Thursday, November 29, 2012

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Mug Cake!

The other night I was scouring the cupboards for ANY kind of after dinner treat... and couldn't even find a semi-sweet chocolate chip morsel (my go-to desperation sweet)!  I panicked... What do I do?!?  I must have dessert!  I remembered seeing these things called "mug cakes" on Pinterest.com.  They claim to be an easy, one-serving cake that can be baked in a mug in the microwave in 2 minutes.  Well, that sounded like my kind of dessert!  I decided to see if these "mug cakes" could live up to their hype... and satisfy my raging sweet tooth!

Ok, I'm a believer!  It IS possible to bake a cake... in a mug... in the microwave... in 2 minutes!  And the cake is moist, fluffy, and really does taste like cake.  I decided I wanted to make the original recipe healthier, so I've been experimenting (and eating a lot of mug cake) and I think I came up with a delicious, lower calorie version of this quick and easy treat!  And since it's the holidays, I created my very own mug cake recipe... for Peppermint Chocolate Chip Mug Cake.




PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE CHIP MUG CAKE
based on recipe by WendySeeWendyDo.com
Makes enough for 2 servings (if you want to share)

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon or 6 packets of Stevia (or other zero-calorie sweetener)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons vanilla soy milk or fat-free milk
1 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
a dash or two of peppermint extract
2 tablespoons miniature chocolate chips
1 teaspoons of Christmas colored sprinkles

Directions:

In a large mug, mix together all dry ingredients. Add soy milk, applesauce and peppermint extract. Be careful with peppermint extract... it's very strong and too much will ruin your cake!  Then stir in mini chocolate chips and sprinkles.

Bake in microwave for 2 minutes. If the cake is not completely done then continue cooking in 15 seconds intervals until it is cooked through. Eat straight out the mug. Enjoy!


I added a few extra mini chips and sprinkles to the top!

Eat straight out the mug. Enjoy!



Nutritional Info:
1 mug cake (recipe makes enough for 2! you can half the recipe to lower calories)
calories - 187.5, fat - 2.9g, carb - 33.8g, sugar - 9.8g, protein - 5.5g


There are so many variations of this mug cake recipe I can't wait to try!  Funfetti, Chocolate, Red Velvet...

Oh Mug Cake... you had me at '2 minutes'.  I just love anything quick and easy... and sweet. :)  Mug cakes are my new go-to dessert, but I half the recipe so it's a 100 calorie treat instead!

Xo,
Janel

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