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