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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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                                          35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                                          35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                                          Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

                                          But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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                                          The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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                                          While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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                                          While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

                                          If You’re Staying In

                                          1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
                                          2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
                                          3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
                                          4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
                                            • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
                                            • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
                                            • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
                                            • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
                                              • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
                                              • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
                                              • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                                                • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                                                If You Want to Get Away

                                                1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                                                2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                                                3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                                                  • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                                                  • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                                                  • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                                                  • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                                                  • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                                                  • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                                                    • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                                                    • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                                                    New & Exciting Experiences

                                                    1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                                                    2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                                                      experience.
                                                      • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                                                      • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                                                      • Experience white water rafting.
                                                      • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                                                      • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                                                        • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                                                        • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                                                          • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                                                          • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                                                          • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                                                          Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                                                          Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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