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When You Have These Recipes, You No Longer Need to Suppress Your Appetite for Dessert.

When You Have These Recipes, You No Longer Need to Suppress Your Appetite for Dessert.

Have you ever had that urge to eat a big bowl of ice cream after dinner, but ultimately felt guilty after doing it? Have you ever spent lots of time baking a cake, only to realize that there were way too many servings for you to finish on your own? If either of these scenarios sound familiar, then you’re the perfect match for guilt-free, healthy mug cakes.

We’ve scoured the internet, read reviews, and spent time meticulously analyzing ingredients to develop a list of 20 of the healthiest and tastiest mug cake recipes on the planet – just for you! So, without further ado, let’s get started:

1. Easy Pumpkin Mug Cake

    Ingredients: 1 egg, 2 tablespoons skim milk, 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 7 tablespoons all purpose flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

    Steps: Place all of the above ingredients in a bowl and pour mixture into a coffee cup. Microwave on high for roughly 90 seconds. Check for spillage and continue cooking for another 90 seconds. If desired, garnish with whipped cream and enjoy!

    2. Strawberries and Cream Mug Cake

      Ingredients: 1 egg, 2 tablespoons strawberry, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

      Steps: Start by coating the inside of the mug with cooking spray and set to the side. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until mixture is smooth. Fill the mug to the halfway point and bake in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes. Top with strawberries and whipped cream.

      3. Brownie in a Mug

        Ingredients: 3 Tbsp flour, 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons avocado oil, 2 tablespoons water or skim milk, 2 tablespoons maple syrup or sugar, 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips (optional)

        Steps: Combine all ingredients into a mug and mix. Microwave on high for 40 seconds for gooey center or 60 seconds for a firmer brownie.

        4. Chocolate Banana Quinoa Mug Cake

          Ingredients: 2 teaspoons cooked quinoa, 1 tablespoon chia seed, 30 grams protein powder or cocoa powder (or half of both to equals 30 grams), 1/2 banana, 1 egg, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional), 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

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          Steps: Mash banana, add all ingredients to a large mug, and mix thoroughly until a batter is formed. Microwave for 30 seconds and then let sit for 10 seconds. Microwave again for 15 seconds, followed by another 10-second rest. Finally, microwave for another 15 seconds. Remove from microwave and flip mug over onto a plate.

          5. Honey Almond Oatmeal Mug Cake

            Ingredients: 1 tablespoon coconut flour, 1 tablespoon almond flour, 2 tablespoons quick oats, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk, 1 large egg white, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon almond butter

            Steps: Place dry ingredients into mug and mix until well combined. Add in milk and egg white and stir until clumps are smoothed out. Add in honey and almond butter and stir some more. Microwave for 2 ½ to 3 minutes. Remove, drizzle with honey, and enjoy.

            6. Meyer Lemon Mug Cake

              Ingredients: ¾ cup almond flour, 2 tablespoons erythritol, Zest of one Meyer Lemon, 1 teaspoon baking powder, pinch salt, juice of one Meyer Lemon, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 large egg (lightly beaten), lightly sweetened whipped cream for garnish

              Steps: Whisk almond flour, erythritol, lemon zest, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. Add in melted butter, egg, and lemon juice. Divide mixture between two mugs and microwave each for 1 minute and 20 seconds. Top with whipped cream and serve.

              7. Sweet Potato Mug Cake

                Ingredients: 1 teaspoon. egg substitute, 1/4 c. water, 1/4 c. mashed cooked sweet potatoes (or baby food), 2 tbsp. soymilk, 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract, 1/4 c. packed brown sugar, 7 tablespoons self-rising flour, pinch of kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon. freshly grated nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon. ground ginger

                Steps: In a mug, whisk together egg substitute and water with a fork. Set aside and let thicken for five minutes. Next, stir in the sweet potato, vanilla, soymilk, and sugar. Add in flour, salt, and other spices and beat batter until smooth. Separate between two mugs and microwave each for 1 ½ to 2 ½ minutes.

                8. Coconut Flour and Chocolate Mug Cake

                  Ingredients: 1 tablespoon coconut flour, 1 tablespoon cocoa, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, pinch of salt, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/2 vanilla pod (seeds removed) or 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence, 3 tablespoons coconut or almond milk, chocolate chips (optional garnish)

                  Steps: Place all dry ingredients into mug and blend well. Add the wet ingredients one at a time and stir until mixture is smooth. Microwave for 90 seconds, add garnish, and enjoy.

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                  9. Avocado Mug Cake

                    Ingredients: 4 tablespoons flour, 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 3 tablespoons mashed avocado (half of a medium avocado), 5 tablespoons fat free milk

                    Steps: Place all ingredients into a mug and mix until batter is smooth. Cook for roughly 2 minutes in microwave. Test cake with toothpick and serve.

                    10. Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

                      Ingredients: 2 tablespoons applesauce, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon buttermilk, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, 2 1/2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar, 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 dash ground nutmeg (optional), 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon sal

                      Cream Cheese Icing: 1 tablespoon cream cheese softened, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon milk

                      Steps: Combine ingredients to make cream cheese icing and set aside. Combine all other ingredients into a mug and whisk together until smooth. Microwave for 1 minute (and additional 15 seconds if not done). Apply icing and serve warm.

                      11. Chocolate Hazelnut Mug Cake

                        Ingredients: 3 tablespoons AP flour, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1 1/2 tablespoon Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 3 tablespoons milk

                        Steps: Combine all ingredients into a lightly greased mug and whisk together with a fork. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes and top with whipped cream before serving.

                        12. Strawberry Mug Cake

                          Ingredients: 3 tablespoons white whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon strawberry protein powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, pinch of salt, 4 teaspoons honey, 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk

                          Steps: In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl, melt the honey and coconut oil in the microwave. Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture, yogurt, and almond milk. Stir until combined. Pour into lightly sprayed mug and cook for 1 minute and 10 seconds. Let cool and apply your topping of choice.

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                          13. Chocolate Banana Protein Mug Cake

                            Ingredients: ¼ cup chocolate protein powder, 1 small extra ripe banana (mashed), ¼ teaspoon baking powder, 1 pinch sea salt, 3 tablespoons liquid egg whites (egg whites from 1 large egg)

                            Steps: Spray mug with cooking spray and combine all ingredients. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave for another minute. Stir one final time and microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Enjoy!

                            14. Classic Coffee Mug Cake

                              Ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut flour (can sub for all almond flour), 1 tablespoon almond flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1-2 tablespoons granulated sweetener of choice (adjust to desired sweetness), pinch cinnamon, pinch nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, 1 large egg white, 1 tablespoon – 1/4 cup dairy free milk of choice.

                              Streusel Topping: 1 tablespoon almond flour, pinch cinnamon, 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar, 1 tablespoon almond butter, dairy free milk

                              Steps: Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine almond extract, egg white, dairy free milk, and whisk lightly. Add this mixture to the dry mixture and stir well. Combine dry streusel ingredients in another bowl and then add wet ingredients until the mixture is thick and crumbly. Grease mug and pour batter in. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes, top with streusel, and serve.

                              15. Chocolate Fudge S’mores Mug Cake

                                Ingredients: 2-3 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs, 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted), 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, pinch of salt, 1 1/2 ounces milk chocolate, marshmallow fluff (cream or actual marshmallows)

                                Steps: Combine 3 tablespoons butter and chocolate in small bowl. Melt for 20-30 seconds in microwave and set aside. In separate bowl, combine the rest of the melted butter with 2-3 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs and stir until moist. Press cracker mixture into bottom of mug. In another bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla, and sugar. Add in dry ingredients until batter forms. Pour in butter-chocolate mix. Fold in remaining chocolate chips and pour into mug. Place a scoop of marshmallow on top and microwave for close to 2 minutes.

                                16. Salted Caramel Apple Spice Mug Cake

                                  Ingredients: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, pinch of salt, 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon water

                                  Steps: Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in wet ingredients. Stir everything until well blended. Pour batter into mug and microwave for 1 minute 50 seconds. Drizzle with caramel topping of your choice and serve.

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                                  17. Berry Cobbler Mug Cake

                                    Ingredients: 3/4 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1 tablespoon white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoon milk

                                    Steps: Chop berries and place into bottom of mug. Add powdered sugar and stir. In a bowl, combine flour, white sugar, and baking powder. Mix to combine and then add butter and milk. Place the dough on top of the berries and microwave for 90 seconds to 2 minutes. Allow to cool and serve.

                                    18. Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Mug Cake

                                      Ingredients: 6 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons sugar, 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons quick oatmeal, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons peanut butter

                                      Steps: Whisk together milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in large mug. Stir in dry ingredients. Spoon 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on top and push into batter. Microwave for 30 seconds, followed by 15-second bursts until the top looks cooked. Top with remaining peanut butter, let sit for 5 minutes, and serve.

                                      19. Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake

                                        Ingredients: 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin, 1 egg, 1/4 teaspoon of stevia or 2 tablespoons of raw honey/or maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

                                        Crust: 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon shredded coconut, 1 tablespoon almond flour, sprinkle of coconut sugar

                                        Steps: Place butter in mug and melt for 20 seconds in microwave. Add shredded coconut and almond flour to the butter and mix with spoon. Pat down to form a crust and sprinkle with coconut sugar. In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, egg, and sweetener together. Pour the mixture into the mug and microwave for 2 minutes. Microwave for additional 20-second bursts until done.

                                        20. Red Velvet Mug Cake

                                          Ingredients: 4 tablespoons flour, 4 1/2 teaspoons sugar, 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons oil, 3 tablespoons buttermilk, 1 egg. 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring.

                                          Frosting: 2 tablespoons cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup sugar

                                          Steps: Mix all ingredients together in a mug using a fork or small whisk. Cook in microwave for 90 seconds. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds if it appears to still be raw. Let cake cool. Mix frosting ingredients together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Pipe onto cake and serve.

                                          Start Baking Your Healthy Mug Cake

                                          You don’t have to feel guilty satisfying your sweet tooth. With these 20 healthy recipes, you can make your own mug cakes in just a matter of minutes. What are you waiting for?

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                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                            Why You Need a Vision

                                            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                            How to Create Your Life Vision

                                            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                            What Do You Want?

                                            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                            Some tips to guide you:

                                            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                            • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                            Some questions to start your exploration:

                                            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                            • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                            • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                            A few prompts to get you started:

                                            • What will you have accomplished already?
                                            • How will you feel about yourself?
                                            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                            • What does your ideal day look like?
                                            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                            • What would you be doing?
                                            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                            • How are you dressed?
                                            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                            Plan Backwards

                                            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                            • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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