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Enjoy the classic flavors of cinnamon and apple in this easy to make cinnamon apple mug cake. For those days where you are craving cake but don’t want to make a whole pan, this is the perfect solution. Single serve and oh so delicious! Try it topped with coconut whipped cream or vanilla coconut ice cream for an extra special treat.
I don’t know about you, but to me, there is something oh so heavenly about the flavor combination of apple and cinnamon. It has to be one of my favorite flavor combos of all time and this super easy cinnamon apple mug cake checks all the boxes.
The flavors of cinnamon and apple are quintessentially Fall, but I enjoy this delicious mug cake (and cinnamon apple flavors) any time of year. The warm cinnamon spice and tangy apples are the perfect companions for a simple vanilla cake. And this easy, single-serve recipe is perfect for those days where you want some cake, but don’t want to make a whole huge pan.
A Peek at Cinnamon’s History and Nutrition
Next to turmeric, I would say that cinnamon may be one of the most studied spices. There is so much info out there about the health benefits of cinnamon, far more than I could ever list here. I recommend checking out PubMed or the GreenMedInfo websites for scientific studies and data about this aromatic spice. It has been studied for all sorts of health applications, including blood sugar control, blood clotting, anti-microbial activity, brain function, and more. Just a simple search on PubMed yields over 2,200 results!
Cinnamon has a long history as both a culinary spice and a medicine. It’s warm, fragrant, and sweet flavors pair well with many foods and it can be used in both sweet and savory applications. Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices and was mentioned in the Bible and ancient Egyptian and Chinese texts. In medieval Europe, it became one of the most relied on spices for cooking and trade. (source)
A Peek at Apple’s History and Nutrition
You know that old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, there could be some truth in that. Apples provide a wide range of nutrients, specifically phenolic phytonutrients. In short, apples are full of antioxidants. There is a massive list of all the antioxidants contained in apples that can be found on the World’s Healthiest Foods website here.
In addition, apples are an excellent source of fiber, both soluble and insoluble. We need both forms in order to keep our gut microbiome happy. And lastly, they are an excellent source of vitamin C. Keep in mind that both the vitamin C and the antioxidants are reduced or eliminated when cooked, so eating a raw apple here and there is a great way to boost your nutrition.
It is thought that the first wild apples originated in Central Asia and it didn’t take long for people to domesticate it and spread apples throughout the world. Early diversity in cultivating apples is what gave way to the thousands of apple varieties we have today. What you see on your supermarket shelves is just a teeny tiny fraction of all of the different varieties out there. I remember the first time I learned just how many different varieties of apples existed. My mind was blown!
My Love for Apples and Cinnamon
As I was writing this cinnamon apple mug cake recipe, I was curious to see how far my love for all things apple and cinnamon had spread through the site. I knew I had a few recipes using these two ingredients, but would you believe I ended up with more than ten! I guess I really do love apples and cinnamon. 🙂
Today’s cinnamon apple mug cake recipe is quite tasty, but if you don’t get your fill of these two ingredients today, then may I interest you in any of the following:
- Real Food Spiced Apple Cider Ice Cream
- Apple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Waffles
- Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- Ginger Baked Apple Wedges
- Rustic Apple Tartlets
- Deep Dish Apple Pie with Fennel and Ginger
- Apple Pie Bites
- Apple “Muesli”
Cinnamon Apple Mug Cake Notes
I created this cinnamon apple mug cake recipe one evening when I had a hankering for cake, but I did not want to take the time to make a huge batch. So I started stirring some ingredients together in my favorite mug and then tossed it in the oven. The result was good, but not great. So I tweaked it and then tweaked it a little more and that’s how we got to today. 🙂
Mug cakes are super popular and are typically made in the microwave. This cinnamon apple mug cake can be made either way, depending on your preference. I’ve noted the baking instructions for both down below.
Because mug cakes are so forgiving and don’t have to be perfect, you could sub another flour for the almond flour if you like. If you use coconut flour, you would use about half of what I have listed below. You will also need to let it sit for 5-8 minutes before you stick it in the oven to give the coconut flour time to absorb some of the liquid and expand. After that, if it gets too thick or dry, you’ll need to add a little more milk in before baking. You can easily use tapioca powder in place of the arrowroot if you prefer.
As far as sweeteners go, use whatever granulated sweetener you like in this cinnamon apple mug cake. You could even use a liquid sweetener like honey or maple syrup if you prefer since this is such a small cake and doesn’t have to turn out perfectly. I just use erythritol and stevia since that is what works best for my body right now.
One thing I love about this cinnamon apple mug cake is that you only end up with one dirty dish, unlike regular cakes. I’m all about less clean up in the kitchen. If you’re making this for more than just you, you can easily double this recipe and then just divide it into two separate mugs before baking.
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp oil (I use Chosen Foods brand avocado oil or melted coconut oil from Tropical Traditions)
- 3 tbsp milk (I use almond milk or coconut milk from Aroy-D)
- 1 tbsp erythritol (or sweetener of your choice -- I use Anthony's brand erythritol)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (I like Flavorganics brand or Simply Organic brand)
- 10 drops liquid stevia (I like NOW Foods brand or SweetLeaf brand)
- pinch of sea salt
- ½ small apple, finely chopped
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp superfine blanched almond flour (I like Anthony's brand or Kirkland Signature brand)
- 1 tbsp arrowroot powder (I like Anthony's brand or Bob's Red Mill brand)
- 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of baking soda
- Combine the egg, oil, milk, erythritol, vanilla, stevia, and sea salt in a large mug and whisk to combine.
- Finely chop ½ of a small apple and add to the liquid ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Add the almond flour, arrowroot powder, ground cinnamon, and baking soda and stir until combined.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes, or until set in the middle.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving. Top with this dairy-free vanilla ice cream or this quick and easy dairy-free whipped cream for an extra decadent treat!
- NOTE: If you use a microwave, you can microwave on high for 2 minutes and then in 15-second increments after that until set in the middle.
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