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As I mentioned to you all in yesterday's recipe post, I am tackling the holiday sweets monster head-on now. I figure a head start will give me somewhat of an advantage and hopefully help me keep the annual holiday weight gain in check.
I do still plan to bake lots of the holiday goodies that my family loves, but I will also be keeping a few lower calorie, low fat dessert recipes in my arsenal to keep me from devouring half a pumpkin pie or a half dozen of frosted sugar cookies. I am a firm believer in not trying to dodge my sweet tooth cravings. That will eventually lead to a sugar and butter induced binge for me.
But what I can do is trick my sweet tooth into thinking that it is indulging in a sweet treat... ;)
On a recent shopping trip to my local Walmart, I picked up a box of Pure Via 40 Count Packets and knew right away that these would become a very important weapon in my arsenal against the holiday weight gain. Pure Via is made from the pure, sweet extract of the stevia leaf. That means no artificial processing or preservatives, folks. It is all natural, non-GMO, and the best part? ZERO calories! :)
Snickerdoodles are one of my holiday baked goods weaknesses. They are perfectly soft, thick sugar cookies rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and the one treat I have a hard time saying no to. In fact, I usually say yes to them like a half dozen times in one sitting. ;)
But not this season! When my snickerdoodle craving comes knocking, I will be making myself one of these Guilt-Free Snickerdoodle Mug Cakes! Virtually calorie free and fat free (thanks to my Pure Via!), built-in portion control, and ready in as a little as 3 minutes...
Guilt-Free Snickerdoodle Mug Cake
Prep Time: 2-3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Ingredients (1 single serving mug cake)
- 2 tbsp flour (I used white, but you could certainly use whole wheat.)
- 2 (1 gram) packets of Pure Via sweetener
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted, if not already in liquid form)
- 2 tbsp almond milk (could also use regular, soy, or coconut milk)
- drop of vanilla extract
In a mug, mix together the flour, the Pure Via from the packets, baking powder, salt, & cinnamon. Add in the oil, milk, and vanilla and mix well.
Microwave on high for 1 minute.
Allow to cool for a minute or two before eating.
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Seriously, folks. This mug cake hit the spot without adding on the extra calories. It was soft, moist, and perfectly spiced.
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What is your favorite holiday indulgence?
How could you use Pure Via to make a slimmed down version of it?
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