This Low Carb Matcha Mug Cake is not only sugar free but also nut free. A 3-Minute healthy breakfast or dessert that has the antioxidant benefits of Matcha! Recipe developed in partnership with Harney & Son’s Fine Teas.
Years ago, before I had kids, I had a *killer* morning routine. Of course I did though – I had all the time in the world to just care for myself. Moms – you know what I am talking about right?
I used to get up, drink a mug of hot lemon water, work out, shower and then drink one or two yerba mate, matcha or green tea lattes, in the most leisurely fashion, of course. High heels, fancy purses, good hair for days and happy hour after work with my man and our friends.
Coffee was something I reserved for the weekends. Once I became a parent, that all changed. I became a hard-core coffee addict, drinking multiple cups of coffee per day. I am sure it also had something to do with moving to Seattle, the unofficial coffee capital of the country.
Nevertheless, caffeine and I aren’t super compatible. My body has always preferred the steady caffeine boost from green tea, yerba mate or matcha. I’ve gone off and on coffee over the years but struggled to get back to my morning green tea habit.
That is, until I started drinking really good quality matcha late last year. Now, even though I don’t start my days all about me anymore, I am here to say that I am finally back to starting my day with hot lemon water and then a matcha latte. I am back to having coffee on the weekends or when at a great coffee shop and it’s more like a treat. It feels good and my body is much happier.
If you aren’t familiar with matcha, it’s a high-quality green tea powder made from the actual whole tea leaves and contains significant antioxidants that are known to have cancer-fighting properties.
Since I’ve been on my daily matcha kick for months now, I’ve also been experimenting with using matcha in both savory and sweet dishes and even homemade gummi bears (coming soon!).
When Harney & Sons reached out to me to collaborate, we immediately started talking matcha. One of the things that I love about their collection is that they offer three grades of matcha.
Unjonotomo: “extra thick matcha” super premium, smooth, creamy, naturally sweeter.
Jobetsugi: “thin matcha” lighter in body but good flavor. good for culinary uses.
Personally, I am obsessed with the Unjonotmo. It is so luxurious and creamy and how I’ve been starting my day. For cooking and baking, I keep a tin of the Jobetsugi on hand. It’s very affordable, still has a strong matcha flavor and doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the dish.
This Low Carb Matcha Mug Cake is based on my popular Vanilla Mug Cake but re-imagined. It’s nut free, uses monkfruit sweetener in place of traditional sweeteners and is high in protein. I highly recommend this as a breakfast option or topped with some white chocolate chips as dessert!
- I recommend a good quality matcha bowl and bamboo whisk. It really makes a difference when it comes to creating a matcha paste base that is smooth and grit-free.
- This recipe uses monkfruit sweetener. It is a natural sugar substitute that is low carb.
- You can substitute stevia if you are used to the flavor. Personally, I found it was too strong to pair with the matcha so I suggest starting with a very small amount and adding as needed.
- Any plain, unsweetened milk will work.
- Microwave ovens vary and can significantly impact the cooking time. For reference, ours is 1000 Watts and 2 min is perfect. Start slow and keep adding time to figure out the perfect formula for your microwave.
- Believe it or not, the type of mug you use can also impact the cooking time as material and thickness impact the transfer of heat. So once you find a perfect mug / cooking time formula, stick with it so you can ensure consistent results.
3 minPrep Time
2 minCook Time
5 minTotal Time
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 T plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/2 teaspoon Harney & Sons Matcha Jobetsugi (Thin Grade)
- 1 1/2 T monkfruit sweetener (see NOTES)
- 1 1/2 T melted butter
- 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch finely ground sea salt
- Begin by cracking an egg in a mixing bowl or measuring cup. Add vanilla extract to egg. In another bowl (see NOTES above for details about matcha bowl and bamboo whisk ), whisk matcha powder with plain, unsweetened almond milk until completely smooth.
- Pour matcha mixture into bowl with egg. Whisk until well combined.
- Add monkfruit, melted butter, coconut flour, baking powder and sea salt. Mix until smooth and transfer to a microwave safe mug (see NOTES above for tips!).
- Microwave for 1 min 45 seconds to 2 minutes (depending on your microwave). Allow to rest for 30 seconds. Serve and Enjoy!
DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Harney & Son’s Fine Teas. Harney & Son’s Fine Teas has compensated me for my time to develop this recipe. Thank you for supporting the brands that make EverydayMaven possible. All opinions are my own.