This ooey, gooey, chocolate fudge cake is the healthy dessert of your dreams! Because, who said healthy had to be boring. You can easily enjoy this treat after dinner with your family, for a snack, or anytime you’re craving a gooey brownie but you don’t want to make a whole pan full of them. Whats more, this recipe can be made in 5 minutes or less! I know you loved my blog before, but don’t you just love it a little bit more now? Enjoy friends!
- Dietary Features: gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan/vegetarian friendly.
- The perfect dessert for any night!
- Quick, easy, healthy, and delicious, need I say more.
- Chewy, soft, and fudgy center with a crisp outer layer.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Sometimes, ok most of the time, you just want a warm fudge-filled brownie to end your day. The good news is, that brownie can be made in 5 minutes or less and it’s filled with healthful ingredients.
This brownie mug cake is full of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and amazing trace minerals like magnesium! Whoever said chocolate was bad, was wrong. First, no one food is “bad” or “good.” Food doesn’t have moral value. Second, cocoa powder (an ingredient in this recipe) is rich in polyphenols, flavonoid, magnesium, and other powerful antioxidants/ minerals. In fact, cocoa powder has been associated with improved mental health, increased blood flow to the brain and body, as well as improved skin health!
Members in my Elizabeth G The RD Community as well as followers on social media and many clients seem to demonize chocolate and often beat themselves up when they crave something like a brownie. I’m here to tell you that it’s ok! Whether you choose to eat this type of brownie or something store-bought, simply allow yourself to enjoy it.
I created this recipe for those who like to experiment in the kitchen, those who would like to learn how to make healthy eating easy, and those who crave sweet treats but want to make a whole-food based version, and those who just want to have fun and try something new! In this post you’ll find the fudge brownie mug recipe, nutrition education on each ingredient, and fully answered FAQ’s!
Oat/ Oat Flour: Oats are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Namely, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and copper. Did you also know that oats contain protein? Yes, that is right a 1/2 cup of dry oats contains about 13 grams of protein. Insert your mind blown emoji here! Oats also contain an anti-inflammatory and anti-inch antioxidant called avenanthramides. That’s why you might see this ingredient in skin care products.
Cocoa Powder: Cocoa powder, as already highlighted above, has many health benefits. When purchasing cocoa powder make sure it is unsweetened, fair trade, and organic (if you can).
Maple Syrup: When it comes to sweeteners, Canada got it right (in my opinion). Not only is this ingredient essential for pancakes and waffles, it also can be used as a replacement for sugar in sweet recipes! If you don’t have any maple syrup on hand, however, you can replace this ingredient with honey or agave nectar. Fun fact: Maple syrup contains a unique polyphenol called quebecol which was actually named after Quebec.
Coconut Oil: Ok, ok, I know this is a trendy oil nowadays but hear me out! This ingredient provides a buttery feel to the brownie and I personally just don’t like the taste of butter (most of the time). Call me crazy! Hence, this replacement. If you like butter, feel free to use that instead!
Almond Milk: Feel free to replace this was another plant-based milk alternative.
Cinnamon, Salt, & Vanilla Extract: These ingredient help to bring out the sweet flavor of the others.
Dark Chocolate Chips: An essential ingredient for a brownie recipe, the more chocolate the better! I suggest purchasing dark chocolate that is 85% or higher because that’s what my taste buds enjoy the most. However, if you’re not a fan of bitter, dark chocolate feel free to purchase that you like!
The Step-by-Step Process
- Step 1 – Place all ingredients in a mug.
- Step 2 – Stir ingredients thoroughly.
- Step 3 – Place mug into the microwave and heat for about 1 minute.
- Step 4 – Top with extra chocolate chips and enjoy!
- Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.
Notes and Expert Tips
- When making this recipe, I suggest microwaving for 30-40 seconds, stopping to stir and then add in a few additional chocolate chips to the middle and microwave again!
- Wait for the product to cool before consuming.
- Feel free to add chocolate syrup, sprinkles, or whip cream on top!
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