Single Serving Chocolate Cake: high carb + low fat

It’s Friday night and you’re itching for some chocolate. Still slightly full from a tasty Thanksgiving dinner, you need a sweet treat that won’t throw you completely off track for days to come.

You are not alone. So many times, I’m hit with a crazy craving for something chocolatey, chewy, and delicious but have zero options in my apartment. Cookies and crackers are not in my apartment, so on the occasion that I want something in the baking realm, I get creative.

This recipe is the result of chocolate craving I had a few weekends ago. I hadn’t gone grocery shopping and had to make due with the things in my pantry (so all those fancy Pinterest recipes were not gonna work).

My goal was to create a single serving chocolate cake that was high in carbs but low in fat, without compromising texture/taste. And by the looks of that ooy gooey deliciousness? No compromises made.

chocolate mug cake

Why high carb?

Low fat/high carb makes it a great option for post workout. Our bodies need to replenish stores of glucose after we exercise, so high carb foods are best absorbed during this time.

High Carb High Protein Chocolate Cake

With this goal in mind, I turned to my pantry (aka tiny cabinet).

With nothing too special in the apartment, I set to work testing out different proportions.

chocolate microwave cake

A couple notes on ingredients (as always, don’t panic if you are missing something. Perfect is not a thing):

  • PB2: you could use some regular PB (or other powdered peanut butter) but that will increase your fat content. I also have made this without PB2, just doubled my cocoa powder amounts.
  • Protein powder: if you don’t want to add protein, double your flour/cocoa powder amounts. You will also have to adjust sweetness to taste.
  • Coconut oil: make this even lower in fat, by subbing in liquid egg whites. This may require you to add a bit more flour.
  • Stevia: use your choice of sweetener–this is just what I had!
  • Flour: coconut flour or whole wheat flour would also work well.

My goal was to create a single serving chocolate cake that was high in carbs but low in fat, without compromising texture/taste. And by the looks of that ooy gooey deliciousness? No compromises made on this single serving chocolate mug cake.

The finished product turned out pretty dang tasty and has less than 200 calories.

halfway cooked high carb chocolate mug cake

So, the next time you’re looking for a relatively healthy treat, try out this single serving cake and let me know what you think!

What’s your go-to sweet treat?

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