You know how it is – you’re sitting at home by yourself on a Friday night; dinner is long gone but you still feel like having something sweet.
You scan the internet/ recipe books for inspiration, but know that you don’t really want to make a whole batch of something and have it sitting around the house for the whole weekend because before you know it, it will all be gone, despite your best intentions. Then it comes to you – what about making a single serve dessert? A quick scan brings up a multitude of options for you, cookies, brownies and mug cakes.
I have a failsafe mug cake recipe that I normally turn to if I want to make something sweet. But it is full of white flour, sugar and golden syrup. None of which score particularly high on the health and wellness scale. So I decided to give my recipe a health makeover and in the process cut down on the calorie count dramatically, cut out the added fat and slashed the sugar. In fact there is no added sugar or fat in this recipe. It is also dairy and gluten free. For more tips on how to cut sugar, check out this post here: http://bitewize.co.nz/article/how-to-eat-less-sugar/
Remember, although this is a much healthier version than the original, it doesn’t make it an everyday food choice!
Healthier Chocolate Mug Cake
15g good quality dark chocolate
15g almond meal
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp baking powder
Sprinkle of sweetener
Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and lightly whisk until all of the ingredients are incorporated. You may want to add a little sweetener at this point if you want. Spray a microwave safe mug with oil and transfer the mixture into the mug. Microwave on high for 60 seconds or until done (it may take more or less time depending on the power of your microwave). Slip a knife down the sides of the cake to loosen it and tip the cake onto a plate. Top with some Greek yoghurt and berries, peanut butter or a little syrup. Alternatively, eat it straight out of the mug!
Check out the differences between my makeover version, compared to the original. The original has four times the number of calories, with three times the amount of fat, eighteen times the amount of carbohydrate and twenty five times the amount of sugar. Whaaaaat??? Now tell me which one is going to become your go to single serve dessert recipe for those times in need!