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Coffee Cake in a Mug


By hungrygirl_lisa on Oct 09, 2012 10:00 AM in Recipes

 

Grab a mug and a few ingredients, and you're less than five minutes away from coffee-cake heaven! 

Ingredients
 

1 tbsp. Fiber One Original bran cereal 

2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed) 
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1/4 tsp. plus 1 dash cinnamon 

1/2 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread 

3 tbsp. moist-style yellow cake mix 

3 tbsp. club soda 

1 drop almond extract 

1/4 tsp. baking powder 

 

Directions

Place cereal in a sealable plastic bag and, using a meat mallet or heavy utensil, crush into crumbs.   

Transfer crumbs to a small bowl. Mix in brown sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Add butter, and mash and stir until well mixed and crumbly.

Spray a microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray. Add cake mix, club soda, almond extract, baking powder, and remaining dash cinnamon. Stir until well mixed.

Sprinkle crumb mixture over the cake mixture. Microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds, or until set. Enjoy!

Makes 1 serving

Entire recipe: 166 calories, 3g fat, 387mg sodium, 36g carbs, 2g fiber, 20.5g sugars, 1g protein.


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20.5 grams of sugar?  Really doesn't seem like a smart choice!



That was my first thought also, 20.5 grams of sugar?  How is that a healthy choice?  That is a whole day's supply of sugar and more.  I would consider omitting the 2 tsp of brown sugar, but that might make it no longer a coffee cake.



Probably not the greatest but it's better than a box of donuts or whole cake for some people. Just a start for smaller portions.



why do you put this junk food on the blog when there are so many healthy alternatives?



Good heavens!  Really?  This is PMS food at it's finest.  Much lower in calories and  great alternative to high calorie density foods with a lower calorie footprint.  No-one is suggesting that this is a meal to replace all the meals of the day, just a little, light sweet treat that won't break the calorie bank.  I'm definitely going to try this, especially since it has added fiber.



I have to agree with miss_behave.  I watched my wife finally shave off the last of the 40 lbs she was trying to lose over the past six months and she did it by having choices such as this (and lots of exercise).   Heck its half the sugar of a single can of soda (my personal enemy).  Compared to the alternatives its a great item.



Sounds great on my cheat day!!!



OH BOY!!  Coffee Cake In A MUG!!!  The idea grabbed me...

Of course, it's not in the "HEALTHY" food category -- but as a TREAT that perks without adding a ton of calories, it's FABULOUS!

I just tried the recipe now!  I had to substitute dry oatmeal for the Fiber One, and pancake mix for the yellow cake mix, (as I didn't have any Fiber One or Yellow Cake Mix on hand.)

Oh, my goodness!  WHAT A GREAT TREAT this was!  I had no trouble spooning the entire "cake" around the edges in one piece out of the pam-sprayed soup mug I microwaved it in, and it sat, pretty as a picture, on my breakfast plate, (with a healthy half-grapefruit on the side  LOL!)

Satisfying and EXTREMELY delicious!  I feel so pampered, and it started my day off on a fun note!

THANKS for the great recipe! 

I'll "eat healthy" for the rest of the day --  I PROMISE!!! (LOL) Laughing

 



ccystems--I'm with you.  It's not meant to be a meal.  It's a sweet alternative and if it has too much sugar for you, don't try it. Regular coffee cake will be far worse for you than this (about 500 calories or more per serving and 70 grams of sugar).  I'm making it!  Thanks for the recipe! ♥



GROSS! that's about all i can say about this receipe Money mouth. The fiber one products are gross and cause excessive gas...

sugarsinger's receipe with oatmeal and pancake mix sounds a lot better!



**Sorry!  I meant to agree with miss_behave.  :o/



 

Would splenda help the sugar count at all??



I would try it if there wasn't cake mix in it!  Sounds yummy!



Thanks for substitution ideas, sugarsinger!  Does anyone know what could be substituted for club soda?



Why is this called coffee cake when there isn't any coffee in it?



Original Post by: fredajones

Why is this called coffee cake when there isn't any coffee in it?


As per wikipedia:

The term coffee cake can refer to any of the following:

  • A class of cakes intended to be eaten alongside coffee (for example, as part of a breakfast meal) or that may be eaten during a "coffee break" or offered to guests as a gesture of hospitality on or around a coffee table. Under this definition, a coffee cake does not necessarily contain coffee.


Replies to thre questions above:

1st  --  to Xanadune1964:  I don't know if Splenda would work or not! Why not try one mug with Splenda, and another mug with the brown sugar, and see which you prefer?  It's worth a try, I think!

2nd -- to cathyblj: You can substitute any carbonated water for club soda!

3rd  -- to fredajones: It's called "coffee cake" because traditionally, such cake was served along with coffee -- years ago, when "coffee klatches" were organized among the stay-at-home moms of a neighborhood -- neighbors would take turns hosting each other every day for morning coffee, often with infants in arms, and toddlers in strollers -- and coffee cake recipes really came into vogue as they were tested, tasted, and traded at these enthusiastic, informal gatherings! 

Anyway, glad some of you are gearing up to give this recipe a try (with or without substitutions!)  It's really delicious and fun -- and done in a SNAP! No fuss, no muss. (No waste, either -- guaranteed!  LOL)  LOVE IT! Laughing



For a healthier alternative add a little bit of black strap molasses instead of brown sugar.  Brown sugar contains molasses which is where you get the flavor so I would think maybe 1/4 teaspoon in this receipe would be good.  When I make chocolate chip cookies for my husband and have no brown sugar on hand I add molasses with the extra white sugar and the only difference is a chewier product and I think a little better flavor; in fact I buy much less brown sugar now.



Sorry...I forgot to say to use the unsulphered molasses, there's no chemicals in it.



HOw about Splenda or Stevia instead of Brown Sugar.  HOw about a sugar free yellow cake mix? Sounds yummie and possible to work around to make a good choice for some.



Whoops!  I guess my age is showing---I meant to say to use the molasses in place of the b. sugar and DO NOT add extra white.  I would think the cake mix would have a lot of sweetness to begin with so the addition of the molasses would only add the flavor of the b. sugar.

 



Original Post by: nebichan

Original Post by: fredajones

Why is this called coffee cake when there isn't any coffee in it?


As per wikipedia:

The term coffee cake can refer to any of the following:

  • A class of cakes intended to be eaten alongside coffee (for example, as part of a breakfast meal) or that may be eaten during a "coffee break" or offered to guests as a gesture of hospitality on or around a coffee table. Under this definition, a coffee cake does not necessarily contain coffee.

Oh OK. Never heard of that one before - how odd!

Where I live coffee cake is simply a cake flavoured with coffee.

So, out of interest, what is coffee flavoured cake called?

 



2 Tablespoons of brown sugar seems a lot, especially when the cake is already sweet.   1 tablespoon would probably be enough.  And I will try crushed Wheat Chex instead of Fiber One. 



If you use the pancake mix instead of cake mix (pancake mix has very little added sugar), you could use a diet gingerale (which would add the required sweetness), or even mix it up with other diet sodas (sprite, orange, etc) to get a different flavor profile. Also, pancake mix is easier to measure out by tablespoons (rather than opening an entire box of cake mix just to use a few tablespoons)!

For those of you who freak out over the idea of a diet soda, they make diet soda's with Stevia as well so you can use that instead.

Any kind of whoe grain cereal, oats, nuts, combined with minimal brown sugar and light butter would be a great topper! I look forward to trying this.



Original Post by: csp_2002

ccystems--I'm with you.  It's not meant to be a meal.  It's a sweet alternative and if it has too much sugar for you, don't try it. Regular coffee cake will be far worse for you than this (about 500 calories or more per serving and 70 grams of sugar).  I'm making it!  Thanks for the recipe! ♥


Most of the people on this forum are trying to lose weight. One way to lose weight is to offer "better" alternatives. One of those alternatives is to cut back on sugar.  Since sugar is probably a HUGE problem with a lot of us (judging from most of these comments), cutting back on sugar is also one of the smartest alternatives.   When you eat sugar, you just want to eat more sugar.  We look to Calorie Count to help us in reaching our goals. IMHO, recipes like this might be low in calories, however, that high sugar count counteracts our goals.



Dear Suwannee47: Your ideas are sound, and I never post my view to start any arguments (LOL)

However, I tried the recipe yesterday, and my weight is DOWN today!

YAAYYY! So, you can still make such recipes work -- Worked fine for me! Laughing

Love y'all --  have a great day!



I think this sounds wonderful! 



The whole thing sounds yummy and 'm not very fond of cake.  As a diabetic, I would substitute Fiber One with oatmal like somebody else did.  I would also use Splenda brown sweetener or brown sweetener blend to cut down the sugar and keep the sweetness.  Other than that this sounds great. 



You might need  bit of the brown sugar to help glue the topping together but you could easily substitute at least part of it for brown sugar twin or another sweetener and I"m thinking Bisquick or pancake mix would probably replace the cake mix.  It should make the cake a little heavier than a mix cake which is typical with coffee cakes anyway.

For me, the really good thing is that when I really crave something sweet and cakey, I can make just one serving and not have to worry about resisting the other 10 or 12 pieces that would be left over in a full size coffee cake.



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