“Pretend It’s Healthy Because It’s Got Oats In It” Microwave Snack Cake

So you know those evenings when you’re sitting around and want a nice snack but you don’t want an over-sugared box mix brownie or cupcake because it’ll wreck your sleep or be diabetic-bad or whatever? You want something tasty and chocolatey, but you’d like it to have some kind of decent ingredient in it to mitigate the bad ingredients? And you don’t want to bake something for an hour because then you’ll be forced to spend that time playing your favourite video game instead of going to bed? FORCED, I say! Yes.

A few weeks ago I wanted something like that but had had such bad results from the various microwave mug chocolate cakes I’ve tried that I went desperately Googling for something different. I tried putting oats in the search because I’ve got lots of oats on hand and they’re healthy and filling.

I found a lot of minor variations on something called a Toll House Microwave Snack Cake (mostly like this one), but can’t actually find it as an original on the Nestle recipe site. All of the versions I found were too big for what I wanted, and the fat and sugar amounts were really quite high.

After some tweaking around, I have come up with a smaller, healthier version that I love so much it’s become my regular snack-attack go-to deliciousness. I cut it in half for two really generous servings but it could easily serve four as a dessert.

oat snack cake with chocolate chips

Dense, oaty, mildy sweet, very tasty and filling. Add your own other ingredients to suit your tastes and needs.

"Pretend It's Healthy Because It's Got Oats In It" Microwave Snack Cake
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A dense, mildly sweet, very tasty oat cake with chocolate chips or your preferred ingredients.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2-4
  • ¼ cup (half stick) of regular butter, softened
  • ¾ cup oats, quick or old fashioned, uncooked
  • ¼ cup flour, whole wheat or AP
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (I actually don't fill my ¼ cup, so I'm doing a bit more than an ⅛th cup but I don't like things sweet)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips, or semi-sweet, or whatever you like
  1. In a microwaveable bowl (I like our Corelle large stew bowls for this, a cereal bowl is probably too small), mix everything up to the milk. Make sure it's thoroughly blended.
  2. Add the nuts and chips. Mix in.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic and poke one or two small vent holes.
  4. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes depending on your microwave. It's done when the top looks dry and is springy to the touch.
  5. Use a knife to separate the cake from the sides of the bowl.
  6. Handle the bowl with gloves because it'll be hot. Tip it out onto a plate. Scrape out any remaining chocolate chips and eat them. Obviously this is a required step.
  7. The original recipe said to let it cool because it was clearly written by criminally insane people. Eat it warm and gooey. You're welcome.


By the way, this happened so my posts might not be so frequent for a bit. I’ll do my best but sleep is suddenly at a premium!

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