After dinner snacking can become a bad habit; especially when there’s junk in your pantry. Typically people who end up snacking after dinner do so for a few reasons:
Habit
Not eating enough throughout the day
Boredom
“Rewarding” themselves after a long day
A nighttime snack isn’t terrible and I don’t subscribe to the never eat 3 hours before bedtime rule – because a calorie is a calorie no matter what time you eat it.  However, I have been experimenting with 11-12 hour overnight fasts the past 2 weeks and the later you eat in the evening means the later you get to eat in the morning. Personally, I try to shut it off by 9pm and hit the bed.
Anyway, when the nighttime sweet toofth hits – it’s nice to have the option to whip up something tasty that’s packed with protein, no added sugar, and non-gluten.  My usual ‘ol standby is 1 brown rice cake + 2 Tbsp PB2 + few Lily’s stevia sweetened or Enjoy Life chocolate chunks on top.  However, when I need a bit more protein and instead of having another shake or protein pudding, I like the Protein Mug Cake option.

Below are the ingredients I used and calculated nutrition info below is based on them as well.  You could substitute your own brand or omit/add items. See end of post for list of baking items I always keep around the house.

Protein Chocolate PB Mug Cake


Ingredients:
1 scoop of AdvoCare chocolate Muscle Gain
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
3 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1 Tbsp PB2
1 Tbsp Navitas Naturals unsweetened cacao
1 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 stevia packet
SprAnkles of cinnamon
7g (1/2 Tbsp) Lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate chips (optional)*
Icing (optional): 1/2 scoop AdvoCare Vanilla Muscle Gain mixed with a tiny bit of water.
Instructions:
Spray inside of microwave safe mug with coconut oil spray
Combine all ingredients in separate bowl and stir. Mixture will be like brownie batter consistency.
Pour mixture into mug; fold in chocolate chips. Cover mug with plastic wrap and microwave for 45 sec to 1 minute. Be careful not to “cook” for too long or else it will turn out dry.
Remove from microwave. Watch out, it’ll be hot. Flip mug over onto plate and lift off. Drizzle icing on top.  Take a picture and then eat it 🙂
This recipe can easily be shared among 2 people.  I confirmed that statement <—— with my husband and he agreed.  So, feel free to share with your significant other or eat it all by yourself.
Nutritional Info: (entire recipe)
251 Calories
24g Protein
23g Carbs (8g Fiber; 7g Sugar)
7g Fat
It may sound like a lot of calories for a nighttime “snack” but remember you can share it AND the protein, carb, and sugar profile beats eating 1/2 cup of Ben & Jerry’s! Perspective, yo.
Baking Items I keep in my pantry at all times in case the Procrastibaking bug strikes:
 
Coconut flour
Gluten free rolled oats
Chia seeds
Flax seeds (to use as egg replacer)
Unsweetened applesauce (to use as oil replacement)
Unsweetened coconut milk (for non-dairy option)
Unsweetened cacao
Enjoy Life chocolate chunks and/or Lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate chips
Baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract, etc
Usually all of these items can be used in recipes I find online and I just tweak a few things here and there to make them work.  So having sweetsies is only a google search and an oven (or microwave) away.