The ultimate paleo dessert: Paleo mud mug cake

Let’s face it, cavemen didn’t bake with almond flour, didn’t use stevia, and wouldn’t know what to do with a microwave. The multitudes of “paleo” baked goods are temptations leading the faithful away from the path of paleo righteousness. They are usually high-carb concoctions which spike your blood sugar and insulin levels. That said, what’s a cavegirl to do when she craves some dessert? Answer: Paleo Mud Mug Cake.


This cake has no added sweetener, so is very low-carb. It’s chock-full of probiotics and trace minerals. Its main ingredient is described by Chris Kresser as a “paleo superfood” and, according to Mark Sisson, will spur the development of a healthy immune system. It has been shown to reduce depression, improve cognitive function, and reduces the risk of asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases. Best of all, you don’t have to go to Whole Foods and spend your whole paycheck to benefit from this amazing superfood. Chances are, it’s available right in your own back yard.

What is this miracle ingredient? Dirt. Better than dirt cheap, it’s free.

If you have a back yard, you can dig your dirt right there. If you’re an apartment-dweller, seek out a clean park, but try to avoid dog parks or sites near industrial areas. Best of all would be to collect dirt from the woods under a layer of leaf litter, where soil teems with beneficial bacteria, more than 100 million per teaspoon (beat that, kombucha!). Avoid buying potting soil from the store – it’s likely to be sterilized, which destroys the microorganisms, and is often contaminated with fertilizers and other nasty ingredients.

Once you have your dirt, I recommend sifting it to remove the larger particles. Cavemen didn’t have dentists, and biting down on a pebble can be unpleasant.


Put 1 cup of sifted dirt in a bowl.

Add 1/8 - ¼ cup warm water, depending on how dry your dirt is to begin with. Remember baking bread, back before you realized bread would kill you? Remember testing the water temperature with your wrist? That’s the temperature you want the water to be: baby-bottle warm.


Stir thoroughly. It should be the consistency of brownie batter. Stir in a pinch of salt and a pinch of cinnamon. 


Spoon into a mug. For a pudding-like dessert, eat as is.


For a more cake-like texture, let dry in the sun for 2-3 hours. Important: most mug cakes call for baking in the microwave. DO NOT use the microwave for Paleo Mud Mug Cake – it will kill all those beneficial bacteria.


Next time you’re browsing Pinterest and wondering “is it paleo?”, just remember Paleo Mud Mug Cake – no one could deny that it’s 100% paleo. It’s also gluten-free, low carb, keto, and your vegan friends can enjoy it too! A perfect dessert for the first day of April.