I remember making my very first mug cake years ago using an array of unhealthy ingredients. I don’t remember the exact recipe, but I do remember some of the ingredients: A TON of sugar, flour, and butter. It was a recipe that was demonstrated at the Regis and Kelly Show as a quick way to make desert. At that time, I was pregnant, and in the process of putting on 95 pounds. I had suffered from what I now call an “undiagnosed eating disorder”. Prior to being pregnant, I was
extremely underweight, I only weighed 95 pounds, and I’m 5’3” (163cm). That being said, in my mind, I thought I looked fantastic! Those were the days when Kate Moss modeled for Calvin Klein, and her slender figure was my ultimate goal. In order to achieve this look, I would literally starve myself two days a week, preferably on the weekends. I would consume only coffee and water for 2 full days, and then on the week days, I only ate if I was really hungry, but for the most part, I avoided food as much as possible. The thought of working out never even crossed my mind. Then… I got pregnant! The doctor pretty much told me I was eating for two, and I needed to start getting some nutrition if I wanted to have a healthy baby. Unfortunately, in my mind, all I heard was,
“Eat and don’t stop eating, you’ve never allowed yourself to enjoy food, so just EAT!!”
Alas! Here came my very first mug cake experience! I ate mug cakes! and I ate them often, perhaps too often… Fast forward 12 years: After one round of BBG, I joined Instagram, and started seeing these posts about mug cakes, and right away I’m thinking, “These people are nuts! As I remember, that is NOT healthy!!!” Then, I started doing more research, and one of my friends, Erica Stern, @healthyerr gave me the key recipe for a “healthy” mug cake. When she told me the ingredients, I was floored! EVERYTHING was healthy! How could this be? From that day on, I started making a ton of variations of Erica’s recipes. My kids started requesting mug cakes, their friends would sleep over and also wanted them for breakfast. As a matter of fact, the recipe is so easy, my kids now make their own mug cakes!
Here is the basic recipe and ingredients you’ll need:
- 2 tbsp of oats
- 3/4th of a banana
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
- pinch of salt
First step is to grind up 2 tbsp of oats (to turn them into a fine powdery substance) in a food processor. Next, add ¼ tsp of baking soda, a pinch of salt, a spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, apple pie spice,…) 1 egg, and ¾ of a ripe banana. Blend well in a food processor.
This is your basic recipe!
I usually take it from there and create a variety of other creations! You can add any of the following ingredients: unsweetened cocoa powder, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, blueberries, walnuts, 1 tbsp of pumpkin puree, cherries, raisins, mangos, pineapple, berries … just use your imagination, and the results could surprise you!
Finally pour the batter onto a greased mug, and microwave for 2 minutes. Flip it onto a plate, and decorate!!! This is my favorite breakfast, try it! I guarantee you will love it! And believe me, your children will thank you because let’s be real: who doesn’t want cake for breakfast???
Thanks Ellie for sharing your health testimony as well as these awesome cake creations! If you’d like to follow Ellie’s journey, you can find her HERE!