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Milk memories. Do you have any? I have a couple and they all take place at different times in my life.
Growing up, we always had a glass of milk with our meals. A glass of water, juice or soda, just never felt right. For some reason a tall glass of creamy milk always went well with any sort of meal. I also always remembered my Dad worrying that we’re going to run out of milk, so he always was making comments about it after looking in the fridge. I don’t know, perhaps he was just really anxious about not having milk with his cereal in the morning? I’m not sure but it’s this strange constant memory I have of my father when I was a child.
Another memory I have is when I was just 16 and in love for the first time (with an older man, nonetheless) who during our time together, we’d have a weekly – sometimes more than once – tradition where we’d split a $2.00 frozen pizza and have our glass of milk on the side. I don’t know if it was because I was sitting with someone I was crazy mad in love with or what, but the combination of pizza and milk honestly became a favorite starting then and still is the same today. We would always watch a movie or TV show and it was something I looked forward to every time!
Lastly, as a mom now, I carry on the tradition of having a glass of milk with dinner. Since studies show that kids are drinking less milk, I’m happy that my son always requests one as if it’s a treat! I know that with kids drinking less milk that means that kids aren’t getting enough of milk’s nutrients like calcium, potassium and Vitamin D per 8 oz cup. It’s not everyday that something you consume and genuinely love also helps you grow and has the potential to create long-lasting memories!
For us, milk will always be a family staple and with all the nutrients that milk contains, it’s hard to replace. It’s already hard enough to get enough nutrients that we need without milk in our diets, and decades of research and hundreds of studies support the benefits of drinking milk.
Hopefully my memories and little tidbits about milk were a nice reminder on why milk is a simple, wholesome and affordable way to help you and your family get natural protein and balanced nutrition. Next, I hope you enjoy the recipe below for a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in a Mug. I can’t tell you how big of a fan I am of these kinds of recipes! The ones with one (generous!) serving. It’s perfect for when you have a craving, but don’t want to over do it! It’s also no secret that when lots of people think of a glass of milk, they ask where’s the chocolate chip cookie at?
To start, grab a good sized coffee mug! Cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla extract and egg substitute until well combined and creamy.
Next, add baking powder, flour, and milk and stir until all the ingredients beautifully mixed together!
Sprinkle in some chocolate chips and pop in the microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds. I’d personally start at 1 minute and see how it looks – all microwaves are different. For mine, I had to put it back in for another 20 minutes and it was perfect! Surprisingly moist without being drying at all.
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon egg substitute
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon of milk chocolate chips
- Cream together brown sugar, sugar, butter, vanilla and egg substitute together until creamy.
- Add in flour, milk and baking powder. Mix well.
- Coat chocolate chips in flour and toss into mix.
- Microwave for one minute to one minute and 30 seconds. Microwaves vary, so please watch!
- Sprinkle chocolate chips on top!
- Serve with a cold glass of milk 🙂
This treat is not complete without a cold glass of milk on the side! I’m serious! You must not eat this without a glass of milk. Hear me? 🙂
Next week, I’ll be sharing a post on suggestions on creating the perfect gift featuring a quicker way to putting together a cake in a mug for sweet treat in your life! In the meantime, I highly suggest visiting MilkLife.com for recipes, more content and inspiration when it comes to all things MILK! Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, too!