Paleo Chocolate Fudge + Vanilla Bean Mug Cakes

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on November 28, 2011

Have I mentioned how much I love Pinterest? I think my life has become more creative as a result of spending at least 20 minutes a day on the site.

I have my eye on fork magnets,

flower eggs,

and perhaps a bit too many wedding ideas for a girl who’s not even engaged… yet. But hey, when it happens, I can say with confidence that our wedding will be ridiculously beautiful!

There are so many amazing things on the site that one just has to accept that they will not, and cannot get to everything.

There are the pins you make fully knowing that you will not get to them – like all of the items on my hair board. Cute, but seriously? I barely have enough time to dry my hair in the morning let alone follow an up-do guide.

And then there are the pins that you see and instantly know you just have to drop everything and make it. That’s where these mug cakes come in. You could even go as far as saying it was love at first sight. That was until I figured out their nutrition facts…

Each classic mug cake is around = calories 897; fat 48.6g; carbohydrate 100g; fiber 9.7g; sugars 56g; protein 12g

Eak! Ah! That’s just too much of a good thing for this girl.

But where there’s a tasty looking recipe, and a hungry Leanne, there’s always a way.

With a bit of adjusting, I managed to slash the calories, fat, carbs, and sugar in half or more, increase the protein, fiber, and make it grain-free and paleo.

Party in my mouth, and you can have one too… you just need 5 minutes and a couple of ingredients…

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Chocolate Fudge Mug Cake

Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free

Grain-free fudge mug cakes with half the calories, sugar, and fat as the standard mug cake!

Adapted from: ATX gluten-free

Yield: 1 cake

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup egg whites or 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp unpasteurized honey
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 drops liquid vanilla stevia
  • handful unsweetened carob chips, cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Grease a microwave safe coffee mug with coconut oil or cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients in the mug and mix with fork to combine the ingredients.
  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds to 3 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave. I found that with our microwave, 2 minutes gave a slightly uncooked, or fudgy cake, and 3 minutes for a full baked cake.

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And just because I was feeling a bit ambitious; and Kevin wanted his own mug cake after he saw mine, I tried out a vanilla version, too!

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Vanilla Bean Mug Cake

Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free

A perfect paleo treat that’s high in protein, fiber, and lower in sugars than most snack-type cakes.

Yield: 1 cake

Servings: 1

  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1.5 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup egg whites or 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp unpasteurized honey
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 10 drops liquid vanilla stevia

Directions

  1. Grease a microwave safe coffee mug with coconut oil or cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients in the mug and mix with fork to combine the ingredients.
  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds to 3 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave. I found that with our microwave, 2 minutes gave a slightly uncooked, soft cake, and 3 minutes for a full baked cake.

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Both cakes were super delicious and even had Kevin saying he’d be willing to part with his store-bought soy pudding if it meant he could eat one of these a day. Now, if only we had an unlimited supply of almond flour.

Have you tried making a mug cake?

If so, what changes did you make to the recipe?

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

I love the mug cakes! And I love Pinterest! I have a whole Board devoted to Microwave Mug Cakes! Well, I just changed the title of it last week to included Microwave Foods, b/c some of the things on the board arent technically cake but that is so cool you made these..yum!

“Perhaps a bit too many wedding ideas for a girl who’s not even engaged… yet.” — Ok I swear to god I thought you and Kevin were married. Already. Like for years! Shows you what I know..or how much I just assumed you guys were already happily married b/c you seem so perfect together :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I need to checkout this board you speak of, that’s too cool! hehe love that you thought Kevin and I were married! So sweet of you to say we’re all perfect together <3 geez I'm in love with that guy!

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Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous

Love the mug cake! I love single serving cakes so I’m not tempted to nibble on the leftovers! :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

OK, don’t feel bad about the bookmarking wedding ideas thing because I’ve been doing the same and I’m not even in any sort of relationship right now!! I heart Pinterest too, and have been doing my best to limit my time on there lately because it’s so addicting! As for mug cakes, yours are so cute! I make a high protein version for a post-workout snack that contains protein powder, egg whites, cinnamon, and (my favourite right now) pureed pumpkin. It likely has a very different texture to yours but I love them!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Well then, I definitely don’t feel so bad! Nothing wrong with a girl dreaming about her wedding day!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn

Holy shit, girl. When I saw the first nutrition stats I seriously thought that was the recipe you were giving us. Nearly scared the coffee outta me! Ahahah but obviously I am going to make YOURS. Dear god. 897 calories. What the efffff.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I know, right? That’s what I said when I was about to make the classic version!

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Nora

I really want to make my own Pinterest account but I’m so afraid it’ll lead to a slight addiction! Once I’m done with this semester of school, that’ll be one of the first things I do. Along with making these yummy looking mug cakes. Reasons like these are why I can’t wait to have a kitchen again!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

I have those pepper-egg pinned too! Pinterest is the most addicting thing I’ve found in a long time… and they’ve already blocked it at work. Boo!

You microwave cakes look so much better than when I tried it. I’ve give it 3 shots. One exploded and the other 2 were nasty. I’m going to attempt yours next time!

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Erin

Leanne, those mugs are SO cute. Where did you get them?? And the mug cake sounds delicious, too =)

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Mallory

Any ideas of how to bake if one only has a toaster oven and regular oven? No microwave here…

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I haven’t tried it, but you could give it a whirl in a 350F oven for 20 minutes or so.

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Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

I love these!! I really like the single serving idea… I made a mug cake before but I can’t remember what I put in it…. I hate that!! Wish I would have written it down =)

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Amanda

I really love Pinterest too, it definitely inspires me!! Thanks for sharing the recipe and as always just wanted to complement your photography, Pictures look great!!

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Andrea

I’ve been eyeing mug cakes for a while now and I think it’s about time to try one out! :)

Do you know of anywhere to find vanilla beans for a reasonable price? Online or something? Everywhere I see them they are like $7868743 for like 3 of them ha

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I buy mine at Bulk Barn for about $1 a piece. You can also find “vanilla powder” at many healthfood stores. It’s generally with the superfoods like chia, maca, etc. It’s much cheaper than the bean, and still tastes the same!

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Andrea

Holy good deal! I was just at the grocery store today and saw some beans… almost $10 for 2 beans!! Does Bulk Barn have a website or is it just a store in Canada that you go to?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

It’s just a store in Canada that I go to… I don’t believe they have an online store. $10 for 2 beans is ridiculous. If you can’t find the powder, you could go with vanilla extract, too!

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

Mug cakes are not only cute, they give you instant portion control! Both these sound delicious!

I actually shared my new favorite chocolate mug cake last week… http://www.healthywithheather.com/2011/11/individual-microwave-chocolate-mug-cake/
We can’t get enough of them!

I’ve gotta try your vanilla bean version.

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

I love those fork magnets! Perfect for rent checks. Also, your mugs are adorable.

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

These look amazing, Leanne! I’ve never made a mug cake before because I don’t have a microwave….but my bitter chocolate cake is somewhat similar…only made in the oven.

And I was thinking exactly what Averie was thinking-I thought you two were already married! You are perfect together :D

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Jessica

Um…thanks for sharing the nutrition stats with your readers. Now no one will want to try my recipe!!!!! :)

No really- glad you found inspiration and was able to make a paleo version. I look forward to trying your vanilla version sometime. That has been on my list for quite sometime now! I made a paleo pumpkin version with applesauce and coconut oil as the fat base over Thanksgiving and it was delicious!

PS. I am obsessed with Pinterest too!!!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com

OOOOOOO!!!!! Love this recipe!!! I adore Almond Flour and Coconut Flour and am trying eggs out again, so I’m rocking these freakin mugs!!! YUMM!!!

I’ve never been to pinetrest….am I missing something??? LOL!

HAHHA I’m not engaged either but I still plan ;)

xxoo

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

I LOVE cake in a cup! My current favorite is peanut butter! YUM! These look amazing! Now I want one of each! Love those hair pics and the flower eggs. Max would love that one too. I’m so making that soon! Oh and a girl can always dream of her wedding. Heck I’m married and I get all caught up in looking at wedding stuff. It’s such a fairy tale!

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Melissa Darr

*sigh* I need one of those mug cakes right this minute! A pick me up is what I need and these delicious cupful delights is just the thing I think…. see ya off to make one now! :-)

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katie @KatieDid

I need to try almond flour. Worth the investment? These look sooo easy and tasty, I think these are reason enough to splurge on the flour.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m totally biased on this! haha since going grain-free, I really only have access to almond flour and a couple of others, so I say HECK YA it’s worth it! Hope your trip went well, are you back now?

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Dayanna

I think this recipe is Pinterest worthy! Gonna pin it to my eats board :P SO good … Just made one and it smells delish! Yay for Monday’s!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

So happy you liked it, Dayanna!

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Lynne

I make mine really simple – almond flour, honey powder, dark cocoa powder, an egg, some chocolate hemp milk and chocolate flax oil. Can you tell I love chocolate? I use ceramic bowls and don’t even spray it first. I mix everything in the cup, nuke it, and try not to burn myself from eating it too soon! I made it for my aunt while visiting her once, and now I’m required to make it every time I go! I’ve started packing ziploc baggie mixes so I don’t have to think about the measurements.

Here’s my recipe:
http://www.fightingpcosnaturally.com/2011/08/gluten-free-chocolate-heaven-in-cup.html

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Josie

I have become slightly obsessed with these little single-serve cakes/muffins lately. I’ve been making them almost daily for a couple of weeks. Something about warm, fragrant baked goods in 5 minutes flat is irresistable in this dark, wet weather.

My favorites are apple-cinnamon, banana-nutmeg, and pineapple-coconut. I’ve been making mine with GF flour, but I’ll have to try your flourless version – that’s a serious serving of protein!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh yum, I love the banana nutmeg combo! To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever put those two flavors together before!

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Divya

Oooh..I was so happy to see these in my inbox this morning. I’ve been seeing all these recipes for mug cakes this past year, but none of them are even close to be nutritious. I saw one that called for 1/3 cup for butter – and that was just for one cake!

I love how you tweak recipes and make them so much healthier and virtually guilt-free :).

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Mmmmm mug cakes!! You know I have a serious love for this… you saw the one I had a few weeks back (that I too found on pinterest) that I had major guilt over. I am so glad you not only figured out the nutritional facts, but also updated it to be much healthier! Yes!!! I love you for this ;) haha

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Stephanie Cold

I love this blog and I love all the yummy ideas!… BUT, using the microwave! No way! I didn’t realize that you still used that. Aren’t you worried about the radiation and what it does to the food? I haven’t touched the microwave in my apartment for years and years! Other than cooking it in the oven, that’s all I would change! Thanks!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hey Stephanie – thanks for your message :) We don’t use the microwave too often in our house. Similar to having a treat every once in awhile, I like to use the microwave in when I’m in need of a quick bite, or see something I really want to give a try. Good for you for removing it completely! Maybe one day I’ll be there too. Although I haven’t tried it, I’d mentioned to a couple of readers that you could probably bake this cake in an oven 350F for 20 minutes or so.

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Cara

totally can’t wait to try this!

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Joy

The “cup” cakes look great. I have meaing to try something similiar but I have been afraid to :D

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Katy

Just found your blog, and in particular this post. I’m a new paleo blogger, and I also love polka dots and mug cakes! your site is so pretty!

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Barbara

I’m so glad I don’t own a microwave or I’d be making these cakes daily! Yum, they look so good. . .and being gluten free only makes it more tempting!

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curlygirl

I could HUG YOU for this recipe!! Oh my, it is the first time I’ve eaten anything that tasted like real cake since our family went paleo!! Thank you, thank you!!! :) Your cake (chocolate) is the featured recipe on my blog this week: http://www.paleomusings.com/2012/04/it-tastes-like-cake-real-cake.html

I am so thrilled. You are a GENIUS. Sheer Genius! <3

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

*virtual hug* :) I’m so happy you liked the cake! Thanks for featuring my recipe on your blog, too!

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Alexis

Hi Leanne,
I am thinking of making little pkgs of dry ingredients of these for a gift for my brother. He is used to the conventional mug cakes though, so I think venturing into stevia would be going a bit too far for him. What would the equivalent of 10 drops of stevia be in unrefined cane sugar?
Thanks!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

That’s an awesome idea, Alexis! I bet you could get away with 1-2 tablespoons. You may want to test it out on a homemade, fresh baked one first just in case.

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