Craving a sweet decadent treat, but not ready to commit a hour of your life to baking or have a pan full of brownies in the house? Cue this rich and chocolaty vegan mug brownie. You'll be satisfying your sweet tooth in minutes.
This vegan mug brownie was born from a serious post-dinner chocolate craving. I needed something chocolate and I needed it now.
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It took a few trials to get it just right, but the taste testing was well worth it. Keep this brownie recipe for one on hand for when nothing but a rich chocolaty treat will satisfy you.
What Is a Vegan Mug Brownie?
Mug brownies or mug cakes are the perfect portioned sizes for when you need or want something sweet in minutes, without having an entire pan sitting around all week.
You don't actually have to make this in a mug. You can use a ramekin or any small microwave safe dish.
The ingredients used are pretty basic, but specialized to fit into a plant based or vegan diet. Not following a vegan diet? Feel free to adjust as needed with what you have. I've included some alternatives you can use as well in the list below so you can really make this with what you have on hand!
Flour: I used white whole wheat flour, since this is what I use most often when baking. You can use all purpose, wheat, or a mixture of the two. I haven't tried this with any gluten free flours, so I can't comment on how that would turn out or how you would have to adjust. If using a 1:1 gluten free flour sub like Bob's Red Mill, you can keep the amount the same.
Sugar: In this recipe I used plain ol' refined sugar. You can substitute coconut sugar, raw cane sugar, or any other granulated sugar. If using maple syrup or honey, the amount of milk will need to be decreased some to account for the liquid.
Cocoa Powder: I love using raw cacao powder when I bake. While the antioxidant and nutrient content may be more significant, it is more expensive than regular coco powder. If you just have plain coco powder on hand, that is perfectly fine, and the recipe will still turn out fantastic.
Oil: Use a light tasting oil such as avocado oil, canola oil, or light olive oil.
Milk: For vegan mug brownies use a dairy free milk. Any milk works just fine, including dairy if that's what you have.
Chocolate Chips: Dairy free chocolate chips are used to make this recipe vegan. You can use dark, semi-sweet, milk, or any other chocolate chips you would like!
Toppings for Your One Serving Vegan Brownie
Here's a couple of vegan topping ideas to take your brownie up to the next level!
- More chocolate chips
- Dairy Free whipped Cream
- Coconut Cream
- Vegan Caramel Sauce
FAQ Tips & Tricks for
The number one thing to remember with these one serving brownies is to avoid overcooking. Depending on how hot your microwave is, you should start at 30-45 seconds and keep heating in 15 second increments. Less is more as it can quickly dry out and become crumbly when overcooked.
While you will probably eat this before it even cools down out of the microwave, you can store it in the refrigerator. If you are planning to make it now and eat it later, it will keep for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. I recommend undercooking the brownie just slightly if you are planning on doing this.
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Vegan Mug Brownie
- Mug or small dish (microwave safe)
- 2 tbsp Flour white whole wheat, all purpose, or whole wheat
- 1.5 tbsp Cocoa Powder Cacao or regular cocoa
- 1 tbsp Sugar any granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp Milk Any plant based milk
- 1 tbsp Oil a light tasting oil like canola, avocado, or light olive
- 1 tsp Chocolate Chips Dark Chocolate or Dairy Free
- Spray or rub a small dish or ramekin with cooking oil.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, and sugar to dish. Mix Well.
- Add milk and oil. Stir until well combined and no dry pieces remain.
- Mix in 1 tsp of chocolate chips. Top with additional if desired.
- Microwave for 45-90 seconds. Only bake until the edges begin to pull away from the sides. Avoid overcooking as this will dry out the brownie.
- Let cool slightly and top as desired or eat as is.
** All nutrition information is an estimate only. The nutrition information will vary depending on ingredients and amounts actually used in preparations.