Gluten Free Grain Free Chocolate Almond Cake in a Mug

Gluten Free Grain Free Chocolate Almond Cake in a Mug

It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and I need something to get me through the rest of the day. Specifically, I need something chocolate. And I need it pretty quickly!

The thing is I don’t want a 3:00 craving to derail all my good work for the day and just reach for a candy bar or a handful of gluten free cookies.

I make it a point to eat healthy most of the time and to get to the gym four or five times a week. Neither of these things is how I would like to spend my time. In my perfect world liver and kale would be bad for you and cake and ice cream health food. Lifting weights and logging miles on the treadmill would make you fat while lazing around watching TV would make you fit. Alas, the world is not like that.

So back to my 3:00 chocolate cravings – this Gluten Free Grain Free Chocolate Almond Cake in a Mug is everything I want; rich, satisfying, chocolatey and even better – quick to make!

This recipe makes one huge cake or two normal people sized ones – your choice whether to share or not.

BTW – I was tempted to name this Paleo Cake in a Mug but I am pretty sure our hunter and gatherer ancestors did not have microwaves. Pity!

Recipe Notes: To make this recipe dairy free, sub the butter with dairy free butter or even coconut oil and the milk with the dairy free milk of your choice. Make sure your almond flour is gluten free – not all are. Use pastured, cage free eggs (such as Nature’s Yoke) and pure maple syrup – not pancake syrup!

Gluten Free Grain Free Chocolate Almond Cake in a Mug Recipe

3.50 from 2 votes
Gluten Free Grain Free Chocolate Almond Cake in a Mug
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Gluten Free Grain Free Chocolate Almond Cake in a Mug

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 413kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 3 tablespoons grass fed butter or dairy free substitute
  • 4 tablespoons milk or dairy free milk of choice
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large pastured cage free eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons gluten free almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup


  • Melt the butter in one large (12-ounce or bigger) or two small (8-ounce) microwavable mug(s) or ramekin(s). Swirl the butter around to coat the mug or ramekin. Add the milk, vanilla, and eggs and whisk. Add the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and maple syrup and whisk.
  • Microwave on high power for 90 seconds for small ramekins, about 2 minutes for large or until the cake has risen and is set. Let cool slightly, top with whipped cream or coconut cream if desired, and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Grain Free Chocolate Almond Cake in a Mug
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 208mg69%
Sodium 232mg10%
Potassium 372mg11%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 880IU18%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 168mg17%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. August 19, 2015

    Yup I can totally relate to this daily need! How did you know I was just cursing the world for not making sweets nutritional? Thanks for the recipe! Looking forward to trying it :)

  2. carol
    August 20, 2015

    Can you use regular eggs ??

    1. Gluten Free & More
      August 21, 2015

      Hi Carole, Yes of course! Natures Yoke are regular eggs, they just come from healthy chickens. :) But you may use whichever eggs you have in your fridge.

  3. Tina Walstad
    September 17, 2015

    Fabulous. Making it NOW because well, as we all know, there are times in a woman’s life when chocolate is required. Isn’t it a law?!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      September 17, 2015

      haha I agree completely Tina! Enjoy! xo, Carol

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  5. Sophia
    June 21, 2016

    Can I bake this in the oven instead? If so, how long and at what temperature? Thanks!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      August 16, 2016

      Yes it should bake in the oven fine, I would say set your oven to 350 and start checking it every 10 minutes until done.

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  7. Jill H
    December 7, 2016

    I have a dear friend who is allergic to eggs. Any suggestions for egg substitute? Also, if it didn’t set, should I cook it longer? ;) Ya, I’m not a baker but this is a good start!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 22, 2016

      Hi Jill,
      Yes, because all microwaves have different powers, just do it in 10 second increments. You can try using either a vegan egg substitute like Follow Your Heart or try making a flax egg – mix 1 Tbsp flax meal with 3 Tbsp hot water let sit fro 5 minutes to set and become gel-like before adding it.

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  9. susan mikeska
    August 23, 2019

    Is the calorie count for the full recipe ?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      August 26, 2019

      Hi Susan,
      No, it’s for each serving, and there are 2 servings in this recipe.

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