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[High Protein] Tart Cherry Nutty Mug Cake

A quick and easy mug cake recipe perfect for breakfast or anytime you need a high protein snack.

A quick and easy mug cake recipe perfect for breakfast or anytime you need a high protein snack.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, this month's Recipe ReDux seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull out some of those treasured kitchen items many of us have received from our moms and grandmoms. My Kitchen Aid mixer is aging now, having been given to me by mom before our wedding more than 15 years ago. It's turned out some wonderful baked goods along the way. I hope it (and my marriage of course) get lots more 15 year chunks of time!

Today's post, though, is featuring an unsuspecting piece of "equipment" that I rescued from my Mawmaw Ween's house after she passed away. I would never speak ill of the dead, but those who knew my grandmother well know that the amount of "equipment" left in her kitchen (and house) after she died amounted to enough to let every ReDux member and their children and their children's children have a treasured piece of equipment... and then another piece to share with their five best friends. Mawmaw had a problem with "stuff"... but I loved her dearly then and now. As I'm sure all of you who've lost a loved one do, I think of her often and wish I had just one more day in the kitchen with her. 

But I don't. So, I keep the memories I do have close at heart, especially when I'm cooking recipes I think she would've liked. Mawmaw was a lot of things (mostly all wonderful things if you ask me) -- among them, she was frugal and obsessed with health and nutrition. Being able to make a healthy dessert for one like the mug cake I'm sharing today would suit Mawmaw just fine. In fact, I remember her teaching me that if you were baking something new and wanted to test its flavor before baking the whole thing, you could essentially do just this -- place the batter in a mug and microwave it. This was literally decades before food bloggers and Pinterest exploded on the scene with mug cakes... Mawmaw was, as always, ahead of her time. 

I have a lot of equipment from her kitchen... a box full to be exact. Some of it I remember from my time down at her house. Other items, I think she "collected" in later years (She was a thrift store junkie.) But there are plenty of items I recall from my earliest memories in her kitchen. 

And it's the little Corelle cups you see below there that I ultimately decided had to be the base for today's post. Mawmaw was never a coffee drinker that I recall, but my grandad was. And these little cups hung on a coffee mug tree by the coffee pot that sat on his side of the kitchen table. I don't recall ever being down there that they weren't there. (Mawmaw was also devoted to my grandad and whatever he wanted in the kitchen. She was the original "from scratch, three meals a day" cook). The cups were nothing fancy. Just practical and reliable. Very much like how I remember Mawmaw herself. 

A quick and easy mug cake recipe perfect for breakfast or anytime you need a high protein snack.

A quick and easy mug cake recipe perfect for breakfast or anytime you need a high protein snack.

A quick and easy mug cake recipe perfect for breakfast or anytime you need a high protein snack.

Be sure to visit all the other Recipe ReDux posts from today in this gallery --> An InLinkz Link-up


A quick and easy mug cake recipe perfect for breakfast or anytime you need a high protein snack.


A quick and easy mug cake recipe perfect for breakfast or anytime you need a high protein snack.

A quick and easy mug cake recipe perfect for breakfast or anytime you need a high protein snack.


A quick and easy mug cake recipe perfect for breakfast or anytime you need a high protein snack.

Check out this quick and easy Tart Cherry mug cake recipe - perfect for breakfast or a high protein snack
A quick and easy mug cake recipe perfect for breakfast or anytime you need a high protein snack.

High Protein Tart Cherry Nutty Mug Cake

Yield

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter (I used PB2)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla whey protein powdered
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of grated orange zest
  • 5 frozen tart cherries
  • Garnish: whipped cream, Greek-style yogurt or ice cream

Directions

  1. Combine powdered peanut butter and next 6 ingredients (through orange zest) in a small bowl; spoon into a microwave safe mug coated with cooking spray. Nestle tart cherries into batter.
  2. Microwave on HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until set. Top with whipped cream, yogurt or ice cream, as desired. 

 

Click for nutritional information
Calories 285
Carbohydrates 28g
Fiber 4g
Sugar 21g
Fat 13g
Protein 21g
Sodium 321mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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