Matcha Mug Cake (Gluten-Free + Naturally Sweetened)

Fluffy and delicious gluten-free matcha mug cake only requires a few ingredients and about 5 minutes to make. This naturally sweetened dessert-for-one is a healthier dessert option.

Gluten-Free and Naturally Sweetened Matcha Mug Cake


Do you all remember when I quit coffee a few years ago and simultaneously crash landed into a full-tilt matcha latte obsession? Honestly, I kind of overdid it on the mug o’ matcha sitch, and haven’t really bounced back.

I will say, I can down some Green Tea Coconut Milk Ice Cream, and do love a good Matcha Chia Seed Pudding, but because of my big Matcha Latte OD Circa 2014, my relationship with the beverage hasn’t been the same since.

Which brings me to my newest matcha preference: Matcha mug cake. You guys, I just love this mug of unadulterated bliss. It’s easy to prepare when post-dinner dessert craving hits, it’s packed with flavor, it is otherworldly with white chocolate chips and pecans…it’s just a dream boat.

Matcha Mug Cake. Only 5 minutes required for this easy gluten-free dessert recipe

Matcha Mug Cake made in 5 minutes. Gluten-free and refined sugar-free.

Generally, I’m a big fan of mug cake for a number of reasons:

  1. They take a total of about 5 minutes to make
  2. No leftovers to tempt me into overindulgence
  3. They can easily be made on the healthier end of the cake spectrum with little effort.

Simply stir together the ingredients for this cake in a measuring cup, nuke on high in the microwave for a couple of minutes, top with your goodies, and wait with bated breath as the dang thing cools enough to consume.

Matcha Mug Cake recipe - gluten-free and sugar-free

Serving options? You can go nuts here. I like the white chocolate chip and pecan combination with a drizzle of full-fat coconut milk on top. You can do fresh fruit, any sort of homemade sauces or whipped cream, granola, whatever’s your jam! Consider eating this beauty for breakfast 😉

Gluten-free, naturally sweetened Matcha Mug Cake - a quick and easy dessert for one!
That’s it! Get your mug’s worth of fluffy cake perfection!

Gluten-Free and Naturally Sweetened Matcha Mug Cake

Gluten-Free Matcha Mug Cake

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 1 mug cake
Author: Julia



  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the mug cake in a large mug until the batter is completely smooth. Microwave on high for 1.5 to 2 minutes, until mug cake has risen and is cooked through. Garnish with a drizzle of coconut milk, chopped pecans, and white chocolate chips. Allow cake to cool for a few minutes before diving in

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  1. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    I have zero matcha powder in the house right now and I couldn’t be more depressed, considering that at the moment a mug is all that’s left unpacked in my kitchen. . .I need this to happen in my life soon! It looks sooooo freaking good! Happy Sunday, Julia!

    1. Julia Post author

      Ah booooo get thee some matcha powder! So glad you like the idea of this mug cake! Hope you had a great weekend! xo

    1. Julia Post author

      Right?! That’s exactly how I was feeling as well..didn’t want my matcha to expire without being put to good use. This cake is definitely a perfect use for it!

  2. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    This is so freaking creative!! I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never tried a mug cake before. I don’t know why- they’re so dang easy to make. I need to try this one because it looks amazing! Maybe for an afternoon pick-me-up? 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Jennifer! You can use unsweetened almond milk, but as a heads up, the cake won’t turn out quite as moist because of the loss of fat content. If you’d like, you can experiment with a combination of almond milk and oil to keep it moist! 🙂

  3. Joanne Bruno

    Dude, I’m with you on the matcha-obsession. Except I drink that AND coffee. The caffeine around here is no joke. Love the idea of it in a mug cake! Perfect sweet treat.

  4. Sylvia

    Ooh! My new supply of matcha is arriving today via Thrive and this is just in time to save me from myself LOL!!! Most of my recipes are totally “good”, this is just a little “naughty”, which will go well with the evening True Blood binge I have been on. 😉
    I totally LOL’d at the comment about needing something to do with the matcha in the cabinet, as it reminded me of the old tofu joke. A woman asks another at the checkout line ‘What do you do with tofu?’ “oh it usually sits in the fridge until it goes bad, then I buy another one’ ‘Darn, I already use that recipe’ 😉

    1. Julia Post author

      I LOL-ed at the tofu joke 😉 😉 I’m so glad you’ll have some fresh matcha to prepare the mug cake! Hope you enjoy!


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