Mug-Cakes Two Ways: Decadent and Guilt-Free

I'm a big fan of dessert, and I pretty much like it in any form: cake, cookies, ice cream, pie... you name it! Believe it or not, I'm not a huge fan of baking. I love to cook because things don't need to be measured out nearly as much and recipes don't need to be followed with 100% accuracy for something good to turn out. In fact, my best meals usually happen when I don't measure anything and just throw ingredients together to see what they will turn into.

A few years ago I started making myself single-serving mug-cakes to enjoy for snacks, dessert and even breakfast! A mug-cake is simply a single-serving cake or muffin that can be made quickly and is baked in the microwave. I'm a big fan of the mug-cake. You can easily make these treats while traveling if you have a mug, a few simple ingredients and a microwave.

One thing that I love about making mug-cakes is that I can make them as healthy or decadent as I want. For healthier (lower calorie/fat/sugar) versions, I typically use ingredients like coconut flour, protein powders, applesauce (instead of butter) and fruits that are high in antioxidants (like wild blueberries). I usually refer to the healthier version as a muffin, because cake should always include fat and sugar.

My decadent mug-cakes are something that I enjoy sparingly, but are generally made with ingredients such as butter, cane sugar, chocolate and other rich ingredients. Portion control can be a hard thing for many people, but with these mug-cakes it's built right in! Since they're just one serving, you can eat the whole thing and not worry about going hog-wild. I'm sharing two easy mug-cake recipes below - one is a little more sinful and the other is lower in calories and sugar and higher in protein.

Decadent: S'mores Mug-Cake



1 small egg

1 TBSP melted butter

2 TBSP brown sugar

1 TBSP honey

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup flour (white, wheat or oat)

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp baking powder

3 TBSP chocolate chips

3 TBSP mini marshmallows

Place the egg, melted butter and brown sugar in a mug and whisk together. Add in the honey and vanilla and stir again. Slowly add in the flour, cinnamon and baking powder and stir to incorporate. Fold in the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Place the mug in the microwave and cook on high for 1-1/2 minutes (or until the center of the cake is cooked through). Let cool for a few minutes and dig in!

*When making this recipe, use a BIG mug. Contents might overflow!

Guilt-Free: Banana Bread Mug-Cake

1/2 (medium-size) very ripe banana

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 TBSP coconut sugar

3 TBSP oat flour

2 TBSP coconut flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp baking powder

2-3 TBSP almond milk

Optional: 2 TBSP chopped walnuts

Place the banana in a mug and mash it well with a fork. Add in the egg, vanilla and coconut sugar and whisk together. Slowly add in both flours, cinnamon and baking powder and stir to incorporate. Batter will be thick- add 2 TBSP of almond milk and stir. If the batter is very thick, add another tablespoon and stir again. If using, fold in walnuts. Place the mug in the microwave and cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes (until the center of the cake is cooked through). Let cool for a few minutes and devour!
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Lauren Martin
As a member of #TeamSierra, Lauren Martin receives promotional consideration from Sierra Trading Post. Lauren is a full-time Social and Digital Media Manager for a Colorado-based natural foods company and part-time Spinning and Bodypump Instructor. Her passions include hiking, biking, brewing kombucha, cooking healthy food (that doesn't taste healthy) and running around with her two Golden Retrievers. You can follow her on Instagram or on her blog, Me and the Mountains.
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