Ah, welcome to Monday. I hope that you had a good weekend. We had our first big snow of the season on Saturday, a full 10 inches. That meant cozying up, watching it snow, and making warm comfort dishes and baking.

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I also made a few of these chocolatey mug cakes. They could not be easier, with very basic ingredients. This recipe comes from ‘Everyday Happy Herbivore’, a cookbook I was sent and asked to share. It is packed full of vegan recipes that you can have on your table in 30 minutes or less. I found several that I am looking forward to testing.

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Chocolate Mug Cake and a Giveaway


  • 4 tbsp white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp nondairy milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • vanilla extract
  • dash cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp vegan chocolate chips


  1. In a small bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and cinnamon
  2. together, set aside. For a really sweet cake, add more sugar. In another
  3. small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup applesauce, nondairy milk, and a drop or two of
  4. vanilla extract together. Pour wet into dry, then add chips, stirring to
  5. combine. Add another 1-2 tbsp of applesauce, until the batter is wet and
  6. resembles regular cake batter. Pour batter into a coffee cup, and
  7. microwave for three minutes (at 1000 watts).

by Happy Herbivore

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In the spirit of Meat-Free Monday leave me a comment below, sharing your favorite vegan/vegetarian meal and you’ll be entered to win a copy of ‘Everyday Happy Herbivore’. Can’t wait to hear about all your meat-free dishes!

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This giveaway will end Friday, February 10, 2012 at midnight (EST). Ā THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.


45 Responses to Chocolate Mug Cake and a Giveaway

  1. Johanna says:

    Hello there! :) I actually cooked up a big batch of veggies last night – but as it’s for the baby (six months! time flies!), it doesn’t really qualify as my favorite vegetarian dish. I do like a bit of salt, please. And mac and cheese, for that matter! Or pancakes … mmh … getting hungry thinking of it. The book looks good!

  2. Liz says:

    My favorite meat free dish (and favorite dish overall) is ratatouille! Hearty, but light. Served hot in the winter with pearled cous cous or cold in the summer with French bread.

  3. I love making Corn Chowder…it’s a perfect and easy vegetarian comfort food. šŸ˜€ http://chocolateandcarrots.com/2011/09/corn-chowder Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Molly G. says:

    I love making roasted vegetable soups like sweet potato with adobe cream. Something about roasted vegetables-YUMMY!

  5. erin says:

    Oh gosh- I find it near impossible to pick just one. It seems every time I cook something new up I say, “Yup, this is my favorite!”

    Even thought it’s ten in the morning, I could really take a chocolate mug right now :)

  6. Kristen M. says:

    Our family has gradually made its way to vegetarian over the last year and this would be a tremendous resource for this mama cook in the house!

  7. amy marantino says:

    i like rice and beans

  8. Heather says:

    My current favorite is a chickpea curry. I use coconut milk and roasted tomatoes for the base, then add loads of chickpeas, Chinese eggplant, and peppers. I have some frozen that we’ll be having tomorrow night šŸ˜‰

  9. Wehaf says:

    I love sauteed veggies (onions, peppers, carrots, squash, etc.) in a tomato sauce over whole wheat noodles! It’s simple, easy, and universally appealing.

  10. Mmm, that mug cake looks perfect for those all-of-a-sudden chocolate cravings! I’m saving this one to try sometime šŸ˜€ My favorite meat free meal? Wow, that’s hard to choose! Currently, for a simple meal, I love having rice and beans with whatever veggies I have on hand roasted in the oven with some kind of sauce over top, either hot sauce, pesto or something similar. So simple but so yummy :)

  11. Lindy R. says:

    I go meatless at least 1 day/week (Meatless Mondays) … I love using chickpeas to make falafals, “meat”balls,etc. I also love black bean burgers.

  12. Jenna Z says:

    I love skillet meals. White beans, kale, cubed sweet potatos and some mushrooms, sauted, then add some curry powder and a little sesame oil! Yum, so simple and so tasty!

  13. katherine d. says:

    i love vegan green monster smoothies! WIth frozen fruit, kale, and vegan protein powder!

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  14. Sara P. says:

    I love vegan lasagna!

  15. Ooh the mug cake looks delicious! I’m a full-time vegetarian, and I love making enchiladas for weeknight meals. You can add pretty much any seasonal veggies and they’re simple and filling. I’d love to win a copy of this great book!

  16. brookeO says:

    Rainbow stirfry filled with everything from red cabbage to pea pods to carrots and sauteed with a miso based sauce is the way to my heart after a long day in the snow! I love the cake mug, do you think baking it would yield similar results?

  17. brookeO says:

    Rainbow stir-fry filled with everything from red cabbage to pea pods and mushrooms and sauteed in a miso based sauce is the way to my heart after a long day in the snow! I like the cake in a mug, do you think baking in the oven would yield similar results?

  18. Sarah says:

    I’ve recently discovered the wonders of Kale, and just love kale salads with citrus and pine nuts with a bit of balsamic massaged in. mmmm….

  19. Mary says:

    Mu favorite vegetarian meal would have to be a simple stir fry of fresh veggies with fried tofu and brown rice. Very simple and so incredibly good with soy sauce.

  20. Jenny says:

    I’m just kind of floundering around trying to go meatless with my family, but my old favorite is eggplant parmasean with the eggplant baked instead of fried.

  21. Jennie says:

    I am addicted, really, to mug cakes!!!

    My favorite vegan meal right now is lunch! I have been making a roasted garlic hummus, black bean and sweet potato wrap with a side of homemade chocolate avocado pudding with raspberries. SO good :)


  22. Ingrid says:

    My favorite vegetarian meal is anything with butternut squash or kale … or both!

  23. Most of our meals are either pescatarian or vegetarian… I’m a big fan of making a salad with roasted winter vegetables.

  24. Brandy says:

    My sister-in-law recently went from being a vegetarian to a vegan. We both play on our local roller derby team and we have lots of potlucks so I always try to remember to make something that is vegan friendly. My favorite thing is vegan zucchini bread. It is so yummy and fragrant. I even make it for other non vegans. It is super moist and always a big hit.

  25. Crystal Gauges-Balfour says:

    Eggplant Parmesan!

  26. Beth P says:

    I cook up some quinoa on a Sunday and keep it in the frig for the week, can be used for so many dishes!
    My breakfast today was quinoa, a sprinkle of cinnamon, craisins, dried blueberries, and some chopped walnuts. Great warmed up or cold, and uses super-convenient pantry items. (Add agave syrup or maple syrup for a little sweetness.) You can be creative!

  27. Emily says:

    I love crazy hashes involving kale, beans, root veggies and whole grains (quinoa, barley, etc.). Top it with a little bit of Parmesan and/or breadcrumbs if you think it’s necessary. Delicious!

  28. Vanna says:

    I absolutely love the gluten-free cornmeal dumplings with red beans and kale. It’s a dish that tastes great without the dumplings but is even better with them. I posted a link to the recipe in the website box above.

  29. Kelly says:

    My family recently becomes vegans so we have been trying lots of new recipes. One of my favorites is a lentil/rice bake with roasted vegetables. Yum!

  30. Zoe Packman says:

    I love sweet potatoes with greek yogurt, corn, and cilantro!

  31. Heba says:

    My favorite vegan meal is roasted vegetable bulgar, I roast eggplant, onions & red bell peppers with olive oil, then I cook them with a cup of coarse bulgar (you can use quinoa or couscous) and a can of diced tomatoes with crushed garlic. Mmmmmm….. I think I’ll go make some for tonight šŸ˜€

  32. Martha says:

    Lately, I am all about greens. Salads, of course, but I love steaming that huge bag of kale, collard and spinach greens down to practically nothing and then seasoning with a bit of Melt and TJ’s smokey seasoning or chili salt.

  33. Amanda says:

    We love tostadas!! And tomato soup & grilled cheese panini, and cheddar corn chowder. Apparently we eat a lot of cheese :)

  34. Jennifer says:

    Macaroni and cheese soup (also dairy free šŸ˜‰

  35. Lara says:

    My favorite vegan meal is a big hearty bowl of oatmeal. It’s simple, and I can always change it up by adding nuts, dried fruits, or healthier sweeteners. Oatmeal warms me up inside and out :O)

  36. Christen says:

    Right now, my favorite vegan meal is a veggie and lentil bolognese recipe my boyfriend brought back with him from France! Delicious~

  37. Lillian says:

    My favorite vegan meal is actually quite simple: green beans sauted in olive oil with toasted almonds ontop :)

  38. Genevieve says:

    I’d love to win that cookbook! It’s too hard for me to choose one vegetarian meal as my favourite, but I love to make meals with chickpeas – they’re versatile and cheap!

  39. Rachel says:

    I make these Cinnabons (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/clone-of-a-cinnabon/detail.aspx), but vegan! (You don’t need a bread machine either, I do without!)

    Substitute Coffee Rich non-dairy creamer, margarine, and Tofutti brand plain cream cheese (it tastes real, I swear!).

    They are DELICIOUS! Recommended to all!

  40. Barb K. says:

    Like chickpeas easy to use in any meal vegan or other wise. Both recipe books look like they have meals for every taste.

  41. Jennifer says:

    Our favorite would have to be a big pot of vegetable soup. I load it with veggies and a tomato juice base and my little ones eat this up and ask for more every time!

  42. jodi says:

    One of my favorites would be black bean burgers served with sweet potato fries…yum!

  43. Carolsue says:

    I love red beans and rice
    1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
    2 cups water
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 onion, chopped
    /2 green bell pepper, chopped
    1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
    1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
    1. Bring the rice and water to boil in a pot. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes.
    2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and green bell pepper, and cook until tender. Mix in beans and tomatoes, and continue cooking until heated through. Serve skillet mixture over the rice.
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  44. Lisa says:

    For dinners quesadillas are fast and easy to make to each family members preference. I often use trader joes fire roasted peppers and onions, cheese, beans and rice along with spices (I have a smoky paprika that is good, or I throw in some chili powder and cumin). Also there is a quesadilla with mashed potatoes and Brie served with a spicy chipotle sauce (think I got that one from Bon appetit magazine a few years ago).
    Also just tried the blondis made with chickpeas instead of flour (been seeing them on blogs lately) and loved them!
    Oh, and have to mention a green monster smoothie made with bananas, peanut butter, spinach and yogurt!

  45. Sheree says:

    Loved reading everyone’s favorites. My daughter and I have been eating vegan for five days, so we have been reading recipes like crazy. So far, my favorite has been black bean and brown rice Mexican bowls. Topped with avocado and poblano pepper salsa and chopped veggies. Very delicious and filling.

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