Editing this post realizing I never wrote a word. I think I was probably in the middle of this bowl of goodness and felt compelled to share but didn’t have a minute to chat. Anyway here you have it… the dessert I eat almost every night. A warm gooey chocolate brownie/cake/muffin thing… with my favorite flavors of halo top, fat free whipped, some hot fudge or cocoa bar in a jar, mini chips, and usually some strawberries and granola… I’ll let you know if I ever get sick of it but I’m feeling like we might be together forever.
Some people probably think I’m crazy that I save and spend that many macros on dessert. And SOMEtimes I don’t. (Ok it’s rare). And maybe some day I’ll feel differently. (Probably not.) But for ME, this is just something I really value. I love to know I’ve got a great reward at the end of the night. That’s probably breaking some rules and I probably need therapy because food shouldn’t be a reward or something. But it fits my macros and my life! It works for me. I really like going to bed nice and full. And it makes me less likely to cheat if I’ve got this late at night… I’ve found if I’m out of macros at 8, either I’ll cheat or I’ll be depressed. Neither are good options!
Hi I’m Lillie and I’m a late night eater.
Ok this one below was me actually running out of carbs, so I went with just a sprinkling of crushed peppermint! Also amazing..and I’ve actually got some arctic zero brownie blast in the bowl WITH the halo top. On it’s own it’s too watery for me, but if I soften it in the microwave and it’s mixed up in this sea of goodness…. it’s great! And saves me a few more carbs.
And EVERY LAST CARB MATTERS… especially when you want quality AND quantity.
But speaking of quantity vs quality for just a minute. Before macros, my nights were ALL ABOUT a giant homemade chocolate chip cookie like this one. I still think that maybe nothing in the world tastes better than a perfectly baked, buttery, salted chocolate chip cookie. It’s got to be big to make it worth it to me, so there’s plenty of chewy inside but the outside can still be nice and crispy. BUT– one big cookie is pretty close in fat and carbs to this whole bowl. And it’s just gone in like three minutes.
I’ve learned that for ME– they still have their place and I certainly still bake and enjoy one occasionally… usually in the afternoon in place of other snacks. BUT, for dessert, and for my mental state (HA)– I just really value a satisfying and lasting experience. And THAT — is this.
But maybe I should warn you… this is legitimately a big bowl of dessert! So if you’re one of those people that eats normal portions, you might want to half it. And you can! Sometimes when I’m running low on macros, I’ll make half the muffin. Just do this,
- Weigh out half the mix (about 27 g) into a little baggie for tomorrow night.
- Mix the remaining mighty muffin mix with about 2.5-3 tbs of water and a little stevia and heat for about 30 seconds or until gooey but set. ISH.
- Clean out your cup and save it for the other half tomorrow since they heat up best in this cup! If you forget, use something plastic that’s microwave safe. Works better than glass.
Or you can get creative! I’ve mixed half the muffin powder with half a serving of brownie mix (idea from Sarah Devore!) and that was amazing, really made it taste like a brownie! Or half the mix with some oatmeal like this, which was my favorite for a couple of weeks… just be prepared the texture is different and more like … oatmeal! But it’s fun to find ways to manipulate your favorite treats to fit your day.
And I know I can’t really call this a recipe since it’s all things you buy and put in a bowl. But whatever it is. It’s here to make your nights better… even when you’re counting macros.
Double Chocolate Flap Jacked Mighty muffin Yogurt bowl
FOR THE MUFFIN
- *1 double chocolate mighty muffin by Flapjacked amazon, GNC, and sometimes walmart!
- 2-3 packets of stevia or you can use 2-3 droppers of liquid stevia
- 100 g peanut butter cup halo top
- 100 g red velvet halo top
- 15 g fat free whipped cream
- 5 g homemade hot fudge Trader Joes Hot Fudge has slightly better macros but I like a quick homemade… ok editing because now I use cocoa bar in a jar for fewer macros and I’m OBSESSED! It hardens like magic shell…
- 3 g Mini chocolate chips
- *Other toppings I use all the time: berries slivered toasted almonds, toffee, peanut butter, pb2, granola… this is where I play with any macros I MIGHT have left. You’d be surprised how 5 or 10 grams of something so yummy and indulgent (toffee?!) can add so much for just couple of macros! And more is always better for me when it comes to toppings….
- And most things.
FOR THE 2 MINUTE HOT FUDGE
*2- MINUTE HOMEMADE HOT FUDGE if you still want it!
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- I used to do ¼ cup butter but since macros, I’ve cut it and it’s still great!
- FOR THE MUFFIN: The directions say to do ¼ cup water and I’m sure they’re meant to be cooked all the way through and dumped out to look like a muffin. But I’ve never been into cake and ice-cream. If you’re more of a cakey over fudgey brownie person (I don’t get you but), maybe do that. But I am team-fudgey and THIS IS HOW I DO MINE.
- Add 1/3 cup water plus stevia, mix and and microwave it for 42 seconds (every microwave is different of course so err under). I like to see a wet spot on top still, then wait a minute, then dump it into my bowl. I want it to be a little wet and a little runny still. If it’s too runny… no big deal! I scoop the top into my bowl and throw the rest left in the cup back in for 10 seconds. Or even microwave it a little more in the bowl. It kind of sets up in the bowl and even if it’s pretty wet, it firms up under the ice-cream and is like the gooiest brownie. It’s legit. SO GOOD.
FOR THE HOT FUDGE
- Stir ingredients together and microwave for a minute in a glass bowl. Give it a good stir till it’s all melty! If it needs more, use 30 second increments. I store it in a mason jar in the fridge and scoop out a spoonful to microwave in a different dish for 12 seconds or so each night. If you heat it too long it’s ruined and I’ve ruined too many whole jars sooooo…. Lots of dirtying little ramekins instead…. .
- * For a little 5 gram drizzle it’s less than 1 fat and a little over 3 carbs. Welcome back hot fudge. The cocoa bar comes to like 1f 2c. So not so different when you just have a bit, but healthier ingredients and I love that it hardens so…. you do you.
- It’s true that Dreyers Slow churned has macros that are pretty close to halo top so you can save a lot of money that route. But honestly… when you’re determined to eat close to if not 3 servings like I usually do, sometimes I really want the VERY lowest carbs. And choosing a halo flavor with 12-14 per serving vs a slow churned with like 18 (unless you want vanilla or coffee- which are great and only 15!) can save me up to like 18 carbs in my bowl! So we eat and love both, but full disclosure I do spend too much money in halo for sure. I really need a throw-your-hands-in-the-air emoji right about now.)
- Too big for you? Weight out half of the powder and mix with half the water in a bowl or mug to have half the chocolate muffin with less ice-cream.