Start the new year off right with a delicious low carb mug cake. It’s ridiculously easy and it’s peanut butter and chocolate. How can you go wrong?
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2015. Is it just me or do 2014 go by in a flash? Time moves faster year after year and I’m at that point where it’s all becoming one big blur. My husband and I were commenting on this a few months ago as we drove down to see his parents before we moved. We were trying to recall some of our other trips to Pennsylvania and what we did on those trips and we had trouble remembering the details. Whereas our children, whose brains are not yet full of 40 odd years of memories, were able to recall specific moments on each of those trips and distinguish all the trips from one another. They became increasingly frustrated with our inability to zero in on these moments as they could. “No, Mum, not THAT time…don’t you remember when we went down for Grandpa’s birthday and we did such and such?”. Sure, kid…vaguely. Now that you mention it, I have a fuzzy recollection of that. But mostly it’s all blended in with all the other times we came down to see Grandpa and Grandma. And it’s just easier if it stays that way!
Until a few years ago, I had no idea that there were “lucky foods” that people ate on New Year’s Day. As a kid I ate whatever my parents happened to serve and there were no traditional first-day-of-the-year foods in our house. I do remember some lovely brunches with quiche and croissants. And later on, I ate whatever foods my queasy stomach could handle after a night of celebrating and drinking too much. But black-eyed peas, cabbage and sauerkraut or pickled herring? No, these lucky foods never graced my New Year’s Day table. And apparently I never suffered much ill luck from not partaking. Mind you, perhaps I would have had even BETTER luck if I had consumed a pickled herring on New Year’s morn. Perhaps I missed my chance at fame and fortune. We will never know, will we?
You know what I think is lucky? Discovering the low carb diet and falling in love with creating recipes that seem indulgent but are actually healthy. That’s my kind of luck, right there. I also think peanut butter and chocolate are lucky, especially when they come together in one package. You’re lucky when you have the chance to eat peanut butter and chocolate together for breakfast without derailing your low carb, grain-free diet. You’re particularly lucky when said breakfast takes all of about 3 minutes to whip up, because then you can make some for the whole family before they are even awake. Doesn’t it feel great (and lucky) to be able to create a healthy breakfast treat that meets with everyone’s approval, all in the time it takes to make your morning coffee? Yep, that’s my definition of lucky.
So eat this peanut butter chocolate chip mug cake and revel in your luck. May 2015 bring you much lucky low carb goodness! To your health.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mug Cakes
Start the new year off right with a delicious low carb mug cake. It's ridiculously easy and it's peanut butter and chocolate. How can you go wrong?
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt peanut butter and butter together until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, and baking powder. Stir in the eggs, vanilla extract, melted peanut butter mixture and water until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Divide among 6 ramekins or mugs and microwave each for 1 minute, until puffed and set. Serve warm.
Serves 6. Each serving has 10.73 g of carbs and 4.2 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 6.53 g.
Food energy: 323kcal Saturated fatty acids: 9.22g Total fat: 27.59g Calories from fat: 248 Cholesterol: 82mg Carbohydrate: 10.73g Total dietary fiber: 4.20g Protein: 10.44g Sodium: 326mg