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Bryanna Clark Grogan

Bryanna Clark Grogan

Posted August 23, 2010

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5-MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE-- VEGAN, ALMOST NO-FAT, WHOLE GRAIN (IF YOU WANT IT TO BE!), W/ GLUTEN-FREE VARIATION

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UPDATE, Aug. 26, 2010: Well, last night I tried steaming the mugs as an alternative to using a microwave-- it was a flop, I'm afraid!  For one thing, it ended up taking 18 minutes steaming time, which kind of defeats the whole exercise of a 5-minute cake!  But, perhaps more importantly, it didn't rise and get fluffy like the original.  It was, as the British say, "stodge"-- yuck!  Sorry, no solution there. 
I thought about pressure cooking, but it might be more trouble than it's worth, with the getting up to pressure, cooling down, etc.  Anyway, I'm "between" pressure cookers at the moment, so I can't try it.  If anyone does try it, and succeeds, please let us know!
(BTW, for anyone who is wary of microwave ovens, I have compiled some info in a Google doc: Read here.)

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My youngest daughter, Justine, gave me a challenge yesterday.  Devise a Weight Watcher-friendly, preferably vegan, 5-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake.  I vaguely remembered hearing about this cake before, but hadn't looked into it.  So, I set about meeting her challenge.  I looked up various recipes and comments  on the recipes, first of all.  Then I set to work.  I wanted it to be vegan, of course, no-fat (except for a very few chocolate chips), and whole grain, but also nicely chocolate-y and slightly gooey.

We tried 2 of my versions last night-- one was too dry, so we didn't eat it!  I was pretty happy with the other version, though.  I ultimately made it in smaller servings than the original cake-- the larger size was too big for a healthy snack. To refine the recipe, I made the ultimate sacrifice and had the final version for breakfast this morning! I must say, I'm happy with it!  I hope you like it, too!

You can make it with my high-fiber, gluten-free flour mix, too.

(Worried about using a microwave oven?  Read here.)

Printable Recipe


BRYANNA'S VEGAN, ALMOST NO-FAT, 5-MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE (WHOLE GRAIN IF YOU WANT IT TO BE!) (GLUTEN-FREE VARIATION)
Yield: 1 or 2 servings

Quick, 3 WW points, gooey and satisfying! The ultimate quick chocolate hit (well, maybe second to Drinking Chocolate!). The chocolate chips sink to the bottom and make an "icing" on the bottom that you can scoop up with each bite of cake! (BTW, I tried removing the cake from the mug to a plate, but it doesn't look very attractive and dirties another dish, so better to eat it right out of the mug!) See Variations below for Gluten-Free version.

FOR 2 SERVINGS (see Variations below for 1 serving)
Wet Mix:  
2 1/2 Tbs    water or strong coffee    
2 Tbs    thick, smooth unsweetened applesauce  
3 1/2 Tbs    packed brown sugar (brown sugar deepens the chocolate taste)
1/2 tsp    lemon juice or cider vinegar  
1/4 tsp    pure vanilla extract  
Dry Mix:  
3 Tbs    whole wheat pastry flour (you can use white pastry flour, if you insist!)
1 Tbs    barley flour or oat flour
2 Tbs    
organic unsweetened cocoa powder  
scant 1/4 teaspoon    (more like 1/5 teaspoon!) baking soda  
1 pinch    salt  
Additional:  
1 tablespoon    organic, vegan, semisweet chocolate chips  

Lightly spray two 1-cup mugs (such as cappuccino mugs), or 1-cup ramekins with oil from a pump sprayer.

In a small bowl mix together the Wet Mix ingredients well with a whisk.

In a smaller bowl, whisk together (with a dry whisk) the Dry Mix ingredients.


The ramekins in this picture are the right size to use for microwaving the cakes if you have no suitable mugs, BTW.
Pour the Dry Mix into the Wet Mix and whisk together well. Divide the batter evenly between the 2 prepared mugs. Sprinkle1/2 tablespoon chocolate chips over the batter.

Microwave at High power for 1 minute, 10 seconds(Note: My microwave is 1200 watts--if yours is less, you may need a few seconds more.)  



Cool on a rack for at least 5 minutes.  Eat right out of the mug or ramekin!

TIPS:
1.) If you have no leftover coffee, you can add 1 /2 teaspoon coffee or espresso powder to the water.
2.) Freeze canned or homemade applesauce in ice cube trays and pop the cubes into zipper-lock bags-- each one is 2 tablespoons!
3.) For oat flour, just whiz rolled oats or quick oats in a DRY blender.

VARIATIONS:
FOR GLUTEN-FREE:  For 1 serving: Substitute 2 tablespoons Bryanna's Gluten-Free High-Fiber Flour Mix for the pastry flour and the oat or barley flour.  For 2 servings: Substitute 1/4 cup Bryanna's Gluten-Free High-Fiber Flour Mix for the pastry flour and the oat or barley flour.

FOR 1 SERVING:

1 1/4 Tbs  water or strong coffee  

1 Tbs thick, smooth unsweetened applesauce
1 3/4 Tbs    packed brown sugar (brown sugar deepens the chocolate taste)
1/4 tsp    lemon juice or cider vinegar  
1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract  
Dry Mix:  
1 1/2 Tbs    whole wheat pastry flour (you can use white pastry flour, if you insist!)
1/2 Tbs   
barley flour or oat flour
1 Tbs organic unsweetened cocoa powder  
scant 1/8 teaspoon baking soda  
1 small pinch  salt  
Additional:  
1/2 tablespoon    organic, vegan, semisweet chocolate chips  

The directions in the main recipe above are for 2 servings-- 
For 1 serving, you can mix the Wet Mix right in the mug or ramekin that you are going to microwave the cake in! Microwave 1 serving for only 40-50 seconds.
 Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 190.7 calories; 9% calories from fat; 2.6g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 310.9mg sodium; 239.2mg potassium; 43.2g carbohydrates; 4.1g fiber; 23.4g sugar; 39.1g net carbs; 3.3g protein; 3.2 points.
Enjoy!

 

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010

 

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Wow, Bryanna! This fast-as-lightning cake was so rich and delicious, I just had to rave about it on my blog! You can read it here: http://bit.ly/94XEpX

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Thanks, Gail! Your post was great!, and I enjoyed a bunch of your other posts! (I haven't been blog-surfing for a while!) Your info on new products is wonderful! I'm so glad you enjoyed the cake, too!

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