I’m in love with this vanilla mug cake recipe. Thanks to almond flour’s magic, it has the consistency and flavor of real cake without the carbs, gluten, or sugar. And did I mention this healthy microwave vanilla cake in a mug is ready in less than 5 minutes using ingredients you probably have on hand? Or that it’s paleo, keto, sugar-free, gluten-free, and kid-friendly?
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This no-bake microwave dessert is legit: it has the consistency of real cake and the taste of cake batter without the gluten or carbs or the sugar.
Oh, and it requires about two minutes to “prep,” 5 minutes total time, and all you need is a mug and a microwave. Yep, it’s that simple.
It may not be Cake by the Ocean, but you know what, it’s cake, and as we roll on into the hot summer months, the last thing you’re going to want to do is hassle with an oven, or spend time cooking. Enter this Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe that provides immediate dessert gratification with 4.6 net carbs straight out of your microwave.
I needed this recipe when I began following the keto diet eight years ago. I was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, tired, and hungry all of the time, making matters worse, my LDL cholesterol levels were off the chain high. Of course, I knew I needed to make a change fast – I was inching up on the big 4-0, and I was missing out on my life and my kids’ lives. I ended up going with a low carb diet after several others had failed. It was a good fit for me because I loved to eat, hated to cook, and, most of all, I didn’t particularly appreciate feeling deprived – you know that starvation diet feeling that makes you hangry 24/7? Yeah, that was not for me.
Cut to a few years later, after I’d learned the keto basics and I’d gotten a little more comfortable in the kitchen, my son Nathan was diagnosed with autism. His doctor told us that a gluten-free, casein-free diet would help with the gut health issues commonly associated with kids with ASD.
Thank God for my experience with gluten-free baking (many keto recipes like these butter cookies are also gluten-free), or I would have lost my mind. Because as it turns out, gluten and casein are in almost everything.
I’m sharing this microwave mug cake recipe because this is yet another one of those keto crossover recipes that works for multiple eating styles – it’s gluten-free, sugar-free, paleo, low carb, and keto.
And Nathan loved it, which is fantastic because he’s a picky eater and bad for me because he steals my cake now.
I’m willing to bet you’ll love it too. The big bonus is that you can make this your “base” mug cake and then add in whatever you want when you get tired of vanilla. Because you and I both know that’s going to happen.
I’m thinking pumpkin spice for fall or adding a few Lilly’s sugar-free chocolate chips to switch things up. (You may want to check out this blueberry mug cake or this chocolate lava mug cake in the meantime.)
Right now, I am writing a keto book that is taking up way more time than I expected, but, hey, I want it to be fabulous and fabulous doesn’t happen overnight.
Enjoy this mug cake when you need a quick breakfast, you or your kids need an after-school snack, and you have zero time, or as a midnight dessert when your body is telling you it needs cake ASAP.
Mug Cake Rant: Why This Cake In A Mug Does Not Suck
You may have tried mug cakes in the past. They may have sucked. I have had more than my fair share of suck-ish keto recipes that left me sad, hungry, and low-key mad at the lying blogger who promised it to be SUPER GOOD!
Oh my gah – shut up. We all know you’ve never had to lose weight, you aren’t on a low-carb diet, and you obviously didn’t try your 10 part “easy” recipe that tastes like eggs and coconut. Get over yourself.
Let me tell you; this one is legit. I’m real, the vanilla mug cake is real – and the 100 pounds of weight I lost on keto was also very real.
I hope YOU freaking love it too! Here’s to 5-minute cake recipes and getting our bodies back to where we want them (and keeping them there:)Print
Make this easy healthy vanilla mug cake recipe in less than 5 minutes in the microwave. If you need a quick, no-bake dessert or snack that’s gluten-free, paleo, sugar-free, keto and delicious, and uses simple ingredients, you need to try this vanilla mug cake!
Start by melting the coconut oil in your mug or ramekin. That’ll take you anywhere between 35-45 seconds, depending on how strong your microwave is:)
Next, stir in the vanilla.
Then go ahead and add the almond flour, erythritol, baking powder, salt, and egg. Do your best to mix it up – remember your mood later may depend on your stirring skills.
Now, pop it into the microwave for 1 minute, 30 seconds.
Boom. You have cake now.
Top with keto whipped cream, cream cheese frosting, strawberries or blueberries, or a little powdered erythritol or nothing because damn, you need cake.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Microwave
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: mug cake recipe, keto mug cake recipe, paleo mug cake recipe, gluten-free, low carb, snack recipe, easy recipe, healthy
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