pieces of walnuts , omg my fav as is :)

jennifer smith said...

I added 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil and it helped give it a little moistness. Thank you for your recipes!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I was wondering can I make this in the oven if no how long would I took it for and what temp. should I set it. I don't have a microwave.

Anonymous said...

Yum! Made this tonight and I will need to cut down the microwave time, other than that it was amazing. Thanks for sharing.

lethargicsmiles said...

Vegans/egg allergic -- you can make this with ener-g egg replacer. :) I did so and thought I'd share.

I made this with ener-g egg replacer and also threw in some blueberries. After about two and a half minutes in a microwave that tends to cook too quickly, the consistency was perfect. I was really surprised to find it was much too sweet for me! I took about three bites and had to put it down. This is strange as I used to chug Mountain Dews like no other, but maybe my low sugar lifestyle is catching up to me.

Mrs. Johnson said...

Chocolate fix! This was great. I will be using the suggestions to give it a tab bit more moisture. Thanks!

Rachel said...

2 minutes? My cake came out burnt? :/

keb plc said...

People still use microwaves?

Melinda Gray said...

Made this just now. Hot damn it was good! So rich, and the PERFECT consistency too! Seriously tasted exactly like any normal chocolate cake/pudding.
Thank you so much for sharing! Loved it hot with Skinny Cow icecream!

pacificnorthwestwoman said...

Rediculously easy and great.

Christen Bouffard said...

tried this recipe tonight and was very pleased with how rich it turned out. It was rich and not overly sweet. Way more satisfying than old-fashioned conventional cake. I had a little cashew creme (cashews, dates, coconut oil, salt) left over from another recipe that i used as a light frosting. Perfect!

Kelly said...

Do you think I could turn this into a whole cake kind of thing? Idk, multiply the recipe by 10 and put it in a small cake pan? I'm just going to try!

Anonymous said...

This was fantastic...was looking for a healthy, paleo mug cake..thank you so much!! Yours is the first recipe I tried. :)

k i m i said...

Thank you for sharing your recipes! I made the 2 Minute Pumpkin Pie a couple of weeks ago when I had some left over pumpkin puree and I remembered to look up your website when I had the hankering for something chocolate (about 10 minutes ago). The Chocolate Cake is currently cooling in the mug and I just realized I have everything to make the 2 Minute Blueberry Muffin for tomorrow morning. I added a scoop of Barney Bare Almond Crunchy Almond Butter and added some ground ginger for a little kick. Cannot wait to try this with sunflower seed flour!

Anonymous said...

A heaping tablespoon of coconut oil took this from nummy to divine!

Unknown said...

This was amazing! I just started this diet and thought "there is no way I will ever survive!!" I love having cakes and other sweet items for dessert. This was so easy and wonderful! It tasted like real cake! Love it!

Anonymous said...

I made this straight up despite the comments. OK I tossed in a few pecan pieces. I nervously watched the cake rise above the mug but never overflow. It was a good solid cake. I had no idea this could be done. I can see how some thought it was dry but it was perfect for me. I like baked things baked. I like the carob idea above and will try that. Seems like you also could press a few raspberries into the top before cooking and get a more fancy result. We'll see.

Melanie McIntosh said...

Would love to figure out a way to do this without a microwave :o) … we don't own one.

Anonymous said...

I made this as-is and it was good, but dry. I made it again today and added a dab of butter ( I am assuming coconut oil would do the same) and also a splash of peppermint extract....this time it was pretty close to perfect!!

Stacy said...

I followed the ingredient list but I also added 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and I only microwaved it for 1 1/2 minutes and is awesome. Moist and delicious

Ellen Rozsa said...

Added some toasted shredded unsweetened coconut, almond butter and hemp milk, reduced the cocoa powder by 1 tbsp. Really delicious and filling. Would love to see some variations on this basic recipe: chipotle chocolate, maple, vanilla, pumpkin....

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