the perfect post-workout chocolate mug cake (vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, nut free!)

chocolate dreams are made of these.

mug cakes are 100% my favorite dessert to make. I use the term "mug cake" loosely because die hard cake enthusiasts will argue that this is no cake at all. but it's ooey, gooey, and chocolate-y, so I'm gonna say it's good enough for me.

rewind: I woke up this morning so sore. I'm trying to get into a routine before I start co-op at QuickBase as an Associate Marketing Manager on Tuesday, so helloooo 7am boxing class! and after 2 months in SE Asia, it's fair enough to say I'm out of shape.

but hey; survived and managed to head out to a coffeeshop to revamp this blog AKA give it much needed facelift, and then jogged to my first CycFitness class (because half marathon training) with the lovely Sarah Gaines, fellow Northeastern grad and founder of Fit U.

post spin selfie

spin classes kill me every time, but feel so good afterward. and that brings me to now, a dessert before dinner kinda night -> this chocolate mug cake.

usually I use almond butter or peanut butter in this, but I've had enough nut butters for today (if that's possible), so I went without. this mug cake is completely allergen free, and packed with 1) protein and 2) carbs for optimal post-workout recovery! and can be made in the microwave, because it's way too hot to turn the stove on.

post-workout chocolate mug cake

post-workout chocolate mug cake - approaching paleo

serves 1 | paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, nut free | time: 5 minutes


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (add more if you want it to have more of a chocolate-y taste!)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 sweet potato
  • 5 frozen cherries
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp protein powder of your choice (I use Hemp 70 from Manitoba Harvest)


  1. add ingredients to a tall mug.
  2. microwave for 1 minute.
  3. remove from microwave, stir, and microwave for another minute to a minute and a half.
  4. top with anything you want! my favs are: Siggi's plain yogurt, hemp seeds, bananas, cherries, cacao nibs, or nut butter!
post-workout chocolate mug cake close up - approaching paleo