Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of the tradition of Easter chocolates, we’re sharing recipe ideas for healthier alternatives – sweets and treats featuring real cocoa. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.

Well, confession time: this past week I’ve had a dangerous flirtation with some mug cakes.  Flirting that might have led to something more…something like eating a mug cake every night for the past 5 days…

I may be a dietitian, but I’m a human first, ok!  And I gave up alcohol for Lent, so that healthy evening treat has left a hole.

A hole that wants to be filled with chocolate cake.

To be fair, I have still eaten lots of fruits and veggies and been exercising every day, so I don’t think that this will have too many negative repercussions, but a calorie-laden sugar bomb is not an ideal finish to the day for anyone.  So I worked out a compromise, and came up with this recipe to make a chocolate mug cake that’s a bit healthier…enjoy, and let me know if you try it!


For the cake:

  • 2 Tbsp quick cooking plain oats
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1.5 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • (note: I didn’t have any on hand, but I strongly suspect a bit (~2tsp?) of applesauce would do nicely in addition here too!)

For the icing:

  • 4 Tbsp part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 4 tsp cocoa
  • 2 tsp honey


Mix all the dry ingredients for the cake part in a mug with a fork.  Add the oil, honey, and water, and stir until evenly blended.  Pop in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (depending on how strong your ‘wave is).  It’s done when it looks done..and is spongy but not gooey to a light touch.  Scrape around the sides with a knife, and immediately invert onto a plate.  For the “icing,” just mix the 3 ingredients listed until smooth, and schmear up that lil cake…you should only need about half (~2 Tbsp) of what you mixed.


The rest of the “icing” can be used as a hydrating facial! (Some sites claim that cocoa is good for protecting skin from sun and increasing blood flow, and honey has antiseptic properties.)  It rubs into skin really well, and serves as a nice cooling mask that smells delicious:


Enjoy with a fork.


See how jealous the little honey bear was that he didn’t get any?!


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