Healthy Single-Serving Vanilla Microwave Cake | Gluten Free, Vegan

Healthy Single-Serving Vanilla Microwave Cake

My taste buds are going through some strange cycles.  A couple weeks ago I was making DIY desserts nonstop, like Snickers and Milky Wayz.  Then I went through a phase that included a ton of cookies and cakes, where I made Peanut Butter Cookies and Chocolate Cupcakes.  Now I’m going through a phase where I’m making easy recipes like Krispy Treats and Cookie Dough.  And this Single-Serving Vanilla Microwave Cake is yet another easy recipe — eight ingredients, five minutes to make and five minutes to “bake.”

Yeah, you can make a giant personal sized cake in just a few minutes (seriously, this cake is giant…  no puny cupcake here, this is like a slice of cake).

Healthy Single-Serving Vanilla Microwave Cake

This vanilla microwave cake is soft, moist and full of buttery cake flavor, you would never know it’s healthy (and you’d never know that it is 540 calories less than the typical vanilla microwave cake, just check out the nutrition label comparison below!)

Healthy Single-Serving Vanilla Microwave Cake

Healthy Single-Serving Vanilla Microwave Cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake & Cupcakes
Keyword: Single-Serving
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 260 kcal
  • cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 62g (¼ cup) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Natural Butter Flavor
  • 8g (1 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
  • 4 packets Natural Sweetener (steviaTruvia, etc.)
  • tsp Salt
  • 51g (6 tbs) Sweet White Sorghum Flour
  • 1 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
  1. Spray a 4" baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the almond milk, applesauce and extracts.
  3. Stir in the flax, truvia and salt.
  4. Stir in the sorghum flour, then stir in the baking powder last.
  5. Scoop/pour the batter into the prepared dish and microwave ~5 minutes, or until the surface springs back when tapped.
Recipe Notes

Do NOT use oat flour! The cake will fall and turn into a dense and rubbery "THING"

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Single-Serving Vanilla Microwave Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 cake)
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.5g 7%
Sodium 340mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 6g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 15%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

It’s time for a nutrition label showdown!  Compared to GroupRecipe’s vanilla microwave cake recipe, my healthified vanilla cake has:

  • 540 less calories
  • 42.5g less fat (!!!!)
  • 0g saturated fat
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 7g more fiber
  • 42g less sugar

If faced with both cakes…  which one to choose, which one to choose?!  What a difficult decision!  HAH, NOT.  I think we would all go for the nutrition label on the right.  Who would want to consume 800 unhealthy calories in a single sitting when you can have 260 healthy (and delicious) calories instead?

Healthy Single-Serving Vanilla Microwave Cake

That constitutes a balanced breakfast, yes?



With love and good eats,


– Jess


13 comments on “Healthy Single-Serving Vanilla Microwave Cake”

  1. I’m so happy I found your blog through foodgawker! I always seem to have a major sweet tooth and love finding ways to health-ify desserts. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. Could I use any other flour? I can’t find it here!

    • dessertswithbenefits

      I haven’t had much success with oat flour, but you can maybe try almond flour, brown rice flour or even buckwheat flour or quinoa flour if you are used to those strong flavors. Good luck!

  3. Can you tell me what makes the sodium so high?

  4. Moondragon007

    Can you use dairy, soy, or coconut milk? I’m allergic to almonds.

  5. Are you sure the nutritional information is correct? how did you find it?

  6. Can I use pumpkin instead of applesauce?

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