Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake


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Firstly, let me apologise for the photos. I have been working really hard on my food photography over the past few months, and these photos really don’t reflect that. But cake in a mug is really hard to take a photo of. It deflates as soon as you take it out of the microwave and leaves the rest of the mug covered in chocolate, which doesn’t make the best photos. But don’t let that put you off as you could be enjoying amazing healthier chocolate cake in under 3 minutes.

One of the best things about this is that you can make it with things that you most likely already have in your kitchen. I came up with it by just throwing together what I already had, and it turned out really well.

We all get cravings for chocolate cake (come on, don’t tell me it is just me), but if we make or buy a whole one, then there is a lot left over after eating that one slice we were craving, which can lead to over eating. Enter the individual chocolate mug cake. You just make as much as you need, eat it and then it is gone and you don’t have the rest of the cake calling your name from the kitchen.

When I say healthy, I mean healthier. It isn’t made from pure protein and vegetables or anything, there is chocolate in it. But it doesn’t have all the butter and sugar that a regular chocolate cake would have in it. It is also healthier as I am giving you the ingredients to make individual cakes, rather than a whole one.
There is also a little surprise when you dive your spoon in, as by adding a tiny bit of chocolate to the mix, it melts and makes a molten middle. You can leave this out and it will lower the calories (to 170) and it still tastes great, but I like adding this bit for a treat. I always use good quality dark chocolate too.

What I love about this recipe too if that you can add so many different things into the mixture or on top of it when it is cooked that each time you make it you could have a different cake. I will add the variations at the bottom of the recipe.

Okay, enugh of me talking, you want to make some chocolate cake right?


Ingredients – Serves 2:

– 6 tbsp ground oats (put porridge oats in a food processor until a flour consistency. You could use flour instead)

– 1.5 tsp baking powder

– 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

– A pinch of sea salt

– 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt

– 1 tbsp dark vanilla extract (you can use light, but I prefer the flavour of dark)

– 2 tbsp honey (alternatively you could make a date syrup)

– 6 tbsp almond milk (you could use any milk though)

– 2 squares of good quality dark chocolate, cut into small chunks


1) In a bowl, mix together everything but the dark chocolate and make sure everything is combined.

2) Divide half of the mixture between 2 mugs.

3) Divide the chocolate chunks between the 2 mugs and then pour the rest of the cake mixture on top of the chocolate chunks, dividing it between the 2 mugs.

4) Put each mug in the microwave separately for 2 minutes.


Additions to the mixture: orange rind or juice, coconut, chunks of cookie, cherries, ginger.

Add on top: Nut butter or extra Greek yoghurt.


What other cakes or desserts would you like to see healthier versions of? Please leave a comment below :)




Nutritional Information – Per person:

Calories: 239

Fat: 8

Carbs: 35

Protein: 6

Fibre: 4


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  1. Mallory says

    Oh my goodness! I just made this tonight for my fiancé and I and we both LOVED it! It was a great serving size to curb the chocolate craving I’ve had all day :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Alicia says

    I believe this is what I’ll be making on Valentines Day for my boyfriend and the kids. They just got new “hot chocolate” mugs for this will be a fun treat using those :) thank you for your posts…I’m always visiting your page for inspiration :)

  3. Katrina Modlinsky says

    Can I just ask which kind of dates you use to make date syrup. I have been foolishly using the ones covered in syrup. I had no idea how much crap they had in them until I looked. OOps. I bought some without the goo on now so thinking- a bit of water and a food processer yeah?

    • Dannii says

      Yes plain dates with nothing added. Yes, I make it with just a little water in the food processor until it forms a kind of paste.

  4. Vanessa says

    I am so happy to see this recipe. I remember when you mentioned it a few weeks ago and I have been checking your blog every day since waiting for it to go up. You could say I kind of like chocolate cake lol.

  5. Julie says

    I do actually have everything to make this (will have to be with flour though and not oats). My kids are going to be so happy.

  6. Paula says

    I love that you have used oats instead of flour. It is almost a breakfast haha.
    As for other desserts, a cheesecake would be really good.

  7. Francesca says

    Sounds really good. I would also love to see a healthy recipe for sticky toffee pudding. I may be asking too much though, as I know you use dates in replace of sugar, and it already has a lot of dates in it. Just thought I would suggest it though :)

  8. Alice says

    I love the idea of adding cherries to it too. Do you think frozen cherries would work or should I defrost them first or just use fresh? Thanks!