If you told me I could have a rich piece of chocolate cake in only a matter of minutes and that it was actually quite healthy, I would have laughed at you…until a few days ago.
Have you ever heard of mug cake? Apparently you can whisk some ingredients together, (typically egg, flour and sugar) pop it in the microwave and have cake in under 60 seconds. Skeptic? So was I.
I don’t really use my microwave too often. When I do, it’s because I need something and I need it fast. Chocolate cake should go in that department, right? I saw a recipe on Pinterest that included nothing but peanut butter, sugar and an egg. It was as simple as whisk and nuke. Obviously I avoid refined sugars so I tried to create a recipe similar without the sugar. While I am not a huge chocolate cake fan on a regular basis, if I combine it with any sort of nut butter then it’s a whole new story. This Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Mug Cake has only a few ingredients and it is refined flour and sugar free. Any nut butter works for this I assume. I tried it with cashew butter, peanut butter and almond butter. I bet Nutella would be pretty amazing as well. If you are allergic to nuts, sunflower seed butter may work too. The big impact the type of nut butter used is in the color of the cake. Almond and cashew butter aren’t quite as smooth so the cake looks a bit speckled at times.
This recipe is no joke. You literally whisk the nut butter, maple or honey, vanilla, cocoa powder, egg and sea salt, pour it into one or two mugs, and microwave. That. Is. It. Too good to be true?! It’s not, I promise! And if you are like me these days, there really can never be enough chocolate, so you can drizzle the cake with the mixture I typically use when making any sort of dark chocolate coating. I included the measurements in the recipe for this. Fresh fruit, my dairy free whipped cream and more can partner up with this decadent and ridiculously easy dessert.
Just because you are trying to eat clean and healthy, there is no reason you shouldn’t get to have sweet treats as well. I have to have a little something sweet each and every day. I try my best not to deprive myself because if I do, it only backfires. I also don’t like to have a big cake or dozens of cookies sitting around the house because, let’s be honest, when they are right there, one is just never enough. Being smart and mindful about the way you indulge helps you feel satisfied without mindlessly eating every last sweet you can find in the house. And believe me, this is a practice. So take time to treat yourself. Take time to indulge. Enjoy it, every last bit of it.
- 3 T nut butter of choice
- 1 egg
- 1-1 1/2 T maple syrup
- 1 1/2 T unsweetened cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Dash of sea salt
- Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Pour into a microwave safe mug.
- Microwave for 45-50 seconds.
- Let cool for several minutes and then eat it straight from the mug if you like!
- Not enough chocolate for you? Whisk together 1 T melted coconut oil, 1 T cocoa powder, 1 tsp maple, dash of vanilla and sea salt. Drizzle it over the cake immediately.