This Chocolate Chip Tahini Mug Cake (Vegan) will totally blow you away! It’s vegan, easily made in under 5 minutes start to finish and has a nutty, subtle tahini flavour that’s so addictive!

Chocolate Chip Tahini Mug Cake. It’s as delicious as it sounds. Imagine a cookie in cake version, and now made in your microwave for less than 2 minutes. Insane? No. Insanely delicious! Absolutely. Honestly, this post is way overdue. It’s been far too long since I’ve made a mug cake, and it’s also been so long since I’ve used tahini in a sweet recipe! I can’t wait for you to make this because I know it’s about to become one of your favourite quick and easy recipes!

What is a mug cake?

In case you don’t know, a mug cake is exactly what it sounds like. A quick single-serving cake that’s usually whipped up in your mug and cooked quickly in it too. It usually takes about a minute to two minutes to make, and the result is a fully cooked, delicious and moist mini cake. I’ve made one before that’s the #1 search result for vegan brownie mug cake, so be sure to check that one out too.

Needless to say – mug cakes are incredibly convenient and so tasty! You usually only one a single serving anyway, and the overall time is always less than 5 minutes to make!


What is tahini, and why use tahini?

I get asked about tahini all the time on my Facebook page. Tahini is, long story short, made from sesame seeds. Not to butcher the delicate process, but it’s essentially sesame seed butter like peanut butter is made from peanuts. The process to make incredibly delicious, nutty and non-bitter tahini is more complex than that though and is the reason why I just buy tahini now instead of trying to make it. This is the brand I love. Tahini can be used in a multitude of ways including in hummus, baba ghanoush and many dressings that I have on the blog.

Funny enough, I never considered using tahini in a sweet recipe until I tried halva. Oh my goodness HALVA! It unlocked a whole new flavour profile for me and since then, I’ve been running through bottles of tahini. I use tahini here because this recipe is inspired by my tahini chocolate chip cookies. But also, tahini here replaces oil and adds moistness to the cake. It also adds a very subtle nuttiness. Overall, it’s the perfect ingredient.

Ingredients in Chocolate Chip Tahini Mug Cake

Speaking of which, these are the other ingredients to make this mug cake shine:

Chocolate chips. Simple enough, right? I love using dark chocolate chips, but feel free to use semi-sweet. Remember to double-check that your chocolate is vegan. I have so many favourite brands to choose from but specifically for these, I used Enjoy Life

Almond flour. I do use a tablespoon here because it adds moistness to the mug cake. If you don’t have, feel free to use regular flour.

Flour. Same as above, you can use gluten-free flour, but not all almond flour. Best to follow the recipe as is! 🙂

Cinnamon. It’s optional, but I love adding it into baking recipes

Tahini. As discussed above, tahini adds a richness in flavour, nuttiness and moisture to this mug cake.

Baking powder. It adds a bit of rise to the mug cake. Ensure your baking powder is fresh!

Sea salt. A pinch of salt always elevates flavours. Please don’t skip this. I did by accident once and it tastes so different. Salt really makes a difference in flavours.

Tips for making mug cakes

Making a mug cake is pretty much foolproof, but these few tips help to make a big difference. I tested this over 2 dozen times (yes!), and here are the top tips I took away:

  • Use a wide short-ish mug (like the one in these photos!). If you have a variety to choose from, using this type of mug means the cake rises higher in a concentrated space. I’ve found this helps with cooking.
  • Ensure to stir it all together. Don’t go whisking it for minutes on end, but ensure your entire mug cake is mixed. Since it’s such a small container it can be easy to miss the bottom. Just ensure you incorporate everything.
  • Adjust your time based on your microwave. The times I’ve provided should work but yours may need an extra 10 seconds. It’ll cook edges to centre so just check the centre that it’s fully cooked…BUT:
  • BUT, don’t overcook. This will make your mug cake gummy and rubbery. Remember that the mug cake will keep cooking while it’s cooling so it’s better to slightly under bake it.
  • Let it cool for like 3 minutes before digging it. It really does make a difference, like how you’d let a cake or brownies cool first!
  • I’ve included instructions for baking this in your oven too! Similarly here, be sure to slightly underbake (you don’t want your toothpick to come out clean, it should still have crumbs attached) since it’ll continue to cook while it cools.

That’s it friends! Whip this up and enjoy so much!!

Other mug cake recipes

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Chocolate Chip Tahini Mug Cake

This Chocolate Chip Tahini Mug Cake (Vegan) will totally blow you away! It's vegan, easily made in under 5 minutes start to finish and has a nutty, subtle tahini flavour that’s so addictive!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 servings
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword Dairy Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, vegan, Vegetarian
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons regular or gluten free flour mix*
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder


  • In a mug, add in the water; sugar and tahini. Whisk together for about 30 seconds to combine completely. Add in the flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  • Stir to combine for about 20 more seconds to ensure it’s all incorporated, ensuring the get the bottoms too. Add in the chocolate chips and fold in. Feel free to sprinkle some of them on top.
  • Place in your microwave for about 65 to 70 seconds. It's okay if it's slightly undercooked because it'll continue to cook while it cools. It's better for it to be slightly undercooked than overcooked. Remove and let cool for about 3 minutes. If making in your oven, preheat oven to 350F and bake in about a 3.5-inch ramekin (ensure it's oven safe) for 25 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle some coarse sea salt on top and enjoy!
Yes! You can make this mug brownie gluten-free! I tested both and it works beautifully. I tested both regular All-Purpose Flour in a test and Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. In fact, Gav preferred the GF one in a blind taste test! I cooked both for 70 seconds!
P.S. I purposefully messed this recipe up (yes, I’m that person) so I could try and troubleshoot. Two notes – whisk in the order provided so you don’t end up over mixing the flours. Also, don’t overcook. The mug brownie continues to cook while it’s cooling, so don’t overmix it.
If you want a lower-cal version, you can sub one tablespoon of tahini for 1 tbsp water which would bring you to about 337 calories. Be sure to cook it for about 50 to 55 seconds!


Calories: 428kcal
by Jessica

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  1. RANDY E THILL says:

    I guess I’m old fashioned, but I don’t have a microwave. How would I do this without one? I do have a little convection oven in addition to a regular sized kitchen stove.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Randy,

      I just added instructions for this! 350F for 25 minutes in the oven. 🙂 Enjoy!

  2. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    Quick, easy and absolutely scrumptious! I made just a single serving as a test bc I have a picky eater and she devoured the whole mug!! We will definitely be making these mug cakes again very soon 🥰

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Jennifer! We’re so happy that you both enjoyed this recipe! Thank you so much for your kind words!

  3. Natasha Hopkins says:

    5 stars
    Just finished making this for the second night in a row! When I saw Jessica post this in IG yesterday, I knew I HAD to try it!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!! I did make it with one tablespoon tahini instead of the two (I used the suggested water as replacement) and it is perfect. Thank you for always sharing your wonderful creations with us!


    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      You’re so welcome Natasha! We’re glad you enjoyed. Thank you so much for the kind words?

  4. Julie says:

    5 stars
    That mug cake was seriously to die for!! Thank you so much for your brilliant creativity and for sharing it with the world. It’s going to be a staple in my household for sure! Keep being awesome Jessica.

    Warmly ~

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thank you Julie! We’re glad you and your husband will be making it again and again!

  5. Michelle says:

    5 stars
    This is comfort in a mug!!! It is everything you said it would be and more. Quick and easy to whip up and the perfect single serve size. My first mug cake is in the books! Thank you for so many great recipes

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We love to hear this Michelle! Comfort in a mug is such a nice way to phrase it. Thank you!

  6. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    So this was super super delicious but I am not sure if I got the consistency right…It tasted like an undercooked chocolate chip cookie, which by my hubby’s standards is how all desserts should be 🙂 I would have liked it a little more cakey if that makes any sense. I cooked it for 70 seconds and it kind of spilled over the mug a bit. At first, I thought I overcooked it but then it was very soft inside. Did I maybe over do it with the Tahini? It’s hard to get it all out of the tablespoon so I kind of went over a bit. Would that have made the difference? It was still amazing though! I guess I could just try to make it again and be certain I measure the tahini and scoop it all out. Just figured I would ask since I don’t bake much and not sure how to make adjustments for consistency. Thanks for your blog by the way too! I absolutely love it! I am not vegan but we are trying to cut back on meat and these recipes are all to die for! Yummers! THANK YOU!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Jennifer. We’re so happy that you and your husband enjoyed the recipe. It sounds like you may have used a little too much tahini. I want ask a couple of questions so that I can help. Are you using regular flour or gluten-free flour? Last but not least thanks so much for leaving such a kind review we really appreciate it.

    • Jennifer Hall says:

      I used Gluten Free flour

      • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

        Hi Jennifer thanks for getting back. It can depend on your microwave as well as the gluten-free flour. Sometimes you may have to cook the mug cake for an extra 10-15 seconds. I hope this helps!

  7. Rupal says:

    5 stars
    Just AHHHHMAZING!!! Deeeliciousness in a cup. Made it GF and it came out so well. Next time, I will try it with nuts and a few raspberries. THANK U 💕

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Wow, thank you so much! We’re so happy you enjoyed them. Using nuts and raspberries sounds like an amazing addition!

  8. Amy says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight for my daughter and I- we both loved it, so yummy!! And so quick and easy! Thank you for this recipe, will be making this again and again!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Amy,

      Oh amazing!! I’m so happy to hear you both enjoyed! You’re so welcome!!

  9. Jennifer C says:

    5 stars
    Well, THAT was tasty! Out of vanilla, out of vegan butter, won’t be able to get them for at least a few more weeks, but wow! I could make this! I had every ingredient except almond flour. It reminded me very much of the halvah my grandmother-in-law used to ply me with thirty years ago. Sweet memories, and a sweet treat to break up the cabin fever. Thanks for creating this recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Jennifer,

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that!! Oh my gosh yes Halvah I love it so much!! That’s kind of what I was going for, so, so happy that resonated. You’re so very welcome and thanks for making it!!

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