Here’s the best thing that ever happened to getting up at 4:30 a.m. in the cold to go work out before going to work:
So on my never ending quest for food and ways to make it be healthy and simple, I have come across this thing called the mug cake. I did not invent the mug cake but if I did, I would have to call it Smug Cake because if I had invented a way to have yummy comfort food that is healthy and quick like this, I would be all sorts of full of myself. I just came across this idea on Facebook but nevertheless, I have to share this awesomeness with you!
Also I really can’t be too smug because I wore not black pants to boot camp and then did lots and lots and lots of jump rope. If you don’t know why that was a bad idea then please read my workout tip below:
Workout tip: If you have ever given birth and you are over 40 and your workout will include lots of jump rope, and maybe you had a little too much coffee before, for the love of all things not embarrassing, do NOT wear any other color pants besides black! You may not be able to stop nature as you pound your feet down a couple hundred times while your trainer in her amazing way of motivating you to go “faster!” “How many can you get in?!” gets you to push yourself in ways you never thought possible. Thank you Jean for being that trainer! But alas, jump rope is not quite like it was when I was 8. “Cinderella dressed in yellow….” I suppose maybe yellow was a good choice for jump rope? No. Not really.
In any event, if the same person who peed their pants at boot camp can make a mug cake then you know it is really that simple. It should be called Duh Cake.
Here is the basic recipe:
- One mug
- One Banana
- One Egg
- One Tbsp Dark Cocoa
- Beat together.
- microwave 2 minutes.
For my pre-workout Mug Cake I like to add:
- 1 tbs brewed coffee
- dash cinnamon
- 1tbs maca
- dash Himalayan Salt
- 1tsp vanilla
This warm, cocoa-y cake definitely helps me to get up early in the morning and has the carbs, protein, caffeine and nutrients in it to get me ready to rock that workout! This and some black pants and I am pretty much unstoppable.
You could play with the recipe and make it for dessert for your family in cute little Christmas mugs with some peppermint or if you are all about the pumpkin flavor, add a little pureed pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices instead of the cocoa! Top that shit with some nice cream, serve it with that smug cake look all over your face because you pushed a few buttons on the microwave and made cozy yummy magic happen and now everyone loves you.
Then sit back in your dry pants with your cozy cup of cake and smile because you have cake! And the only thing that got dirty is one mug and a fork.
Nice cream: another really easy recipe
- 3 frozen bananas
- 1 tsp vanilla
- dash of sea salt
- Peel bananas. Slice into 2 inch pieces. Wrap in plastic. Freeze rock hard (overnight)
- Put all ingredients in food processor. Pulse a couple times then blend. It will go from chunky, to gooey to creamy.
- Spread into a glass container, cover with plastic wrap and then an air tight lid.
- Place in freezer.
- Wait at least 2 hours (for gelato type consistency)
- Now you can eat it.
For chocolate – also add 3 tbs of cocoa and 1 tbs coconut oil.
You can add some nut butter while you are spreading it in the dish before you freeze it for chocolate nut butter swirl.
Get creative! the possibilities with this are endless!