If you love my VIRAL Life Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies, then you are absolutely going to LOVE this recipe. Introducing my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Tahini Mug Cake, which, quite frankly, needs no introduction. Texture wise, it’s a cross between my tahini cookies and a cake, but in single serving form. It’s fluffy, it’s chocolate-y. It’s pumpkin-y. Oh, and it’s also gluten-free, vegan-optional, and refined sugar-free!
You didn’t think I was done creating pumpkin recipes this season, did you?! 😉 Well, I’m not, and this may be one of my favorite creations yet! Mug cakes are one of my favorite recipes to create, because they’re super easy, low-fuss, and require minimal dishes, so there isn’t a lot of cleanup at the end!
Plus, this is a great recipe for those days when you’re just craving a little something sweet, and don’t want to make a full batch of something. Especially, if you live in a smaller household! I can’t tell you how many times, back when I was in my 20’s, that I wanted to make a sweet treat, but didn’t want to make a whole batch of cookies just for myself. I wish I knew that mug cakes existed back then, because this would’ve made my life so much easier!
But regardless of how many people you’re cooking for, this mug cake is a great recipe to make if you’re someone who LOVES the combination of salty-sweet! If you like salty-sweet, then tahini and chocolate may just become your new bread and butter. The saltiness of the tahini cuts through the rich dark chocolate perfectly, and they practically melt in your mouth.
Oh, and don’t even get me started with how good the pumpkin is here. If you love pumpkin chocolate chip anything, then you’ve gotta try out this recipe!
You may be wondering, but why are we putting tahini in this recipe?! Which is a good question, and to be honest, it’s because it’s delicious!
Tahini is a middle-eastern spread made from ground sesame seeds, so it has a slightly nutty, salty taste, minus the nuts, of course! You can think of it almost like a runnier peanut butter, and it can be used in both sweet and savory recipes.
If you are new here, then you may not know that I am Armenian, and Tahini is an ingredient that is traditionally used in some of our native recipes. It’s a flavor that I ate a lot growing up, and I love incorporating it into my recipes.
And nutritionally speaking, tahini is full of healthy fats, which is great for heart health and lowering inflammation. And who doesn’t love that?!
If you don’t have any tahini on hand, but still want to give this recipe a go, you can! Simply substitute the tahini for any nut butter of choice. Sunflower seed butter will work, too!
Would you believe me if I told you that this mug cake requires only four simple, easy steps?! YEP, it’s true!
You can! Simply microwave on high for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes, but keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t overflow.
If you like these mug cakes, then you might love these other recipes of mine, that all include the same chocolatey, tahini goodness!
If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a comment/rating below. And, since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations, so I can see them and repost on my IG stories! Enjoy! xx
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in your posts and I’ll re-share!