Who said cakes always have to be unhealthy? Well, with certain healthy ingredients, even cakes can become a nutritious feast. Here are some healthy ways to bake cake in a mug.
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Cinnamon roll mug cake

What you need: 2 tbps applesauce, 1tbsp vegetable oil, 1/3 tsp vanilla extract, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, 2 ½ tbsp brown sugar, ¾ tbsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp baking powder, 1/8 tsp salt and 1 tbsp cream cheese.

Preparation: Whisk all ingredients (except the cream cheese) in a mug until smooth. Microwave it on high power for a minute and serve with cream cheese icing.

Health benefits: Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and this means a mug cake with this ingredient can actually protect the body from the oxidative damage done by free radicals.

Chocolate hazelnut mug cake

What you need: ¼ cup self-raising flour, 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, ¼ tsp baking powder, 1 ½ tbsp chocolate hazelnut butter, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 egg, 1 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce, 1 ½ tbsp vegetable oil and 2 tbsp milk.

Preparation:Combine these ingredients in a greased mug and whisk. Place in the microwave for 2 minutes till it’s fully cooked.

Health benefits: 1 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder contains as much as 3-9% of recommended daily intake of iron,  magnesium and zinc. Hence, the presence of this ingredient makes this cake far healthier than other mug cakes.

You can buy Chocolate Hazelnut Butter from Lucky Vitamin for ₹832

Peanut butter and oatmeal mug cake

What you need: 6 tbsp milk, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 tbsp sugar, 6 tbsp all-purpose flour, 3 tbsp rolled oats, ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp salt and 2 tbsp peanut butter.

Preparation: Whisk the milk, oil and sugar in a big mug together. Add the flour next and whisk again till it’s smooth. Whisk in the oatmeal post this along with baking powder and salt. Place the peanut butter on top and also put some into the batter. Microwave for 1 minute till the top looks dry.

Health benefits: Oatmeal is rich in a type of fiber called beta-glucan, which has the power to lower the levels of bad cholestrol in the body. Moreover, this cake also contains peanut butter which contains protein as well as potassium--both of which can lower the risk of high blood pressure.

Coconut mug cake

What you need: 1 egg, 2 tbsp almond flour, 2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal, ½ tsp baking powder, a pinch of sea salt, 1 tbsp shredded coconut, 1/3 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tbsp water.

Whisk the egg in the mug you will be using. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Microwave for a minute and you’re done!

Health benefits: This one contains Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are known to keep your heart healthy.

You can buy the almond flour from Lucky Vitamin for ₹414

Banana almond mug cake

What you need: 2 tbsp butter, 1/3 cup mashed banana, 1/3 cup almond flour, 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 egg, ½ tsp vanilla extract, pinch of salt and 1 tbsp coconut flour.

Preparation: Melt the butter and add all ingredients including the butter in the mug. Whisk well. Microwave for about 90 seconds and serve warm.

Health benefits: Bananas are high in potassium and low in salt, which means they have the power to lower blood pressure. Moreover, bananas also help in digestion and slowly remove toxins from the body.

You can buy the almond butter from GoIndia Organic for ₹1900