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Sometimes, lazy mornings call for a low carb, paleo mug cake. So do busy, I-have-five-minutes-to-make-breakfast mornings. And let’s not leave out random afternoons when you want dessert more than an apple. Or your next breath. You’re among friends here; we get it. Really, there’s no bad time for an easy vanilla mug cake and this particular keto vanilla mug cake is better than most.
Any time you’re hungry, need a treat and want to keep it keto, this easy vanilla mug cake is your BFF. Some might tell you that you’re asking for too much to expect fast, delicious, and healthy from one little keto mug cake recipe, but you’re not.
You can have your cake and eat it, too, when it’s a keto vanilla mug cake! Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Considerations for Paleo Vanilla Cake in a Mug
What makes this paleo mug cake stand out from all the other healthy mug cake recipes floating around out there? Well, first it’s an ultra moist low carb almond flour mug cake with a delicate crumb and burst of vanilla flavor. Add a dollop of whipped cream (coconut cream for paleo!) and you’ve positively crossed into heaven. Mmmm.
But the best part about this keto vanilla mug cake? It’s without a doubt the little specks of vanilla bean seeds! Blueberry pancakes are just better with ’em. Really, life is better with vanilla bean seeds. Or at least vanilla cake in a mug recipes are.
But you can’t use just any ‘ol vanilla bean seeds in this gluten-free vanilla mug cake. You need to choose quality, grade-A vanilla beans. That’s what puts this keto vanilla mug cake recipe at the top of the list! Grade A vanilla beans have more moisture, aroma, and seeds.
If you’re selecting vanilla beans at the store, choose ones that are plump, shiny, and smooth. Avoid those that are dried out if you want the best flavor available.
I’ve personally kept them in an airtight container for months, and they are still excellent! That works out well because it’s nice to have them on hand any time you get the craving for an easy vanilla mug cake. Which may or may not happen rather often. Ahem.
Now, you can just use vanilla extract if you’d prefer, but it won’t have the same rich flavor. You’d have to use a full teaspoon of the extract to achieve the same depth of flavor, but the alcohol would leave an aftertaste so at most you should use half that amount.
However, if you don’t have quality vanilla beans on hand and you do have a hankering for a vanilla microwave mug cake, go ahead and use that extract!
You deserve a treat!
Sweeteners for Paleo or Keto Vanilla Mug Cake
There are many low carb sweetener options available to you that will make this sugar-free mug cake still taste sweetly decadent.
If you’re not worried about making this a particularly low carb vanilla mug cake, you can use coconut sugar. If you do want to minimize your carbs, your best bet is to use either erythritol or monk fruit sweetener. Sticking with granulated or crystallized options keeps the consistency as cake-like as possible.
If you’re still learning low carb, paleo, keto sweeteners…no worries. I’ve got you covered with this comprehensive, all-you’ll-ever-need-to-know sweetener conversion chart.
How To Make a Vanilla Mug Cake – No Milk
Not only is this easy vanilla mug cake sugar-free and gluten-free, but it’s also dairy free. And with a super easy tweak, this keto vanilla mug cake also becomes a paleo mug cake. How cool is that?!
Are you ready to see how easy this is? Hold on to your hats, friends, because this is going to change your world. Or at least your breakfast time.
And your mid-afternoon snacks. And maybe your midnight cravings.
You start by melting your coconut oil in your mug or ramekin. Then you add in your scraped vanilla bean seeds and milk.
The key to making this moist vanilla mug cake dairy-free and low carb is using unsweetened almond milk which you can buy at the store or make homemade almond yourself (so easy!). No real dairy milk in this recipe!
Next, add all your dry ingredients and the egg. Mix thoroughly and smooth the top. Now, if you’re wanting to make this a paleo mug cake, simply use this homemade baking powder recipe for the paleo version.
You’re going to microwave this easy vanilla mug cake for 1 ½ to 2 minutes until firm (but not too dry!). Then, serve it up with whipped cream or your favorite frosting. Of course, to keep it a paleo mug cake you’ll use whipped coconut cream and not dairy.
And just in case you don’t already have a favorite frosting, this keto cream cheese frosting is delish. I mean, lick the bowl yummy. You’re going to love it.
Psst… now that you know how easy it is to make a paleo mug cake, you might want a few other recipes that are just as simple. Here are two favorites at Wholesome Yum: cinnamon swirl mug muffin (sweet!) and two-minute low carb English muffin (savory and awesome for a sandwich!).
And, you can also check out the entire cake in a mug collection HERE.
Can You Make Paleo Mug Cake In Advance?
I get it. You’re busy and have places to go, things to do, and cake to eat. I feel you. So here’s what I suggest.
You can’t mix up the batter in advance and let it sit, because the baking soda will react. But, you can get a jump-start for those days when you’re running late (or the cravings are crazy for cake!).
Simply mix all of the dry ingredients into a mason jar you want to cook it in, ahead of time. Then, just add the wet ingredients right before cooking. Ramekins with lids work great, too, but divide the batter into 2 of they are small, so they won’t overflow.
This is such an easy way to indulge your cravings for cake already, but if you want to make it even easier to enjoy this easy vanilla mug cake, that’s your best bet! Enjoy!
Tools To Make Low Carb Vanilla Mug Cake:
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- Coffee Mugs – This set of mugs would be perfect for making this delicious dessert recipe.
- Measuring Spoons – These are my absolute favorite measuring spoons. They nest together for storage.
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Easy Keto Paleo Vanilla Mug Cake Recipe
This easy vanilla mug cake recipe is ready in under 5 minutes! If you want a paleo mug cake that's simple, decadent, and delicious, give this keto vanilla mug cake a try.
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- Melt the coconut oil in a mug or ramekin in the microwave (about 30-45 seconds). Stir in the almond milk, and scraped vanilla bean seeds.
Add the almond flour, coconut flour, sweetener, gluten-free baking powder, sea salt, and egg. Stir until well combined. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon.
- Microwave for about 90-120 seconds, until firm. Serve with whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream for paleo), or frost with your favorite frosting.
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I highly recommend using the vanilla bean, but if you don't have any, you can use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract instead. This will be less vanilla flavor than using the bean directly, but adding any more extract would result in an aftertaste from the alcohol in the extract.
Serving size: 1 mug cake (entire recipe)
Nutrition Information Per Serving
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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