Pintester Movement 2.0

Guys! It's time for another round of pin testing for The Pintester Movement. This time, Sonja challenged us to test something that she has already tried. I perused through her Tested board on Pinterest, and I immediately chose to test a Brownie in a Mug. Who can turn down a brownie? Not this girl!

Before I share how my pin test went down, check out the Pintester's Brownie in a Mug!

I'm not gonna lie, I tested the Mug Brownie three times, each with a variation of the ingredients. I have zero problems consuming brownies, so I was perfectly happy testing this three times :)

Test #1

I followed the directions pretty closely, except that I used whole wheat flour. It turned out ok, but it was grittier than a Sons of Anarchy episode. No bueno!

Over 400 calories for a snack/dessert? No thanks, not for my diet anyway!

Test #2

I swapped out the sugar and flour for sweet cream flavored protein powder, added 2 tbsp of PB2, and kept the rest of the ingredients the same.

Why did I do this you ask? Kassie from Southern Girl Gets Fit has been blowing up Instagram with delicious-looking mug cakes using protein, so I wanted to give it a go. As you can see below, the oil still packs in quite a few calories, and I knew I could make this into a lower calorie treat that still tasted just as good or better.

Test #3

Last try=the best try! Here's the recipe for my Protein Mug Brownie:
  • 2 scoops sweet cream protein
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp PB2
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tbsp water
Microwave for the recommended 1min 40sec.

I'm not gonna lie, the third test was the most normal looking, aka it looked the least like baby poop of the three tries. Also, I think it tasted the best of the three AND has the lowest calories. Winner winner chicken dinner!


  1. Ohh I'll have to try this! I've seen "paleo" mug cakes and they're a lot healthier than the original mug cakes. Are they moister? Every time I make one they come out sooo dryyyy...

  2. Oh my. That looks good. But what in the hell is powdered peanut butter?

    1. It's pretty darn tastey, is what it is. All the peanuty goodness, without all of the fat. Just mix with water and voila! Tastey treat. PB choice of dieters. Amazon market delivers to your door. :-)

    2. Wow. I had never heard of powdered peanut butter... but sounds like great stuff!

  3. What a great idea! I never thought to swap out the regular ingredient for something healthier, or at least sneak a little protein in. Nice work!

  4. That looks so good. I am going to have to try it out.

  5. Im a new follower and You have already become my favorite person! You took one of my favorite things(brownie in a mug) and made it healthier! I might have one everyday now! ;)

  6. Nice job! I've used applesauce in place of oil in cakes, but never thought to sneak in some extra protein!

  7. Thanks for the 3 tests! But I have a question: did you eat them all the same day? Because it is like 1000 calories in total! :D I'll probably try the light one! ;)

  8. Grittier than an episode of SOA.. AHAHAHAHAH!!! I love it. Thanks for the trials. I will try it this weekend when I pick up some apple sauce!


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