Friday, August 1

MAKE | Paleo Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spiced Mug Cake

I remember reading somewhere advice from a holistic nutritionist to one of his patients who was battling some severe junk food cravings. So bad, that the person was having a hard time sticking with their healthy program. And the nutritionist said, "You can have all the junk food you want, if you make it yourself." It suck with me because obviously anything you make yourself is going to be less junky than what you would pick up at a fast food restaurant or even the grocery store and it got me thinking... "Would I be willing to actually be willing to make my junk foods from scratch?" It's a lot harder to go in the kitchen and whip up some ice cream from scratch than it is to run through the Chick Fil A drive through. What about french fries? Am I going to bust out a fryer every time I have a craving? The answer is no. I'm not willing to. So I must not really want it that bad. 

Last night though I wanted something sweet and chocolatey. After perusing pinterest I was craving cake like crazy (does this happen to anyone else?!) but I knew that cake is not really paleo friendly so I got to thinking... could I adapt a MUG CAKE recipe to be paleo friendly and somewhat healthy? 


I found a few mug cake recipes I liked and decided to play off a really simple one that used a flour, an egg, some cocoa, a sweetener, and some flavorings. Brilliant. Off to the pantry I went and two attempts later, this gorgeous creation of heavenly chocolate divinity appeared. It's so easy you're going to be shocked you haven't been making mug cakes all your life. Mug cakes are basically a small single-serving of cake baked right in a mug in your microwave. Here's what you'll need...

➳ 1.5 TBS Almond meal/almond flour
➳ 1 (heaping) TBS High Quality Cocoa Powder
➳ 10 drops Liquid Stevia (or you could use honey or coconut sugar to taste)
➳ 1 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
➳ 1 egg (the best quality you can find because that's what you should be doing with your eggs anyway)
➳ 1 TBS almond milk
➳ 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (aka cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)

Optional: To "ice" your cake I suggest Justin's Hazelnut Chocolate butter (think "nutella") and a sprinkle of coconut flakes.

Comibe all ingredients in a mug. Whip together with a fork till combined well (about 30 seconds). Microwave for 1.5-2 minutes till all the liquid is gone. Top immediately with your toppings so they melt a bit into the cake and enjoy warm!

You can also make a few extra servings of the dry ingredients and put them in little baggies for quick access "cake mix" later! Cheat clean my friends!

On the 21 Day Fix plan this cake roughly equivalents to 1/2 Red, 1 Yellow, 2 Blue (if you use the hazelnut spread), 1 Orange (if you top with coconut). Curious about the 21 Day Fix? You can read up on how I use it to stay balanced and healthy while eating Paleo here! I'm leading an August online fitness challenge for anyone wanting to try the 21 Day Fix and I'll be offering all kinds of tips about how to make it work for you if you are going to try it Paleo. Email me if you want to join!
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