5 Healthier Microwave Mug Cakes

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One mug, one microwave, and your favorite ingredients: Dessert done.

Whether you’re busy, tired, or just craving chocolate cake right now, you’ll appreciate the microwave mug cake. It doesn’t get much easier than tossing a few ingredients into a mug, sticking it in the microwave, and getting all the flavors of a sweet treat in under five minutes flat. We’ve picked out some of the healthier recipes on the web (though of course, we always recommend eating sweet desserts in moderation!), so you can lock in both convenience + eating clean at the same time. It’s official: Cupcakes are out, mug cakes are in.

#1 Single-Serving Clean Chocolate Mug Cake | Amy’s Healthy Baking

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Here’s an answer to your cake cravings. This recipe ranks high on our healthy scale thanks to its ingredients: It calls for dark chocolate (the lesser evil in the sweets world, thanks to its reported health benefits) and maple syrup instead of refined sugars. It’s rare to find a sugar-free dessert that tastes so good. We love that Amy, the blogger behind Amy’s Healthy Baking, also used Greek yogurt. If you want to make it gluten-free, she suggests using gluten-free flour. (We suggest almond flour.) Find the full recipe on Amy’s blog

#2 Sweet Potato Mug Cake | Oh My Veggies

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If you’re craving a sweet treat but aren’t the biggest fan of chocolate, this sweet potato mug cake is for you. It’s dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free, and it retains all the sweetness of sweet potatoes, along with a slightly nutty, slightly cinnamon taste. It has an ingredient list that’s a little longer than the others, but it’s got a flavor that rivals a bakery cake…. all concocted in under 10 minutes. Find the full recipe – originally from Leslie Bilderback’s Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth – on the blog Oh My Veggies. 

#3 Banana Mug Cake For One | Chocolate-Covered Katie

Source: Chocolate-Covered Katie
Source: Chocolate-Covered Katie

Banana cake for one, please. We like this recipe for a quick breakfast treat (it takes just five minutes to make) because most of us already have the necessary ingredients in our kitchen. Blogger Katie also includes instructions on how to make the delicious streusel she tops the mug cake with. Note: this recipe includes two teaspoons of sugar or stevia to make, so feel free to leave that ingredient out if you’re trying to avoid sugars. Find the full recipe on her blog, Chocolate-Covered Katie

#4 3-Minute Coconut Flour And Chocolate Mug Cake | Goodness Green

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This recipe is low-carb, low-glycemic, high-protein, and high-fiber – perfect for those trying to follow a paleo diet. Oh, and it also tastes very, very good. It tastes rich, moist, and chocolatey but still deliciously light, thanks to using coconut flour and honey instead of refined sugars. Adding chocolate chips to the mix is absolutely optional – we tried it with and without them and both results tasted equally as good. Find the full recipe on Goodness Green here

#5 Paleo Mug Cake | It’s A Nerdy Life

Source: It's A Nerdy Life
Source: It’s A Nerdy Life

This mug cake is pretty much like eating a batch of chewy chocolate chip cookies with a spoon. It’s one of the easiest, simplest, and cleanest recipes we could find for a chocolate mug cake out there. The gluten-free, paleo recipe uses just six easy ingredients: one egg, coconut flour, almond flour, maple syrup, vanilla, and gluten-free/soy-free/dairy-free chocolate chips. The recipe takes just three easy steps, one mug to clean, and two minutes to make. Find the full recipe on the blog, It’s A Nerdy Life here.