Thursday, November 21, 2013

The BEST Microwave Mug Brownie


My favorite coffee mug doubles as my favorite brownie mug!
I'm obsessed with microwave mug brownies, and I've even got my mom & aunt addicted! They're more economical and individually portioned so you don't go crazy and eat a whole tray of freshly baked brownies. So far I found my favorite recipe from CookingClassy.com (the link to the actual recipe is at the bottom).  Customize your brownie by adding nuts, candy, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, marshmallows, ice cream, caramel... the sky's the limit!  I've included my own favorite substitutions to make the recipe Gluten-Free (GF) and/or Vegan (V).  Play around and see what works best for you! Enjoy!






Microwave Mug Brownie
Prep Time: 2 minutes - Cook Time: 3 minutes     
Ingredients:




Optional Ingredients:
  • 3 Tbsp chocolate chips (V sub. dark chocolate)
  • For Microwave Brownie Sundaes:
  • Serve with ice cream (cookies and cream, vanilla bean, chocolate or caramel)
  • Drizzle with chocolate sauce or caramel sauce and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired
Directions
  • Add butter and brown sugar to a 12 oz (or larger mug). Heat in microwave on HIGH power 45 seconds, then remove from microwave and stir mixture with a fork. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. Stir in cocoa powder. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until well combine. Mix in chocolate chips. Set microwave on 50% power and cook mixture 1 minute 50 seconds - 2 minutes 30 seconds (time will vary based on varying microwaves wattage, don't overcook or it may result in a tough brownie). Serve warm topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce or caramel sauce and sea salt, if desired. 
 Recipe Source: Cooking Classy Microwave Mug Brownie 3/4/13

 If you need a whole tray (for guest of course...) I highly recommend Bob's Red Mill Brownie Mix.  It's better than any other box brownies I've tasted!  The mix itself is Vegan as well.  Here is the recipe from their website:

"Our Gluten Free Brownie Mix is one of our most popular mixes and we hear numerous new ways of making it. When you’re feeling creative and in the mood for a chocolaty treat, try some of these alterations. It’s amazing how one mix can be so versatile!"

Gluten Free Brownie Mix Instructions

The basic instructions to make the brownies.
  • 3/4 cup warm (110°) Water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 cup or 1-1/2 sticks Melted Butter or Margarine
  • 3 cups GF Brownie Mix

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 13 x 9-inch pan with cooking or baking spray. Place Bob's Red Mix Gluten Free Brownie Mix (one 21-oz package) in large mixing bowl.

Beat in butter or margarine, egg, vanilla and warm water with electric mixer on medium speed until just combined.

Stir in 1/4 cup chocolate chips and/or 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional).

Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool brownies thoroughly. Cut and serve. Makes 16 brownies.

*You can use 1/4 cup Applesauce and 1/4 tsp baking powder, or blended Silken Tofu as an egg replacement.
Ideas:

  • Use just 1/4 cup of butter (or Vegan substitute) along with 8 oz. of applesauce to cut down on the amount of fat. This may need a little bit more oven time so it can cook through.
  • Add coconut flakes, chocolate chips, walnuts and/or pecans for a fun twist.
  • Drizzle caramel over the entire surface of the brownie batter once in the pan. Use a wooden skewer or the tip of a knife to “stir” the caramel into the batter to ensure it sinks in. You should have a pretty, swirly design on top. For an extra kick, sprinkle 1 tsp. of sea salt on top before baking.
  • Use skim milk in place of the water and add a tablespoon of peanut butter.
  • Layer flat chocolate pieces in the middle of the brownie batter before baking.
  • Top with a chocolate frosting by melting together a bag of chocolate chips and a can of sweetened condensed milk.




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