Mug Cake- Come and Get it!

Clean, Mug Cake


  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 4 packets splenda
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter optional


  • Mix all together well.
  • Microwave for three minutes.
  • Top with peanut butter if you wish.
  • Enjoy.

Let me just tell y’all. I have a sweet tooth that can be very mighty. I have struggled to resist sweets my entire life. So, you might wonder how I have managed to get a hold of that sweet tooth as I have embraced clean eating? (…since white sugar, found in all of my favorite desserts, is on the no-fly list of clean eating.) If I am real honest, it hasn’t always been easy.

I am a member of several groups on Facebook that are designed to help and support me on my clean eating journey. And there has been talk about this thing called a “mug cake” almost from the start of me joining these groups. And I just didn’t think that could be good. So, I just didn’t go there.

But. Almost a year later, there came the day that I was ready to go there. And people. I was a fool for not getting there sooner! Seriously.

The recipe that I came to was as follows: 1 banana, 1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter. You mix all that together and microwave it in a mug for 3 minutes.

Getting Ready to Mix

I made it just like the recipe said… and well, it wasn’t sweet enough. I mean, we’re talking about supposed cake here. So, I did some tweaking (or twerking if you prefer) and got it just right! I tried using powdered peanut butter instead of traditional peanut butter (didn’t really change the outcome). So, then I went ahead and got out the Splenda.

You may not agree with the use of Splenda- you may not feel like the mug cake needs any twerking- but, to both Bub and I totally agree- the Splenda was the ticket! This is ultimately what I did- I omitted the peanut butter and honey and added 4 packets of Splenda. I omitted the peanut butter for two reasons. The first is that Bub is not the biggest peanut butter fan and second, I use about a tablespoon of it as my icing. Win-Win!

Mug Cake Eat it up!

Mug Cake- Come and Get it!
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 4 packets of Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter, optional
  1. Mix all together really well.
  2. Microwave for 3 minutes.
  3. Top with peanut butter if you wish and enjoy.

Do you have any recipes in your repertoire that took you over a year to try?!


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  1. Hey Coralie! Leigh’s aunt jane here. I too have trouble with the white sugar. Want some…need some…everyday. I can usually hold out till 8 pm…but then, gotta have some!
    Can’t wait to try this. (w/o Splenda first)
    So, I meant to ask you this about “clean” eating. The lasagna recepie sounded so good! I guess I don’t understand “clean” cause I wondered why sausage was ok but ground beef wasn’t?? Just interested! Love the blog!

    • Aunt Jane, I know who you are! And I also know you are a very faithful reader of our blog. I totally appreciate that! Please be sure to report back what you think about the mug cake and if you have any suggestions for variations. (side note, have you checked out dark chocolate almond milk? chocolate almond milk + peanut butter + 2-3 ice cubes all together in a blender= delicious!)

      I think my recipe for clean lasagna was confusing. The clean definition that I labor under is no white sugar, no white flour and nothing processed. So, with that definition, the sausage was clean and I was toeing the line with the fake meat as far as the nothing processed rule- b/c how do you make fake meat? Bub and I normally eat 93/7 ground beef but what I really like about the Morningstar Farms Crumbles is that they are for all practical purposes- pretty healthy. Compared to 93/7 ground beef, it has less calories, less fat and NO cholesterol- and it’s plant based to boot.(here is a link to the nutrition label: (click there and then click nutrition facts). So- because of all that, I am down with them. I hope this answered your question.

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