I’ve been mugged. By chocolate and mug cakes and brownies galore. Mug cakes are all the rave right now. Mix a few things in a mug and zap it for a minute or two in the microwave and get a delicious treat out of it?! Sure! I’m especially into testing out the many protein mug cakes for my finicky shark for a great breakfast treat. I’ve seen a few on Instagram I can’t wait to try!
Maybe these mug creations were inspired from the simple microwave lava cake mixes and muffins that are famously sold in grocery stores. Either way, I’m pretty hooked. I came across this super simple brownie mug recipe on Pinterest while looking for a gift ideas for my sons’ teachers. Of course, after calculating the nutrition on this and recipe testing, I came to the conclusion that applesauce works great in this recipe, as well as scaling it back in half! So one great recipe and crafty idea from Pinterest turned into these yummy Lowfat Fudgy Brownies in a Mug.
2 Tb all purpose flour
2 Tb granulated sugar
1 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tb semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tb unsweetened applesauce
1 Tb water
On a side note, if you mix a whole lot of this for gift giving as I did, measure 1/3 cup, plus 2 Tb mix and add 1 Tb each of applesauce and water for each mug brownie.
First get your ingredients together.
If you are feeling daring, sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top of the mixture.
Microwave this on high heat for 60 seconds. This will get you an almost lava like consistency. For a slightly firmer brownie, but just as fudgy, make it 90 seconds.
Dust it with some powdered sugar. You know you want to.
And scoop some out for a fancy bite.
Or run a knife around the inside of the mug and turn it over on a plate so you can dress it with some whipped cream. Oh yum!
Now for my craftiness…I wrote on some mugs with a Sharpie Oil Based Pen, then I baked the mugs for 30 minutes at 350. Make sure you get the oil based or ceramic pens because regular Sharpie will stay on in the dishwasher, but it will rub off after a soak in the sink, go figure. But for a quick Christmas gift, it can work on a short time schedule with no time to shop for ceramic pens. Which is what I did-doh! (But I went back for the good pen after the holidays and it works like a charm!) After that I made a quadruple batch of brownie mix, placed it in a zip bag with instructions, shoved that into the mug, topped it with a 4 oz container of applesauce and topped that with a fresh mug brownie. Then I wrapped it up with plastic wrap and viola-gifts for teachers. See, don’t you just love Pinterest?
Finicky shark tips? My boys have requested these several times since first making these 6 days ago! Two fins up!!
Lowfat Fudgy Brownies in a Mug
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Number of servings: 1
Per Serving 244 calories
Fat 4 g
Carbs 52 g
Protein 3 g
Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 7
*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.
*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
- 2 Tb all purpose flour
- 2 Tb granulated sugar
- 1 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tb semi-sweet chocolate chips
- pinch salt
- 1 Tb unsweetened applesauce
- 1 Tb water
- In a microwavable mug, whisk together dry ingredients.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Add applesauce and water and mix well.
- Microwave for 60-90 seconds, depending on desired consistency.
- Garnish as desired with powdered sugar or whipped cream.
What are you wrapping for your child’s teacher this Christmas?