This super simple protein-packed chocolate mug cake is going to become your new favorite go to snack! Top it with bananas and a drizzle of peanut butter for a filling, balanced snack that will help fill you up and fuel your day! Gluten free, low fat and ready in 3 minutes!
Back when I was still working my corporate job, I often went straight from work to the gym and needed a protein packed meal that I could take with me and eat in the car. Not ideal, but it was better than the alternative which was going hungry and waiting to eat until 9pm and subsequently eating all the food in the house.
I didn’t like relying on store bought bars. They didn’t fill me up, they didn’t really taste that good and I was operating on a budget. So I started experimenting with making my own “mug cakes” which were all the rage with bloggers at the time. The problem was that most of them used a whey protein, but I always had vegan protein powder for my pancakes and cookies that I liked to make. So I had to get creative in the kitchen.
Through way to much trial an error I found the perfect combination of protein to liquid that wouldn’t explode in the microwave. What I have learned is that sometimes, less is more! So don’t overly complicate your mug cake recipe, and don’t microwave it for too long (it turns into a brick).
My favorite is the chocolate mug cake! I am obsessed with all things chocolate and this really feels like a treat when I am eating it! Some days I add chocolate chips to my chocolate mug cake, and other days I like to add freeze dried berries or cacao nibs. What I love is that the base of this recipe is so simple, it’s easy to experiment with add in’s! Just be aware that this chocolate mug cake recipe isn’t made for adding a ton of liquid to, so top it with your favorite berries instead of mixing them in!
As I mentioned above, I use a vegan protein powder in this chocolate mug cake recipe. Whey protein makes my stomach hurt, so I haven’t tested this recipe with whey and I can’t provide ways to modify it. However, I can tell you that Vega Performance Protein (affiliate link) is so easy to bake with, and you can even grab it in small single serve packets at stores like Whole Foods if you want to try it before you buy a bigger tub!
Please note that every microwave is different and the type of protein powder you use might also be different. The Vega scoops are 44g of protein powder (by weight), so if a serving of your protein powder is less, you may want to add more protein powder or 1 tbs. less applesauce! Remember, not all microwaves are the same, so start with 1:30 seconds and you can always add 10-15 seconds of time if you haven’t achieved the right “doneness”. Allow your chocolate mug cake to rest for at least 2 minutes before diving in, or you will burn the roof of your mouth!
See how easy it is to make mug cake in this video!
Super Simple Protein-Packed Chocolate Mug Cake
- Mash the banana in a bowl or mug
- Add the applesauce, egg whites and stir well
- Add the chocolate Vega Performance Protein Powder and stir well to incorporate
- Add the baking powder and optional chocolate chips and stir until well incorporated
- Make sure the batter is as flat as possible across the bowl
- Microwave for 1:45 seconds