My mom was dismissed from the hospital today, thankfully. As I sat with her there the past few days, we talked about many things, including the intention to be as healthy as possible. I’m going to walk alongside my mom to help her create some healthy changes, especially in her diet. This has been my journey recently as well.
I know how important it is to limit inflammation in my body. And one of the best ways I can do that is by eliminating sugar from my diet. Sugar is not my friend. It is toxic to me. I’ve been doing well drinking celery juice, and prepping ahead lunches and dinners based on whole foods. And yet I enjoy a treat now and then.
Tonight I was excited to try a healthier version of cake in a mug. These quick and easy treats are cooked in a mug in the microwave. I found a great recipe to try on Pinterest and I had the ingredients on hand.
(Makes 2 mug cakes)
1 overripe banana
1/4 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1 large egg
2 teaspoons organic honey or agave nectar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1⁄4 cup chopped nuts or dried fruit.
Mash the banana in a small bowl with a fork. Add the nut butter and egg and mix thoroughly. Stir in the sugar and cocoa and stir until smooth. Fold in the add-ins. Divide the batter between two mugs. Don’t fill the mugs more than half full. Microwave separately for 1.5 to 2.5 minutes each until risen and firm.
The cocoa banana treat turned out great even though I used too large of a mug. A regular sized mug would be perfect. Rich with a cake-like texture, the dessert had a dark chocolate taste that wasn’t too sweet. The single serving was just right. This will be a warm and wonderful occasional treat to have with tea.
I love when I do something good for myself that impacts me in a healthy way. I much prefer the feeling of satisfaction over feeling guilt for a poor food choice. This evening’s experience was fun and tasty. I’ll be searching for more healthy dessert in a mug options.