One Minute Healthy Matcha Mug Cake

healthy matcha mug cake

Since this whole self-isolation thing, I’ve been craving sweets. My go-to recipe has been mug cakes. I’ve made at least 20 mug cakes for myself and others… but because I didn’t measure out the ingredients, it was always quite inconsistent. Sometime, it’d be too dry or not quite the cake-like texture I wanted. After many experiments, I finally found the perfect healthy matcha mug cake recipe that’s simple and actually tastes like cake. Let’s dive right into it!

What is a Mug Cake?

If you haven’t made one before, a mug cake is literally a cake in a mug that you microwave for 50 seconds to 1 minute. It’s the perfect treat when you’re craving something sweet and you want it now. It takes 3 minutes tops. Sort of like an adult ‘Easy Bake Oven’ if that was a thing in your generation.

Mug cakes can be made with practically any flavour you choose. You can experiment with different flavours to suit your cravings like chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, brownies, lava cake.. etc. I’m sure you could even do fruit flavoured mug cakes like mango, strawberry, coconut etc. but I have yet to try those. In this recipe, I’m using high quality matcha powder from Japan! (Also, writing this makes me want to make one right now…)

uji matcha green tea for healthy matcha mug cake
healthy matcha mug cake

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Mug Cake Recipe

This healthy matcha mug cake recipe has no egg, no oil, no refined flour or dairy. You can choose to substitute the sugar for stevia if you’d like. I’d recommend keeping the full amount of sugar here or even adding a little more if you’re making this with matcha. Matcha naturally has a bitter taste and I generally modify my recipes to be less sweet.


  • 1 tsp high quality matcha powder
  • 3 tbsp oat flour
  • 1/8 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 small pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp and a half of sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce (I’ve been replacing all oils in baking recipes with apple sauce and it’s been working well!)
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients (matcha powder, oat flour, salt, sugar) together then mix in the wet ingredients (apple sauce, almond milk, vanilla extract). Be sure to mix well. It should have a liquid texture.
  2. Microwave for 50 seconds and enjoy right away!

Recipe Notes

*Try this recipe making a chocolate mug cake by replacing the matcha powder with 1 and a half tbsp of cocoa powder. If you have dutch cocoa that would make it extra chocolatey!

*You may sub oat flour with regular flour or cake flour.

*Unsweetened apple sauce can be subbed in equal parts with vegetable oil, greek yogurt or mashed ripe bananas.

*Any type of nut milk will do, or regular cow’s milk. Water would also work.

Nutritional Information: Healthy Matcha Mug Cake

Calories: 183 , Protein: 6.7g, Fat: 1.8g, Carbs: 36.5g, Sugars: 22.9g


Seems like I’m in need of cuter mugs for these recipes but I hope this quick recipe inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie (1) will satisfy any sweets cravings you may have as you stay home. Be safe & bake more :). *Update: I did make myself another one.. yum!

If you’re craving other healthy sweets, check out this Chocolate Zucchini Brownie recipe made with grated zucchinis and greek yogurt! Spread some chocolate avocado icing and it literally tastes like cake… I’m so impressed. Give it a try!

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