single serving recipes

Single serving recipes are a great idea for anyone, but are especially useful if you’re, well, single. If you like to bake or are craving a treat, but figure it’s probably not a great idea to have an entire cake sitting on the counter…just for you…you’re probably right. Desserts are great for sharing, but if you’re in your own company and craving a sweet treat, single serving recipes are ingenious!

There are some definite advantages to making a single serving cake, muffin, donut or other tasty treat:


  1. It’s OK if you eat the whole thing! No worries about portioning out and freezing slices of some massive dessert or pawning it off onto friends.
  2. Variety is the spice of life. Make just a serving of what you’re craving and you won’t feel like you have to keep eating it until it’s gone…even if you get tired of having it around.
  3. Along those lines…waste is very unlikely. You make a serving, you eat a serving. Perfect!


We’ve put together a collection of 7 tasty single-serving treats, from breakfast breads to donuts, protein muffins to decadent chocolate cakes. So get baking – you can thank us later!

Individual Chocolate Espresso Cake…with Zucchini!

individual chocolate espresso cake with zucchini

Recipe by Sarah McMinn: Blogger, The Sweet Life



  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seed mixed with 3 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 small zucchini, grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 half pint mason jars or similar sized baking dish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil two half pint mason jars.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine wet ingredients (oil, sugar, molasses, flax egg, instant coffee, vanilla, and zucchini), stirring together until uniformly mixed.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the dries (flour, baking soda and powder, and salt). Add dries to wet and mix together. Do not over mix. Fold in chocolate chip.
  4. Fill 1/2 pint jars between 2/3 and 3/4 full. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until knife comes out clean. Allow cake to cool at least 30 minutes before removing from jar.

More Recipes!

  1. “All for One” Single Serving Banana Bread
  2. Single Serving Peanut Butter Cake
  3. Individual Protein Muffin
  4. “All for One” Coffee Cake
  5. Healthy Krispy Kremes for One
  6. Spiced Chocolate Cake in One Minute

Got an awesome single serving recipe you’d love to share? Send it in!