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Mug Cake

3 Tablespoons oatmeal
2 Tablespoons protein powder of choice
1 Tablespoon sweetener
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 Teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon protein pow(d)er blend
1 Tablespoon chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 Cup almond milk
1 Tablespoon PB (for the drizzlin’)
More chocolate chips (because)

It makes me 1,000% crazy when I’m looking up a recipe and have to read the entire life story of a person just to get to the recipe at the bottom of the page. And now people have started putting links at the top that jump down to the recipe? What is this madness?! If you know it’s so annoying that you have to put a link, JUST PUT THE RECIPE AT THE TOP.

Well I feel better getting that rant off my chest.

Mix it all together in a mug, and microwave it for 90 seconds.

Seriously. It’s that simple.

In the spirit of every food blog, ever, I will now go into great length about the ingredients, where to find them, why to use them, how they help you….not really. But I will wander down several rabbit trails.

I use quick cooking oats because I’m lazy, you could probably grind oats in your blender or coffee grinder and have a nicer consistency of a cake but I like a little texture.

Lately we’ve been using Orgain protein powder, we buy it at Costco or Sam’s Club. It’s not my most favorite but it’s reasonably priced and the ingredients are fine. I’ve also used Shakeology, love the stuff, too expensive for me. I’m in the market for a new protein powder so if you’ve got one you recommend, drop me a comment below. Been hearing big things about the brand Momentous, haven’t tried it though.

Sweetener of choice, frankly I use erythritol because it’s in my pantry. You can use cane sugar, coconut sugar, stevia, I really don’t think it matters.

Protein pow(d)er blend is my proprietary protein blend, just kidding, it’s hemp, chia, and flax all ground up. Check out this link here if you want to see the original post.

The chocolate chips are optional, but we need to have a serious talk if you don’t include them.

I’ve started buying Silk Almond Milk. I know, I know, name brand? What’s wrong with me? Well, for almost everything else I use Aldi brand almond milk because it’s affordable and low sugar. But I recently discovered that Silk has an almond, cashew, pea protein blend that’s really creamy and has way more protein than regular almond milk. I am all about that protein.

Another way to get some extra protein is through Vital Protein Collagen Peptides. I will pour a scoop of this into my oatmeal, coffee, baked goods, you get the idea.

Don’t get me started on peanut butter. When I was first married, Hubs did most of the shopping, and he always bought Skippy Natural Super Chunk PB. After we had kids I took over the shopping role and one day I brought home Jif chunky. He would not eat it, I’m not kidding, he turned up his nose in disdain. He then went out, bought the super chunk (which in our area is ONLY sold at Target) and made me do a side by side taste test. Okay. He’s not wrong. Crazy, but not wrong. The Skippy Natural Super Chunk was way yummier than Jif. Since that day we have never NOT had a jar or five in the house. In fact, when we were listing our house in NoVA and the kids and I had to live out of my van (you know what it’s like listing a house with kids, you have to keep it pristine for showings, then at the drop of a hat you vacate and it has to look like 3 tiny balls of inertia don’t actually spend their days careening off walls and furniture. Pro tip, I kept empty laundry baskets stacked by the front door and when the call for a showing came in I would run through the house and scoop every random item off the floor into a laundry basket and stash it in the back of the van. If you don’t have a van, shame on you)

ANYWAY. I digress.

During those days I kept a jar of Skippy Natural Super Chunk (yes I am going to keep typing the full name out every time because that’s how strongly we feel about this PB) in my car with a bunch of plastic spoons. Many a meal was spent with the four of us sitting on a park bench eating spoons of peanut butter.

That being said, I suspect a lot of readers eat organic, all natural, the really healthy stuff with the oil on top you have to stir for like 40 years before you can enjoy it? I will occasionally dabble in that. But I can’t open a jar of that stuff without flashing back to eight year old me with my ten year old brother and our first experience with the stir it up peanut butter. I guess mom must have bought it for some reason and we were making sandwiches and peeled off the foil (they didn’t use to put foil on PB back in those days so that was our first clue something was amiss) and saw this layer of water?

“This is weird. Why is it wet?”

“I don’t think it’s supposed to be there. Is this peanut butter? How old is this stuff?”

We ended up dumping out the “weird stuff” into the sink and then trying to make our sandwiches. It was like spreading sand on our bread and probably tasted like it too.

Okay, get the Skippy Natural Super Chunk peanut butter and put it on your mug cake. You won’t regret it. Then put MORE chocolate chips on top because we gotta live a little.

And enjoy.

I may or may not have eaten one just before writing this.

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