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What if you could have a personal sized chocolate cake (ie no sharing) that is not only healthy but also takes all of, oh, one minute to cook? You'd think it was a joke. Well, I'm not joking. Five ingredients, one minute, mainly from your cupboard and ta-da, chocolate cake. And did I mention healthy?

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What if you could have a personal sized chocolate cake (ie no sharing) that is not only healthy but also takes all of, oh, one minute to cook? You’d think it was a joke. Well, I’m not joking. Five ingredients, one minute, mainly from your cupboard and ta-da, chocolate cake. And did I mention healthy? And nope, no bananas. Or tofu. πŸ™‚

What if you could have a personal sized chocolate cake (ie no sharing) that is not only healthy but also takes all of, oh, one minute to cook? You'd think it was a joke. Well, I'm not joking. Four ingredients, one minute and mainly from your cupboard and ta-da, chocolate cake. And did I mention healthy?

 

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RACE FOR LIFE: Pulling on your trainers and running around a park is all well and good. But what if you could do this, have a blast AND raise needed money for a fantastic cause?

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Race For LifeΒ takes place in Glasgow on 21 May, and I’ve been asked by Scottish Power toΒ get the word out about this awesome annual fixture in cancer research support. As a professional cancer health educator, supporting those with cancer is very close to my heart. So I am beyond thrilled to have been asked to not only publicise the event but also to pull together five fab recipes that will nourish and energise participants – and you.

What if you could have a personal sized chocolate cake (ie no sharing) that is not only healthy but also takes all of, oh, one minute to cook? You'd think it was a joke. Well, I'm not joking. Four ingredients, one minute and mainly from your cupboard and ta-da, chocolate cake. And did I mention healthy?And I have a very special, must-make recipe to share, too. Everyone who has been my guinea pig has loved it. I hope you do too. It is pretty much store cupboard so you can make it anytime a craving for something nourishing and comforting strikes. If you have run a 5k, you will definitely be wanting to make this as it is the tastiest, easiest training (and recovery) recipe I can imagine.

And you know how imaginative I am. πŸ™‚

But before you make this spectacularly chocolatey, lightning-quick and WHOLEFOOD (!) cake recipe, can I ask you to check out the ScottishPower High 5 Facebook page? There you will find all of the updates on this fun, sweaty and positive event. and maybe even be inspired to set up your own High 5Β Power Squad.

The last time I did the Race For Life I scored a personal best: not since repeated. The atmosphere really inspires all of the participants, myself included, to do their best: comradery, adrenaline and a common cause are fantastic motivators.

So, why not pop on those trainers and join in?Β 

***See below the recipe for links to my top five, easy, energy-boosting recipes***

What if you could have a personal sized chocolate cake (ie no sharing) that is not only healthy but also takes all of, oh, one minute to cook? You'd think it was a joke. Well, I'm not joking. Four ingredients, one minute and mainly from your cupboard and ta-da, chocolate cake. And did I mention healthy?

1-Minute 5-Ingredient Chocolate Cake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: very easy
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What if you could have a personal sized chocolate cake (ie no sharing) that is not only healthy but also takes all of, oh, one minute to cook? You’d think it was a joke. Well, I’m not joking. Five ingredients, one minute and mainly from your cupboard and ta-da, chocolate cake. And did I mention healthy? xx

1 small sweet potato, peeled and cubed*

2 tbsp smooth cashew, almond or peanut butter, no sugar-added

2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder

1-2 tsp maple syrup

1 heaped tbsp best cacao chips or dark chocolate chips

Method:

What if you could have a personal sized chocolate cake (ie no sharing) that is not only healthy but also takes all of, oh, one minute to cook? You'd think it was a joke. Well, I'm not joking. Four ingredients, one minute and mainly from your cupboard and ta-da, chocolate cake. And did I mention healthy?1. Steam the sweet potato cubes for 8 minutes. Β Mash and scoop into a small mixing bowl. Add four tablespoons of the mash to a small mixing bowl. If you are lucky enough to have plain sweet potato mash in the freezer, just quickly defrost and use as fresh.

2. OR you could pierce a whole sweet potato and microwave on HIGH for seven minutes. When cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and mash. Don’t let the potato sit as it will harden and get kind of yucky. Use 4 tablespoons for this recipe.

3. Add the nut butter and thoroughly mix, followed by the cacao or cocoa powder. Now mix in up to 4 tbsp of water (or fave plant milk, or even OJ) until you have a stiff but soft batter. Fold in most of the chocolate chips.What if you could have a personal sized chocolate cake (ie no sharing) that is not only healthy but also takes all of, oh, one minute to cook? You'd think it was a joke. Well, I'm not joking. Four ingredients, one minute and mainly from your cupboard and ta-da, chocolate cake. And did I mention healthy?

4. Scrape the chocolatey mix into a mug, smooth, and top with remaining chocolate chips microwaving on HIGH for 1 minute, or until puffed and slightly cracked. Some microwaves will need an extra 20 seconds or so. The cake should be a fragrant, cohesive – well, – cake! If you need the extra calories why not add a small scoop of best ice cream, coconut yogurt or creme fraiche?

*Variation: use a small, very ripe banana in place of the sweet potato – cooking for no more than 2 & 1/2 minutes. This is quicker and very very nice! Both are brilliantly nutritious.

Nutrition: The sweet potato gives you fiber, beta-carotene, potassium and B vitamins.Β Potassium is particularly useful for exercise recovery. Of all the usually available nut butters, almond is the bestΒ for fighting body inflammation; but all nuts and their butters are fantastic sources of anti-inflammatory vitamin E. This recipe is a great balance of healthy fats, carbohydrates and protein.

When is the best time to eat after exercise?Β At the 30-minute, post-exerciseΒ mark the body is particularly receptive to nutrients. The transporters and enzymes in our low- and fast-twitch muscles responsible for glycogen and protein synthesis are eager and waiting for replenishment right now. This recipe, with its good balance of fats, proteins and carbohydrates is PERFECT recovery food. It is also a magic little treat to push you over the finishing line. Β 

What if you could have a personal sized chocolate cake (ie no sharing) that is not only healthy but also takes all of, oh, one minute to cook? You'd think it was a joke. Well, I'm not joking. Four ingredients, one minute and mainly from your cupboard and ta-da, chocolate cake. And did I mention healthy?

***5 Easy Energy-Boosting Recipes On Food To Glow**

Cheesy Cauliflower, Lentil and Buckwheat Bake > This has cheese but is mainly about the wholesome buckwheat (gluten-free which may help prevent uncomfortable bloating in some of you) and protein-rich lentils. One of our favourite high-energy dinners.A cheesy, hearty, vegetarian recipe for any time of year that the thermometer dips. Leftovers are great sliced and added to a lunchbox with a wee pot of ketchup.

No-Bake Cookie Dough Brownie Bites > More tempting chocolate, but this time with chickpeas! Absolutely no one will know your secret!Β no-bake-cookie-dough-brownie-bites5

Greek Salad Nachos > Nachos, but not as we know it. These munchy crunchy treats use toasted pitta bread in place of tortilla chips and ditch the cheese in favor of Greek flavours and crispy fresh vegetables; tuna gives needed protein.What do you do when you crave nachos AND a Greek salad? Make this crunchy plate of tangy Greek salad vegetables over crispy pitta chips, that's what. Have as a lunch or sharing snack platter.

Kimchi and Bean Quesadillas > For a quick meal you really can’t beat a Mexican quesadilla. I’ve made it super healthy with gut-supporting kimchi, and full of protein with mashed beans. Savory heaven!Β Your favourite quick meal plus your favourite new ingredient in one quick, easy vegetarian meal. Perfect for a midweek dinner with salad and avocado slices - or guacamole.

Mega-Berry Green Smoothie > Don’t be fooled by the deep red colour, this is a green smoothie. Make no mistake! Protein from Greek yogurt and fatigue-fighting berry powders and kale. My favourite smoothie of all time.berrysmoothie4This is a commissioned recipe and post. Partnered posts such as this help me to keep bringing you my recipes – for free and without advertising. Thank you for supporting not only Food To Glow but alsoΒ the quality brands with which I work. I only partnerΒ with brands I actually use and like. All opinions are strictly my own.

34 thoughts on “Healthy 1-Minute, 5-Ingredient Chocolate Cake + 5 Energy-Boosting Recipes

  1. Katie @ Whole Nourishment says:

    I love mug cakes, but I have to say I haven’t had one with sweet potato before. This looks amazing and I’ll have to make it next time there’s cooked sweet potato in the fridge.

    1. Thanks so much Katie. I thought I had made it up but I’ve since seen a couple of recipes on the Interwebs. IT is the nut butter that makes it like a cake so I’m thinking parsnips, carrots and anything that can be mashed like banana is fair game as the bulk and provider of sweet. πŸ™‚

  2. Training Rae says:

    Yum I can’t wait to try this!! Quick & Easy are my fave recipes haha.

    1. Quick and easy are starting becoming my favourites too. Loads to do these days and I don’t want to spend more time in the kitchen than I need to πŸ™‚

  3. backalleyorchids says:

    This looks lovely! I want to make one right now! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ http://www.smallsuitcases.me

  4. Debby Woods says:

    Hello Kellie,
    I love your website, very straight-forward, and I should have made a comment before this one… But I can’t wait to make this chocolate cake recipe! Looks fantastic. I need gluten free recipes and this is a winner.
    One day I will get to Edinburgh too! Keep up the good work. Debby

    1. Aw thank you so much, Debby. I really appreciate your comment so so much. I have lots of GF recipes here for a non-gluten free site, so please do look in the Index as many recipes are naturally gluten-free and using wholefoods rather than any special gums or anything. πŸ˜‰

  5. I am absolutely making this – thank you, Kelly!

    1. yay! Let me know who you get on with it. Next time I want to use orange juice instead of the water. πŸ™‚

      1. I was thinking of using rum. I’ll report results!

  6. calypte says:

    I’m going to have to try this just to prove that sweet potato ‘cake’ is even plausible! Wow!

    1. Do! It is pretty amazing as it rises up and gets little enticing cracks – just like a “proper” cake. Let me know if you give it a go πŸ™‚

  7. Megala says:

    I just love your super easy mug cake! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you. It’s so quick and easy that it is worth a try, isn’t it?

  8. Really love the look of this chocolate mug cake, and the use of sweet potato as a base really appeals. Thanks for sharing the cancer research links too!

    1. It’s a great great cause and I am happy to publicise for them and make tasty energising treats to get people to read the post! πŸ˜‰

  9. This is genius, I have frozen sweet potato mash in my freezer right now so I could be eating this VERY quickly! Perfect πŸ™‚

    1. Great call, Chris. I should pop that up in the recipe as a suggestion. I know Iceland have the mash. Thanks πŸ™‚

  10. belleaukitchen says:

    One minute chocolate cake you say!?! Hello!!

    1. I know, right? Crazy stuff on Food To Glow. πŸ™‚

  11. Wow, your cake looks incredible, would never know it wasn’t conventional cake:-)

    1. Thanks so much Camilla. It puffs up and gets little cracks on it – very convincing!

  12. Susan says:

    I just love playing the Food To Glow game…I look at the picture of the beautiful food and then try to guess what ingredients you used. You got me on this one! Since I don’t use a microwave, I suppose I could just pop it in the oven?

    1. I’ll have to try it in the oven unless you want to take a chance on it first. I reluctantly bought a tiny little microwave last year and have it in the spare room. And used sparingly πŸ˜‰ For things like this mainly.

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  14. I hear so many positive stories from people that do race for life. People of all ages and abilities. A great way to raise money and awareness for such a good cause.
    The cake in a mug is wonderful. Just the right size for a perfect sweet treat to keep the chcocolate cravings at bay.

  15. Natalie says:

    Oh, I LOVE this!!! What a great idea to use sweet potatoes. I just have to try this ASAP. Great post, very informative. πŸ™‚

  16. Oh yum!!! This looks sooo good!!!

  17. I would never think to use sweet potato! Looks delicious and love how easy it is!

  18. Mary says:

    Looks so good! Almost too good to be true!

  19. I didn’t think that healthy and chocolate go in the same recipe, Kellie! Yummy!

  20. Madhu says:

    Looks and sounds great….and easy πŸ™‚

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