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

4.7 from 47 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

4.7 from 47 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

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  1. This yummy recipe has become a go-to dessert in our house. It’s the dessert my partner most requests me to make and because it’s so easy, delicious and healthy, I oblige. Thanks so much.

    P.s. My iPad won’t let me select stars but definitely five ***** from us!

  2. I am curious as to your thoughts on the microwave destroying nutrients. I am surprised to see a microwave recipe on a paleo website dedicated to getting the best possible nutrition.

  3. This is the first time I make the recipe, and it’s yummy, I used the microwave and it turned out perfect, just like those in the bakery, thank you George, I am a big fan of your cooking.

  4. George, also, do you think I could use the leftover almond meal from making my own almond milk, instead of the dried purchased type? I wring it really hard until no more milk drips, so it’s very clumped out of the bag but then all the grains fall apart when it hits the bowl. I was just thinking that this might be a great way to use it up that same day.
    If I try it, do you think it best to cut back on 1 tsp of the applesauce, or add an extra tsp or so of dry almond meal or coconut meal? Or do you think those adjustments wouldn’t be necessary?

  5. I am curious how this recipe is Vegan friendly. “This egg-free chia seed recipe uses coconut flour over processed flours, which makes this recipe both gluten free and vegetarian/vegan friendly.” Is there a gelatin that is vegan?

  6. Thank you, George! So good, so easy, just perfect. I made it exactly as written, but now that I know how fantastic it is, I will add all sorts of mix-ins.
    SO nice to have such a delicious breakfast alternative!

  7. Hi George. Popping in to say thanks for the recipe. I’ve made this a half dozen times and it really hits the spot when I’m feeling something “bready” for breakfast. I haven’t bothered with the streusel topping but, with a lil blob of plain yogurt (full fat, oh yeah!) and a sprinkle of shredded coconut, it’s the bees knees. Just a teeny, teeny bit sweet. Not enough to awaken the sugar dragon :-)

  8. This is my first foray into baking with almond flour, and what a delicious nutty flavour. So yum. My kids ate half of my “cake” for breakfast; I’ll have to make another now.
    A few questions: is there nutritional information available for this? Is there nutritional information in The Paleo Kitchen, and is this recipe in there? Thanks

    1. Did you make a bigger batch of this and put it in the oven? This is a microwave recipe. I don’t calculate nutritional as it is too time consuming and there are no macronutrients in The Paleo Kitchen either. This recipe is not in The Paleo Kitchen, but there are tons of other desserts in there.

  9. Just came across this recipe this morning and made it for all three of my kids who can never ALL like the same thing at once. They loved it! It is sure to be a regular breakfast in our house. I used the almond flour but, wonder if I use coconut, how it will differ. I am new to Paleo so not too experience baking without wheat flour. Any idea how taste/texture is different with coconut vs. almond?

      1. And yet the recipe states almond OR coconut flour. But you are saying it won’t work? If that is the case, why list it as an ingredient?

  10. I just made this this morning and it was so yummy! I substituted shredded apple for the applesauce, used pumpkin seed flour, and left out the syrup (the apple made it sweet enough). I will definitely be making this again! Thanks so much for sharing this George!

  11. 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?


  12. 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.

          1. Hooray! People get so fixated on the numbers and forget about the basic principle of just eating real food. I did this using grated apple instead of applesauce and left out the syrup. I didn’t do the streusel, but did pour a bit of left over melted butter and cinnamon on top. Yummy. My first dessert…..

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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! =)

  16. Just made it tonight and topped it with cocoa nibs instead of the strusel. It was amazing! I just found your site this week through wellnessmama. I can’t wait to try more recipes :) thanks!

  17. I just made this for the first time and it turned out great! I have never had a mug recipe turn out, but this was really good! It looked just like the picture, except for the topping, which kind of bakes into the muffin. I will definitely make this again!

  18. Hey, this recipe sounds awesome and delicious! I was thinking I’d try this out soon, but I would also love to know the nutritional information, if possible. You know, kcal, carb, protein etc :)

    1. I don’t have nutritional information available for my recipes yet. You can try using an app like myfitnesspal… I know some of my recipes have been plugged in there by others :)

  19. I made a batch and baked it in my minicupcake-maker. Worked great! I was very happy with how they turned out. Instead of streusel I topped them with some cinnamon and shredded coconut. Everyone loved these little one-bite muffins.

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