Let me eat (1-minute protein) cake

Temperature: We got lucky and had pretty decent weather on Wednesday (comparatively) and Sunday’s weather was deceptively gross. Only 21-22ºC, but it felt like 29-30ºC with a relative humidity ranging from 94-100%.

Distance run/type:

  • (Tues Aug 24) 6k (steady run) hill repeats + 5k warm up/cool down
  • (Wed Aug 25) 800m, 1600m, 800m speed intervals + 6k warm up/cool down
  • (Fri Aug 27) 6k tempo run

Clothes: Various pairs of Adidas shorts & pants, various Adidas shirts & Lululemon tops, Asics 2150s and Asics Nimbus on Friday (new shoes!).

Feeling: Surprisingly great, this week’s cooler temperatures couldn’t have come at a better time. This week, I remembered why I love running.

100 Push Ups Challenge

  • (Wed Aug 25Week 5, Day 3: Maxed out at 30 consecutive push ups – it’s like I’m getting weaker… or taking on this challenge while training for a marathon was not the greatest idea.

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It’s no secret that I have a major sweet tooth. About a year and a half ago, I went through this senseless period that I’d almost rather forget where I basically banned sweet desserts from myself. I don’t even know why I am telling you about this – you probably think I’m crazy now and everything I say afterwards is going to sound like crazy talk, right?

Okay, so a couple months ago, I experimented with the 1-minute protein cake for the first time and I declared that my life would never be the same. And it was true: my life hasn’t been the same. I mean, how amazing is it that within a few minutes, I can have a relatively healthy brownie-like dessert without firing up the oven and waiting 45 minutes for it to bake? Don’t get me wrong, nothing will ever compare to a dense, fudge-like chocolate brownie (or blondie!), but in a pinch I am all about convenience, speed and dessert.

Without any applesauce in my fridge, I was forced to experiment with a few different substitutions. Some experiments were more successful than others but don’t get me wrong – I will never complain about having to eat protein cake experiments. That would just be wrong.

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For your convenience, here’s the recipe that I’ve been using:

1-Minute Protein Cake

(Adapted from here)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 scoop chocolate peanut butter protein powder
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 tsp flaxseed meal + 2 tbsp water

Directions:

  • Mix protein powder, carob powder, and baking powder together in a small mug.
  • Add apple sauce and 1 tsp flaxseed meal + 2 tbsp water mixture and stir well
  • Microwave for 1 minute. Use a knife to loosen the cake from the edge of the cup and flip onto a plate.
  • Marvel at how quickly that came together and try to resist the urge to make more.

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Experiment #1: With 1 tbsp strawberry cream cheese with grilled pear, honey, coconut, and cacao nibs.

Verdict: Delicious, although the cake was a little dry.

Experiment #2: With 1 tbsp Greek Yogurt served with Black Sesame Banana Soft Serve, coconut, and cacao nibs.

Verdict: The cake looked like it exploded in the mug and I had to spoon out the crumbles instead. The black sesame banana soft serve was out of this world delicious though, so at least this dessert wasn’t a total failure.

Experiment #3: With mashed banana and cinnamon topped with almond butter, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs.

Verdict: ding ding ding! This one was a winner – I will definitely be making this version again.

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I’ve actually tried making these with cocoa powder but I personally prefer carob powder – I think it’s naturally sweeter than cocoa powder which eliminates the need for extra sugar. I’m really loving these cakes though and it’s the main reason that I’m going to purchase more protein powder after I run out of the one I’m using now (you can really taste the artificial sweetener in the one I’m using now so I want to get a different brand or flavour).

Aside from canned butternut squash or pumpkin puree, I’m still looking forward to experimenting with different add-ins. I think coffee would be great although I’m always hesitant to add it in since I tend to eat these at night. I’ve even considered mashed avocado!

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