By Lobsang Dolma ’18
Vegan Chocolate Mugcake
Often times cakes are commonly addressed as ‘fattening’ and ‘unhealthy’. The thought of a nice chocolate cake entails heart warming memories for many of us. What we choose to consume can affect our health and overall happiness. However, this cake is quite the contrary to such beliefs. Vegan chocolate mugcakes do in fact offer some health benefits. Cacao is an antioxidant and superfood. It allows the release of endorphins, balance of hormones, and may prevent premature aging and cardiovascular disease. Entailed in this recipe is a vegan chocolate mug cake; it is much a healthier alternative than ice cream or any other cakes. In addition, it is the perfect size for a single serving. That way, one doesn’t have to worry about overeating. This mugcake is quick and easy to make, which is convenient for busy students. This cake is also not harmful animals, cows and chickens, who are often exploited for their milk and eggs.
-5 of tsp flour
-egg replacer ( follow the instructions for the equivalent of one egg)
-1/4 tsp of baking soda
-1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
-2 tsp of sugar
-1 tbsp of dark chocolate or 1/2 tbsp of cocoa powder
-3 tbsp of soy or almond milk
– maple syrup, for those who prefer the sweeter things in life
Add all of the dry ingredients into a large mug. Then proceed to adding the wet ingredients slowly into the same mug. I find it easier and less messy to add a small amount of the wet ingredients and mixing everything in the mug before adding on more. Then you can put this into the microwave for about 3 minutes. I suggest that you keep watch of the microwave during this time because the cake might overflow. If you see it rising, you can stop the microwave and let it cool off and settle down before putting the mug back in to complete the 3 minutes. You might have to repeat this a couple of times. Remember to still take caution while handling the mug because it can get really hot and it would probably be best if it was allowed a few minutes to cool off. Lastly, you can top it off with some of your favorite dark chocolate, vegan ice-cream, powdered sugar, butter ( I used almond butter), or shredded coconut.
Enjoy your cruelty free cake and have no regrets.
Inspirational Quote:“When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say, ‘Because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.”- Cassey Afleck