This Paleo Chocolate Blood Orange Mug cake is out of this world. It’s the perfect single serving treat to satisfy any snack, dessert, or sweet breakfast craving. The rich chocolate sponge cake paired with the citrus blood orange drizzle, make this recipe an easy 10.
The BGB Community instagram challenge is back in full swing and I have them to thank for the inspiration of this masterpiece. When coming up with this recipe, I knew I wanted to do blood orange and chocolate as “A New Combination” for day 1 and a mug cake for “Drizzle” on day 2, but the problem was that I didn’t want to recycle the same picture for both. It wasn’t until that very morning that I decided to use this for the second day instead of the first, but I also wanted to note how well they go as an unlikely pair.
Do you remember those chocolate oranges from when we were little? The ones that were literally cut into slices like an orange? I’m not sure whatever happened to those, but this mug cake definitely reminds me of it, but like more grown up and even better. Speaking of which, what happened to the other weird things I loved like the candy cigarettes and max bottles with syrup in them? #ilovethe90s
I’ve been at a Recreational Therapy Conference since Wednesday in Gatlinburg, TN. I can’t even begin to say how much I enjoy being back East and in the mountains. In college, Mark and I would always dip out on going to football games and go hiking instead. It was such a big part of our early relationship and just being back here gives me all the feels.
Once in our first year of dating, we did a tougher hike like Mt. LeConte or Mt. Cammerer and then did what we always did and ate at Crackle Barrel on our way back to campus. In this same occasion, our elderly waiter asked if we were on our honeymoon, which was so awkward because we were still pretty fresh in our relationship and I’m not sure if Gaitlinburg would be our style, but we still joke about it to this day. On top of Mt. LeConte is also where I first told Mark I loved him and sliced my pinky toe open after doing a 12 mile hike in chacos.
See how easily I get distracted? Anyways, the point of all that is a) I’ve been sending him the cheesiest nostalgic snapchats all week and b) conference food doesn’t work for this paleo lover. It could have been a lot worse and I haven’t been helping it by ordering up a couple glasses of wine to my room each night, but it’s also really hard to control what you eat when you’re at the graces of the caterers. They’ve been serving cookies, cake, and ice cream at all of our breaks, but luckily I’ve had healthier snacks to keep me from caving.
That’s also why I love having recipes like this on hand. My sister’s friends are notorious for bringing over cupcakes for almost every occasion, but having a quick, healthier go-to that is less sugary, more filling, and just as delicious dessert keeps me from starting on one cupcake and loosing control until I realize that I just ate 3. Plus, I haven’t come across any bakery making a blood orange and chocolate anything.
This is so easy to make and only takes a couple of minutes. If you really want to go above and beyond, you can make a chocolate syrup to drizzle on top by taking a tablespoon or so of chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life) and a teaspoon of coconut oil and warming it in the microwave for 30 seconds. I topped mine with the left over slices of my orange and drizzled it with the syrup and it was seriously unbelievable!
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tbsp almond flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 blood orange
- 1 tsp chocolate chips
- In a small ramekin dish, mix both flours wit baking soda, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar
- Add in the egg and coconut oil and the juice from half of the blood orange
- Stir in the chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
- Microwave for 1.5 minutes so it's still gooey inside
- Top with optional blood orange wedges or melted chocolate chips mixed coconut oil for a good drizzle
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