Paleo Mug Cake | Dairy Free

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What is up my favorite people — this is an interesting week don’t you think? It’s not like it’s the week of Christmas or Thanksgiving where we can woohoo lots of FOOD and ohh maybe a present or two and oooohhhhh more Food!

No, it’s Valentines Day. The only reason I fully support Valentines Day is because it normally includes chocolate, and lots of it. As a not so surprising confession, I’m really not the red hearts and pink accents kind of Valentines Day girl. I’m more eat way to much Sushi and watch Enders Game kind of Valentines Day girl {it’s ok to be jealous of my plans on Friday}.


But because Valentines Day is literally around the corner and I was going to post a Mug Cake recipe soon — I figured what the heck, I’ll hook you guys up with something for your sweetheart or just for you.

Mug cakes are new to me — this isn’t something I’ve been making for years and years, it’s literally been two weeks. And my first reaction? How have I LIVED without these little suckers! They’re fool proof, single serving, chocolatley cups of omgyummy. I kid you not — Mr. POAB who as we all know isn’t a dessert lover, actually likes these and was quoted saying “they taste like cake”.

And in the words of one of my friends — Boom Roasted. Exactly.

Now if you’re making these for your hunny on Friday — fear not, you can’t mess this up, this won’t mess up your kitchen and you’re going to be a hero for thinking of a dessert that can be made at a moments notice. Heck if you want get fancy with it and pop it on a plate, then you’ll get the melty chocolate on the bottom to drizzle over the rest of it and now you like a pro.

Just make sure the mug-of-choice is microwave safe and dishwasher safe {because trust me — these make the cup not to fun to clean — sorry!}.

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Paleo Mug Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Almond Flour
  • 2 Tbsp. Chocolate Chips {I used the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips -- they're gluten, soy + dairy free}
  • 2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla
  1. Crack your egg into your mug and use a fork to beat it up
  2. Add the rest of your ingredients into your mug and beat it up all together well.
  3. Microwave for around a 1½ minutes. {Go for a minute first and the check it and give it another 30 seconds}

For Mug size? When I use my normal coffee cup these filled it about half way — the cup I used in the photo is a little “cappuccino” mug I snagged at Target for $1.25 on clearance {in the words of Gus from Psych “You know that’s right”}.

Oh and make yourself one of these tonight — cause you totally deserve it!



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  1. says

    If mug cakes are new to you, then you’ve been missing out on something delicious and simple. Question: Should there really be a whole tablespoon of vanilla in this tiny mug cake recipe? That seems like a *lot* of vanilla, is that right or should it be one teaspoon? I just made it with a 1 tsp and it tastes fantastic!

    Here’s one of my all time favorite paleo mug cake recipes – Moist Chocolate Cake. It has a few more incredients than this one, but it’s absolutely amazing.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • says

      Heyy Brian!
      Hahah I actually do use a whole Tablespoon in mine but I’m vanilla obsessed so it works for me! But less always works too :)

      • Kristen says

        I think the whole tablespoon is great! Just made this. I’ve been dying for a chocolate chip cookie and this definitely satisfied that craving!! Thank you for saving me time on creating my own recipe, this one is perfect!

  2. Jennie says

    Oh how I have been missing these little mug cakes since going Paleo!!!! Thank you, Liz, for giving me back my bedtime dessert!! I kinda agree with Brian’s take on the vanilla…a little much for me. Didn’t have any chocolate chips so I threw in a spoonful of cocoa powder and some shredded unsweetened coconut and it was wonderful! Next is going to be a lemon flavored one!

    Again, thanks Liz for these fab recipes!!!!!

  3. Jessie says

    Wow this is the only successful mug cake I’ve ever made (paleo and non-paleo). I added some coconut oil and omitted the chocolate chips but now wish i had added them haha. Thanks!!!!

  4. Samantha says

    I’m actually sitting on the couch right now eating my mug cake. This is literally the only mug cake i ever made that worked! I only used 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1 tb of chocolate chips then added little bit of shredded coconut to it. It came out amazing. Thank you so much! Soo good

  5. Emerald says

    First thing I’ve ever read of yours and you have shared the perfect dessert and you’ve mentioned a movie/book I LOVE and a show I love!!! You must be awesome! I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Alicia says

    Best mugcake ever! And paleo too! Amazing! :) I changed it up by using only 1 tsp vanilla (rest of what was left of my bottle), 1 Tbsp enjoy life choc chips and 1 Tbsp honey! Thank you for the best mug cake recipe! Can’t believe it’s so simple!

  7. Marisol says

    This is the perfect fix for a rainy night. Its really amazing. First time I didn’t have any choco chips so I made it plain and it was really good. This time I used the chocolate chips and it was amazing. Next time I will try to add some fresh fruit and see how that works… :) Thanks for the recipe!!!! I didn’t use the 1Tbsp vanilla, only used 1 Tsp.

  8. Jen says

    Delicious! I only used 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tbsp of chips and no honey and it was still yummy! I did add a bit of almond extract. Thanks!!

  9. Rachel says

    Yum! I am eating this right now and it’s delicious. :-) I used raw, organic cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips. Will be a new favourite recipe for sure. Thanks!

  10. Sue-Ann says

    Just made this as my first mug cake… it… is… divine!

    I added pecans instead of chocolate chips and added no vanilla – still amazeballs :)


  11. says

    To be honest, I’ve found the idea of making cake in the microwave totally unappealing. But I was desperate for something sweet tonight so I tried your recipe. Consider me wrong! This is too easy to be this good! This is definitely life changing since with eggs and maple syrup in the recipe, it could totally mean cake for breakfast. Every. Day. Thank you! Shared on my blog FB page and about to pin too! :)

  12. Keri says

    Made this tonight- really good!!

    I subbed tapioca flour for the almond flour. 1:1

    I may even half the recipe next time. It was a decent size!

  13. Jackie says

    OMG outstanding! Halved the maple syrup but then topped with whipped coconut cream sweetened with the leftover 1 tbsp maple syrup plus more vanilla (I love vanilla too!). Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Steph says

    wowza! this is amazing and so easy! as others mentioned, i decreased the vanilla to 1 tsp. as well. as soon as I pulled it out of the microwave I poked a whole in the middle and drizzled in some sunbutter. this could be dangerous… Mmm! thx for sharing!

  15. MK says

    Just came out of the microwave, and surprisingly good (this is my first positive experience with mug cakes, woo!)

    I omitted the chocolate since I didn’t have any. Texture:spongey and moist. Flavor: tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios the cereal. Next time I’ll add less vanilla (1 tbs is a lot for 1 serving).
    I wonder how you can make a chocolate cake version of this and make it still come out moist and yummy? Thanks for this recipe!

  16. Angel says

    I found this recipe a couple of months ago and we love it! It was a lifesaver this weekend when I asked my toddler what she wanted for breakfast and she responded “blue cake!” This is the first recipe that came to mind, and instead of chocolate chips I added some crushed blueberries. voila! One happy little girl! :). I have since made pink cake (strawberries) and green cake (kale… Didn’t really make it green but it was still delicious!). Thank you sooooo much for sharing this! :)

  17. Penny says

    Paleo is so cool for the replacement aspect alone. There’s a Paleo recipe for almost everything that’s not Paleo. Just finished this with chopped walnuts on top. It was amazing and exactly the taste I wanted! I’m enjoying venturing into this new way of eating and I love that you had the perfect-sized chocolate-chippity treat (better off having a “just for tonight” dessert in the house). There are certain foods I still want in my life and this is one of them. I don’t need to look any more for a small-sized chocolate chip cookie/cake recipe. This one’s pure perfection. Loved all the additional ideas to modify some of the time, too. Thank you so much for posting this.

  18. Stephanie Smith says

    I have been craving something sweet and this was perfect! Super tasty, super quick, I couldn’t be more pleased! Thank you SO much! A+!

    • says

      Heyy! I’m so sorry to hear that!!! If it tasted bitter it might be the chocolate or the maple syrup — you could try adding a different maple syrup, skipping the chocolate or one of my favorite things to do is once it’s out of the microwave, topping it with a healthy drizzle of more maple syrup! It makes it sweeter and gives it a slightly different flavor :)

      You could also try leaving out the vanilla and adding 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon instead!!!

      Hope that helps a little!!!! Cheers :)

  19. Chante Bockover says

    This is awesome! Just made these for my little family and it’s amazing! I also did one with raisins instead of chocolate and added a bit of cinnamon…perfectly fast breakfast for the rushed what mornings…thanks so much for sharing!

  20. Scott says

    Love your site Liz! My wife and I switched to paleo a few months ago and I always find great recipes on this site! You help us stay strong :-)

  21. Holli says

    Just made this- and even without the chocolate chips…this makes an amazing vanilla maple cake!! You just earned yourself a new fan! Thanks a bunch!

  22. Amanda says

    This is absolutely delicious! I think it did have too much vanilla and I reduced it a little. Next time I’ll use a tsp. thanks so much! So simple and insanely good and satisfying!

  23. says

    I’m excited to try this tomorrow…I just have a potentially dumb question. I have a GF flour…can I just use that? Or use almond flour for both types of flour?


    • says

      Heyy Madison!
      I’m not sure if the gluten free flour would work – you could totally give it a try! And you’ll probably need to add extra almond flour if you substitute it for the coconut flour because it a different kind of absorbing flour … it’ll still taste good but it won’t have the same texture/feel to it!

      • Lisa says

        Just made this and it is the best one yet. The others were too dry. I’ll be making it again for sure. Might try adding cocoa powder or cinnamon. I like that I don’t have a full cake lying around to tempt me.


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