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2-Minute Flax Mug Muffin (vegan, oil-free, GF)

Make yourself a heart, healthy, homemade muffin in well under 5 minute! My 2-ingredient flax mug muffin is delicious and filling, as well as vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and oil-free.

1 minute flax mug muffin in a yellow mug

A Newfangled Healthy Muffin Made in the Microwave

I have developed many muffin recipes. 750 in one book. 150 vegan versions in another.

Apparently, that’s only the beginning.

Witness this 2-minute muffin for one.

2-minute Flax Mug Muffin Benefits

This humble muffin is:

  • Flourless
  • Gluten-free
  • Oil-free
  • vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
  • Sugar-free
  • High in fiber
  • Made with 100% flax
  • Super-easy

It is also remarkably satisfying in taste, texture and overall deliciousness.

Make it in 2 Minutes

I am typically ravenous when I return from teaching my early morning exercise classes, a state that is amplified further because I spend another 45 minutes showering, dressing, getting everyone ready to go, and swilling my first cup of coffee of the day (ok, coffee often comes first in this list).

Once this list is ticked off, I need serious food, and this muffin delivers.

And the wonderful news is that this muffin takes all of 2 minutes to make!

This makes a huge and hearty muffin, akin to the jumbo muffins in the coffee store case.

In contrast to the coffee shop varieties, though, these are absent the heaps of refined sugar, refined flour, and fat.

Honestly, one half of a muffin (slathered with some plum jam) left me happily full, and that is a rarity virtually unheard of for me; I saved the second half for my second breakfast (yes, I eat a second breakfast around 10:30). It was equally awesome after several hours.

flax microwave muffin with jam spread on it

Sweetened without Sugar

I’ve sweetened the muffins with liquid stevia, but you can use the sweetener of your choice (about 1-2 tablespoons of liquid sweetener, like honey or maple syrup, or natural cane sugar, or even a mix of stevia and your favorite natural sugar).

You can always make the muffin sweeter post-cooking by spreading with a bit of jam, or drizzling with honey.

Vary the Muffin with Add-Ins

The add-in options for this muffin are vast.

I added some raisins, cinnamon and chia seeds–or leave them out.

Lemon zest, orange zest, or almond extract would be great subs for the vanilla, and, as you can imagine, a tablespoon of chocolate chips is a brilliant choice (I suggest mini chips, or giving regular-size chips a chop for even distribution).

You know you want one, and given that it takes 30 seconds to mix and 1 and 1/2 minutes to make, I think now is the perfect time!

Yield: 1 muffin

2-Minute Flax Mug Muffin (flourless, oil-free, sugar-free)

1 minute flax mug muffin in a yellow mug

Muffins made with wheat flour need to be mixed lightly to avoid developing the gluten in the flour--overmixing leads to tough muffins. There is no worry of that here given this batter is flour-free. The flaxseed meal will make the batter stiff, but you can beat away until the ingredients are blended and still yield a perfectly tender muffin.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk or plain nondairy milk of choice
  • 1 flax egg (see below) or 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon liquid stevia (see note about other sweeteners)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 and 1/2 tablespoons dried fruit, chocolate chips, seeds, nuts (I used 1 tablespoon raisins, 2 teaspoons chia seeds for this photo)


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the flaxseed meal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.Add the milk, flax egg (or egg) stevia and vanilla; whisk, or beat with a fork, until blended and smooth. Stir in any add-ins as desired.
  2. Spray a 12-oz mug or microwave-safe bowl with nonstick cooking spray; spoon in the batter.
  3. Cook in microwave (on regular HIGH setting) for 1 and 1/2 minutes until puffed and set at the center. Invert onto a plate or cooling rack; cool 2 minutes, then enjoy!


Flax Egg: To make a flax egg, combine 2 teaspoons flaxseed meal wit 3 tablespoons water. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken.

Other Sweeteners: Feel free to use the natural sweetenerof your choice. Use about 2 packets of dry stevia or stevia blend or 1-2 tablespoons of liquid sugar (e.g., honey, agave nectar, maple syrup), natural cane sugar, or packed brown sugar.

Size Matters! (for the mug): Be sure to use a 12-oz mug (or larger)--the muffin puffs significantly!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

entire recipe

Amount Per Serving Calories 130Total Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 8gSugar 2gProtein 12g

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Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

This was my first mug muffin even through I’ve always wanted to do one. (I usually eschew microwaves but gave in here;) ). I loved the flavor (big flax fan here) and added mini chocolate chips- yum. However, I used the flax-egg option and while it puffed for a moment, it quickly deflated and the end result was very small and flat in size. Any suggestions?


Thursday 23rd of June 2022

Oh no, so sorry you had problems with this Eve. Let me revisit the recipe (it has been many many years since I published it 😊) and see what could be the issue.

judith matalavy

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

Hi there, We do not own a microwave by choice. Can I make this in my oven in an oven proof pyrex bowl and if possible to do what would be the oven temp and baking time..



Thursday 28th of October 2021

Hi Judith!

A Pyrex ramekin or custard cup, or whatever small bake proof vessel you have should work just fine. I suggest 350F for 10-12 minutes. Cheers.


Sunday 11th of September 2016

Hi Camilla, I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing! But I want to substitute the egg for my daughter. She says she can still taste the egg. What substitution would you suggest?


Saturday 21st of May 2016

This recipe has been a godsend so far during my pregnancy. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes early on and wasn't sure how I'd make it through my sweet baked-goods cravings. I've tried a few other similar recipes and this has been the best by far. I've lost count of all the times I've made it and all the variations I've tried. So thank you, thank you, thank you again!


Saturday 21st of May 2016

Oh Emmy, I am so happy to hear it! Wishing you all the best for a continued healthy happy pregnancy!!! xo :)


Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Thank you a ton! You have given me a divine way to enjoy my low carb lifestyle even more (already in big love with it). I didn't transfer it to a mug and instead put the bowl itself into microwave. It came out in a cylindrical shaped bread type. For my first time, I did add a tbsp of Swerve Sweetener (Erythritol) but going forward, I am going to avoid this to make it a bread replacement so that I can add this to my breakfast or lunch or dinner (rice or bread and flour replacement). Since I already had my "2 eggs a day" done, I used the equivalent of egg whites and it was pretty darn awesome. Low carb/sugar free jam on it and I was in heaven!


Wednesday 20th of April 2016

Yay! So happy to hear, Ravi!

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