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Mug cake

Augusta Gray
Written by

Augusta Gray

Reviewed by dietitian

Fiona Moncrieff

1 min read
Last updated May 2024

This chocolate mug cake is a great quick option if you’re craving an indulgent dessert or snack, but want to stick to your healthy eating plan.

Recipe: Mug cake

Prep and cooking time: 15 mins

Serves: 2


  • 4 tbsp ground almonds or fine oats
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp milk or milk alternative
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 egg or chia ‘egg’
  • 2 tbsp 70-85% large chocolate chips or 3-4 squares, roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 100g strawberries, sliced


  1. Mix the almonds and cocoa powder in a large mug until well combined.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients in order and a tiny pinch of salt, and mix well.
  3. Heat for 50-60secs (watching so it doesn’t rise above the lip of the mug). If it starts to rise to the top, pause the microwave, let it deflate and continue. Heat for a total of 2mins. It should stop rising after the first 1min but continue to watch for the final 1min.

Second Nature Special Tip:

Enjoy topped with a small handful of strawberries.

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29 December, 2021

Hi. I don’t have a microwave. How would I cook? Thanks.

Lisa Smith

5 September, 2021

Love this. It’s really quite good 😊


7 September, 2021

Hi Lisa,

So pleased you’ve enjoyed this recipe!

If you’re not yet subscribed to Second Nature, our full recipe catalog includes many more delicious desserts!

If you’d like to learn more, you can take our health quiz here.


24 May, 2021

Do 2 people share 1 mug of this or do you split these ingredients between 2 mugs and cook it? Thank you.


3 April, 2021

What is the carb count for this recipe if oats are used?

Ann Hyde

15 December, 2020

I have just tried this with a hint of orange & it’s not too bad. I added the zest of 2 clementines to the mix & swerved it with the clementine segments.

Stephen Madill

22 October, 2020

Can you say how much chocolate by weight, please? Some bars have eight squares and some have 20!


14 June, 2020

Hi, I’d love to try the plan. My niece in Scotland told me about it and has lost over 1 stone.

Amy Groome

20 August, 2020

Hi Carmel, thanks for your interest in the programme! You can find out more by taking our health quiz here

Jane Rogers

7 June, 2020

Hi. I am already on the programme. Can you please add this to the recipes.


10 June, 2021

I too am already on the programme and would like it to be in the recipes.
Also would it work without the cocoa powder but with ground almonds to replace the cocoa or coffee granules dissolved?

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