Frugal Foodie Mama: Cranberry Gingerbread Mug Cake {Made With Canada Dry TEN}

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cranberry Gingerbread Mug Cake {Made With Canada Dry TEN}

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Cranberry Gingerbread Mug Cake- soft gingerbread and tart cranberries come together in this low calories dessert for one #drinkTEN #shop
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I am picturing it all now... The busy holiday season is quickly approaching on the not so distant horizon.
I see lots of holiday cookie baking, and gift wrapping, and online shopping in my near future.
I see lots of wonderful memories about to be made. Cozy evenings snuggled up on the couch with my family and a warm mug of cocoa watching the twinkling of the lights of the Christmas tree.
But I am also seeing lots of extra calories and fat grams and not enough time for a good workout (ahem... time to #drinkTEN ). And a some stressful, frazzled evenings. And moments when all I want to do is hide in a distant room of the house and catch my breath for a moment... alone. 
Ahhhhhh... 'tis the season, folks! ;)

Before the hustle and bustle and wonderful craziness of the season are upon us, I decided to come up with a perfect little dessert for one that can be made in minutes, is low calorie and low fat (less guilt!), and has some of my favorite flavors of the season. 
And believe it or not, the recipe inspiration for my newest mug cake came from a little trip to my local Kroger to pick up some of my favorite TEN beverages...


The Canada Dry TEN happens to be my favorite, and it dawned on me that I could totally use it to create a gingerbread inspired mug cake! :) So, I replaced the milk in my standard base recipe for a mug cake with ginger ale. 
And that little swap also happens to make this little mug cake dairy free, friends..

Cranberry Gingerbread Mug Cake- soft gingerbread and tart cranberries come together in this low calories dessert for one #drinkTEN #shop
Cranberry Gingerbread Mug Cake

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Ingredients (Serves 1)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale
  • Dried cranberries (about 1 tbsp)
  • Crystallized ginger (optional)
Instructions
In a microwave safe mug, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Now pour in the molasses, coconut oil, and ginger ale. Mix well.
Fold in the dried cranberries, reserving a few to sprinkle over top. Top with a few pieces of crystallized ginger, if desired.

Cook on High in your microwave for 1 minute. Allow the cake to cool for at least 1 minute before eating and then enjoy!
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Cranberry Gingerbread Mug Cake- soft gingerbread and tart cranberries come together in this low calories dessert for one #drinkTEN #shop
This Cranberry Gingerbread Mug Cake is the perfectly delicious way to take a little time for yourself during the busy holiday season. And since it is perfectly portioned for one, you don't have to share either. ;)

Cranberry Gingerbread Mug Cake- soft gingerbread and tart cranberries come together in this low calories dessert for one #drinkTEN #shop
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And while I will be indulging in some of my holiday favorites this season, it is good to know that I have my favorite TEN sodas to help provide a little balance.  You can find all your full flavor favorites with less calories- Canada Dry TEN, Dr Pepper TEN, 7Up TEN, A&W TEN, & Sunkist TEN- at your local Kroger store or Kroger affiliate. 

How do you find some balance during the busy holiday season? Do you make it a priority to carve out a little time for yourself? :)

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