Life gets crazy and busy, and sometimes we don’t have time to slave over the stove preparing food. Think there aren’t enough hours in the day to work out and enjoy a healthy recovery meal? Good news-you can have your cake and eat it too! Sorry for the stupid pun—couldn’t resist.
Cake for breakfast might sound totally ridiculous, but this recipe, which is packed with protein and low in sugar, makes a perfect post-gym breakfast or even a snack. The best part is that’s ready in five minutes. If you need to give it some extra staying power, use extra nut butter in the icing or whisk in some Greek yogurt. You can also experiment with adding mix-ins like berries or chocolate chips for a special treat. Enjoy!
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or pumpkin purée
1 scoop protein powder
Cooking oil spray for mug or ramekin
1 teaspoon nut or seed butter
1/4 teaspoon maple syrup
Water to thin out
1. Whisk together egg, vanilla, pumpkin or apple sauce, and protein powder.
2. Spray inside of a microwave-safe mug or ramekin with oil spray.
3. Pour batter into mug or ramekin and microwave on HIGH in 30-second intervals until cake is set in the middle.
4. If desired, invert cake onto a plate.
5. To make icing, whisk together nut or seed butter, maple syrup, and water. Drizzle over cake.
6. Enjoy immediately.
Nutrition information per serving (1 cake, before icing, made with whey protein powder and pumpkin purée)
Protein: 27 grams
Carbohydrate: 11 grams
Dietary Fiber: 2 grams
Total fat: 6 grams
Saturated fat: 2 grams
Vitamin A: 80% RDA
Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping others experience a happier, calmer life and a balanced relationship with food. For those in need of some healthy-eating inspiration, Jess created five day's worth of delicious make-ahead lunches to make it even easier to eat well on a busy day. For more information on Jess, check out her website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.