Then, I entered some of the recipes into a calorie calculator. One serving of any of a couple varieties of mug cake, it turns out, totals on the order of 800 calories. (Oof.) Worse, the bulk of the ingredients were low-nutrition or high-calorie (or both): processed flour, granulated sugar, oil, peanut butter, and so forth. I decided that there had to be a better way, and so I teamed up with my brother* to create a less-awful recipe.
I started with this recipe for Nutella mug cake and made some modifications to the ingredients, using
- 4 tablespoons raw oatmeal, blenderized until similar to flour
- 1 cup applesauce to replace most of the sugar and some of the oil
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons chocolate peanut butter**
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
|The eating is the best part.|
The texture came out well but I found the flavor lacking a bit: they were surprisingly bland. The peanut butter taste got lost under the chocolate taste, and it wasn't very sweet at all (kind of like dark chocolate, though, so this wasn't a huge problem). Ard's immediate solution involved slathering his with peanut butter, as his nutrition plan doesn't involve a reduction in calories. As my nutrition plan does involve a reduction in calories (at least until I reach a healthier weight), I think there should be a better way.
Ard and I brainstormed some solutions while we ate our cakes.
- Use sweeter mashed banana instead of less-sweet applesauce.
- Replace the rest of the oil with chocolate peanut butter.
- Add a little bit of extra salt, as the chocolate peanut butter apparently contains a sixth of the sodium of the non-chocolate variety of peanut butter we have.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for improvement?
*Ard had the very important job of eating the other mug cake, as I decided that instead of halving the recipe and needing to find weird measuring spoons, I'd just change the spec from "serves one" to "serves two".
**The first ingredient in Nutella (and its clones) is sugar. The chocolate peanut butter I picked has "peanuts" as its first ingredient and omits hydrogenated oil and high fructose corn syrup.