Before we lived together, I hardly ever made healthy chocolate peanut butter mug cakes just because. Hardly ever. I did, OK, make these seriously hideous but painfully delicious mug cakes of yore (when they were called, um… microwave cakes? Obvs before food blogging was a real “thing” and Pinterest made everything cute), but they were a rarity. The irony being that then my metabolism would’ve allowed the frequent making of mug cakes, and I’ve just wasted my life basically. Pretty much.
So I blame this cake on O, but I also take full credit for it. It’s tender and rich, quick and easy, full of flavor and the perfect portion size. Those melty chocolate chips! Those heady swashes of peanut butter! That mug! You microwaved it! It took literally 5 minutes! You are the best. You are a queen.
And OK, so the title might be misnomer, like.. it’s not as healthy as kale powder sprinkled over a bowl of raw beets, but there’s no refined flours or sugars and.. haven’t you heard? Eating peanut butter when you’re prego or nursing (pretty sure..) is good for preventing nut allergies with the babes! In that instance, it’s basically health food, and you should eat this for three meals a day.*
I’m a big believer that butter is awesome–I mean, everyone knows butter tastes awesome, but I gravitate towards the philosophy that organic butter, preferably grassfed, is indeed good for you. Should it be your primary food source? Probably not. Does it provide healthy fats? I certainly think so. 👍, butter! That being said, if you’re vegan, I really have no idea if coconut oil would work here. Probably! It really probably would. I just might make one or five tonight to make sure.. But it’s not really a question of melting point here, so I’d figure they’re fairly interchangeable. Non-dairy milk? Absolutely! An easy swap.
I really think you should make this.. and if you do, post it to Instagram with the hashtag #40aprons so I can see it and make this face 😛 and ornament my glee with lots of 🍰🍪🍩🍬🍦🎂 to further express myself.
- 1½ tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips or ½ ounce square dark chocolate
- ½ tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- Place butter in the microwave and nuke until melted, about 20-30 seconds.
- Add the milk, sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Stir with fork until well-combined but don't overmix.
- Plop the peanut butter right down in the center of the batter and cover with chocolate chips or chocolate square. Press gently into batter.
- Microwave 45-60 seconds, depending on your microwave. You don't really want to over-nuke it, otherwise it dries out a bit, so start with 45 seconds and if you're still super wobbly, add 15 seconds on.
Recipe based on this one from Something Swanky.
*Please don’t eat this for three meals a day!