Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Single Serve, Flourless Chocolate Mug Cake

7 WWPP Posted by 2 years ago 9 Comments

I’ve been slowly getting rid of all store-bought junk in my pantry. It’s been taking years with my junk-food eating husband but I finally have him down to just a few snacks, most of which he hides in his home office.

My intentions are two-fold:

  1. With fewer processed snacks and goodies in the pantry I’m much safer from the mindless night-time snack sessions I have way too often. If I had a nickel for every time I found myself with an empty bag of whatever by my side I’d be a rich woman.
  2. The kids have no other choice but to eat the much healthier snacks I keep on hand, which usually get passed up for Dad’s Doritos or chocolate cupcakes. With a “cleaner” pantry they are now grabbing things like pistachios, cashews and fruit that I keep out in a basket. Well, the older one at least. My little man is still not crazy about fruit but he can eat his weight in pistachios!

I also love that it forces me to get creative. I’ve said this a million times but I don’t think it can be stressed enough: I’m 100% more satisfied when I make something instead of grabbing something. The process of pulling out ingredients, whipping something up and enjoying it is so much more rewarding than rummaging through the pantry for a bag or box to open.  There’s just something about staying more conscious about what I’m eating, and quite frankly I feel less guilt.

I know we shouldn’t feel guilty when it comes to our food choices but when I stare down an empty bag of chips there’s a bit of remorse.

Single Serve, Flour-less Chocolate Mug CakeAnyway, this is a long intro for my latest mug cake experiment. I’ve made and tweaked it a few times trying to find that balance of yumminess and  lightness. This isn’t the most amazing cake you will ever eat, but for those nights when a chocolate snack attack hits and you want to feel good about the choice you made this will hit the spot.

Here’s what I did…

Whisk the egg, vanilla, salt and maple syrup in a coffee mug with a fork.

Add in the PB2 and cocoa powder and mix well until you don’t see any dry chunks. It may be thick but you can ad a slight dab of water if need be.

Stir in the baking powder and chocolate chips.

Microwave on high for 1 minute.

That’s it!

Single Serve, Flour-less Chocolate Mug Cake Close Up

You can dig right in!

Bite of the Single Serve, Flour-less Chocolate Mug Cake

You may not think it’s a lot but the serving is quite large and VERY filling.  Here I dumped it out of the mug and cut it in half.

Inside the Single Serve, Flour-less Chocolate Mug Cake

So satisfying with a cup of tea or a glass of milk!

I opted to reduce the overall sweetness and add some chocolate chips to give the cake a bit more moistness, which is its biggest problem. I always use mini chips so they disperse better but you can use regular or skip them altogether and increase the maple syrup a touch to compensate for the amount of sugar.

Calories and points came out a little higher than I excepted but this cake is really filling. Totally worth the splurge if you are fighting those “need to eat” demons as I do.

Note: I forgot to link to PB2 — Basically it’s powdered Peanut Butter. I introduced it in this post where I used it in a smoothie. I order mine off Amazon as it’s cheaper than in my local stores.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
250 13g 6g old: 5 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
18g 5g 26g 13g

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Discussion

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    Kris

    October 10, 2014

    Just curious - have you tried this with egg whites only?

      roni

      October 10, 2014

      I didn't but I thought about it. Honestly I'm trying to eat more whole eggs and not be so scared of the yolk. It's where all the nutrients are! That being said it's the egg white that binds stuff so it will probably work but it would be even dryer because the yolk adds a little fat. If you try let us know! This isn't one of those exact recipes, have fun with it! :)

    Alia

    October 10, 2014

    Hi Roni! I've been reading your blog for a few years and haven't tried too many recipes but they and your courage to try new things, have inspired me to get creative and cooking more! Question about this latest recipe - what is PB2? (I live in Canada so not sure if it's something I can get here...) Thanks, Alia

      linda Noss

      October 10, 2014

      Wondering the same thing, what is PB2? and I don't live in Canada.

      roni

      October 11, 2014

      So sorry! I forgot to link it up. I added a few links above. It's powdered PB that I finally took the leap to try a few months back. Even though they started carrying it in my stores here in Maryland I still order it off Amazon because it's cheaper. Here's the link... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H8YGOMO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00H8YGOMO&linkCode=as2&tag=roswewapas-20&linkId=OZ3O36BQQ67DYOL6

    Denice

    October 10, 2014

    I would also like to know what PB2? thank u

      roni

      October 11, 2014

      Sorry! I added a few links above. I should have mentioned introduced it again.

    Karen Z

    October 15, 2014

    Can't wait to try this one - I too am trying to clean out the pantry!

    Tina

    November 7, 2014

    Looks so yummy! I will try it. Last night I made my own trail mix (for the first time) and am hoping that will be my new go-to "treat" in the pantry. Would love if you shared any trail mix you've made - I think I found one or two here on greenlitebites. (For mine, I added dried blueberries, roasted almonds, dark chocolate and cashews.... I wish the store had unsweetened coconut chunks.. that would have been perfect).