Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Microwave Cake (Blogger Update!)

Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Microwave Cake

HAAAAPPPPY NEW YEEEAAARR!!  🎉🎊🍾  Hope 2016 is treating you well so far  🙏

I used to make 2-3 yearly resolutions (more like, goals that I reeeeally want to achieve) so I can focus my attention on them.  For example…

For 2015, I wanted to be able to do 5 unassisted pull-ups.  By December 2015, I could do 10!  😝💪

But, for 2016?  Oh gosh.  I have way more on my mind now that I’m graduated and a business owner, have 2 jobs, a puppy, my own place, more stress, etc.  This year, I want to:

  1. Handle stress and a busy schedule better (I can start by answering the 92,749,397 emails in my damn inbox)  😖
  2. Not take friends and family and my jobs (and life in general) for granted  🙌
  3. Eat better — more homemade treats, less storebought stuff…  and go vegetarian (basically already am)  🍴
  4. Exercise more  💪
  5. Spend less  💵
  6. Learn to say NO and stand up for myself  🖐👊

What do I mean by #6?  Well…  let me explain:

One day I was on my way out of my apartment to go walk Cherry.  I met this really kind, suuuper talkative lady in the elevator.  She asked a bit about me, like how old I am, where I went to school, what I do, etc.  She came to the conclusion that I should meet her son, literally brought out her phone, called him, and HANDED ME THE PHONE…

*insert most awkward forced conversation ever*  😝

Why and how did I let that happen??  😳😒  Should’ve stood up and said, “No.”  I feel like I do this a lot in certain situations because I’m a people-pleaser and try to avoid conflict at all costs.  While people find this story hilarious every time I tell it, it relates to something more serious to me that weighs on my mind a lot.

I need to start standing my ground even HERE on the blog.

Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Microwave Cake (refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

With my second cookbook, Naughty or Nice, I included a few popular recipes from Desserts With Benefits that were improvement specifically for the book.  Within the first week of publishing, it was selling better than I expected!  I quickly realized that it didn’t make sense (and wouldn’t be fair to those who purchased the book) for the recipes to still be available online for free.  I kept the recipe posts on the blog, but removed the actual recipes from them.  I’ve received a number of comments from annoyed readers…  yes, at first glance it may seem heavy-handed, and yes, I understand it may frustrating that the recipe you want isn’t readily available.  But can I just give you my perspective?

I provide hundreds (that’s not an exaggeration, I have over 450) recipes here on Desserts With Benefits…  free of charge.

Blogging is my full-time job.  If I did everything for free, Desserts With Benefits would cease to exist (for example, domain hosting alone costs thousands each year).  DIY Protein Bars has 48 recipes, which averages out to 47¢ per recipe.  Naughty or Nice has 70 recipes, which averages out to 38¢ per recipe (yes, that’s it)!

To wrap this all up, I just want to thank everyone for their input and appreciate the fact that we have this space to freely share our opinions.  I am firm on my decision to remove the recipes on the blog that were retested and improved for the cookbooks — it just seems like the fair thing to do for all of the DWB supporters out there who got their own copies of DIY Protein Bars and Naughty or Nice  🙌😘

Hope you all understand  ☺️💕

Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Microwave Cake (refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Anyways, let’s get on with the cake.  ‘Bout damn time, right?  🍫🎂

This Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Microwave Cake can be made in just FIVE minutes flat.  Oh yes.  It’s so soft and moist and sweet and chocolatey, you’d never know it’s refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free and vegan.


Just throw it into my mouth please.

Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Microwave Cake (refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

(Sorry I didn’t get a clear pic of the spoonful of cake…  it kept falling back in the mug and then the whipped cream started melting and it just looked like a mess.  So just trust me, this cake is moist and delicious)

1 serving

Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Microwave Cake


  • 120g (½ cup) Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 82g (⅓ cup) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 7g (1 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 28g (¼ cup) Coconut Flour
  • 10g (2 tbs) Unsweetened Regular Cocoa Powder
  • 5 packets Natural Sweetener (Truvia, Stevia in the Raw, Organic Stevia...)
  • 1 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
  • pinch of Salt


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk, applesauce, flaxseed and vanilla extract.
  2. In another small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, cocoa powder, packeted sweetener, baking powder and salt.  Dump the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and whisk together.  Scoop the batter into a large mug and pat the bottom of the mug against your palm a few times to level out the batter.  Microwave for ~5 minutes, or until the center of the cake springs back when tapped.  Enjoy!

Here’s the recipe’s nutrition label:

Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Microwave Cake (refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Microwave Cake (refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Do you make New Years resolutions?  I’d love to hear ’em!  ☺️💕

Anyways, here’s to a great year ahead.  Let’s raise a glass make it full of healthy sweets and treats, yes?  🍴

27 comments on “Healthy Single-Serving Chocolate Microwave Cake (Blogger Update!)

  1. This cake looks incredible!! 🙂 I’ve also had a similar awkward situation in an elevator that involved meeting a random person it was sooo uncomfortable haha…thanks for the update too, most people don’t realize how much work goes into blogging! Keep up the phenomenal work, Jessica! <3 

  2. I am just glad you have not resorted to those annoying animated adds that make it impossible to use the website !

    I know what you mean I am a doormat and people know nice men for me sigh. Best for luck with that you will have to post if you get any good tips !

    • I’m not a huge fan of ads… at all. But it’s a necessary evil with blogging. Hopefully one day I can get rid of them completely :/
      Oh gosh, I’m sure people just LOVE to set you up with guys. It’s the most awkward thing ever because WHEN do set-ups really work? Haha. Anyways, thanks so much for your comment. Have an amazing week 😀

  3. This looks so good! Definitely going to make this sometime this week!! 😀

  4. This looks incredible!!!! So making it soon! *-*

    Happy New Year!! Hope it’s not too stressful for you! x

  5. I could definitely not say no to this chocolate cake! Love the healthy ingredients!

  6. Really appreciate your post – you do so much great work and as someone with a million food restrictions, I am so grateful for what you do! 

    Snagged your cookbook today! Keep up the excellent work and smart business decisions 🙂 

    • Awwww thank you SO much for saying that Olivia!! You just made me smile 😀
      I’m so glad my recipes can help you in any way possible. Hope you like my cookbook just as much as my blog… thank you for your support, it means so much!
      Hope you have an amazing week and rest of 2016!

  7. HAHAHAHAHA! I cannot believe that story of the lady in the elevator! I mean, she’s right,  you are a great catch. 😉 But seriously, I get what you mean. I’m a people-pleaser as well and have trouble standing up for myself at times. Especially in the workplace. I like your New Year’s resolutions! And I also agree with you keeping those recipes in the Naughty or Nice cookbook exclusively IN the cookbook. It totally makes sense and that’s how you run a business! 

  8. Jess. I fully support your decision to pull those recipes. A girl’s gotta live and those healthy ingredients are dang expensive. I really appreciate all the free stuff you post. So, in support of you standing up for yourself, your cookbook, your new vegetarian status and that yummy 5 minute vegan chocolate cake, I’m buying your new cookbook. Please don’t take down this choccy cake recipe before I get home tonight though.
    You are a very generous person and don’t you forget that. Haters gonna hate no matter what. I hope the book sells a tonne!

    • Thank you so much! 😀
      And I KNOW, right?? Healthy ingredients are expensive, and with how many recipes I test out, I feel like I go to the grocery store wayyyyy too much. I might as well WORK THERE 😉
      You are just too sweet Terri. You’re absolutely right, haters gonna hate, and complainers are gonna complain (a lot) lol.
      No worries, this recipe will be up for good! Hope you like the cake 😀

  9. I really wish you books were available in the iTunes iBook Store. While I know there is a Kindle app, there are those who prefer the iBook format.

  10. Okay, toots, a.) Your website is darling, & as for the mug cakes?  Well, I sort of make ALL THE MUG CAKES. My life is very fulfilled in this way.  But b.) Can you exchange an egg for the flaxseed?A la your coffee cake version? Are these facts & not fantasies? 

    • I FIGURED IT OUT!  Okay, I got the right measurements WITH the egg (Just put half a teaspoon of baking powder instead of the full teaspoon), & then I made it a Mexican chocolate coffee cake, because delish.  Thanks for all of the inspiration though, doll!

      • Hey Lauren! Sorry for not getting back to you immediately, but I’m super super super duper glad the recipe worked out for you using an egg instead!! I’ve actually been meaning to try that but eggs have been so expensive here lately, grrrr.
        I absolutely need to try this Mexican Chocolate Coffee Cake variation you speak of… it sounds friggin AMAZING and it made me immediately hungry for some instant cake 😉

  11. Hi Jessica! I love your recipes. I would like to know if the flax seeds can be replaced with chia seeds?

  12. I don’t have a microwave
    What is another way to bake this?
    Thanks in advance.

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