Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Mug Cake Perfection

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Protein Mug Cake BiteUpdate on 1/21/2014: Who would have guessed at the time that I threw together this mug cake, that it would be my most pinned and most viewed recipe to date. When I created it, I was just messing around  with ingredients and quickly snapped a pic before devouring the mug cake.

Had I known its popularity, I never would have settled for the ugly cake pic I originally posted. Since every mug cake with the word “perfection” in the title deserves a hunger inspiring picture, I made another mug cake last night and took a picture that does it better justice. No more ugly mug cake, just a delish version now in its place. 🙂

Time flies. As of today, I am exactly 12 weeks out from my contest. Actually in 12 weeks, I’ll probably be backstage this very minute waiting to go on for the night show. I can’t even imagine how quickly this time will go by and then it will all be over. Wow, I had better get off my backside and order my suit!

The past couple of weeks my weight loss has slowed a bit. I’m still losing body fat but a little less than the pound a week that I was dropping before. Since I’ve got just a couple more pounds to go before reaching show weight, I decided to drop my calories just a bit to speed things along.

I didn’t drop my calories by much at all. At least that’s what my brain tells me. My body however is shouting “What the?!… No! I’m not doing this. Put my food back.” This is the first week where I’ve hit a wall during my workouts and felt like I couldn’t go on. Thankfully I was able to push through, knowing that this is just temporary and not a true change of heart. Let me tell you, it’s not easy though.

I walked a very crowded mall with The Kid today, after my workout, when I was starving, smelling all the incredible waffle cones, cinnabuns, buttery pretzels, German nuts and more. Somehow I was able to only think evil things and not attack those around from behind with mall rage. Have you smelled those pretzels lately?! 😉

I did whip up one delicious treat today. I’m trying to get creative with my protein powder lately instead of just mixing my powder with oatmeal and calling it a day. This one was fantabulouso. So good that I immediately wished for another one or that it was tomorrow so I could be eating it again. I made this a chocolate peanut butter version.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Mug Cake Chocolate PB Protein Mug Cake

  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 3 Tbsp liquid egg whites OR 1 egg white
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used a casein/whey blend)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp PB2 or other powdered peanut butter

Mix all ingredients but the PB2 in a microwave safe mug. The batter will be slightly thicker than brownie batter, definitely not runny. Depending on your protein powder, you may need to add a bit more water than 2 Tbsp to get this consistency. Add a little at a time until the desired thickness.

Microwave for approximately 1 minute depending on the strength of your microwave. Keep an eye on it while it is cooking and add or subtract time as needed. My ancient microwave is weak so mine took 1 minute 45 seconds.

The cake will rise up over the top of the mug while cooking. You want to remove it when the top is mostly dry. After you take it out, the cake will fall slightly. Run a knife around the inside of the mug and flip the mug over onto a plate to remove the cake.

Mix the PB2 with just a little bit of water and spread over the top of the cake. Enjoy as slowly as you can manage. Makes one single heavenly serving at 308 calories – 37g protein, 27g carbs, and 8g fat.

You can use regular peanut butter if you prefer or leave the PB and PB2 out completely and enjoy a chocolate cake. I always use the Special Dark cocoa in my baking but regular unsweetened cocoa is a perfect substitute. Like my other recipe, I used vanilla Phase 8 protein powder because I love the taste of that stuff.

I need to try a vanilla version topped with blueberries. I hope tomorrow hurries up and gets here. Guess what I’m having for breakfast. 🙂

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