Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake in a Mug

Peanut butter and chocolate, is there a better combination? When you add chocolate to peanut butter cake in a mug, you get a sweet snack in about 6 minutes.

What’s so special about this chocolate peanut butter cake in a mug?

This is not your ordinary cake in a mug that uses three tablespoons of sugar and an egg. I put my curiosity hat on and wondered if I could make it eggless and replace the sugar with a ripe banana.

Do you put egg in mug cake?

Not only did I want to replace the egg and sugar, it got me thinking about more alternative replacements.

How about an avocado to replace oil or butter? And honey as well as a banana to replace sugar.

What turned out was a healthier alternative when craving something sweet. And a yummy way to use ripe bananas quickly.

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Now you might be wondering, what is a mug cake?

It’s a single serving cake made in a mug. It gives you a wonderful portion size, so there is no overeating in one sitting. You can eat this chocolate peanut butter cake in a mug and know you made a healthier dessert than several other choices available to you.

One of my mottos,

If the answer is yes, then I know I really want it.

What’s so nice about this mug cake recipe is that it only takes a few minutes to make.

Can you bake a cake in a ceramic mug?

This recipe uses the microwave. The best tip would be to make sure that whatever mug you use it is microwave safe. Even if the mug says microwave safe, I proceed with caution.

Many mugs get very hot to the touch in the microwave, and you don’t want to burn yourself. Most times I will let it rest a bit in the microwave before I attempt to take it out. And I will often use a pot holder to take something out of the microwave, as a just-in-case precaution.

Is a mug cake recipe good for kids?

This is a recipe that your older kids can make as an afternoon snack. My kids have a lot of fun making a variety of mug cakes. I have several recipes to share with you throughout the coming seasons.

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake in a Mug

In a few short minutes you can be eating a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional chocolatey sweets.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Cooling time1 min
Total Time7 mins
Servings: 1
Calories: 500
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana very ripe, mashed
  • avocado one slice, mashed
  • 1 tbsp honey * see note
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter, no added sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk or plant based milk of choice
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a bowl mix together banana, avocado, honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract and milk.
  • Stir in baking powder, cocoa, flour and chocolate chips.
  • Grease a mug with cooking spray.
  • Microwave for 3 minutes, checking halfway through
  • Let sit to cool a bit before enjoying.

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Notes

*Honey - feel free to vary this amount, depending on your taste buds you may want less than 1 tablespoon

Hand Size Portions

Nutrition Facts
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake in a Mug
Amount per Serving
Calories
500
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
4
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
303
mg
13
%
Potassium
 
847
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
82
g
27
%
Fiber
 
10
g
42
%
Sugar
 
44
g
49
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Vitamin A
 
170
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
13
mg
16
%
Calcium
 
188
mg
19
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hand Portions

Some handy advice:  You can use your hands to practice calorie control without weighing and measuring.

Using hand position size is an alternative way to decide how much to eat visually. It gives you a way to quickly estimate what's on your plate, using the size of your hand as an alternative to counting macros (which generally has you weighing and reading nutrition labels to count protein, carbohydrates, and fat).

To learn more, read How to Get Started with Hand Portion Sizes.

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