Christmas Recap and 1 Minute Micro Chocolate Cake Recipe
Christmas is my favourite holiday! I love being able to just spend the whole day with my family! It started off with a great morning, opening presents with just my mom and dad. Sadly, my younger sister had to work and my brother recently moved out of town for a new job. My older sis was doing Christmas morning with her family. So it was just me with the ‘rents! I feel like I was very spoiled! Forgive the poor photography that is to follow…I was using the iphone! My favourite gifts were:
Workout Clothes and a Running belt
Pretty Little Liars Season 1 on DVD
Angel by Thierry Mugler perfume (pictured here with my new Desert Essence conditioner-also love!)
Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible and a digital food scale
A window frost scraper with long pink glove attachment to keep my hand and arm warm!
I also got a very thoughtful gift from my mom- a pink binder full of the sheet music (piano/guitar/vocal) for all of my favourite songs! It has tons of music in it, and it meant a lot to me, because I know that she put a lot of love and thought into it!
I have been working on a recipe for Millet Porridge and I decided to make it on Christmas morning, but it was an epic failure! It tasted like warm Millet soup. A very thin soup. I’ll keep trying!
Later in the day, we went to my older sister’s place for Christmas dinner. I wanted to bring something along for an early afternoon snack, so I made these: (on the far right!)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites (raw, vegan, gluten free) with a creamy almond butter dip. Everyone really liked them!
The dinner that she prepared was an amazing feast, but given my limited diet, I started with the salad, some potatoes, and a pickle. I meant to bring a veggie burger pattie, (festive, I know!!) but I forgot it at home :s Luckily I remembered to bring a monstrous helping of kabocha squash, so I roasted that up and dipped it into a homemade chipotle sauce. I shared that as well! Not the most balanced meal, I will admit, but since I forgot the veggie burger, squash it was!
And then it was time for dessert! Everyone else could have the Christmas baking, but I didn’t know for sure if there would be any desserts there that I would be able to eat, so I had prepared my own little cake to bring. I offered to make enough for the entire family, but they declined, because there would already be a lot of tempting treats there for them! So I made my One Minute Microwave chocolate cake!
I wanted to put up a disclaimer about this recipe. I didn’t invent the concept of microwave cakes in mugs. It seems to be everywhere on blogs these days! And as you know, I do not feel comfortable taking credit for ideas that were not my own. (I have the Blogging with Integrity badge on the right sidebar!) This recipe is an amalgamation of a lot of those recipes. But I did make some tweaks so that this recipe is both gluten free and vegan.
I love the convenience of this recipe! And I also love that it is healthy as well as delicious! Here is how I made it:
1 Minute Micro Chocolate Cake:
1 1/2 T cocoa
3 T gluten free flour (I used Bob’s)
sweetener of choice, to taste (I use two packets of Truvia)
1/4 tsp baking powder
tiny pinch of salt
1 T canola oil
3 T non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious unsweetened Coconut Milk)
1/4 tsp GF vanilla
Optional: 1/2 Tbsp mini vegan chocolate chips (before cooking!), soy whipped topping, and/or chocolate sprinkles!
Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Add liquids, then mix all together. Spray a mug with non-stick spray or mist with an oil mister. Pour in batter, and microwave for 40-45 seconds. After removing from microwave, allow to sit in dish for a few minutes. Then remove by turning mug upside down….or eat right out of the mug. You can eat it as is, or add frosting to it. I like it with a little bit of peanut butter on top. But that’s just me!
*note on cooking time: times vary depending on microwaves. It may take you a couple of tries to get the right consistency from your microwave. Cooking times may be up to a minute…but the goal is to have a moist cake that isn’t gummy or overly spongey. So just keep in mind that the cooking time may vary!
That’s it for the Christmas recap! I hope that all of you had an amazing Christmas with your families! And now that Christmas is over, the countdown is on…..T minus 10.5 hours until my birthday!