Hello hello blog friends! I don't know about yall, but I need a holiday to recover from the holiday. We really let the diet completely go this past week and are ready to kick it back into gear! I have such a hard time keeping up my diet/regular exercise when we are traveling or indulging in a holiday, so this week is all about getting back into a routine.
So, even though it's time to start eating a little healthier, that doesn't mean my sweet tooth isn't still the size of Africa. Since I had some pumpkin and whipped cream laying around after Thanksgiving, I decided to create a skinny version of a dessert we all know and love. Enter: skinny pumpkin mug cake!
If you've never made a mug cake before in the microwave, let's go over why that needs to change right. this. minute.
1. It's easy
2. It requires no dishes other than a mug
3. It takes minutes with no clean-up afterward
4. It's a single serving, so it's great for portion control
Now that we've gone over the pros, here's an added benefit specific to just this mug cake: It's lower in calories because it's made with SPLENDA® Sugar Blend. Even in a small, mug-sized serving, it's shocking how many calories can come from all of the added sugar. SPLENDA® Sugar Blend will really save you calories and is the reason this recipe is a "skinny" one!
The ingredient list is simple, and you probably already have most of them on hand. A quick trip to Walmart took care of what items I didn't already have. Here's the skinny on what you need (see what I did there?):
4 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp SPLENDA® Sugar Blend
2 Tbsp canned pumpkin puree
2 1/2 Tbsp fat-free milk
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1. Place all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug and whisk together until batter is smooth.
2. Microwave for about 1 minute, or until cake is finished. You will know it is ready when the top of the cake is dry. Let cool for a few minutes, top with a dollop of whipped cream (optional), and eat!
One thing I really liked about this mug cake is that it doesn't taste overly sweet, thanks to the SPLENDA® Sugar Blend. I added a little whipped cream to mine, which melted into a delicious glaze over the cake. Did I mention this little treat is only 150 calories?
Have you ever made a mug cake?