This protein mug cake requires only 5 ingredients! It’s sweet, soft, delicious, and super quick to make. All you need is 5-7 minutes! The mug cake is gluten-free, high protein, and vegetarian.
Chocolate cake is always an extremely popular dessert choice. As it should be.
It’s rich, decadent, and extremely delicious. What if you could create that dessert at home?
This protein mug cake recipe is going to help you do that. It’s guilt-free and will help you stick to your healthy eating goals.
This recipe is the perfect way to create a healthy, tasty dessert. Plus, it only has 5 ingredients.
Most importantly, you can make it in just a few short steps and without a big mess.
You don’t even an oven! The “baking” is done in less than two minutes in the microwave.
This protein mug cake is the perfect single-serving dessert option. You won’t feel guilty about eating cake.
The cake has 23 grams of protein and no refined sugars. The sweetness comes from natural, whole foods.
It’s ok to eat it any time of the day. This is an added perk for such a healthy recipe.
You can enjoy it in the morning with a hot cup of coffee or a late-night dessert. Take your pick!
The recipe is here for you when you need an easy dessert and to curb that sweet tooth.
Benefits of Mug Cakes
Making a mug cake is extremely easy. It requires just a few basic ingredients.
Quick desserts are essential! Clean up will be a breeze, and you’ll be done in just a few minutes.
You can even enjoy the cake right out of the mug. Mix, heat, and enjoy.
It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Why You Should Make This Chocolate Mug Cake
There are a lot of good reasons to make this cake. The ingredients are healthy, whole foods.
It’s also more nutritious than a pre-packaged dessert. Homemade is always the healthier option.
There are 23 grams of protein. The mug also has a high level of potassium, which is great for your diet.
This is a great option when you are feeling like something a little fancy and delicious. You won’t feel guilty after you learn about the five simple ingredients.
Mixing a banana and egg together is a healthy cooking hack that you can use in several different ways. Both ingredients are high in protein, and you usually have them on hand.
When bananas and eggs are mixed together, they create a cake-like texture. You could add several different flavors to these two ingredients and get delicious results.
We are using a few types of chocolate in this recipe to intensify the flavor. Adding the chocolate brings the banana-egg mixture to another level.
Cocoa powder offers a great way to add chocolate flavor without adding sugar. The dark chocolate chips add antioxidants to the cake and create delicious melted-chocolate bites.
Be sure to try and find unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips you can get here. You won’t need the added sugar that most standard brands contain.
The unsweetened varieties are much better for you.
How to Make Protein Mug Cake
Find your favorite mug and get your ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the protein cake:
- vanilla protein powder (or chocolate protein powder)
- dark chocolate chips
- cocoa powder
Mash the banana with a fork. You can do that in a separate bowl or right in the mug that you will be using.
Using a ripe banana will be much easier here. It will be softer and easier to mash.
Add the egg, cocoa powder, protein powder, and chocolate chips. Combine them all together.
Try to smooth out any clumps of banana. The cake will be lighter and fluffier if you mix everything together well.
Pour the ingredients into a mug (if you weren’t already mixing in the mug).
Place the mug in the microwave and cook for 1-2 minutes. Decrease the cooking time if you want the texture to be more like a chocolate lava cake.
Enjoy the warm cake right away! It’s so satisfyingly delicious with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Can You Add Protein Powder to Cakes?
Adding protein powder is a really great way to increase the protein in baked goods.
You can add as much as 6 grams of protein by adding the powder to your recipes. It also offers a great way to experiment with flavors.
This recipe calls for vanilla protein powder. This protein powder could be used for that. Feel free to also try chocolate, coffee, or even peanut butter flavors.
Experiment and have fun with it!
What Can I Replace Protein Powder With?
If you don’t have any protein powder – don’t worry. There are a few other ingredients you can try.
We really want to get that added protein. The added protein provides us with the energy we need for the day.
What can you use? Let’s explore the options:
- Substitute the protein powder with an equal amount of almond flour or other gluten-free flour
- Mix in 1 tablespoon of hemp powder to the mixture before cooking
Note: You can omit the protein powder all together (and not replace with flour). The cake might turn out a bit more gooey and less dense.
Is It OK to Microwave Protein Powder?
There is no issue with microwaving something that has protein powder. The protein powder is just as functional served at room temperature, cold, or hot.
The heat may denature the protein to some extent (meaning slightly alter their structure). However, the amino acids and general purpose of the protein powder will remain unaffected.
In fact, protein powder is perfect for trying in different ways. It’s not just for shakes.
Get creative! Now you know you can add protein powder to many other things like gluten-free muffins, pancakes, or even your daily cup of coffee.
Other Recipes You Might Like:
- Banana Protein Balls
- Coconut Protein Balls
- Almond Butter Protein Balls
- Healthy Cookie Dough Bites
- Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Watch Full Instructions
5-Ingredient Protein Mug Cake
- 1 banana
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- Mash the banana.
- Mix all the ingredients in a relatively large mug.
- Microwave for 1-2 minutes on highest wattage.