Have you noticed this “Desserts in a Mug” craze going around the internet??
I have to admit, when I first noticed single-serving desserts popping up on my Pinterest feed, I was uber skeptical. Up til then, I had managed (through sheer laziness!) to avoid giving in to my late-night sweets cravings, simply because giving in would’ve meant getting up off my lazy butt to make a whole pan of brownies, cookies, or cake. Ain’t nobody got time for that! But now you’re telling me I can make a personal-pan brownie in a matter of minutes, anytime the urge strikes??? “This is not good,” I thought. “I need to stay far away from these,” I thought.
But here’s the thing… single-serving desserts are kiiiinda winning me over! Oops.
Yes, on the one hand they make brownies that much more accessible (and that can be dangerous.) But on the other hand… there are ways to make single-serving desserts healthier! AND if you’re still below your calorie goal at the end of the day, can’t we call it good?
Yes! We can! Of course I’m not advocating a steady diet of sweets that is devoid of necessary protein, vitamins, and antioxidants… but I do think that occasional treats are ok if they fall within your daily calorie recommendations. Yes, even during Super-Healthy-October!
Especially when you take the time to make your sweet indulgences a little healthier by using whole grains, healthy fats, and naturally low-calorie sweeteners. Like my scrumptious brownie in a mug!
This baby is healthy yet heavenly. Decadent yet oh-so-sensible. And while my recipe calls for a touch of milk… you can easily trade that out if you want and make it totally vegan! (Whaaaat?!?) And for only 280 calories, you should have no problem budgeting it into your day (calorie-wise.)
I highly recommend embracing dessert and making room for it in your healthy lifestyle. It makes you a much happier person!
Here’s how ya make it…
Healthy Brownie in a Mug (Only 280 calories!)
(Source: Pretty/Hungry Blog)
Prep Time- 5 minutes!
*Lightly spray your favorite mug with cooking spray. Set mug aside and use a measuring cup to mix ingredients. Start by combining the following dry ingredients:
-2 Tbsp. oat flour
-1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
-1 Tbsp. brown sugar (or Sucanat, which is just evaporated cane crystals and it is super yummy!)
-pinch of salt
-4 tsp. cocoa powder
-scant 1/8 tsp. baking soda
-1/8 (slightly heaping) tsp. Stevia powder
*Once these have been stirred together with a fork, begin adding in the wet ingredients.
-1 1/2 Tbsp. applesauce
-3/4 Tbsp. coconut oil (or canola oil)
-2 tsp. pure maple syrup
-1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
-4 tsp. milk of choice
-1 tsp. mini chocolate chips (Or other favorite chips… I like peanut butter chips!)
*Stir with a fork to combine, then use a rubber spatula to scrape batter into prepared mug. Cook in the microwave on High for exactly 1 minute 15 seconds. And then voila! Party time.
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