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We LOVE a healthy sweet treat around here, and this gluten free mug cake fits right in! If you know me, you know I’m a total dessert person. I eat dessert quite literally every single night. Lately, my go-to simple dessert recipes have been my healthy gluten free cookie dough, or if I have a few extra minutes I’ll bake these one-bowl gluten free almond flour chocolate chip cookies (SO GOOD!). But now, I’m super excited to add this 6-ingredient gluten free mug cake to the rotation!

This recipe is gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free! But still perfectly sweet and totally indulgent. It’s also one of those recipes you can customize however you’d like. I love adding a small handful of chocolate chips to mine for a chocolate chip mug cake. Or, when I’m feeling festive, I’ll mix in a tablespoon of rainbow sprinkles! However you serve it, I guarantee you’ll love it.

overhead image of healthy gluten free mug cake with chocolate chips on top.
Here’s a link to the microwave-safe mugs I used for this recipe!

What You’ll Need To Make A Healthy Gluten Free Mug Cake

Almond Flour: Almond flour serves as the base for this mug cake, providing a nutty flavor and tender texture. It’s also a great gluten-free alternative to traditional flour. I buy my almond flour in bulk, so I always have some on-hand for this recipe!

Maple Syrup: Sweeten your mug cake naturally with maple syrup, adding a touch of sweetness without refined sugars.

Egg: A large egg helps bind the ingredients together and provides structure and extra fluffiness to the mug cake.

Coconut Oil: Melted coconut oil adds moisture to the cake, resulting in a soft and fluffy texture. Feel free to use any oil or melted butter of your choice if coconut oil isn’t available.

Vanilla Extract: Enhance the flavor of your mug cake with a splash of vanilla extract, adding depth and richness!

Baking Powder: Baking powder is a pantry stables, and it helps this gluten free mug cake rise and become light and airy.

healthy gluten free mug cake ingredients laid out on a table.

Tips and Tricks

  • Ensure all ingredients are well combined to prevent any pockets of unmixed flour or egg in your mug cake. Use a fork or small whisk to thoroughly whisk the batter until smooth.
  • Microwave cooking times may vary, so keep an eye on your mug cake as it cooks. If the cake looks like it’s about to overflow, pause the microwave and allow it to settle before continuing to cook.
  • After microwaving, resist the temptation to dive right into your mug cake. Let it cool for a few minutes to avoid burning your mouth! Trust me, learn from my mistakes.

How To Bake It In The Oven Instead

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Whisk together all ingredients in an oven-safe mug or ramekin.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted down the center of the mug cake comes out clean.
  4. Let it cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!

Make This Gluten-Free Mug Cake Vegan (No Egg)

For a vegan version of this recipe, simply replace the egg with 2 tablespoons of apple sauce or 2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk. The cake won’t rise quite as much, but it’ll taste just as delicious!

Healthy Gluten Free Mug Cake

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

serving
Prep time

3

minutes
Cooking time

2

minutes
Total time

5

minutes

This gluten free mug cake is the perfect quick and easy sweet treat! Perfectly sweet, moist, and totally delicious. Throw this healthier dessert together with just 6 ingredients in 5 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup almond flour

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil, or any vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to a mug and whisk until a batter comes together.
  • Microwave the mug for 2 minutes, then carefully remove from the microwave (the mug will be hot!) and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Top with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Check the bottom of your mug to make sure it’s microwave safe before using it in this recipe!

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Carrot cake is my all-time FAVORITE kind of cake! And a few weeks ago I realized – I’ve made healthy carrot cake cookies, gluten-free carrot cake muffins, and even carrot cake baked oats but I’ve never made an actual carrot CAKE before. I know, I was shocked too. So I found the time and started recipe testing!

I knew my carrot cake had to be a few things – gluten-free, dairy-free, and ideally refined sugar-free. I also really wanted to keep this cake recipe as healthy as possible, so I stuck to almond flour as the base, and coconut sugar and maple syrup to sweeten it. But don’t worry, I wasn’t willing to compromise on taste or texture, so after a few (failed) tests I finally did it! The BEST EVER gluten-free and dairy-free carrot cake, naturally sweetened and oh-SO delicious.

gluten free and dairy free carrot cake ingredients on a table.

What You’ll Need to Make Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Carrot Cake

Eggs: Room temperature eggs blend more evenly into the batter, resulting in a uniform texture and improved rise during baking, creating a fluffy and tender cake.

Coconut Sugar: If you don’t have coconut sugar, brown sugar will work in its place! Both impart a delicious caramel flavor to this healthier cake recipe.

Maple Syrup: Maple syrup contributes a natural sweetness to the cake, enhancing its flavor profile without overwhelming the other ingredients, while also providing moisture for a soft and moist crumb.

Almond Flour: Almond flour serves as the star ingredient in our gluten-free cake, contributing a delicate nutty flavor and providing moisture for a moist and tender cake, making it an ideal choice for those following a gluten-free or grain-free diet!

Shredded Carrots: Wrapping shredded carrots in a paper towel helps to remove excess moisture, preventing the cake from becoming overly dense and ensuring a light and airy texture.

gluten free and dairy free carrot cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting on a baking sheet.

Tips and Tricks

  • Bring your eggs to room temperature before baking to ensure they incorporate seamlessly into the batter, resulting in a lighter and fluffier cake.
  • Pat the shredded carrots dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture, preventing the cake from becoming soggy and dense.
  • Start with a small amount of milk in the cream cheese frosting and gradually add more if needed to achieve the desired consistency, ensuring it’s spreadable yet holds its shape.
a slice of gluten free and dairy free carrot cake.

This Carrot Cake Recipe Is…

The BEST Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Medium
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Total time

45

minutes

This gluten-free and dairy-free carrot cake is simply heavenly – and made in just one bowl! It’s bursting with warm spices, shredded carrots, and topped with a luscious cinnamon cream cheese frosting. This cake is an incredible treat for any occasion!

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, or coconut sugar

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

  • 1/4 melted coconut oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots, wrapped and dried in a paper towel to release as much moisture from the carrots as possible

  • 3/4 cups walnuts, roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • For the cinnamon cream cheese frosting:
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened (I used non-dairy cream cheese)

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (I used non-dairy butter)

  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  • 3-4 tablespoons milk (I used non-dairy milk)

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line two 6-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Then, coat pans with a light layer of oil to prevent sticking.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and coconut sugar or brown sugar with either a hand or stand mixer on high speed until pale and thick, about 5 minutes.gluten-free-carrot-cake-step-1
  • Add in the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Beat for a few seconds to combine.
  • Add in the almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Beat for one minute, or until the batter is fully combined. Then, add in the shredded carrots, chopped walnuts, and raisins, and use a spatula to fold those ingredients into the batter.gluten-free-carrot-cake-step-02
  • Transfer and divide the batter between the two prepared cake pans and bake 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted down the center of each cake comes out mostly clean.
  • Carefully remove the cakes from the pan by sliding a sharp knife around the outside edge of the cake, then flipping the pans over onto a wire cooling rack. Let the cakes cool completely on the wire rack before frosting.gluten-free-carrot-cake-step-03
  • Once cakes are cool, make the cream cheese frosting by adding all frosting ingredients to a large bowl and beating with either a hand or stand mixer until fully combined. Start by using just 3 tablespoons of milk in the frosting, then add an additional tablespoon of milk if the frosting is too thick.gluten-free-carrot-cake-step-04
  • Place one of the cooled cakes on a cake stand or serving plate, then spread 1/3 of the frosting on top. Then, place the other cooled caked on top of the frosting layer and cover both stacked cakes with remaining frosting.
  • Spread the frosting into an even layer over the top and around the outside of the cake. Then, for additional decoration, pressed chopped walnuts around the sides of the cake. Either serve cake immediately or cover and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.gluten-free-carrot-cake-step-05

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With valentine’s day right around the corner, I was craving something extra chocolate-y! I’ve been drinking my healthy hot chocolate pretty much daily and gathered the ingredients for my 3-ingredient oreo mug cake, but I wanted something new …something a little more special. After all, this is my baby’s first Valentine’s day, and I plan on going ALL out!

So what did I do? I took my almond flour brownies, threw in some freeze dried strawberries, and topped with a chocolate drizzle – and voilà, these chocolate covered strawberry almond flour brownies were born! They’re rich, fudgy, and extra indulgent but totally grain-free, dairy-free, and sweetened with coconut sugar. So whether you’re also craving something special this month, or looking to treat that someone special, you gotta give these chocolate covered strawberry almond flour brownies a try. It’s love at first bite!

bite shot of chocolate covered strawberry almond flour brownies.

What You’ll Need to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberry Almond Flour Brownies

Sugar: I used coconut sugar in my brownies, but cane sugar works great too! Use whatever you prefer, even granulated monk fruit sweetener will do the trick.

Almond Flour: Almond flour is the secret ingredient in these chocolate covered strawberry *almond flour* brownies, making them gluten-free and grain-free. Don’t mess with it though, the almond flavor can’t be subbed without compromising this recipe!

Olive Oil: This is the secret to extra fudgy brownies! Olive oil is the magic touch for that perfect consistency and rich flavor. Embrace it – your taste buds will thank you.

Freeze Dried Strawberries: I used the Natierra freeze-dried strawberries and they were delicious. But I know Trader Joe’s sells them too! No freeze-dried strawberries? No problem. Fresh chopped strawberries work just as well.

close-up overhead image of chocolate covered strawberry almond flour brownies with chocolate drizzle and freeze dried strawberries on top.

Can I use store bought brownie mix instead?

You sure can! To make these chocolate covered strawberry brownies with store bought brownie mix, start by preparing the mix according to the package instructions. Then, add in 1 cup of freeze dried strawberries to the batter and stir to combine. Transfer the batter to a lined and/or greased brownie pan and bake according to package instructions. Once brownies are baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely before topping with the chocolate drizzle. Just as delicious with half the effort!

Tips and Tricks

  • Whip the sugar and eggs until they’re super light and fluffy – a key step for that melt-in-your-mouth brownie texture.
  • When bringing together the dry ingredients, give them a gentle stir. Over-mixing can impact the texture of your brownies, so keep it light and just right.
  • For that pro finish, hold off on the chocolate drizzle until your brownies are entirely cooled. Patience pays off for that beautiful, glossy topping!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Almond Flour Brownies

3 from 2 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: Uncategorized
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

0

minutes

These chocolate covered strawberry brownies are rich, fudgy, and totally delicious! They’re made with almond flour and coconut sugar for a healthier twist, but are still just as indulgent. These are the perfect Valentine’s Day recipe, or any day treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar, I used coconut sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, divided

  • 1/2 cup olive oil, or any vegetable oil

  • 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries, or 1 cup fresh chopped strawberries

  • For the chocolate drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and eggs with either a hand or stand mixer, or a whisk (hello arm workout!). Continue beating for 3-5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Add the almond flour, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until everything is just combined, careful not to over-mix.
  • In a separate small bowl, add the coconut oil and 1 cup of chocolate chips. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until chocolate chips are fully melted.
  • Pour melted chocolate chips and olive oil into the brownie batter, and stir to combine. Then, add in the remaining chocolate chip and freeze dried strawberries and fold to combine.
  • Pour brownie batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the center is just barely set. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • Once brownies are cool, make the chocolate drizzle by melting the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in the microwave in 30 seconds increments. Stir the chocolate between each increment until completely smooth.
  • Cut the brownies into squares, then top the brownies with the melted chocolate drizzle and additional freeze dried strawberries if you’d like.

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Hey there, fellow dessert aficionados and Halloween enthusiasts! Are you ready to whip up a deliciously spooky treat that’ll add a touch of whimsy to your next Halloween party? Look no further because we’ve got a Mummy Brownies recipe that’s as cute as it is tasty. So, let’s get our mummy on and bake up some mummylicious brownies!

overhead image of gluten-free mummy brownies on parchment paper.

What You’ll Need to Make Mummy Brownies

A Batch of Almond Flour Brownies: You can use any brownie recipe you like – fudgy, cakey, or even my gluten-free almond flour brownies for a healthier twist. This recipe is all about the decoration!

Plain Icing: This is what you’ll use to create the mummy’s wrappings. You can buy pre-made icing or make your own with powdered sugar and a touch of milk.

Candy Eyes: These are the pièce de résistance! Candy eyes give your mummy brownies that adorable and slightly eerie look. You can find them at most baking supply stores or order them on Amazon.

mummy brownies on parchment paper.

Tips and Tricks

  • Cool Before You Mummy-fy: Make sure your brownies are completely cool before you start the mummy decoration. You don’t want your icing to melt all over the place. We’re going for mummy precision, not mummy mess!
  • Mummy Patterns: There’s no right or wrong way to create your mummy patterns. Some like neat, parallel lines, while others prefer a more chaotic mummy look. Be creative! And remember, mummies are meant to be a little imperfect.
  • Save the Eyes for Last: When you’re putting on the candy eyes, do it as the final step. It’s like giving your mummy brownies their finishing touch. This way, you can place the eyes wherever you like and give each mummy its own unique personality.

Mummy Brownies

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Total time

10

minutes

Are you ready to whip up a deliciously spooky treat that’ll add a touch of whimsy to your next Halloween party? Look no further because we’ve got a Mummy Brownies recipe that’s as cute as it is tasty. So, let’s get our mummy on and bake up some mummylicious brownies!

Ingredients

Directions

  • Let your brownies cool completely, then cut into 12 rectangles.
  • Make the icing by whisking together the powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Transfer the icing to a pastry bag or a ziploc bag and make a small cut at the tip of the bag where the icing can drizzle out.
  • Drizzle icing across brownies in a zig-zag pattern, then place two eyes on each brownie.
  • Leave icing to harden for about 10 minutes, then serve.

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Halloween just got a little sweeter with these Mummy Brownies. Whether you’re planning a spooky soirée or just want a fun, easy baking project to enjoy with the family, these little mummies are sure to bring a smile to your face.

So, pick your favorite brownie recipe, get your decorating skills ready, and make some mummylicious treats. It’s the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth and add a little Halloween magic to your dessert table. Happy mummy-making!

This gluten-free zucchini bread is deliciously moist! It’s super easy to make and loaded with fresh zucchini. Enjoy a thick slice of this gluten-free zucchini bread with a little butter for breakfast or as a snack!

gluten-free zucchini bread on a baking sheet.

The Story Behind This Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread Recipe

My parents were those people that built a garden during quarantine. Anyone else?? And while it took a while to enjoy the fruits (literally) of their labor, oh man was it worth all their hard work! They have strawberries, blueberries, lettuce, every herb you can think of, and a whole BUNCH of zucchini. Like A LOT of zucchini. So when they sent me home a couple weeks ago with a massive bag of homegrown zucchini, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. Though I had never made gluten-free zucchini bread before, so I took a few notes from my gluten-free banana bread recipe, tweaked things a bit, and this incredible recipe was born!

sliced gluten-free zucchini bread on a baking sheet with milk on the side.

What You Need To Make Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

Zucchini – This dark green veggie is loaded vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! It’s also high in fiber and has been proven to aid healthy digestion. Good-for-you zucchini also flourishes in the summer months! (A big reason why my parents currently have SO much of it right now).

To prep zucchini for this recipe, simply slice off one end and run the zucchini down a cheese grater. Continue to grate the zucchini until you have one heaping cup worth of shredded zucchini. Once grated, you’ll wrap the zucchini in a dish towel and squeeze out as much of the liquid from the zucchini as possible. This summer vegetable holds on to a lot of water, and to avoid a soggy zucchini bread, you’ll want to squeeze out as much of that water as you can. Once the water is removed, you’re ready to use your shredded zucchini in this gluten-free zucchini bread recipe!

Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour – I use and love the King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Flour for most of my gluten-free baked goods recipes. It’s a solid gluten-free flour that holds its structure when baked and never fails me. However, you can use your favorite gluten-free all purpose flour for this recipe. My one suggestion is to always make sure that whatever gluten-free all purpose flour you use contains xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is crucial to binding and quite literally keeping everything together.

gluten-free zucchini bread step 1
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Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

  • Make it Nut-Free: Omit the almond flour in this recipe and use an additional 1/2 cup of gluten-free all purpose flour instead.
  • Make it Vegan: To make this a gluten-free and vegan zucchini bread, try using either two flax eggs, one ripe mashed banana, or 1 cup of apple sauce in place of the eggs in this recipe.
  • Add Gluten: Use 2 cups of regular all purpose flour in place of the gluten-free all purpose flour and almond flour.

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: SnacksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes
Total time

55

minutes

This gluten-free zucchini bread is deliciously moist! It’s super easy to make and loaded with fresh zucchini. Enjoy a thick slice of this gluten-free zucchini bread with a little butter for breakfast or as a snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded zucchini

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour, see Notes

  • 1/2 cup almond flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter, melted

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit and lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
  • Wrap the shredded zucchini in a dish towel and squeeze over the sink to remove as much water from the zucchini as possible, then set aside.
  • Mix together the gluten-free all purpose flour, almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, melted coconut oil, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until combined.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently fold together until no flour remains.
  • Gently fold in the shredded zucchini until just combined.
  • Transfer batter to prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Notes

  • Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour: I use and love the King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Flour in this recipe, though you can use any all purpose gluten-free flour you’d like as long as it contains xantham gum.

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