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Healthy Double Chocolate Mug Cake

This healthy mug cake recipe is quick, easy, and delicious! Every spoonful is packed with warm, fluffy, perfect bites of chocolatey cake.

This is a picture of the healthy double chocolate mug cake. There is a picture of a mug cake topped with chocolate chips. There is also a spoon full of mug cake and chocolate chips being held up.

What is a mug cake?

A mug cake is exactly what it sounds like: a mini cake made in a mug. It is typically cooked in the microwave. They are popular because they're a single-serving, easy to make treat!

Mug cakes are sweet, delicious, and satisfy the cake craving you might have while avoiding baking an entire cake.

There are several easy mug cake recipes online with varying flavor options.

Healthy double chocolate mug cake

This healthy double chocolate mug cake is warm, chocolately, and extra fluffy. This recipe only needs 6 ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry.

This version is healthier than a standard mug cake recipe and does not use butter, cake mix, or eggs.

To make this healthy mug cake, it is as easy as combining all of the ingredients and cooking in the microwave for 1 minute.

This is a picture of the healthy double chocolate mug cake. There is a picture of a mug cake topped with chocolate chips. There is also a hand holding the mug.

What ingredients do I need?

I love recipes that require less than 10 ingredients. Not only does this recipe have minimal ingredients, but everything on this list are ingredients you probably already have in the pantry.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Mix - I love to use Kodiak Cakes mix for the awesome flavor, nutritional components, and how easy it makes this recipe. The classic Buttermilk flavor is what I use for this recipe but any mix flavor would work well!
  • Baking powder - Adding in a little bit of baking powder will increase the volume and lighten the texture of this mug cake.
  • Cocoa powder - This will add a chocolate flavor to the cake and there are several health benefits that come with cocoa powder.
  • Vanilla - I'm a firm believe that every recipe is better with vanilla, so adding a little bit will sweeten the cake and add some yummy flavor.
  • Syrup - Using syrup will also serve as a natural sweetener and oil substitute for the mug cake.
  • Water - This is added to create the correct cake batter consistency before placing the mug into the microwave.
  • Chocolate chips - There is no limit to the amount of chocolate chips you add to the mug cake, so the more you add, the more chocolatey it will be!
These are all the ingredients for the mug cake. There are 3 small bowls. One bowl with the dry ingredients, one with the wet, and one with chocolate chips.

Can I make substitutions to this recipe?

Yes! Definitely. I haven’t tested all of the ingredient swaps, but I would be you can make the necessary changes based on your dietary needs and available ingredients.

  • Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Mix - I love to use Kodiak Cakes mix instead of flour because it's packed with extra protein and makes the mug cake extra fluffy. Instead of Kodiak Cakes mix, you could use a different pancake mix, a cake mix, or even a flour. If you used a flour, you might need to add sugar and a little bit more baking powder so it will rise.
  • Baking powder - Using this will increase the volume of the mug cake and create an extra fluffy texture. However, the taste will still be great if you don't use it.
  • Cocoa powder - This will add a chocolate flavor to the cake so I would suggest keeping this! You could add more or less depending on your preferences.
  • Vanilla - I think this adds some great flavor, but it would still taste okay without it.
  • Syrup - This will make the cake sweeter, but you could also use a similar natural sweetener like honey.
  • Water - Instead of water, you could swap another liquid like almond milk.
  • Chocolate chips - These aren't necessary but I think they make the recipe great! If you didn't want to add chocolate chips, you could use dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, or any other little chocolate pieces.

Is this recipe healthy?

Each person has their own definition of healthy, and this recipe absolutely is healthy for me!

Kodiak Cakes does a really great job of creating nutritious mixes so they make it easy to add protein and keep recipes healthy. Instead of high-fat ingredients like butter and eggs, this recipe uses healthier alternatives like syrup, cocoa powder and vanilla, which lower the amount of sugar in the recipe.

With less than 200 calories per serving of double chocolate goodness, this recipe makes the perfect afternoon or late-night sweet treat!

What equipment do I need for this recipe?

One of the awesome parts of the recipe is that is can be made at home, in a dorm room, or even in most hotel rooms! The recipe requires:

  • A 12-ounce microwave-safe ceramic mug
  • Microwave

How long does this take to make?

This recipe is QUICK. It will take you about a minute to gather your materials, a minute to mix everything together, and another minute to cook.

That's 3 minutes to make from start to finish!

What is the process to make this?

The process to make this recipe is very easy! Here's what you'll do:

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together (Kodiak Cakes mix, baking powder, and cocoa powder).
  • Add the wet ingredients (syrup, vanilla, and water) and combine.
  • Mix ½ of the chocolate chips into the batter and place ½ on top of the batter.
  • Place the mug into the microwave.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute.
  • Let the mug cake cool and enjoy!

Helpful tips for this recipe

  • Add and mix together all of the dry ingredients into the mug before adding the wet ingredients.
  • Don't overcook (more than 90 seconds) or the cake will be dry.
  • Let the mug cake cool for 2-3 minutes before enjoying.

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This is a picture of the healthy double chocolate mug cake. There is a picture of a mug cake topped with chocolate chips. There is also a hand holding the mug.
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4.34 from 6 votes

Healthy Double Chocolate Mug Cake

This healthy mug cake recipe is quick, easy, and delicious! Every spoonful is packed with warm, fluffy, perfect bites of chocolatey cake.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time1 min
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: double chocolate, double chocolate mug cake, healthy dessert, healthy mug cake, mug cake
Servings: 1
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • coffee mug
  • microwave

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup kodiak cakes power cakes mix
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp syrup
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together (Kodiak Cakes mix, baking powder, and cocoa powder).
  • Add the wet ingredients (syrup, vanilla, and water) and combine.
  • Mix ½ of the chocolate chips into the batter and place ½ on top of the batter.
  • Place the mug into the microwave.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute.
  • Let the mug cake cool and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Calcium: 70mg
Recipe Rating




Nikki

Monday 5th of July 2021

Rubbery.

kayt

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

LOVE this warm and satisfying treat that literally takes minutes to whip up!

Christine

Saturday 15th of August 2020

I’ve wanted to try one of these. What kind of syrup do you recommend?

Jordan Smith

Sunday 16th of August 2020

I have used a few different syrups! I've used a sugar-free syrup from Walden Farms and I've used a 100% pure maple syrup from Archer Farms. That being said, both turned out great so I think you could use whatever kind of syrup you have. :)