Hungry Girl: Sweet (Guilt-Free!) Treats for You & Your Sweetie
Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.
Who doesn’t want to do something special for their significant other on Valentine’s Day? It doesn’t have to be huge or expensive — just a little something that shows you care. Well, skip the jewelry and forget the flowers, because all you need is CHOCOLATE!
Chocolate cakes cooked in mugs are just the dessert to cap off a date night. They’re terrific because a) they’re super fast to prepare, and b) you’re not stuck with a bunch of leftovers. (What’s more tempting than waking up to leftover cake?!) Make a dynamic duo of chocolate cakes, perfectly portioned and ready in minutes. The fact that these babies are low in calories is just an added bonus to how delicious they are. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!
Hungry Girl’s Chocolate Cake Mugs for Two
Makes 2 servings
6 tbsp. moist-style devil’s food cake mix
2 tbsp. egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
2 tbsp. light sour cream
¼ tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
2 tbsp. powdered sugar (not packed)
1 tsp. light vanilla soymilk, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or fat-free milk
1. Spray two microwave-safe mugs with nonstick spray. Evenly divide the following ingredients between them: cake mix, egg whites/substitute, sour cream, and baking powder. Add 2 tbsp. water to each mug, and mix until uniform. Stir 1/2 tsp. chocolate chips into each mug.
2. Microwave one mug for 1 minute and 45 seconds, or until set. Repeat with the second mug.
3. While the second mug cooks, immediately run a knife along the edges to help separate the first cake from its mug. Firmly place a plate over the mug, and flip so that the plate is on the bottom. Gently shake mug to release cake onto the plate. Once cooked, repeat with the second mug.
4. Let cool completely, about 15 minutes.
5. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar with milk, and stir until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cakes, and top each with 1/2 tsp. of the remaining chocolate chips. Serve with two forks!
Nutrition Information: 1/2 of recipe (1 mug): 199 calories, 4.5g fat, 366mg sodium, 36g carbs, 1g fiber, 24.5g sugars, 4g protein
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