One of the biggest obstacles to overcome in any weight loss journey or fitness transformation can be sweets. More often than not, any type of dessert is going to be higher in calories and lower in protein. Neither of which add up to weight loss success. That’s why I love making something like a high protein mug cake or other microwaveable treats.
They’re super easy and quick to make, are packed with protein, and taste amazing (super important). The three protein mug cake recipes below are three of my favorites. You won’t need many ingredients, and they can all be made in less than five minutes. What’s not to love?
Before I get to the recipes, I’ll say that all three recipes call for protein powder. You can use any protein powder you like, but I typically use a whey protein and any macros you see in my recipes are calculated with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey unless otherwise noted.
If you’d like to see my recommended protein powder and other products (like the bowls I use to make my microwaveable treats), you can check out my Amazon resource list.
Apple Pie Protein Mug Cake
All the great apple pie flavor in cake form with 25 grams of protein.
You can find both the sugar-free apple pie filling Pillsbury sugar-free quick bread and muffin mix in the baking aisle at Walmart or here on Amazon. Honestly, I’ve yet to play around with the quick bread mix as much as the regular cake mix you’ll see in the next recipe. But I’m very impressed with how this apple pie protein mug cake turned out.
With any protein mug cake, a perfect pairing is a lower calorie ice cream or fat-free whipped topping. Below you’ll find a graphic taking a look at some of the more popular healthy ice cream options. Just know the higher priced options aren’t required!
Protein Mug Cake with Devil’s Food Sugar-Free Cake Mix
The most popular question for this recipe is about the diet soda. The short explanation is that it acts as a leavening agent and sweetener. It really adds some body and volume to the cake. That being said, you can use any liquid you’d like with this protein mug cake. And if you’re not using a food scale, you just want to fully hydrate the ingredients without making everything runny. Stir well and add liquid slowly.
And if you’d like to add the chocolate protein frosting like you see in the photo, check that out here.
Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Mug Cake (or brownie)
This recipe would be an exception to the macros with Optimum’s protein rule. A friend of mine runs a nutrition supplement company, Never Been Stronger. He was nice enough to send me some of their new protein, which I used to make the recipe below.
If you’re unfamiliar with my recipes, I have a habit of using vanilla protein and adding cocoa powder. I feel it gives recipes a more authentic chocolate flavor. In the recipe below, you’ll notice I added cocoa to a chocolate protein powder. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, start today.
You can find PB2 powdered peanut butter in most grocery stores these days. But if you’re having trouble finding it, you can pick some up on Amazon here. It’s a high protein, low calorie recipe staple in my house.
All right, I hope you enjoy these protein mug cake recipes! If you try any, be sure to tag me on Instagram.
If you’re looking for more protein mug cake recipes and microwaveable high protein treats, check out these recipes:
- 100-Calorie Protein Brownie
- High Protein Banana Bread
- High Protein Birthday Mug Cake
- Double Chocolate Banana Bread
- S’mores Protein Brownie