Dark, damp, November days, its the most miserable time of the year. I came home the other evening frozen through, sodden, with a knee I could barley move and all I could think about was chocolate cake. Luckily/unluckily I didn’t have any in the house as it’s that time between the fun of Halloween/ fireworks night and Christmas. A hungry gap when I keep my cupboards free of feast foods.
Desperate for a chocolate fix, without the sugar, I turned to the internet for inspiration. My eye was quickly caught by a trend of recipes for ‘Microwave Mug Cakes’. Simple ingredients, quickly cooked, could this be too good to be true? After reading around and a quick test the answer is…. Microwave Mug Cakes believe the hype!
There are a lot of recipes already out there but there is no point swerving full chocolate cake only to have a mug full of sugar. So I’m hoping this post will help you find something that fills you full of chocolate flavour and oats without sugar, until Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year! Arrives.
Chocolate Oaty Microwave Mug Cake
3 heaped tablespoons of oat flour
Pinch of baking powder
1 heaped tablespoon of xylitol
2 tablespoons of cacao (or sugar-free cocoa powder)
One medium organic or free range egg
1 tablespoon of oat milk
Natural flavorings such as vanilla extract or orange juice
Nuts, or nut butter, and seeds
Fruit; slices of fresh fruit, frozen berries or dried fruit pieces.
Makes: One mug cake
Takes: Five mins
Take a big, deep mug, (the bigger the better as this will stop the mixture overflowing when it cooks) and add the flour, baking powder, xylitol and cacao.
Then add any additions. My two favourite ways to make this mug cake are; to add a spoonful of hazelnut butter in the middle of the mix or replace some of the milk with orange juice to get a chocolate orange taste to this dessert.
Crack the egg into the mug and mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
Place the mug into the microwave and set to cook for 2 mins.
After the first 1 1/2 watch the mug like a hawk as this is when it could overflow.
Once cooked carefully remove from the microwave and leave to rest for a few minutes. The cake will be piping hot so let it cool!
Don’t worry if your cake is wonky, hot spots in my microwave mean my pudding always rises more on one side. This feel good cake has more of a voice for radio than a face for Instagram!
Get a spoon, take a seat, put your feet up and tuck in.