Single Serve Protein Carrot Cake – In a Mug for One!

1 cup
40 min

The perfect Single Serve Protein Carrot Cake made in a mug for a healthy and macro friendly dessert! This mini protein carrot mug cake for one uses vanilla and unflavored protein powder as well as sugar free maple syrup!

Because so many people tried and loved the full size Protein Carrot Cake Loaf I made, I decided to go for a single serving version of that.

This is pretty much a mini carrot cake recipe with the same set of ingredients, so you have the perfect macro friendly dessert for one!

Make it in a mug and top it it with a simple Greek yogurt icing and all those cravings will be gone.

Ingredients for Single Serve Protein Carrot Cake

This healthy high protein single serve carrot cake is made with clean and simple ingredients like protein powder, applesauce and non-fat greek yogurt and only a bit of oil; Quite a low fat and low calorie carrot cake too.

for the dry ingredients:

  • 1:1 Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • Unflavored Protein Powder to replace some of the flour (and carbs) in the recipe for a slightly low carb high protein carrot cake. I used a whey-caesin blend from Quest Nutrition
  • Vanilla Protein Powder to add some sweetness. This is the replacement for sugar and also some of the flour. Quest again here.
  • Spices – feel free to make your own using a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
  • Baking Powder

For the wet ingredients:

  • Shredded Carrots
  • Unsweetened Applesauce; as a replacement for most oil in other recipes
  • Sugar-free Maple Syrup for low calorie recipe with no sugar! I use the monk fruit maple syrup from Lakanto (code HAYLSKITCHEN gets you a discount)
  • Non-fat Greek Yogurt a high protein carrot cake
  • Almond Milk
  • A bit of Coconut Oil

A high protein yogurt frosting for carrot cake:

For the perfect high protein single serving carrot cake, I topped the cake with a greek yogurt and protein powder frosting.

Simple ingredients here too:

  • Non-fat Greek Yogurt
  • Vanilla Protein Powder; Quest again here
  • Almond Milk or your milk of choice

Alternatives for Healthy Protein Carrot Cake for One

This carrot cake protein mug cake works best with the ingredients I used, but here’s some other healthy options you could try as well:

  • 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour: All purpose flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, with the same amount by weight, not cups.
  • Unflavored Protein Powder: More flour, and reduce milk to about 1½ tablespoons
  • Vanilla Protein Powder: Needed, but you can use a regular whey instead of whey-caesin
  • Alternatively, Lakanto 1:1 Zero Calorie Monkfruit sweetener to keep it sugar free. (code HAYLSKITCHEN gets you a discount).
  • Greek Yogurt: Applesauce, Banana or Pumpkin Puree
  • Or Coconut yogurt for a dairy free recipe
  • Milk: Any other milk
  • Coconut Oil: Melted butter
  • Sugar-free Maple Syrup: Regular maple syrup or honey

To make Vegan Protein Carrot Mug Cake

Use a plant based protein powder and coconut yogurt to make a Vegan single serve protein carrot cake There’s no cream, no butter and no eggs in here already 🙂

ProteinWorld has a Vegan protein blend as well (HAYLSKITCHEN for the discount here too) which would be great for single serve cake.

Single Serve Protein Carrot Cake – In a Mug for One!
Recipe details
  • 1  cup
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 80 g 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour, see post for subs
  • 1 Tbsp Unflavored Protein Powder, 6g, see post for sub
  • 1½ Tbsp Vanilla Protein Powder, 8g
  • ⅛ tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Ginger Powder, or more Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Nutmeg, or more Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce, 30g
  • 3 Tbsp Almond Milk, 30ml
  • 2 tsp Non-fat Greek Yogurt, about 10g, Room temperature
  • 1½ tsp Maple Syrup, 7ml, Sugar-free recommended
  • ½ tsp Melted Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Grated Carrots, 30g
Protein Yogurt Frosting:
  • ¼ cup Non-fat Greek Yogurt, 56g
  • 1 tsp Almond Milk, 5ml
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Protein Powder, 5g

Preheat oven to 350°F, and line a 1 cup (8 oz) ramekin/oven-safe mug with parchment paper (or lightly grease)
In medium bowl combine flour, unflavored protein powder, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and baking powder.
In a large bowl, whisk together applesauce, almond milk, Greek yogurt, maple syrup and coconut oil.
Add dry mix to wet, and gently fold until just combined.
Add grated carrots (and any mix-ins) and fold to combine.DO NOT OVER-MIX or protein powder and will make the cake dense.
Pour batter into prepared ramekin.
Bake for 30 minutes; A toothpick inserted into center should come out dry.Cool for 5 minutes, then lift out using the lining. Transfer to a plate to cool completely.
For icing: In a small bowl whisk together Greek yogurt, protein powder and almond milk.Spread over cake and serve!
  • See website post ( ) for nutrition information, alternate ingredients, tips and storage options.
Haylee Jane Monteiro
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