Apple Mug Muffin in 2 Minutes

So I have gotten a few requests for some quick desserts and specifically some mug desserts.  I know I am going to have some people that don’t want to make this in a microwave, so I added the instructions for how to do it in an oven as well.  Please save your flack for me cooking in a microwave and just skip this recipe if it doesn’t interest you.  Now you can classify this as a dessert, or a quick grab and go breakfast as well.  Depends on your views with how you eat.  I would eat it for either and love it both ways.  I have a confession to make too, I made this the same day that I made the AMAZING Paleo waffles so I overindulged a bit.  It’s not my fault though, I have to continually taste test to ensure I get the recipe perfect for you every time.  Man it’s hard to lie to myself but I am back on clean eating street now.

Apple Mug muffin

It’s just before 11 pm and I should be in bed.  Problem is I made the mistake of turning on Master Chef when I was supposed to be working.  This whole being your own boss thing is harder than I thought.  Guess I will pay for it now though, and I won’t be paying myself overtime since I was the lazy one.  The work will get finished and I will probably not learn my lesson so I might be ranting about the same thing sometime in the future.  Thank god you all love me and don’t mind my directionless writing.  Well as it nears my bedtime, I am going to wrap this up so I can hit post.  I hope you love this recipe and many more.  Oh yea, if you want to get a sneak peek of recipes to come and a picture story of life, make sure you follow me on Instagram so you can yell at me to post recipes sooner instead of teasing you.  If you didn’t know, you can follow me on your computer, no smart phones needed anymore.

Apple Mug muffin

4.8 from 41 reviews
Apple Mug Muffin
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Serves: 1
Streusel Topping
Muffin (Microwave)
  1. Melt the butter in a microwave safe mug on lower power.
  2. Whisk in the applesauce, egg, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined
  3. Add almond meal, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and stir for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add streusel topping (optional) and microwave for 1 minute, 10 seconds
  5. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!
Muffin (Oven)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit (176 Celsius)
  2. Melt your butter and grease your mug
  3. Follow steps 2 and 3 and then add your streusel topping (optional)
  4. Place your mug(s) on a cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes
Streusel Topping
  1. Combine using your fingertips, then sprinkle on top before microwaving.
For homemade Baking powder combine 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar. Use immediately

4.8 from 41 reviews
Egg-Free Apple Mug Muffin
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Serves: 1
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted in mug
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon plain gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder (homemade)
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Combine and mix your coconut oil, applesauce, chia seeds, flax seeds, water, vanilla, maple syrup and gelatin in your mug
  2. Let sit for 3-5 minutes or longer
  3. Add in your coconut flour, arrowroot, cinnamon, baking powder and salt, mix well
  4. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes and let cool
  5. Enjoy
Microwave times will vary depending on the power of your microwave. You can also see the oven instructions above on the recipe with eggs

This recipe was submitted and was the winner of the Kitchen Aid Recipe contest.  It comes to us from the creative genius of Lauren Hinsman.  She worked tirelessly at perfecting this original recipe and the work shows.  I personally love this recipe and appreciate all she put into it.  She is making the Paleo world a better place in Alabama.  If she keeps making recipes like this, that whole state will be giving up biscuits & gravy for Paleo so I am all for supporting her.  You can find her blog of daily eats and life events HERE or follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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  1. Hi there,

    Can 1tsp of maple syrup be substituted with 1 tsp of coconut sugar or other dry sweetener? Or would I need to add more water?


  2. I just made this (except with finely chopped apples instead of applesauce and only half the maple syrup) and it was delicious! I am low-carb due to high triglycerides (I’m a type one diabetic), so I’m trying to find recipes that don’t have traditional flours/etc, but also don’t have a ton of sweetener. I think it could have used the whole amount of syrup, but it was very satisfying! Thank you!! I’m not paleo, but your recipes are often exactly what I’m looking for.

        1. Not to put anyone off, but breaking down macros is a time consuming process. Additionally, I don’t personally count my macros and don’t really encourage it either. There are plenty of sites that can help you break down the macros if you would like to have that information. I understand your desire to know this information, however it’s not something I plan to include. Sorry.

  3. Just made this. I decided to use the oven as I had the time to do. I’ve used the microwave before on a different recipe, and the verdict it seems, is that the oven makes it more into a baked good.
    I doubled the recipe, used coconut flour, added 1 part coconut oil and one part butter, and one part honey one part brown sugar (oops-cheat!). I think my favorite tweak in the recipe is that instead of strudel topping, I baked diced apples into it. Yum!
    Many of your recipes on this site look great. I’m sure I’ll be trying more.

      1. Dear George,
        I love this apple recipe. I pulled out my pumpkin gingerbread recipe and tweaked the apple one. I subbed out the apple sauce with 2 tbsp of pumpkin and then instead of just cinnamon : I used ginger, nutmeg, allspice, clove: With more ginger than the other spices. I also put some walnuts on top with the pinch of butter. And of course choc chips…I could not resist. Had this with a mug of hot tea….YUM!

  4. Hey George!
    Janice (my best friend from childhood, about 55 years now) shared with me your amazing venture into Paleo! I’m shocked at how easy it is. I just made this mug muffin! It’s delish! Although I think I need more than one! Haha! So yummy!

  5. Hi George! I used almond flour in the recipe and I didn’t get a crispy texture like yours looks in the picture. Mine is somewhat mushy. Is that just the property of almond flour? Should I use corn meal instead next time? Would all purpose flour work the same?

    Thanks and I look forward to your insight! =)

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