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Chocolate Mint Mesquite Protein Cakes (and All Aboard the Poop Train)

In Breakfasts, Desserts, Favourites on December 11, 2012 at 6:14 AM

Chocolate Mint Mesquite Individual Cakes (and All Aboard the Poop Train)

Oprah did a 21-day vegan challenge a few years ago. I remember her gushing over her improved pooping.  If there is one thing I am not lacking from my foods, it is fiber. Mostly due to my love of beans. One serving of Red Lentil Dal with Zucchini gives you 16g of fiber, or 65% of your suggested daily fiber intake. Red Lentil and Spinach Curry (Vegan Tikka Masala): 18g of fiber or 72% of your suggested daily intake. This definitely helps to keep things moving.

Trust me, I don’t need help any help in the pooping department, but recently bought psyllium husks after Gabby gushed over a banana-less chocolate smoothie. I found the smoothie a bit gritty from the psyllium (I doubled the psyllium, though, and used psyllium husks instead of psyllium powder) but even worse, my belly became bloated nearly instantaneously. And boy, was I gaseous. With stinky farts. Super stinky. Poor Rob.

Psyllium helps relieve constipation and diarrhea, regulating bowel movements with its high soluble fiber content. It is the main ingredient in All-Bran Buds and Metamucil. During medical school, a surgeon touted its value and I began adding All-Bran Buds to my morning yogurt. However, as the husk itself, a little goes a long way. I used 1 tablespoon the first time, which is a pretty big amount. Nearly entirely fiber. Only 17 calories, with 5g of carbs including 4.5g of fiber. Way more potent than beans.(Metamucil only recommends 1 tsp at a time).

Chocolate Mint Mesquite Individual Cakes (and All Aboard the Poop Train)

I thought I was doomed to another long-time pantry lurker, but then discovered an interesting chocolate cake. Hemp protein powder + psyllium + cocoa + mesquite + mint sounded like a winning combo.. actually, it sounded down-right odd. No grains? How would this turn into a cake? Especially after only microwaving it for a minute? My curiosity got the better of me and I was completely smitten. It may look like poop but it was a magic cake. Perfect as a dessert or a filling breakfast. It is a chewy cake but a chocolate cake nonetheless. I’ve made it with cocoa and carob. I have substituted maca for the mesquite, although I had to add more water. I’ve gone mesquite-less with more hemp and carob. I’ve mistakenly forgotten the mint. Since I am on the sweetener-free challenge I didn’t add any sweeteners but I encourage something sweeter for those who haven’t deprived your sweet tastebuds for a month (um, like Rob!).

Chocolate Mint Mesquite Individual Cakes (and All Aboard the Poop Train)

But be careful, psyllium is incredibly filling. Drink a huge glass of water/tea with it. Work yourself up to a full cake and don’t eat them every day. Eventually the bloating will subside and the smelly farts become less.

However, because it is so filling, this is a terribly satisfying snack. Top it with some melted coconut oil or coconut butter. Want something even more decadent? Omit the mint and top it with my chocolate peanut butter frosting or cashew date frosting! Or make this avocado buttercream frosting and tell me how it was. ;)

Looking for more psyllium recipes? Check out Dr. John Howard‘s (a pediatric gastroenterologist in London) collection of kid-friendly recipes using psyllium. If you have or know of children with constipation, I also encourage you to read through his kid’s book: All Aboard The Poop Train. All aboard, toot toot!

Now I plan to experiment with using pumpkin in a similar microwave cake. Wish me luck! Have you ever used psyllium or made a protein cake?

Chocolate Mint Mesquite Individual Cakes (and All Aboard the Poop Train)

This is my submission this month’s Tea Time Treats for chocolate.

Chocolate Mint Mesquite Protein Microwave Cakes
Adapted from Purely Twins

1 tbsp carob or cocoa powder
1 tbsp mesquite (if no mesquite use: 1.5 tbsp carob powder and 1.5 tbsp hemp protein powder)
1 tbsp hemp protein powder (I used Hemp Pro 70)
1 tbsp psyllium husk (check out the original version for options with flax and chia as substitutes)
1/4 tsp baking soda
sweetener to taste (none for me)
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
3 tbsp water

1. In a small ramekin or small Mason jar (microwave-safe), combine the carob or cocoa powder, mesquite, hemp protein powder, psyllium and baking soda. Stir to combine well and remove any lumps. Add sweetener if you desire. Stir in peppermint extract. Add water and stir until thoroughly combined.

2. Microwave on high for 60 seconds. Allow to cool slightly before eating.

Serves 1.

  1. glad you liked the cake! it is crazy how psyllium fills you up, which is nice sometimes!

  2. Psyllium is a great binder for gluten free dough and helps make perfectly roll-able pie and pizza crusts too!

  3. These are so healthy- and look amazing! Chocolate mint is always a good combo:)

  4. I have been looking forward to this one! I love microwave cakes, and this is perfect for the season with the mint. I need to go get my hands on some husk! One of my favorite topping is melted cherries. I buy them frozen and microwave them until they are thawed and juicy to pour over my cake.

  5. haha I have no problem in the pooping department either…but perhaps I’ll pass this psyllium husk idea onto my mom…for her issues. :P Or I’ll just serve her this cake and see what happens…

  6. Wow I bet that cake is super filling! So much good stuff and no bad- healthiest cake ever!

  7. Aaaah! Just the other night I was madly googling to try and find a microwave protein cake that I remembered seeing ages ago, but for the life of me I couldn’t find it, or any simply vegan one. Janet to the rescue!

    P.S. I left an almost-full bag of psyllium with my parents when I came overseas, because the gloopy texture it creates in things like oatmeal reminds me of snot. Oh, snot and poop. What can’t you do, psyllium? ;)

  8. Mmm… I will be trying this! Not that I need the extra fiber or help in the bathroom, but it sounds interesting and pretty tasty! I love beans to, but unfortunately don’t digest them very well (even with pressure cooking and soaking). I get bloated and lots of gas! :/

  9. fun! I need to try this! thanks for including which hemp protein you use!

    • No problem… I don’t do it for promotion (per se), rather I know that all protein powders are different…. so if it doesn’t work out, try another protein powder. I know the original recipe said brown rice protein powder didn’t work so well and hemp was best. :)

  10. Hahahahaha, your post had me rolling! I don’t often find such honesty in a blog! I like psyllium as a binder because I have trouble with both flax and chia, so it’s nice to see more bloggers baking with it. I tried the twins original version and really liked it! I love chocolate and mint together, so I’ll have to give this a shot! :-)

  11. Woah, psyllium sounds a little intense for me :) I’m already nice and regular (TMI? We just met!), but I always have trouble in that department when I travel–maybe I should bookmark this recipe so I can stick a cake in my purse before I hop on a plane. Wonder what TSA would make of that? Plus I’m obsessed with peppermint extract now, so I know it’ll taste fabulous!

  12. OMG I am so happy because this is so healthy and I can eat EVERYTHING included in this recipe! Wahoo, it’s so going to happen! :) The second I get home to my family home, it’s ON!!! baking time! ;)

  13. Funny about psyllium: the doctor I work with loves it for nearly everyone; I found that it was much too bulking back when I was sick, because I was simply too impacted to take it. For IBS-C, I think it’s typically not something people are ready for until they’ve seen improvements, but it can be incredible after that.

    • Thanks for your thoughts, Gena. It is supposed to help stabilize one’s BMs so in theory it should help everyone.. although I think there is a run-in phase. Funnily enough my mom’s cat has constipation problems and my mom gives her psyllium, too. ;)

  14. Wow – I’ve never known what psyllium actually was before – now I’m enlightened!

  15. […] but we still have cocoa and carob powder. Sadly, I have run out of psyllium to whip up my 3-minute Chocolate Mint Mesquite Protein Cakes and I don’t have enough carob powder to make Gabby’s Sugar-Free Carob Almond Butter […]

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  18. How can this be made with no microwave, I wonder? Or is that the point? (I don’t own one, or intend to, but this cake looks great!)

    • Hey Jess, Having a microwave is nice because then it takes only a few minutes. I haven’t tried it myself but others have tried baking it at 350F for about 20 minutes or so (time may vary).

  19. […] secret is psyllium. There was a time when I made microwave chocolate psyllium cakes fairly regularly (pun unintended) but mostly because they were easy and single-serve. These are a […]

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