Healthy Pizza in A Mug: Two Low Calorie Pizza Mug Cake Recipes
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If you’re new to my blog, you should know I’m a mug cake fanatic. I have something like 9,000 high protein mug cake recipes on the site. Okay, maybe that number is more like 10-15 but you get the point. The two pizza in a mug recipes I’m sharing with you today combine mug cakes with another love of my life, pizza.
Both recipes are crazy simple and take less than five minutes from start to finish. And thanks to some lower calorie ingredient selections, you’ll find neither pizza in a mug has more than 287 calories. I’ll include a few ingredient notes for making substitutions to tweak the macronutrient breakdown in case you need more protein or fat, for example.
One last thing before you get to the recipes. I developed both recipes for Stronger U members as their (self-appointed) Chief Deliciousness Officer. Stronger U is a nutrition coaching company that’s helped over 10,000 people lose well over 100,000 pounds. They’re, in my opinion, the best in the business at what they do—helping people lose fat or take control of their nutrition. I highly suggest following Stronger U on Instagram, as you’ll find recipes like the two below posted daily.
Pepperoni Pizza in A Mug
All right, our first pizza in a mug is a classic pepperoni. The ingredient with the most wiggle room for calorie modification will be the marinara or pizza sauce. The sauce from Classico you see in the graphic has 25 calories per 1/4 C. That’s hard to beat unless you wanted to use plain tomato sauce and add your own seasoning, which you could totally do.
Just be sure to keep an eye on the labels when choosing your sauce. Most sauces will show nutrition facts for a 1/2 C serving. As long as it’s in the 50-80 calories per 1/2 C range, you’ll still have a lower calorie pizza in a mug.
Two additional ingredient notes worth mentioning:
- 3 Tbsp of liquid egg whites is roughly the equivalent of one whole egg’s whites.
- You’re only using 1 Tbsp of cheese, so going with reduced-fat or full-fat won’t make a huge difference. In the second pizza in a mug recipe, you’ll notice full-fat shredded parmesan is used with only minor changes to the calorie total.
I’ve yet to try adding vegetables inside, so I can’t give specific recommendations on cook time. That being said, I would guess a handful of peppers, mushrooms, or other veggies wouldn’t affect cook time all that much. Start with an extra 10-15 seconds and cook at intervals until the pizza in a mug is cooked through.
Spicy Alfredo Pizza in A Mug
I would love to some spinach and grilled chicken added to this pizza in a mug in place of the pepperoni, but the pepperoni is a quick and easy version. If you experiment with this one, be sure to tag Stronger U and me on Instagram.
I mentioned my mug cake affinity in the introduction, so I’ll link to a few of my favorites in case you’re interested. All of which are high protein, low calorie of course.
- Double Chocolate Banana Bread
- Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake
- High Protein Banana Bread
- 100-Calorie Protein Brownie
- Caramel Apple Mug Cake
And if you love pizza like I do, I think you’ll love my free cookbook for pizza lovers. Inside, you’ll find 15 of my most popular high protein pizza recipes. You can enter your information in the form below to have a copy sent straight to your email.