Dark Chocolate Coconut Flour Mug Cake (Guilt-Free Recipe)

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Sometimes in life, you just get a craving for chocolate cake. It’s unavoidable so why bother trying to fight it? However, with that being said, sometimes when you get hit with the craving, you’re really not in the mood to go through all of the trouble of baking a cake. If that sounds familiar to you, then you’re going to absolutely love this recipe for a dark chocolate mug cake. The ingredients used to make it are all totally paleo friendly as well, meaning not only is it a rich chocolate dessert, but it’s also quite healthy as well. And the very best part of it all? This entire recipe only takes a total of about three minutes to prepare, from start to finish.

chocolate mug cake recipe

A decadent paleo friendly chocolate cake that can be ready to enjoy in three minutes.

Paleo Cake – Need I Say More? 

To start, you’re going to microwave your paleo approved dark chocolate chips in a microwave-safe cup in 15 second intervals until they’re melted. This will serve as the base for your cake, and there’s a reason why this recipe opts for dark chocolate. First and foremost, we want to keep this cake both sugar and dairy free. Secondly, dark chocolate is a fantastic source of both healthy fats and antioxidants. It also provides several benefits when it comes to your cardiovascular health, such as lowering blood pressure. (1)

Once your chocolate chips are melted, you can add in your vanilla extract, egg, honey, and melted coconut oil. All of these ingredients have been carefully chosen because they each pack a whole lot of value into your mug cake.

mug cake ingredients

The vanilla extract helps to enhance the flavor of the cake, preventing it from tasting somewhat bland. The single egg helps to add structure to your cake when you cook it, along with providing more protein, healthy fat, and vitamins. Honey is a fantastic all natural sweetener that plays an important role in enhancing the flavor of the cake, helping to balance out the slightly bitter taste of the dark chocolate. And finally, the coconut oil makes a great butter replacement that also adds in some great medium chain triglyceride fatty acids to the recipe.

mug cake batter

Next up, add in your coconut flour, baking powder, and raw cacao and whisk until everything is combined. Similarly to the dark chocolate, we use cacao because it’s a much healthier option than dairy milk chocolate. Raw organic cacao is an antioxidant powerhouse, and it’s an excellent source of essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron. The majority of the cardiovascular and neuroprotective health benefits provided by cacao and cocoa are due to the methylxanthines (such as theobromine and caffeine) that they contain. (2)

chocolate mug cake

The final step before you can enjoy your delicious dark chocolate mug cake is to place your cup in the microwave for 60-90 seconds. That’s how quick and easy it is to enjoy this truly decadent dessert. You can enjoy it plain or you can also top it with fresh strawberries if you’d like. The next time you get hit with a craving for chocolate cake but you don’t feel like spending a lot of time baking, keep this three minute recipe in mind. You’ll be glad you did!

P.S. – Looking for more quick and easy paleo dessert recipes just like this one? We’ve got plenty of great options for you. Here’s a small selection of some of my personal favorites:

#1 – Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar

#2 – 3 Easy Banana Ice Cream Recipes (Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry)

#3 – No Bake Paleo Strawberry “Cheesecake”


    • 1 tbsp cacao
    • 1 tbsp coconut flour
    • ¼ tsp baking powder
    • 2 tbsp (1 oz) paleo approved (no sugar, no dairy added) dark chocolate chips
    • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
    • ½ tbsp honey
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Place the dark chocolate chips in a large microwave-safe cup and heat on high power in 15-second intervals until melted.
  2. Add in the egg, honey, coconut oil and pure vanilla extract and whisk with a small whisk until well combined.
  3. Add in the coconut flour, baking powder and cacao and whisk to combine.
  4. Microwave for 1 – 1:30 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through.
  5. Serve plain or top with strawberries.


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