Easy & Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake

Coach Kate, BS, ACE, ACSTH

Kate Bielefeld is a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise. She is an ICF certified coach practitioner by the Certified Coaches Alliance and the Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours program. She has a bachelor of science degree in exercise science and is a successful weight loss and behavior change coach. This powerlifting, coffee-chugging, mom of five has an expert knack for unlocking the untapped potential of the women she coaches. She’s helped hundreds of women reach their health and fitness goals so that they can live healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives.
Healthy mug cake

The other day I was reviewing one of my client’s nutrition logs and learned that I have some pretty intelligent clients in the Personal Results Coaching Program. One, in particular, found a way to have her cake and not feel guilty about eating it, too. She’s been whipping up chocolate mug cake week after week, without using up her cheat meal to do it. That, my friends, is pure genius.

My client was onto something great here. She’s been making cake in a mug! That was clue number one that she had discovered something good. But she showed true genius by making a microwave cake. Do you see the magic here? We’re using a microwave to make this cake! She found an easy way to eat healthy while still keeping the fun in her nutrition plan. Plus she found a way to save on time, clean up, AND calories!

Seriously, you’ve got to be getting the hint by now. Mug desserts provide happiness and satisfaction with none of the guilt or mess. 

My Client Nailed The Chocolate Mug Cake Game

Think about this a minute. She’s making a chocolate mug cake and doesn’t have to share with anyone! That little nugget of genius caught my attention immediately. As moms, wives, sisters, or whatever your role is, someone’s always trying to get a forkful of whatever we’re having. 

But it’s not just that you don’t have to share. Next, you find out that it’s not just some sugary, white flour, diet-killing cake batter she’s throwing into a coffee mug. This is a healthy, protein-packed, guilt-free mug cake we’re talking about. And it’s made in the microwave! Everything about healthy mug cake recipes is genius.

Do you know the kind of power that gives us? Reaching healthy goals isn’t easy when you feel like you have to eliminate all the fun from your diet. And the truth is, you don’t have to cut out all the fun! You just might need to be a little creative about how to make it part of the plan. 

With this mug cake recipe, you can have your cake, AND eat it, too! No more missed birthday celebrations for you, LadyBossⓇ! 

5 Reasons This Chocolate Mug Cake will CRUSH THE GAME

  1. It takes less than five minutes to go from the time you first think, “I could go for a chocolate mug cake” to the time you are eating chocolate mug cake!
  2. It only makes one serving, so you don’t have to share when your significant other (or those ankle-biting, always-starving, tiny humans that have taken over your home) asks you for a bite. Seriously, kids can make this themselves. I call that a double chocolate mug cake win!
  3. This mug cake will easily (and sneakily) satisfy your late-night, sweet-tooth fix. 
  4. It makes eating cake part of a healthy diet. You mix a few ingredients together, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds, and BAM — a good-for-you dessert that’s part of a healthy nutrition program!
  5. Cake > every other meal of the day. 

Chocolate mug cakeHow This Cake Will Save Your Diet

Late-night eating can be a struggle for many people. After a long day of healthy eating, discipline and good intentions often disappear as the sun sets, despite your best intentions.

But what if you could grab a guilt-free, convenient, and satisfying snack as you wind down for the day? Would an easy, protein-loaded, healthy chocolate mug cake get your attention?

Healthy mug cake recipes are an easy and satisfying late-night snack. Since this one is loaded with protein, it will actually help with muscle recovery as you sleep.

I used LadyBossⓇ Lean protein because I love the flavor and it’s the perfect protein powder for this protein-packed mug cake that’s quick and easy to prepare!

So, when you feel yourself reaching for that candy bar, make this instead. You can eat it almost immediately! In less than three minutes you can save yourself from completely throwing in the towel on your goals. With healthy mug cake recipes, you’ll be prepared to beat overwhelming, sweet-treat cravings.

And this chocolate mug cake isn’t limited to saving you from your late-night pantry raids. You also could eat it in the morning, after a workout, when friends come over unexpectedly…really anytime can be mug-cake time!

Tips For Healthy Mug Cakes

It’s a good thing to mention here that not all microwave brands/models are the same. Each one is different. If you have a powerful microwave, above 1000 watts, 60 seconds is probably enough. For those of you with an older unit, with a very low wattage, you might need to increase the time you nuke this cake. It might take up to two minutes for that perfectly-baked mug cake.

Here’s the good news: if you mess it up the first time, it only takes seconds to try again.  This time, choose a shorter cooking time and slowly increase if necessary.

Healthy Chocolate Mug Cake

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min


  • 1 scoop LadyBoss LEAN®
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips


  • In a small microwave safe bowl combine protein powder, cocoa powder, coconut flour, and baking powder.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together egg and almond milk.
  • Mix in the wet mixture with dry ingredients.
  • Top with cacao nibs.
  • Microwave for 60 seconds.

The Possibilities Are Endless 

Like most healthy mug cake recipes, many ingredients are interchangeable. So, you can personalize your cake with your favorite add-ins, like nut butter, berries, coconut flakes, or whatever you like! And unlike most gluten-free mug cakes, which are dense and heavy, this one is super light and airy. 

Go make yourself a sweet treat! Then, combine the recipe with your favorite add-ins to mix up your own healthy mug cakes.

Chocolate not your thing? Check out our recipes for healthy oatmeal cookies and banana bread.

You can find more healthy and easy recipes in the LadyBoss® Pocket Personal Trainer! Try it FREE for 7 Days.



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