The greatest study snack of all time

It’s 11pm. I’m frustrated. I’m overwhelmed. I just want to bake Christmas things. I’m craving chocolate.

I decided to take a short break and try out a cake-in-a-mug recipe since I’ve seen tons of them popping up on Pinterest lately.

I found one for a brownie and altered it a little to fit the ingredients I had. And let me tell you, it’s DELICIOUS.

I used to love those Warm Delights microwaveable desserts when I was living in a dorm, but this is so much better. No preservatives and it gives me a nice little baking break.


1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch salt
2 T. canola or other mild vegetable oil
3 T. milk, coffee or water (I used nonfat milk)


In a heatproof mug, stir together the dry ingredients until no lumps remain (a fork works well when de-lumping brown sugar)

Stir in the oil and milk until you have a thick paste

Microwave on high for a minute, checking it after 30 seconds (microwaves vary) – it will be done when it’s springy on top but still a bit gooey – like the very best brownie. Eat warm.

Don’t worry if it’s a little bit lumpy. It’s still good, I promise!

This was delicious and I love this recipe since you can easily make it vegan by using coffee or water instead of milk. It would be great topped with ice cream (which I don’t have), but I’m loving it topped with a spoonful of crunchy almond butter and a big glass of milk!


Recipe: Easy Cheeseburger Pie

I feel like I need to redeem myself after my last post, so I’m bringing back my recipe posts from the days of yore. Cheeseburger Pie is, as the title says, super easy. Like even if you can’t cook you can make this. It’s cheap and yummy and surprisingly low in calories and fat, depending on how you prepare it. Here we go:

Easy Cheeseburger Pie

Makes 6 servings


1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef if you prefer)

1 c. chopped onion (you can substitute 6 tablespoons of dried minced onion)

1/2 t. salt

1/2 c. Bisquik

1 c. milk

2 eggs

1 c. shredded cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400° and grease a 9″ pie pan. If you don’t have a pie pan (you should really have a pie pan) you can use a loaf pan or small casserole dish.

2. Brown the turkey and the onion.

3. Drain the turkey-onion mixture, add the salt, mix, and pour into pie pan.

4. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the turkey.

5. In a bowl, mix the remaining ingredients with a fork until smooth.

6. Pour the mixture evenly over the turkey.

7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

When prepared with ground turkey, Heart Smart Bisquick, fat free cheese, and skim milk, one serving of this dish (1/6 of pie) has 240 calories, 8 grams of fat, 389 mg of sodium, 12 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, and 25 grams of protein.