Chocolate Mug Cake – Two Ways

Healthy chocolate mug cake recipe

This recipe that Im about to share with you may just change your life. Because since I created it, it has quite possibly changed mine.

Sometimes, there are those evenings where you just want dessert NOW. You don’t want to start turning on the oven; you don’t want to start measuring out ingredients. You just want it straight away, or at the very least, in 5-10 minutes.

Or there may be those days when you just crave chocolate cake, like, all day. It may be down to stress; it may the body naturally craving what it needs, or it may be hormones (for us women).

Whatever the reason is, those days actually exist, and few things are more disappointing than realising you don’t actually have any chocolate cake in the house.

Gluten free vegan chocolate mug cake

Like most other people in this world, I work a normal, 9-5:30pm job, so am more than aware of how having a nice dinner or dessert to look forward to when you come home can make a big difference to your day. Like it or not, food is not only for fuel – it has the ability to impact our mood, which in turn affects everything else.

So it’s all the more important that we don’t deprive ourselves of the fun stuff.

“But I can’t eat chocolate cake every day! That’s not healthy!” you might be thinking.

Well, luckily, my friends, this is a chocolate mug cake with a difference. It is healthy!

Low fat chocolate mug cake

 

Oil Free, Naturally Sweetened, Low-Fat

Microwavable mug cakes are of course nothing new in the foodie blog world. Whatever genius originally came up with the concept of using the microwave to make an instantaneous cake, let’s give them credit right now. In fact, I dedicate this recipe to you, whoever you are, because without you this recipe would not exist.

However, I’ve experimented a lot with microwave mug cakes over the last couple of years, and I always had my qualms.

Vegan chocolate mug cake recipe

First of all, many of them are made with traditional white or wholemeal flour, which is fine, but actually other flours will work too.

Secondly, these mug cakes nearly always contained oil of some kind, such as coconut or vegetable oil. Again, there is nothing wrong with oil in small amounts, but if you want to have the freedom to eat this cake however many times a week you wish, it is probably better if the oil isn’t featured.

My own personal take on this cake basically fits my own personal diet, which is no oil, low fat, and using a wholegrain as the base. Usually any type of sugar will work in these cakes, so I choose to use coconut sugar. However, brown cane sugar or sucanat will work too.

Instead of oil, I use fruit puree. Used as an oil replacement in lots of other low-fat cakes and bakes, apple puree, date puree or mashed banana is the perfect way to add moistness without the calories.

As a bonus, they both add fibre, minerals and a bit of extra sweetener too! In fact, I’ve even sometimes left out the sugar in this cake, sweetening it simply with the mashed banana instead.

Oil free chocolate mug cake

 

Grain-free Version

Because I want dessert to be available to everybody, regardless of what diet they follow, I created two versions of this pudding.

The first uses oats as the base, making this cake a great source of slow-releasing energy as well as fibre and vitamins.

The second uses almond flour to create a grain-free, lower-carb version. If you’re following a paleo or low-carb lifestyle, this option may be preferable to you (though you may want to leave out the sugar if you’re concerned about that).

For me, I prefer the lower-fat version, so I always use oats. Enjoy this cake topped with your favourite custard, cream or ice cream…or just enjoy as it is! For these photos I topped mine with some of Booja Booja’s fantastic Hunky Punky chocolate ice cream.

Healthy chocolate mug cake

Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake – Low Fat

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp oat flour (oats ground up in your blender)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp coconut sugar/brown cane sugar
  • 3 tsp apple puree/date puree, OR 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp non-dairy milk

Method

  1. Once you’ve ground your oats into a fine flour, place into a mug and mix with the cocoa powder, sugar and baking soda.
  2. Add whatever fruit puree you’re using, and the non-dairy milk. Whisk together thoroughly until there are no lumps.
  3. Microwave for 1:20 mins, or more if it’s too gooey for your liking.
  4. Enjoy as it is, or top with your favourite non-dairy custard, cream or ice-cream.

 

Gluten free vegan chocolate mug cake

 

Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake – Grain-free

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp almond flour (almonds ground up in your blender)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp coconut sugar/brown cane sugar
  • 3 tsp apple puree/date puree, OR 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp non-dairy milk

 

Method

Follow steps 1-3 above.

This version may need a little longer in the microwave than the oat version, as almonds are much more moist. However, that won’t be a problem if you like a gooier cake!

 

What did you guys think of this recipe? If you try it please let me know, I would love to hear your feedback!

Fast easy chocolate mug cake

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