Usually I don’t like “healthified” desserts. I’d rather have a really glorious, calorie-filled treat once in awhile than a steady stream of fake-out desserts. I’m looking at you, Paleo brownies. (I won’t even go into the issues I have with the Paleo movement but I’m pretty sure cavemen weren’t eating brownies. Also, thankfully, we’re not cavemen.)
On a side note, let me take a moment to rant about “guilt free” treats. Are we really that hung up on food that we can’t enjoy some yummy things even if they aren’t stuffed with kale, quinoa, and (insert the current nutrient darling of the month). Nutrient dense foods are great. Eating foods for pleasure is also great. Depending on what our goals are, we eat more or less of certain foods. Lose the guilt!
As for me, I’m trying to get more protein into my diet. Protein helps retain the muscle I’ve worked so hard to build and helps me build some more. It’s also a macronutrient that is pretty important in my body’s overall function. For my own goals, I need to eat a good bit of it and I’ve been burning out on my typical go-to breakfasts and snacks.
I can only eat so many eggs, chicken breasts, and cartons of Greek yogurt before I get a little antsy for something new. Right now I’m cutting some body fat and I don’t have a ton of calories to spare each day. I’m stingy with my carbs, fats, and proteins, and mostly spend them on things that fuel me. If I eat a snack, I want it to fit into my goals and also be super tasty. I saw a recipe for a lemon protein mug cake and the picture looked alluring. Still, I was skeptical. My friend Emily reminded me of the empty promises delivered by a cake batter protein shake. Oh, protein shakes, you cannot trick us so easily. Tasty yes; cake substitute, no.
So anyway, the cake. I immediately tossed out the microwave option. Those are usually a rubbery mess. Blech. But what about a cake that was made up mostly of the things that I usually already eat? AND THEN MAGIC CAKE? COULD IT BE?
Verdict: It was pretty damn good. Dude, it tastes like cake. Lemon cake. I had it for breakfast. Sometimes you need cake for breakfast. Enjoy!
Lemon Protein Mug Cake
Adapted from Rx for Healthy Living
Coat a mug with cooking spray. Add the dry ingredients first and mix. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 F. Boom. You can eat it right in the mug or put it on a plate and sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar like I did. It’ll make you feel fancy.
- 3 Tbsp flour (the original recipe calls for oat flour. I didn’t have it, so I used evil white flour.)
- 2 Tbsp vanilla protein powder (I used NSN vanilla whey).
- 1/2 Tsp baking powder
- 2 Packets Stevia (or to taste)
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 Tsp Lemon Zest
- 3 Tbsp Plain, Non Fat Greek Yogurt
- 1 Egg White (or equivalent egg substitute)