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1-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake (gluten-free, grain-free, Paleo)

2 min choc flax cake

Sometimes you need chocolate in a hurry. For example, for an impromptu celebration. Or to revive your spirits . Or because it is Wednesday.

Umm, today is Wednesday.

I’m here to tell you that choclate any day is a wonderful thing. Chocolate and cocoa powder are rich in cell-protecting antioxidants–natural compounds found in fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts–minerals, and natural mood boosters like theobromine and phenylethylamine. And you thought it was all in your head.

The trick is to get all those great benefits without a truckload of sugar and fat. Yes, you can eat a square or two of dark chocolate, but you can also treat yourself to warm, rich, chocolate cake. That’s good for you. And takes a minute to make. And comes in under 200 calories.

Pinch yourself; you are not dreaming.

All that you need are flaxseed meal, cocoa powder, an egg, a drizzle of vanilla, a splash of milk, and a wee bit of sugar.

2 min choc flax cake 2

I prefer to use natural cocoa powder rather than Dutch process. Dutch process cocoa powder is treated with alkali to remove bitterness and give it a milder flavor. Unfortunately, it also strips the cocoa powder of it’s many antioxidants. Forget that. I prefer the flavor of natural cocoa powder anyway. which delivers a deep, true chocolate flavor. The packaging should state whether it is Dutch process or not, but you can also tell the difference by sight: if it is dark to almost black, it is Dutch process; natural cocoa powder is much lighter and is typically brownish red in color.

If you are willing, add a teaspoon or two of chocolate chips. You’re welcome.

Happy Wednesday!

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1-Minute Chocolate Cake (gluten-free, good-for-you)

1-Minute Chocolate Cake (gluten-free, good-for-you)
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute


  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 5 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk or nondairy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the flaxseed meal, cocoa powder, syrup, baking powder, and salt. Add the egg, milk and vanilla, mixing until well-blended.
  2. Spray a coffee mug or ramekin with nonstick cooking spray; spoon in batter.
  3. Microwave on regular HIGH setting in microwave for 35 to 40 seconds until just set at center. Serve warm or cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

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Amount Per Serving Calories 199Total Fat 11gCarbohydrates 20gFiber 4gProtein 11g

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Robert Robinson

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

Very good recipe, especially for us gluten-free, low-carb people. I used sugar-free maple syrup, and I iced it with a mixture of Splenda for Baking and water.



Wednesday 20th of May 2020

Wonderful, Robert, that sounds perfect! So glad that the recipe worked for you and thanks for sharing your variations!

Hart Michele Plamondon

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

WOW!! I have a finicky nine-year-old, and she needs much more fiber in her diet. She just told me that this is the best she's ever had, and is finishing up an entire serving. Thank you thank you thank you thank you. One quick question though, Cocoa package (Girardhelli) says each tablespoon has 1 g of fiber, so in my calculation with 2 tablespoons of flax meal at 4 g of fiber, would this end up 9 g fiber?


Monday 16th of May 2016

I will double check, thanks Michele! So glad you and your daughter enjoyed it! :)


Tuesday 22nd of March 2016

Thank you so much for this recipe, I just tried it with some home-made coconut butter on the side!


Thursday 22nd of January 2015

Do I have to use milk? Can i just cut that out all together?

Tammy H

Thursday 19th of November 2020

I used canned coconut milk in place of milk and it worked great.


Tuesday 24th of February 2015

You can try, Tanisha, but I have no idea how it will turn out. You would need to replace the milk with water, at the very least.


Saturday 27th of September 2014

Sounds great. Can i leave out the flaxseed? What protein powder do i susbsitute it with if essential? Tnx


Wednesday 18th of March 2015

I am not sure about subs for this one--you may have to play around with combinations, Sara.

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