Healthy, decadent chocolate mug cake! { recipe }

You guys, mug cakes are genius. Really. I promise this isn’t an April Fools Joke on how this tastes so divine from just a few ingredients!
The other week when we got home from Florida all I wanted was dessert. Especially chocolate or peanut butter ( duh ) I somehow didn’t any dessert while there expect a few licks of ice cream. We hadn’t gone food shopping yet so I was kinda stuck. Then, a little flash back came to me .. I have mugs and had a few ingredients on hand to help my craving! #success

Banana, chocolate peanut butter mug cake!

It is so decadent, I love how well these ingredients came together until you try it for yourself!
Ingredients:
-1  very ripe banana
-2 egg whites
-1 tbsp of peanut butter or nut butter of choice
-1 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
-2 tbsp. un sweeten dark cocoa powder
-dash of vanilla
-1 tbsp of chocolate chips
Directions:
 -Mash the banana until it’s smooth and no lumps – try your best, I still had a few! { I used a fork to cut/ mash }
-Add your egg whites, mix well, followed by the other  ingredients  .. continue to mix well.
-Place in mug, add your chocolate chips to the top
-Microwave for two & half minutes
& INDULGDGE!
Convinced yet? Go right now & make this : )
Happy April First!
How do you feel about mug cakes?
xo

MIMM: Making the best of it

Hello and happy Monday, Marvelous Monday that is!

I am sooooooo happy to report that on Sunday morning, we got our power back. It has been a… interesting past few days, little overwhelming but very grateful we were able to spend one night at my sisters and the remainder three nights with my mom. Philadelphia & four other surrounding counties, including ours declared a state of emergency. Chester County was most-impacted, with about 95,000 homes without power! The fact that we haven’t been home since we left for DC was starting to kick in. All is well, time for us to go grocery shopping since everything had to be tossed!

Even though we had no power, I still did my best to make the most of it. Lots of down time and spent with family.
Here are some pics from the weekend!
MiMM MIMM #83 Hashtag Style!
Marvelous is ..
A trip to Costco, my mama treated me to some “bulk items” and insisted that I get the BIG bag of chocolate chips : )
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Marvelous is ..
Trying some new chocolate from world market!
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Marvelous is ..
receiving my February birch box, it came at the most perfect time!

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Marvelous is ..
enjoying lots of yummy eats made by my mama.
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{ Pancakes & a hearty chili }

Marvelous is ..
a target run for hair products + little things.
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Marvelous is ..
being reunited with Dunc & being home!! I felt so bad for him these past few days, what a trooper!
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Thanks Katie for making Monday a little extra special!

I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and my birthday week! Saturday is so close, but far away.. can’t wait for birthday dinner with my girlfriends in the city, and… NO MORE snow please!

Have a great day xx
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WIAW: Mood boosting smoothie

 Hi guys! Happy hump day/Wednesday / thanksgiving eve 🙂
I am feeling super ready for tonight + tomorrows festivities. Lot’s of goof things to look forward too. Friends, family + food!

This morning and yesterday I spent time in the kitchen to start prepping things for tomorrow. { Butternut squash salad + pb pie (attempt 2 since first pie curst broke} 😦
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This week I wanted to link up with Jenn over at peas and crayons for this mood boosting smoothie.
How many of you ever just feel like “BLAH” for no reason. {Hi! ME} Yep, this happens to be prior to that time of the month.
On Monday, before the salon, I literally layed in bed + did homework and wasn’t motivated for anything… I mean, how could I not be stoked to get to the salon and pamper myself. Insert –> mood boosting smoothie.

ingredients:
1/2 cup frozen berries
1 banana
1 c. vanilla almond milk
1 cup raw kale
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp. peanut butter
1 cup ice

Blend well, serve.

For that time of the month, or blah feeling, these ingredients are great. potassium from banana, greens for energy + cocoa/ chocolate = instant mood booster {it’s  a fact} 😀

Welp, going to go finish something’s + the girls are coming over tonight and heading out for some drinks!
Have a great thanksgiving!!!! ❤

Question:
How do you deal with those feelings?

TYT: relax, spoil + LOVE y.o.u

Hey guys, happy Tuesday.  Just popping in between class + work today, and sharing a new Treat Yourself Tuesday post!
Becky has started this to remind us gals {or guys} to relax, spoil and LOVE .. y o u!
The treat part can come in anyway, shape or form. Here’s how I relaxed spoiled + loved myself this past week ❤

Treat Yourself Tuesday Badge

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After dinner, scamming the dessert menu, this sweet trio seemed like a great treat! nom nom.

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Sunday after shopping, I came home lit some candles + had some down time with the 90120 cast 🙂

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Stealing treats from my mom’s chocolate stash, always a good idea 😉

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yesterday I treated myself to getting my hair done. Nothing beats some new color + a blow out.

& lastly, someone else treated me ..
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George brought home a new black bag for me from a  I have tonnnnnnns of different shade brown bags, it’s nice to know I know have a black one to add to collection 🙂

>> How did you treat yourself this week?
Do you have more brown or black bags? <<
xo

Chocolate coconut dipped protein balls

Happy hump day!
I just got to the coffee shop where I need to get some work done, but wanted to link up with Jenn and share these little ballz of goodness, hehe.

… If you’ve been reading for awhile, you can probably tell I really like to snack on protein ballz. I’ve posted a pumpkin flavor, & traditional. I make these ALOT. But, I had to share another! 1) They are easy! 2) Super customizable! possibilities are endless & 3) Their so good! Simple enough right? 😉

>> So, how about protein ballz that are dipped in a creamy chocolate coconut mixture? … { yum } 😀 <<

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla
  • coconut shreds {optional}
  • chocolate of your choice for melting*
  • 1-2 tbsp. coconut oil

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Directions:

  • Mix together all ingredients {besides the chocolate, coconut oil + shred} Place mixture in fridge for 30 mins

For the chocolate:

  • On the stove, in a double broiler, place 1-2 tbsp. of coconut oil in the pan, let it melt. ADD chocolate.
  • Stir until creamy
  • Take protein mixture from fridge & form it into ball.
  • Place protein ball into chocolate dipping sauce
  • Cool on parchment paper

EAT & ENJOY !

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** Note: You may eat these in one sitting 🙂 Something about the creamy chocolate coconut sauce. But it’s A-OK.

Head over to Jenn’s blog to see what else is cookin’ / baking 🙂 lot’s of yum!

xx