At some point in my brief and very inconsistent history of using Pinterest, I pinned this recipe for Brownie in a Mug. For the past month or so, this recipe has been liked and repinned like crazy. It’s not mine. I don’t know how long ago I pinned it and I never made it. Until tonight.
Spring break is over and it’s time to go back to the reality of school and work. We aren’t really thrilled about this but it is what it it. So what better time to take comfort in a warm brownie than right now.
Brownie in a Mug
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
The tiniest dash of salt you can manage
2 tbsp cocoa
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp water
Dash of vanilla (not in the original)
- Combine the dry ingredients in the mug.
- Add the water, oil, and vanilla and stir until smooth. Add more water if needed. I needed to add at least double the water and did so one tbsp at a time.
- Microwave for 90 seconds.
- Serve topped with ice cream or whipped cream or both, like I did.
It was not the most exciting spring break for My Faithful Assistant. He broke his hand, which I may or may not have mentioned and is uncomfortable and unable to do much of anything. School is going to be difficult for him tomorrow because, naturally, it’s his dominant hand which leaves him unable to write. He also can’t play his cello (not that he’s heartbroken about that) or swim. So a nice warm brownie was the perfect treat for him.
As for the brownie, it’s dense and rich. I do miss the slight crust on the top of a fresh baked brownie but this was a very tasty and fast treat. And this would be easy for a child to prepare on their own. I also liked that it contains no eggs. In case you didn’t notice, it’s actually vegan! You can keep it that way by topping it with your favorite non-dairy ice cream or whipped cream.
We make Nutella Mug Cake from time to time, which you can find on my friend Jen’s blog, The Whole Bag of Chips. It’s the Faithful Assistant’s favorite treat. He is a huge nutella fan. I can live without the stuff. Please don’t tell Jen. She may disown me.
If you are headed back to the reality of life tomorrow, I hope you have a good day. And if it isn’t the greatest day, take comfort in the fact that this yummy treat can be ready to make you feel better in under five minutes.