A few days after I sent over the footage for this TV episode to my video editor, he sent me an email. He mentioned that while making a mug cake that evening for dessert, he remembered the super easy 3-ingredient chocolate drizzle I included in that episode, so he tried it on his mug cake…
And he called it magical! His kind note made my entire day, so I quickly typed out a response. Inside, I included that I had made a major mug cake break-through of my own when I started microwaving them on 30% power instead, and I shared an explanation of why that made a huge difference, along with my favorite mug cake recipes.
The following weekend, he sent me another email about how he tried my recipe and also made the same mug cake for his significant other and mom. He included a picture along with their reviews…
All three of them proclaimed my recipe as the best mug cake ever! My editor even went on to say it made his own mug cake recipe look like a sad pretender. I felt like I was on cloud nine for days—that’s such high praise!
So in honor of my incredible video editor, I’m sharing my favorite mug cake recipe with you: this Healthy Flourless Chocolate Mug Cake! It’s supremely rich and chocolaty, even with no eggs, butter, refined flour or sugar. And it’s just 108 calories!
True single-serving dessert perfection! 😉
Like I previously mentioned, I make my healthy mug cakes a little differently than most traditional recipes! Since my healthy mug cakes contain a lot less fat than typical recipes, I microwave them on 30% power instead for a longer period of time.
If you microwaved them on high for 1 minute like in traditional recipes, that would result in tough or gummy textures. However, this lower power better simulates baking in a regular oven, so your mug cakes turn out nice and tender instead!
So now with that nerdy microwave science out of the way… Let’s talk about the ingredients you’ll need!
First up is cocoa powder. Use the regular unsweetened kind, like this! Do not substituted Dutched or special dark cocoa powder. In this particular recipe, they actually have a much less prominent chocolaty flavor… Almost a little dull and bland. Regular unsweetened cocoa powder gives your healthy mug cake the most chocolaty and rich flavor!
I struggled with the name of this recipe… Should it be called “flourless” or “practically flourless” instead? That’s because you’ll mix in oat flour next, like this! (Or this for a gluten-free version!) Oat flour is simply finely ground oats so… I’m not sure if it technically counts as flour. I’ll let you decide!
Tip: You can make your own oat flour at home! I show you how here.
This low-calorie chocolate mug cake only requires ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil (or butter, if you prefer!) and no eggs. Instead, it gets the rest of its moist texture from Greek yogurt! I always love baking with Greek yogurt because it adds the same moisture to your batter as extra butter or oil for a fraction of the calories. And it gives your treats a protein boost, too!
You’ll skip the refined granulated sugar and sweeten your flourless chocolate mug cake with liquid stevia. It’s another one of my favorite ingredients! Stevia is a plant-based, no-calorie sweetener that contains nothing refined or artificial (aka it’s clean-eating friendly). It’s also really concentrated—you need less than ½ teaspoon for your healthy chocolate mug cake!
This is the liquid stevia that I use because I love its sweet flavor and don’t notice any strange aftertaste like with some other stevia products. You can find it at many health-oriented grocery stores, but I buy mine online here because that’s the best price I’ve found. (And you’ll use it in all of these recipes of mine, too!)
How decadent does that look?? There’s a reason I make this healthy flourless chocolate mug cake nearly every day! 😉 And with a certain holiday right around the corner… This would definitely make for a super easy (and healthy!) Valentine’s Day dessert!
And when you make your own, remember to snap a picture and share it on Instagram using #amyshealthybaking and tagging @amyshealthybaking IN the photo itself! (That guarantees I’ll see your picture! 🙂 ) I’d love to see your mug cake!
Healthy Flourless Chocolate Mug Cake
- 2 tbsp (15g) oat flour (gluten-free, if necessary, and measured like this)
- 2 tbsp (10g) unsweetened cocoa powder (measured like this)
- ⅛ tsp baking powder
- 1/16 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp (15g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 5 tsp nonfat milk
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ⅜ tsp liquid stevia (or adjusted to taste)
- optional: 1 tsp miniature chocolate chips (divided)
- Lightly coat a 1-cup ramekin with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, stir together the butter, Greek yogurt, and milk. (See Notes!) Stir in the vanilla extract and liquid stevia. Gradually mix in the flour mixture, about 1 tablespoon at a time, until just incorporated. If using, gently fold in ¾ teaspoon of chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter into the prepared ramekin, and gently press the remaining chocolate chips on top (if using). Microwave on 30% POWER for 2 minutes 40 seconds (2:40). Let the mug cake cool for at least 4 minutes to allow the center to finish cooking through.
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You may also like Amy’s other recipes…
♡ Healthy Triple Chocolate Mug Cake
♡ Healthy Mocha Chocolate Chip Mug Cake
♡ Healthy Chocolate Chip Mug Cake
♡ Healthy Snickerdoodle Mug Cake
♡ Healthy Peanut Butter Mug Cake
♡ Healthy Carrot Cake Mug Cake
♡ Healthy Vanilla Mug Cake