Chocolate mug cake

Do you ever have an intense craving for dessert and there is none to be found? On those occasions, I love making mug desserts. In case you missed the craze, it’s all about mixing a couple quick ingredients in a mug, and throwing it in the microwave. It’s easy & perfect for one person craving sweets.

For awhile, I was thinking that microwave ovens were terrible for you. I read that they cause cancer (not true) and that they make your foods lose nutrients (also not true). I’ve been reading a lot of blogs on nutrition & health lately, and I’m getting a little frustrated that people are making claims about “natural” things without looking into them.

While I love being healthy, and natural things may indeed be a good route to health, they are not necessarily always better! I think at the end of the day, it is important to look to solid research to figure out what works & what doesn’t. Sometimes, natural health methods aren’t always well researched, but sometimes they are. It’s always good to check first on Google Scholar and be well informed before trying any new remedy. 🙂

Anyway, back to chocolate. Here’s a recipe for a quick easy & vegan chocolate mug cake. Enjoy! 🙂

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Chocolate mug cake (adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
2-3 tsp olive oil
3 tablespoons milk of choice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a coffee mug.
  2. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients.
  3. Microwave 30-50 seconds.

Chocolate coconut truffles + a basic formula for raw (ish) truffles

This recipe I entirely made up to satisfy a craving I had for chocolate the other day. It’s not a craving I get often, but apparently writing a ten page paper the day before it’s due will do that to you. 😉

Anyway, this recipe is sort of similar to those awesome raw truffle recipes floating around the web, though it’s no longer raw since I added powdered sugar. This recipe is vegan, but if you are a strict vegan, some powdered sugars might not be for you. The easiest thing you can do is buy raw sugar and grind it up a bit in your food processor. This will give you the same texture as powdered sugar and will definitely be vegan!

Overall, these guys are (relatively) healthy! Especially compared to most of the dessert recipes floating around out there. Or the intensely sugary things you can get at many restaurants. You can even make these truffles healthier by toning down the sugar or trying it with honey or agave instead.

Here’s my favorite basic instructions for making raw (ish) truffles. Feel free to experiment with other ingredients as you wish! Some of the ingredients overlap categories (e.g., honey sweetens but can also help with binding), so some experimentation is necessary if you want to create your own truffles. If you find a great truffle combination, post it in the comments below!

Basic raw (ish) truffle formula
For solids: nuts, various seeds, oats, coconut, cocoa powder, various spices (e.g., orange zest)
For binding: peanut butter, vanilla extract, fruit juice, various fruit, applesauce
For sweetening: honey/agave, pure maple syrup, dates, cinnamon, sugar of choice
For coating: various sesame seeds, ground nuts, powdered sugar

  1. Add about 2 cups of solid ingredient(s) to food processor.
  2. While blending, add binding ingredient(s) until the consistency of cookie dough. It should be slightly sticky, but you should be able to form balls of dough with it. If it is too sticky, add more solid ingredient(s). If it will not stick together, add more binding ingredient(s).
  3. Taste and add sweetening ingredient(s) as desired, or not at all.
  4. Form in balls and roll in coating of choice. Put in refrigerator until firm (or sneak a few beforehand). 😉
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Chocolate coconut truffles 
2 cups cocoa powder
2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
3 tbsp applesauce
3/4 cup powdered sugar + more for dusting

  1. Add cocoa powder and coconut to  food processor.
  2. While blending, add applesauce a little at a time until the consistency of cookie dough (you may need a bit more or less than what I listed, I didn’t actually measure mine). It should be slightly sticky, but you should be able to form balls of dough with it. If it is too sticky, add more cocoa powder and/or coconut. If it will not stick together, add more applesauce.
  3. Taste and add powdered sugar as desired (you may not need as much as I put in.
  4. Form in balls and roll in a bowl with powdered sugar. Put in refrigerator until firm (or sneak a few beforehand). 😉