Sweet Life: Mug Cakes and Granola Bars

I spent this weekend relaxing, eating to my heart’s content, gymming, cleaning up and meal prepping for the week. It was a pretty busy weekend but I tried to enjoy it as much as possible. One of the highlights of the weekend had to be the cute little mug cakes I made for myself and the hubby. The recipe was adapted from ‘Feasting on Fruit‘ and only takes about a minute of preparation and 1.5 minutes of baking (microwaving).

I love mug cakes because they are the perfect size to satisfy a sweet craving, which I tend to get often. See Natalie’s recipe for these Banana Coconut Cupcakes to find our exactly how to make the real stuff. Now I changed a few things around a bit:

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Banana Coconut Cupcakes (Mug Cakes) from ‘Feasting on Fruit

This recipe right here would make a single serving.

Ingredients:

  1.   0.25 mashed ripe banana
  2.   0.25 cup  oat flour
  3.   1 tsp maple syrup
  4.   1/8 tsp liquid stevia
  5.   1 Tbsp shredded coconut
  6.   Few drops of vanilla essence
  7.   1/2 tsp baking powder
  8.   2 Tbsp chocolate PB2
  9.   Toppings: blueberries and shredded coconut

Super simple execution: mash the banana in the mug until it becomes a runny mixture. Add in ingredients 2-7. Bake in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes, top with PB2 (mix with water to create ‘butter’), blueberries and coconut. Devour.

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I will definitely be making this yummy treat again and wanted to share it on here to mix things up a bit. Also how cute do they look in these little tea cups?

Alright, moving on to dessert #2…

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Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These, much like the mug cakes, took a minuscule amount of prep time. This treat does require honey, which technically makes them non-vegan, although this continues to be debated. Either way, life is too short and sometimes honey just makes everything better. There are two types of bars in here made in much the same way, with a bunch of different nuts and mix-ins.

Honey-Peanut Muesli Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  1.   1 cup of of store-bought muesli (contains seeds, nuts, raisins, sultanas, bananas)
  2.   1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
  3.   3/4 cup peanut butter
  4.   1/2 cup of honey
  5.   1/2 Tsp vanilla essence
  6.   2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  7.   2 Tbsp shredded coconut
  8.   1/8 Tsp salt

Preparation: Mix all dry ingredients together in a big bowl. In a saucepan warm up the peanut butter, vanilla and honey until smooth and runny. Pour the mix over the dry ingredients and mix in well. I recommend using hands to make sure everything is coated and sticky. Pour the mix into an aluminum lined pan and pat down firmly. Freeze for 20 minutes then cut up in to rectangles.

Hazelnut-Chocolate Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  1.   1.5 cup of rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
  2.  3/4 cup peanut butter
  3.  1/2 cup of honey
  4.   1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts
  5.   1/4 cup dark chocolate chips + Extra
  6.   2 Tbsp shredded coconut
  7.   1/8 Tsp salt

Preparation: Mix all dry ingredients together in a big bowl. In a saucepan warm up the peanut butter and honey until smooth and runny. Pour the mix over the dry ingredients and mix in well. I recommend using hands to make sure everything is coated and sticky. Fold in a few more chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into an aluminum lined pan and pat down firmly. Freeze for 20 minutes then cut up in to rectangles.

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