Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Baked Oatmeal Mug Cake

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Baked Oatmeal Mug Cake

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Oatmeal mug cake loaded with peanut butter and chocolate chips…for an excuse to eat cake for breakfast, look no further!

Over the years, I have learned that I feel so much better throughout the day if I start with a high protein breakfast. I joined the baked oatmeal trend and have been obsessed with trying different combinations of flavors. It’s no surprise that peanut butter and chocolate was a combo that had to make it on the blog.

This mug cake is loaded with 34 grams of protein and is a hearty (and outrageously delicious) way to start the day! And just for the memories, this mug cake recipe and our chocolate chip cookie version pretty much saved my life after the bike crash. I couldn’t eat normally for so long, and these mug cakes were the perfect way to get loads of protein.

Ingredients in Peanut Butter Choc Chip Mug Cake

These ingredients are so simple and likely ones that you’ll already have at home which is always a winner! This is meant to just be an overview of the ingredients needed. For all the details and full measurements, scroll down to the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Banana: adds moisture and natural sweetness to the cake
  • Peanut Butter: adds flavor and protein
  • Egg: helps with the structure of the cake and adds more protein
  • Oats: go with old fashioned oats or quick oats
    • NOTE: Steel cut oats will not work in this recipe
  • Protein Powder: we have been using vanilla but I’m sure it would be great with chocolate or peanut butter protein powder too
  • Milk: any type of milk will work, use almond milk and make it dairy free!
  • Baking Powder: gives the cake some rise and fluffiness
  • Salt: enhances all the flavors
  • Mini Chocolate Chips: you can mix these in or just sprinkle them on top after baking
  • Peanut Butter Chips: totally optional but they are a delicious addition

Substitutions

If you aren’t down with using bananas in your mug cake, here are few ideas for substitutes:

  • Applesauce
  • Zucchini
  • Apple Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Canned Pumpkin

You’ll want to use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of these.

Possible Variations

Skip the chocolate chips and add a dollop of jam on top. It will be like eating a breakfast pb & j.

Add chopped peanuts for more peanut flavor and added crunch.

Slice up some bananas and add them on top.

Add flaxseeds or chia seeds for even more added nutrition.

Drizzle with caramel or top with a scoop of ice cream. Ok, this may have entered the dessert zone, but it just feels right!

What to Eat with a Mug Cake

Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Oatmeal in a Mug

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Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Oatmeal in a Mug

a photo taken over the top of a mug full of baked chocolate chip cookie oatmeal.

If you want a simple and delicious high protein breakfast (27g!) that tastes like a chocolate chip cookie, then you have to try this protein chocolate chip cookie baked oatmeal in a mug!

I’ve seen the recipes for oatmeal in a mug, aka mug cake, a slightly healthier mug cake, haha, but I wasn’t loving a lot of the recipes. It turns out that they all had a piece of a puzzle and merely needed to all be put together! This healthy baked oatmeal in a mug has a little protein powder which gives extra flavor and nutrients without overcomplicating the recipe.

Whenever we have a busy day or I’m not in the mood to cook I’ll make a little baked oatmeal and let the family pick out their toppings. It’s like pancake night, but less sugar!

Speaking of, if you want to go all crazy with this protein breakfast recipe you can totally mix up the flavors and add-ins (see ideas below).

Ingredients for Baked Oatmeal in a Mug

Here is a brief overview of the ingredients needed for blended baked oats. This is meant to be a quick snippet of what is included. For all the details, scroll down to the recipe card.

  • Banana: adds natural sweetness and moisture
  • Egg: binds all the ingredients together
  • Oats: You can use old fashioned oats or quick oats since you blend it up. I prefer old fashioned because it’s been processed less. You could also use oat flour if you prefer (since that’s what we are making when we blend these oats up). Use a scant 1/2 cup of oat flour. NOTE: Steel cut oats will not work for this recipe.
  • Protein Powder: You can use any flavor you want. Vanilla is my favorite for that true chocolate chip cookie flavor. We have been using coconut flavored protein powder lately which is also yummy because that’s what we have right now.
  • Milk: any type of milk works great…whole, 2%, 1%, fat free, almond milk, oat milk, etc.
  • Baking Powder: gives the mug cake some rise and fluffiness
  • Salt: enhances all the flavors

Substitutes for Banana

I know that there are strong feelings about bananas out there, so if you aren’t a banana fan or you don’t have any, here are few ideas for substitutes:

  • Applesauce
  • Zucchini
  • Apple Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Canned Pumpkin

You’ll want to use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup of these.

Ideas for Toppings and Mix-Ins

You don’t have to stop at chocolate chip cookie flavor! The possibilities are endless! You can change the flavor of protein powder you use as well as the toppings or mix-ins you add. Here are a few ideas to customize your own baked oatmeal in a mug…

  • Chopped nuts – pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc.
  • Nutella
  • Caramel
  • Granola
  • Yogurt
  • Chopped fruit
  • Nut butter – peanut butter, almond butter, etc.

CACAO-NUT PROTEIN BALLS

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Cacao-Nut Protein Balls

You are going to go NUTS over these protein balls! I have been loving these as a post workout snack or an after dinner treat! Once you try these you will be wanting more, trust me! My other favorite protein balls recipe is in the Guiltless Nutrition & Recipe eBook!

You won’t even be able to tell you are eating such a healthy snack because they are just THAT good! These little protein balls are packed with 4 scoops of my LSF Plant Protein and I know you are going to be just as obsessed with them as I am!

Cacao-Nut Protein Balls Ingredients

makes approx. 24 balls 

  • 3 cups Medjool dates pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes unsweetened

Instructions

1. Add almonds to a food processor and process until it’s more of a flour texture. It can be coarse. 

2. Add dates and water, cacao and protein powder and process until well combined.

3. Add chocolate chips and hit pulse a few times to combine.

4. Use a spatula to remove mixture from the processor into a bowl. Then use your hands to roll even spoonfuls into small balls.

5. Pour coconut flakes onto a large plate or bowl and gently roll the balls to cover in the flakes.

6. Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container.

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PB&J Protein Smoothie

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PB&J protein smoothie

You know how a song, smell, or a bite of something can take you back to a moment? That’s what this PB&J smoothie is going to do for you too! Right back to being a kid eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but better.

This one is packed with about 25g of protein to build lean muscle and burn fat, healthy fats to curb cravings, and an immunity boost we could all use right now!

And the best part? It will talk you less than 2 minutes to make!

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PB&J Smoothie Ingredients

Smoothie Directions

Add all ingredients above in the order listed to a blender. Blend on high until smooth and enjoy!

Get Your Peanut Butter On

This smoothie is honestly great ANY time of day. It has a perfect balance of healthy fats, carbs, and proteins so you can’t go wrong. I love making this one for breakfast (maybe throw in some spinach for greens you won’t taste!), but it also makes a perfect post-workout snack too!

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Mint Chip Protein Smoothie

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Dairy-Free Mint Chip Vanilla Protein Smoothie

Move over “shamrock shake” — we’re mixing up a healthy version of a favorite St. Paddy’s day treat that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and filled with tons of nutrients and antioxidants.

This recipe is also packed with 20 g of plant-protein to curb cravings, build lean muscle and burn fat and gets the beautiful green color from nutrient-dense spinach… not from artificial food coloring!

So whether you’re celebrating something special (it’s my birthday today!) or looking to feel extra festive on St. Patrick’s day, you can whip up this treat in less than 2 mins. In fact, you can even have it for breakfast with ZERO guilt!

Mint Chip Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1 small banana- frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened oat milk or almond milk
  • 3 mint leaves or 1 drop mint extract
  • 1 tsp mini dark chocolate chips (no sugar added- I like Lily’s brand)
  • 1 scoop LSF Vanilla Plant Protein
  • Coconut
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