One Minute Flourless Muffin

by HEAB on March 1, 2012

Looks like chocolate coral reef, no? A brown sponge maybe?

The above recipe was sent me to me by a reader (thanks Anita!).  You can find the original recipe here along with several different versions, including blueberry and walnut.  I wanted chocolate.


One Minute Flax Muffin


  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Combine all ingredients in a large mug and microwave for 50 seconds.  Pops right out – you don’t even need to grease the mug.


Eat warm and top with ice-cream.


Nikki March 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Just made this after supper, my kids and I shared it, and I have to say it was enjoyed by all of us! Thanks for sharing!! I was surprised they liked it as much as they did! It will be a repeater!!

HEAB March 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

I’m so glad it was family approved! 🙂

Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I love its perfect cylindrical shape! Takes me right back to 9th grade geometry…

HEAB March 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

Ha, I was an Algebra girl. Geometry? Not so much. My teacher would be so proud. 🙂

Staci March 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Couple of questions: could you use almond flour instead of the flaxmeal?? Also, how many carbs might this be??

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Another commenter suggested using 1/2 flax and 1/2 almond flour, but I haven’t tried it, and without the maple syrup, the muffin has 12.3 grams of carbs, 9.3 of those being fiber. If you’re watching your carbs, just sub a packet of stevia for the syrup.

Jasper @ crunchylittlebites March 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

flax has an incredibly awesome moist-factor (oh thank you plant based omega’s!)

Betsy @ Gluten Free Betsy March 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

This looks even better than my recipe for a quick brownie in a mug. I’ll have to give this a shot!

JoAnn March 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

I too would like to know how to do this in a conventional oven…not sure about microwaves and this sounds yummy. thank you JoAnn

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Based on some Web research I did, I’m going to guess 20 to 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven, but I haven’t tried it myself.

HEAB March 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Correction. I’ve been told to bake the muffin in a 350 oven for about 5 or 10 minutes and watch carefully. Still haven’t tried it yet, but since there it contains only one egg, the baking shouldn’t be very long.

Alex @ Raw Recovery March 2, 2012 at 10:58 am

Wow this looks amazing, must make immediately. Heather I just wanted to say thank you for introducing me to the Goddess Workbook. It has already helped me so much and it is such a joy to work through it. I would have never have found it had it not been for your blog and for that I am very grateful. I’m even considering joining the Goddess Circle 🙂 Thank you.

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Oh good, that makes me so happy to hear. I love Leonie and all her amazing wisdom and advice. She makes me smile. Hope you do consider joining the Circle – you get access to all her e-books and courses. Definitely worth it in my opinion, and the Circle is an amazing and very supportive group.

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar Free March 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

Anita sent me that recipe, too!!! Love that you turned it into chocolate, though…oo ooo yum!

shannon March 2, 2012 at 6:38 am

been outta the blog loop for past few months due to school but clicked on your blog this morning! congratulations> i am so happy for you. cant wait to see more pics of the baby bump!!
thanks for this recipe too- i dont eat flour so i cant wait to try it

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Thanks so much Shannon, and I hope you enjoy the muffin. It was tasty. 🙂

Jessica March 2, 2012 at 12:03 am

I just posted my family’s favorite grain-free/sugar-free muffin recipe as well! My 2.5 yr old loooves them as do my husband and I. You and Summer might like them too!

Health Bee March 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Microwave… that’s interesting. I must try it out. 🙂

The muffin looks delicious. Does Summer like it too?

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Health Bee, she was asleep when I ate it, but I have a feeling Summer would have eaten it right up. 🙂

maria @ Chasing the Now March 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm

AH! I’ve been craving sweets. Thanks for the idea.

Going to try it tonight!

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Hope you enjoyed it!

Liz @ iheartvegetables March 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Interesting! did it really taste like chocolate?!

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

It did. Tasted a little on the flax side though. I liked it, but if you’re not a huge fan of flax, I’d double the cocoa and maple syrup.

Pure2raw twins March 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

oh i remember seeing that guy on Dr Oz share this recipe…we have been to try it.
love your chocolate version..mmm just might be a snack tomorrow

Marty March 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Yum! Already passed the recipe on!

I can’t wait to try it tonight, with egg replacer…

Still can’t believe you’re having twins! Xoxo m

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Yeah, it really hit me last week when I saw them both moving around on the ultrasound screen. 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the muffin!

Kiran @ March 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe — I am always up for single serving indulgences 😉

j3nn March 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

That’s awesome! I always wondered about mug cakes and if they needed to be greased and how that worked if you had to mix it. I’m also amazed by the power of just 1 little tsp of cocoa! I need to try. 🙂 Yum!

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

The secret is Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder. My favorite!

Mama Pea March 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Brilliant! I did something really similar for the girls for a snack yesterday but it had a 1/2 a banana, no maple syrup, and 2 t. of coconut flour (instead of the cocoa). They loved it!

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Mama Pea,
Summer would love the addition of banana. Good call!

STUFT Mama March 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Oh, microwave muffins. They rock my world. I have yet to try one with flax as the main “flour”. Mmmm….. 🙂 I hope you’re eating one for each baby. He he!

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Well, I only ate one muffin yesterday but added the scoop of ice-cream for baby #2. 🙂

Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I love microwave treats like this!! Never baked with flaxseed, though. How did this taste?

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

It was good and not as dry as some of the other microwaved muffins I’ve tried. It was a bit on the flaxy side, and if you’re not a huge flax fan I would add more cocoa and maple syrup…or ice-cream. 🙂

Em (Wine and Butter) March 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm


Felicia March 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Love how this is made with ground flax !

Ana March 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

The couple recipes for microwaved cakes/muffins we tried were not that successful around here (even Matheus didn’t want to eat them).
But yours look delish, so I already copied the recipe and am going to try tomorrow! Actually I think that what makes it look so good is that ice cream on top, man I would love just that right now! (I LOVE ice cream!!)

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Hope you’re taking full advantage of the scoop shop at your library during your last semester! 🙂

Ana March 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Heather, you won’t believe if I told you I haven’t had a scoop there this year yet. Yesterday was a wonderful 76 degrees here in NC and while I was on campus I kept thinking about the ice cream over and over. I didn’t have time to go get a scoop (had to go pick up Matheus right after my back-to-back classes), but that will be fixed as soon as I get back from my spring break. The smores-like ice cream they have there is to die for!
I so like that you share my love for ice cream!

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Enjoy an extra scoop for me…well, three extra scoops for me and twins. 🙂

Colleen Stewart March 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Heather I found this recipe months ago and ate it every morning for weeks!I’m taking a break right now 🙂 I would make the original version and before microwaving I would stick a square of dark chocolate into the center and put a few chunks of coconut butter on top. YUM!

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

OK, so trying that the next time I make the muffin. Just need to restock the ice-cream first. 🙂

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm

HEAB, I love this. I am a big fan of microwave muffins and eat them all the time. I usually use coconut flour, but the flourless idea really intrigues me! I’m going to try this with flax and use some liquid egg whites (because that’s what i have in my fridge) this weekend. I might have to break out the ol’ ice cream maker too. 🙂

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hope you like the flax version…and that you eat it with ice-cream. 🙂

Amelia March 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Muffin, eh? Looks more like dessert for me tonight. Topped with some bananas soft serve and a drizzle of more chocolate? Don’t mind if I do! 😉

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

You have DEFINITELY got the right idea!!

Michelle March 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Thank-you so much. I can’t tell you how much I needed this. I’m doing a 30 day no-grain, no-dairy, no-sugar (Stevia is okay), no-legume elimination diet. This will be awesome tonight 🙂

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hope you enjoyed it, and good luck with your elimination diet!

Alice March 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

My only concern is the amount of fiber in that (too much fiber can really give me cramps). I typically add 1-2 TBSPs of flaxseed to my cereal bowls, but a full quarter cup in one go might be a bit too much. Maybe a gentler flour would work for me.

Heather J March 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I bet it would work with half flax meal, half almond meal.

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Another reader responded that it would probably work with 1/2 flax, 1/2 almond meal, and I agree. I bet it would also work with 1/2 oat flour.

Aylin @ Glow Kitchen March 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Now it’s a brown spongebob with a chef’s hat

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Haha, my favorite comment on this post! 🙂

liz dean March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Ahhhhhh!!!!! I need a microwave!!!!!

@Sophie~ I’ll figure it out for us! 🙂

sophie March 2, 2012 at 9:01 am

thank you m’lady! 🙂

Lauren A. @ Newest Obsession March 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

oh WOW I might have to make this for desert tonight!

sophie March 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

i’m going to be “that” annoying person who asks…how long would you bake that for if you don’t have a microwave! i want this real’ bad (haha) cause it’s properly-combined! <3 Thanks!

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Based on some Web research I did, I’m going to guess 20 to 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven, but I haven’t tried it myself. Please let me know if you try it, and I hope it works!

HEAB March 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Correction. I’ve been told to bake the muffin in a 350 oven for about 5 or 10 minutes and watch carefully. Still haven’t tried it yet, but since there it contains only one egg, the baking shouldn’t be very long.

mindy - clueless nut March 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Nice! I love quick + easy. Even more so since I have all of the listed ingredients 🙂 I’m thinking a spoonful of melty peanut butter slathered on top would be the cherry on top.

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I concur. 🙂

the delicate place March 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm

making this tonight! i’ve been trying to use up what’s left of my flaxseed. this should do the trick! topped with melted kerrygold mmmmmm

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Love the looks of this! Pops right out, 50 seconds and done, and it’s GF?! I’m sold! This is going to go on the weekday breakfast lineup for next week when 50 secs is about all the time we have!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I am loving all of these microwave desserts!! Great recipe 😀

janetha March 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

How simple! I am going to give this a shot with the blueberry flax I have hanging around.. mm, blueberry chocolate cake!

Michelle March 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I’m also curious how it tasted. Was it yummy and fluffy? or more dense?

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

The muffin was on the lighter side and not as dry as other microwave muffins I’ve tried. I think the whole egg + butter really helped. It did taste a bit flaxy which I don’t mind. So, if you’re not a huge flax fan, I’d add more cocoa and maple syrup.

Stephanie March 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I made this muffin this morning!!! One of the fitness gurus made this on Dr. Oz last week! I made the walnut version.

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Yep, it’s from the Dr. Oz show, and I can’t wait to try the walnut version. Totally on a walnut kick lately!

Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm

That looks great. Microwave cakes are so great when you need something sweet in a pinch!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I love microwave cakes! I need to try this one. I make one with peanut flour and oats that I absolutely love. Quick sweet and good for you, could you really ask for more?

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Nope, you can’t. 🙂

katie @KatieDid March 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm

hmmm intriguing! And how did it taste?! I’m usually skeptical of microwave muffins for texture reasons but I’ve made 1 or 2 before that came out surprisingly great!

HEAB March 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Yes, I was surprised by the texture of this one – not as dry as some of the others I’ve tried. I think the egg and butter really helped.

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