Easy 3-Minute Coconut Flour & Chocolate Mug Cake – GF & Paleo

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how late I’ve arrived to the mug cake party. First, coconut flour and now mug cakes. My quality of life has improved immeasurably with these two things!

Chocolate & coconut mug cake

Seriously, how long has this mug cake malarkey been around? It’s amazing, I mean literally in from work and I can have cake in 3 minutes. I do like a piece of cake and I’m fond of a pretty mug too, especially a good old fashioned english bone china one! To think that I can eat cake from my favourite tea cup, well this is a complete revelation to me and the ultimate comfort food. Chocolate coco mug cake & PB

This isn’t any old cake either, this is a healthy, low carb, low GI, protein and fibre rich cake in a mug. If you’re following a low carb or paleo diet this is a perfectly acceptable treat due to the low carbs/grain content. For me, I just like to try new things and a low carb sweet treat is the ideal way to balance my love of bread and other grains. What really put the icing on my cake is it’s absolutely delicious, turning out chocolatey, nutty, moist and rich. Second time round, I added a little extra milk and a few chocolate chips which definitely gave it the winning edge. Also, on my second shot I used Russ’ coffee cup so maybe this is the lucky mug!Chocolate & coconut mug cake

Definitely extra taste points when smeared with peanut butter but I really think that next time a simple chocolate sauce may be in order. In fact, ice cream, cashew cream, extra syrup, banana, nuts or just milk would easily make friends with this mug cake. This is up there as one of my new favourite snacks.Mug cake & vanilla pod

Can you tell how I’m oh so happy to finally be part of the mug cake circle? There’s endless scope for creativity too, I’m already planning a ginger syrup variety. This chocolate coconut version was good though, really good. The only shame was I had to share it with Russ, but now he’s now fully briefed on the mug cake protocol he’s happy to make his own next time. I don’t mind sharing this once.

Have you had a mug cake before? What’s your latest exciting food discovery?Chocolate & coconut mug cake

Coconut flour & chocolate mug cake

1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 tablespoon cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 vanilla pod, seeds removed or 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
3 tablespoons coconut / almond milk
sprinkle of chocolate chips (optional)


1. Place the dry ingredients to a microwave proof mug & combine well.
2. Add the wet ingredients taking care to incorporate fully for a smooth mixture.
3. Microwave on full power for 1 1/2 minutes. Take out & enjoy from the mug or empty into a bowl & start a mug cake party of your own. Nuts, peanut butter, ice cream, cashew cream all welcome.


35 Comments on Easy 3-Minute Coconut Flour & Chocolate Mug Cake – GF & Paleo

  1. Sarah
    December 12, 2013 at 9:23 am (8 months ago)

    Yum yum yum! This was seriously so good!
    5 stars

    • admin
      December 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi Sarah! Glad you liked the mug cake, seriously addictive eh! I’m working on an eggless mug cake next…yummy! Charlotte

      • Arkitekrechelle
        December 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm (8 months ago)

        I did eggless mug cake awhile ago i just use oil. And the result, the cake is moist

  2. Cat
    January 22, 2014 at 2:04 am (7 months ago)

    How long in the oven if I’m not microwaving?

    • Russell
      January 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi Cat,
      I’d say pre heat overn to around 180 degrees C and bake for 20minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. :)

  3. jackie l
    January 23, 2014 at 2:36 am (7 months ago)

    I didnt have cocoa made this with chocolate chip protein ! Everything else stayed the same super DELISH!!! THANK YOU !!

    • admin
      January 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm (7 months ago)

      Hi, glad you enjoyed the recipe and with extra protein too- bonus :-)

  4. img
    April 13, 2014 at 10:39 am (4 months ago)

    On a 700W microwave, the cake takes about 3 mins. What is the wattage of your microwave? Also, I made the recipe with baking soda as instructed, but instead of honey added sugar-free vanilla syrup, but it still came out bitter. What is your experience with using baking powder instead of soda when trying to minimise sugar? I am keen on optimising this recipe so I can make it often, so your comments and advice are sincerely appreciated.

    • admin
      April 13, 2014 at 10:50 am (4 months ago)

      Hi there! This cake takes 1 1/2 minutes in my 800w microwave ;-) In terms of sweetness I do not use any sugar free products so I cannot comment here, however, I do feel it is better to use a little ‘real’ sugar for taste as opposed to sugar substitutes which I find bitter. Baking powder will also work fine in this recipe. Hope this has been useful ;-)

      • img
        April 13, 2014 at 11:43 am (4 months ago)

        All noted. Thank you!!!

  5. PK
    April 28, 2014 at 3:14 am (4 months ago)

    Just made this and it’s my favorite mug cake yet! I used baking powder and it turned out just fine :)

    • admin
      April 28, 2014 at 10:57 am (4 months ago)

      Hi! So happy you enjoyed the mug cake, I went through a stage of eating this daily!! Much love, Charlotte :-)

  6. Melissa
    April 29, 2014 at 9:58 am (4 months ago)

    Most incredible recipe ever.
    Thanks so much for sharing and making me look like a cooking-goddess! I can’t believe how incredible easy these are….

  7. Kate Morin
    June 11, 2014 at 11:36 pm (2 months ago)

    Hi there! I am writing an article for Life by Daily Burn about healthier mug cake recipes and would love to include this one! Would it be OK for us to feature one of your photos and link back to this post for the recipe? Please feel free to email with any questions!

    Kate M.

    • Russell
      June 12, 2014 at 11:28 am (2 months ago)

      Hi Kate, thanks for your comment. The Dailyburn looks great, and I see you promote Healthy Vegan recipes which we have many of here – both sweet & savoury. Indeed you are welcome to share this, if you have any further questions let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

  8. Rinko
    June 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm (2 months ago)

    I replaced coconut/almond milk with one mushed banana. It took 2+1/2 minutes to cook but it came out super moist! Thank you for the yummy and easy recipe :)

    • admin
      June 22, 2014 at 5:44 pm (2 months ago)

      Hey there, so glad you enjoyed the cake in a mug! :-)

  9. Shannon
    June 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm (2 months ago)

    Just made this and so good! Can anyone suggest a good cocoa powder that isn’t so abrupt” I use Now organic and it is to much!

    • admin
      June 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm (2 months ago)

      Hi! Glad you enjoyed the cake :-) I’m based in the UK and I usually buy either Cadburys, Rowntrees or a generic organic off Ebay – all good! Have a great day :-)

  10. Ru
    June 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm (2 months ago)

    I literally just made this coz I wanted a healthy lunch/snack. Came out really good! I did 2mins in my microwave. Do you mind if I share this recipe on my blog? Thanks a bunch, and I’m looking forward to try out other recipes on your site. xx

    • admin
      June 25, 2014 at 11:26 am (2 months ago)

      Hiya! Glad you enjoyed the mug cake, I’d be delighted for you to share on your blog! Have a great day :-) Charlotte

  11. Yvette Proctor
    July 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm (1 month ago)

    I make this using water and Orgran No-Egg Egg Replacer and its still divine!

    • admin
      July 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm (1 month ago)

      Thanks so much for the tip! I have since stopped eating eggs so I will try this ASAP!!! Much love, Charlotte

  12. Lauren
    July 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm (1 month ago)

    Was having such a cake craving day and this hit the spot like a boss!

    Split the mixture into two small ramekins and served with a few fresh strawberries and some coconut cream…. soooooo good!

    • admin
      July 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm (1 month ago)

      Oh my goodness, that sounds to die for! Thanks for the tip :-)

  13. Emily
    July 24, 2014 at 1:59 am (4 weeks ago)

    This tastes like scrambled eggs. It’s completely unappealing in presentation, too. It looks like scrambled eggs. There is little to no chocolate flavor at all. What a waste of time and really good cocoa powder! Also, this whole situation is really frustrating. I eat real food, but I am trying to use up this bag of coconut flour and I like something quick now and then when I’m having one of those really hungry moments late at night and want something sweet. I can bake. I just don’t want to spend time grinding flour, mixing ingredients and cutting parchment paper and greasing and waiting for an oven. I also don’t want a whole cake.

    • admin
      July 24, 2014 at 9:55 am (4 weeks ago)

      Looks like you’re in the minority Emily, this is a very popular recipe and super delicious! I now replace the egg with oil but this recipe has been successful both ways. I suggest you look for recipes elsewhere….thanks for stopping by and see ya! Charlotte ;-)

    • Carla
      August 5, 2014 at 11:39 pm (2 weeks ago)

      It kinda sounds like you may have made a mistake in measuring or left an ingredient out.

      I forgot to add the almond milk and it still turned out, very springy and light though, although with very little chocolate flavor since I didn’t put in the chocolate chips. I think next time I’ll add more honey and cocoa, because it didn’t taste very much like chocolate to me either. (Although not like egg!)

      • admin
        August 6, 2014 at 9:48 am (2 weeks ago)

        Hi Carla, glad the cake worked out well for you! I’d definitely add choc chips next time as they add to the whole chocolate taste :-) Also, I’ve made this recipe a trillion times and there’s nothing left out…..honestly! Coconut flour is very absorbent and can vary depending on the brand used which can obviously effect how much liquid is needed. Thanks for your comment. Charlotte :-)

  14. Janaya
    August 2, 2014 at 7:36 am (3 weeks ago)

    I’ve been baking with coconut flour since 08 and have never liked anything I’ve made with it, I’ve tried soo many recipes worldwide from different websites and they all have sucked, that is until I stumbled upon your recipe for the mug cake it is amazing I still cnt get over how yummy this is and how much it taste like actual choc cake made with flour. The only diff is I used 1/2 T of coconut sugar since I hate honey. Thank you for posting

    • admin
      August 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Glad you enjoyed it! :-)

  15. Cath
    August 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm (1 week ago)

    My first ever coconut flour experiment – a complete success. Thank you! I’m quite partial to the mud cake, but have recently begun knocking gluten and grains out of my died. Coconut flour surprisingly stable and a much more consistent texture than the wheat flour/sugar/egg version. A big surprise!

    • admin
      August 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm (1 week ago)

      Hi Cath! So glad you enjoyed the cake. Thanks for stopping by :-)

  16. Amanda
    August 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm (1 week ago)

    This recipe was great! I am type one diabetic looking to lose a little weight (not paleo) so I was looking for something low carbs but not high in fat. This was a really great treat!

    • admin
      August 14, 2014 at 6:35 pm (1 week ago)

      Hi Amanda- so happy you enjoyed it :-) thanks for dropping by! Charlotte


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