Today’s Elf4Health Challenge was to create a mug cake (either in the microwave or oven) and treat yourself and someone special to something sweet. I’d never made a mug cake, but had seen some recipes, so I did some digging and tried to find something on the healthier side. (And a recipe that included the ingredients I had–it was hard to find some without eggs, since I used the last for my breakfast this morning.)
I stumbled upon this recipe on the Elf4Health Facebook page and changed it up a little bit to suit my perimeters.
So here it goes: Megan’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake
1 tbsp, + 2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp flour (I used 2 tbsp of whole wheat and 1 tbsp all purpose)
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 packet of Splenda (or any stevia/sweetener)
2 tsp sugar or other sweetener (I used honey for my first attempt)
2-3 tsp of unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp milk (original recipe says “milk of choice”, I used non-fat)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Handful of dark chocolate chips (however many you’d like)
1 spoonful of nut butter (I used JIF creamy peanut butter)
1.) Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Once combined, add the wet ingredients and mix well.
2.) Scoop half the mixture in your mug, then place spoonful of nut butter in the middle. Scoop the rest of the mixture into the mug.
3.) Place mug in microwave and heat for approximately 50 seconds
The combination of the gooey melted peanut butter and melted dark chocolate chips is fantastic! I’m going to work with this recipe more because I feel like it needed a little work, but feel free to give it a try and tell me what you think!
Here are a few recipes I’m going to try later: