Lemon Poppy Seed Mug Cake

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You know what I love? Besides feeling great on the low-carb diet? It is simple recipes that I can make within minutes. Usually, you cannot find that with desserts. They often take a bunch of different ingredients, a perfectly set oven, and all of the measuring cups that you have in the cupboard.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you are looking for a sweet treat to make yourself at the end of the night, or you need something to feed your guests, mug cakes are an easy and fun dessert. This low-carb Lemon Poppy Seed Mug Cake makes a perfect topper for any meal, and you won’t even have to start it until everybody is done eating.


The Magic of Mug Cake

Okay, in all honesty, a mug cake is not as brilliant as a full-blown birthday cake or anything. But, what a mug cake offers is something else entirely. A mug cake can be thrown together on a whim to help satisfy those instant cravings. It literally takes a few minutes to put together.

The other great thing about mug cakes versus regular cakes is that they are often lighter and easier to eat. Basically, you can eat the whole serving of mug cake and not have to feel comatose after.


Cooking Up Your Mug Cake

What could be sweeter than having a cake done in a matter of a minute or two? Mug cakes are ideal because they can be cooked in a microwave and be done in under three minutes.

However, it is important to check the cake and make certain that it is not raw. If you believe the cake is cooked the whole way through, poke a toothpick in the center. If the pick comes out clean, the cake is done. If there is any raw batter,  try cooking for another 20-30 seconds.


There Are So Many Flavors To Try

Lemon poppy seed is just one of the flavors that makes a delicious mug cake. With just a few alterations to the recipe, you can try all sorts of mug cakes. A few low-carb ingredients that you can try are chocolate, almonds, orange, strawberry, coconut, and pecans.


A Delightful and Healthier Treat

Indulging in dessert doesn't have to derail your healthy eating goals, especially when you have a recipe like the Low-Carb Lemon Poppy Seed Mug Cake at your fingertips. This dessert is not only delicious but also comes with several benefits that make it a suitable choice for those watching their carb intake and seeking a lighter treat:

  • This mug cake is intentionally low in carbohydrates, making it a great option for individuals following a low-carb or ketogenic diet. It provides a satisfying dessert experience without the carb overload.
  • The inclusion of an egg in the recipe adds a significant amount of protein to the cake. Protein helps keep you feeling full and satisfied, which can aid in portion control and managing cravings.
  • Coconut cream and coconut flour are used in this recipe. They provide healthy fats, specifically medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconuts. MCTs are known for their potential to support weight management and provide a quick source of energy.
  • Erythritol and stevia are used as sweeteners in this recipe. These sweeteners are low in calories and have minimal impact on blood sugar levels, making them suitable for those who need to manage their sugar intake.
  • Poppy seeds not only lend a unique texture but also add a delightful crunch to the cake. They also contain healthy fats, fiber, and minerals.

          Lemon Poppy Seed Mug Cake

          Prep Time: 5 minutes
          Cook Time: 2 minutes
          Yield: 1 serving
          Category: Desserts
          Cuisine: American

          Description: Enjoy this light and refreshing cake in just two minutes.


          • 1 egg, whisked
          • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of lemon juice
          • 1 teaspoon (2 g) of lemon zest, optional
          • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of coconut cream
          • 2 Tablespoons (14 g) of coconut flour
          • 1 Tablespoon (12 g) of erythritol + dash of stevia
          • 1/4 teaspoon (1 g) of baking powder
          • 1 Tablespoon (14 g) of poppy seeds


              1. In a small bowl or blender, mix the egg, lemon juice, lemon zest, coconut cream, coconut flour, sweetener, baking powder, and poppy seeds together.
              2. Pour the mixture into a microwaveable mug or cup.
              3. Microwave for 90-120 seconds on high.

                                                            Nutrition: (Estimated and based on per-serving amounts.)

                                                            • Calories: 241
                                                            • Fat: 17 g
                                                            • Total Carbs: 9 g
                                                            • Fiber: 7 g
                                                            • Sugar: 2 g
                                                            • Net Carbs: 2 g
                                                            • Protein: 10 g

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