Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Mug Cake for One

Today I have a healthier mug cake recipe for when that nighttime sweet tooth kicks in. It’s a grain-free, dairy-free mug cake for one that’s perfectly soft, chocolatey and light! Scroll down for the recipe or read on for life updates. ?

Acupuncture, Workouts and a Green Smoothie

Thank you again for all of the kind words and heartfelt comments. You’re too good to this girl. <3 It’s going to be a great morning because I have acupuncture on the menu. I’m trying out a new spot that came highly recommended by my chiropractor (and is less expensive that my other guy here, whom I adore but he was $$$$), so I will report back. If I get to lightly snooze in a comfy chair, I’ll call that a win haha. 

Yesterday started off with a bit of a fail on my part. Liv and I were dressed and ready to head to the gym, when I realized that I’d left the keys to my car in the Pilot’s car. We had gone on a date the previously night, and I got into his car with my keys in hand. (Habit? I don’t even know.) I never grabbed them to put back in my purse and the spare key has seemingly disappeared forever. The Pilot drove all the way home from work to save us and we still had time to head to the gym before childcare closed. Fail turned win!

I got in a great cardio and TRX workout,

Functional room

and then Liv and I spent the rest of the morning playing at the park before some more Monday funday stuff: a trip to the dentist for her, quiet time in the afternoon and her yoga class.

Lunchtime green smoothie:

green smoothie

(1 pack of Vega vanilla, 1 banana, a handful of spinach, a drizzle of coconut oil, frozen mango and a cup of almond milk)

Workout-wise, I’m teaching barre today and also doing my first PiYo workout (a 25-minute leg workout, which will complement the pieces I do along with class. I coach most of the time, especially now.). Chalene is basically my fitness celebrity idol who can do no wrong, so chances are that I will love it. I’ll do a Focus On post after I complete the workouts in the set.

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Mug Cake

This morning’s recipe is a special one because it’s been over a week in process. I really wanted to create a grain-free, healthier mug cake (perfect for when the nighttime sweet tooth hits), and for the life of me, I could I usually have fairly good luck with recipes (and have made gluten-free mug cakes before), and it will only take me a time or two before I feel satisfied with the end result. This one took multiple attempts, so this meant I had to eat a lot of cake.

The struggle was real.

This one was a bit too dry.

Sawdust cake

I burned the heck out of this one.

Burned mug cake

And this one was juuuuust right: soft, chocolaty, lightly sweet and light. Also, it has pretty awesome nutritional stats!

the best grain-free, dairy-free mug cake

Healthier Mug Cake for One Recipe

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a whirl.

Grain-free mug cake


Grain-free dairy-free mug cake

A single serving of dessert! Perfect for when the sweet tooth hits, and is a great combo of protein and healthy fats.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 1
  • Total Time: 6 minutes



  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 an egg white (sorry this is not more precise! Separate the egg from the white, but not entirely. Leave some white with the yolk, and I would scramble these together as a snack. Just add *most* of the white to your mug cake)
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. 1. Combine all ingredients in a standard ramekin. Be sure to stir really well so there are no obvious egg white portions.
  2. 2. Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, until set.


  • For extra credit, top with some banana soft serve ice cream.


  • Serving Size: 1

Nutrition stats are here.

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What do you have in the evenings when you’re craving a sweet treat? Here’s a vegan, gluten-free chocolate mug cake and a double chocolate protein microwave muffin to try!

Hope you have a great night and I’ll see ya later this afternoon.

More of my favorite desserts for one:

2-minute protein muffin

Avocado chocolate chia pudding (+ lots of other ideas)

Chocolate mug cake

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