It’s pumpkin season! It’s also awful weather here in the UK. So let’s combine my favourite things… Chocolate Chips (vegan in my case of course), pumpkin, and mug cakes. Introducing my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mug Cake!
What is the Benefit of Eating Pumpkin?
Pumpkin offers a variety of health benefits due to its nutritional content. Here are some of the key benefits of including pumpkin in your diet:
- Nutrient-Rich: Pumpkin is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, and folate. Vitamin A, in particular, is abundant in pumpkin, which is crucial for maintaining healthy vision, skin, and immune function.
- Low in Calories: Pumpkin is relatively low in calories, making it a great choice for those looking to manage their weight while still enjoying a tasty and satisfying food.
- High in Fiber: Pumpkin is a good source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, helps maintain regular bowel movements, and can contribute to a feeling of fullness, reducing overeating.
- Antioxidant Properties: The bright orange color of pumpkin is due to its high content of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Beta-carotene can help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.
- Eye Health: As mentioned earlier, pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, which are essential for maintaining good vision and preventing eye conditions such as night blindness and age-related macular degeneration.
- Heart Health: The fiber, potassium, and antioxidants in pumpkin can contribute to heart health. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure, and fiber can reduce cholesterol levels, both of which are important for heart health.
- Weight Management: The fiber content in pumpkin can help you feel full, which can aid in weight management by reducing overall calorie intake.
- Immune Support: The vitamins and minerals in pumpkin, particularly vitamin C, can support your immune system, helping your body fight off infections and illnesses.
- Skin Health: The vitamin C in pumpkin promotes collagen production, which is important for maintaining healthy skin. Additionally, the antioxidants in pumpkin can help protect your skin from damage caused by UV rays and pollution.
- Hydration: Pumpkin has a high water content, which can contribute to your overall hydration when consumed as part of a balanced diet.
- Bone Health: Pumpkin seeds, in particular, are a good source of magnesium and zinc, which are important for bone health and can help prevent osteoporosis.
- Mood Regulation: Pumpkin seeds also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that the body converts into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can help improve mood and promote relaxation.
How to Make My Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mug Cake
Here’s everything you’ll need to make my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mug Cake…
- Plain, All-Purpose Flour (4 tbsp):
- Function: Provides the structure and texture to the cake.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Flour is the primary dry ingredient in most cake recipes. It helps create the cake’s crumb and holds everything together.
- Sugar (1.5 tbsp):
- Function: Adds sweetness and moisture to the cake.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Sugar not only sweetens the cake but also plays a role in tenderizing and moistening the crumb. It caramelizes during baking, enhancing flavor and color.
- Baking Powder (1/4 tsp):
- Function: Acts as a leavening agent, helping the cake rise and become fluffy.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Baking powder produces carbon dioxide gas when mixed with moisture and heat, which causes the cake to rise and become light and airy.
- Salt (Pinch):
- Function: Enhances the overall flavor of the cake by balancing sweetness and other flavors.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Even a small amount of salt can make the other flavors in the cake more pronounced and harmonious.
- Ground Cinnamon (1/2 tsp):
- Function: Adds a warm, spicy flavor.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Cinnamon complements the pumpkin and chocolate flavors, giving the cake a delightful, autumnal taste.
- Ground Ginger (Pinch):
- Function: Adds a subtle, spicy note.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Ginger complements the cinnamon and enhances the overall spice profile, adding depth to the flavor.
- Ground Nutmeg (Pinch):
- Function: Provides a nutty, slightly sweet flavor.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Nutmeg complements the other spices and adds a layer of complexity to the cake’s flavor.
- Milk of Choice (1.5 tbsp):
- Function: Adds moisture and helps create a tender crumb.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Milk contributes to the cake’s overall texture and ensures it is not too dry.
- Oil (1 tbsp):
- Function: Adds moisture and richness to the cake.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Oil helps keep the cake moist and tender, and it also contributes to the overall flavor.
- Vanilla Extract (1 tsp):
- Function: Enhances the flavor and aroma of the cake.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Vanilla extract adds a pleasant, sweet fragrance that complements the other ingredients.
- Pumpkin Puree (2 tbsp):
- Function: Adds moisture, flavor, and a natural sweetness.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Pumpkin puree gives the cake a distinct pumpkin flavor, contributes moisture, and enhances the fall-inspired theme.
- Dark Chocolate Chips (1 handful):
- Function: Adds bursts of rich, chocolatey goodness.
- Why it adds to the recipe: Dark chocolate chips provide sweetness and a delightful contrast to the pumpkin and spices, creating a balanced and indulgent treat.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Mug Cake
- 4 tbsp plain, all purpose flour
- 1.5 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch ground ginger
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- 1.5 tbsp milk of choice
- 1 tbsp oil any neutral oil, such as mild olive oil. You can also use melted vegan butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1 handful dark chocolate chips
- Stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and spices. Then stir in the oil, milk, vanilla and pumpkin puree until smooth and well combined.
- Stir in most of the chocolate chips, then top with a few more.
- Microwave for approximately 1 minute 40 seconds, it should be cakey and gooey (if not, microwave for 10-15 more seconds). Leave to cool for a couple of minutes. Enjoy with a scoop of vegan ice cream!