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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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                                          18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                          18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                          The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                          1. Understand Yourself Better

                                          Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                          Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                          2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                          I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                          Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                          3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                          As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                          You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                                          4. Boost Creativity

                                          The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                          When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                          You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                          5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                          A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                          Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                          6. Process Life Experiences

                                          When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                          Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                                          7. Stress Relief

                                          In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                          Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                          8. Provide Direction

                                          Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                          One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                          9. Solve Problems

                                          Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                          Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                          When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                                          10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                          Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                          Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                          11. Find Meaning in Life

                                          Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                          12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                          Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                          13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                          When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                          14. Let the Past Go

                                          I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                          15. Allow Freedom

                                          Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                                          16. Enhance Your Career

                                          Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                          Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                          17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                          All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                          18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                          No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                          We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                          Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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