Do you commit yourself to one type of dessert? I don't mean like you'll only ever eat cookies and turn down everything else that's offered to you because you're fully committed to them. I mean, have you picked a firm favourite dessert and stuck with it?
I think I have and it's brownies. I love cakes, adore cupcakes, fall head over heels for bars, gobble up cookies by the dozen, think desserts are divine, gorge on dips, dunk my face into donuts, go through bowl after bowl of ice cream, hoover up the last crumb of muffin, dig into pies and eat tarts until they're coming out of my ears, but none of them even compare to brownies.
I honestly believe that there is nothing in the world which can equate to a decadently rich chocolate brownie, ooey-gooey on the inside and crisp and crunchy on the outside. But there is a major downside to brownies - they're made up of a boatload of sugar, butter and chocolate and tend to come in batches of at least 16.
Not so great when you only live in a house with one other person who is at work all day whilst you're sat at home at your desk writing about food, you know? I think you can see where I'm going with this.
So instead of depriving myself of the indulgent chocolate happiness that brownies always bring me, I decided to create a single serving brownie much much much lower in sugar and fat than a regular brownie which can be made in a fraction of the time - we're looking at less than five minutes here!
I haven't cut down on sugar and fat by cutting down on size - oh no. I'm all for bigger is better when it comes to desserts and I totally assure you that this skinny mug brownie for one is at least the size of a generous portion of regular brownie - if not even bigger! If you want to cut the calories down even further, be my guest and half the recipe. But it's so so good that I bet you'll end up making two!
Here's the calorie count for each serving of skinny mug brownie for one for anyone interested:
- whole wheat flour: 54
- white sugar: 48
- unsweetened cocoa powder: 12
- baking powder: 0
- chocolate chips: 24
- vanilla: 0
- yoghurt: 20 (approximately, worked out from the tub I use at home)
- 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon milk chocolate chips
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons fat-free sugar-free yoghurt (you can use another type but it will have more calories)
- Mix all the dry ingredients - flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and chocolate chips - together in a small bowl.
- Add in the vanilla and yoghurt and stir until completely combined.
- Scoop into a small microwave-safe ramekin and cook in the microwave for around 50 seconds if you want a deliciously gooey centre or 60 seconds if you want a spongier brownie.
- Dig in whilst still warm!
Tamara @ MyFarmLifeDiary
Hi Nicky. Thanks for stopping by MyFarmLifeDiary. Your blog is super and I'm now following you on FB…I also have the problem of being home all day with the high calorie foods I bake and cook - this year I think I'm going to be giving away a lot of cakes & bakes to the workers on the farm and I'll try find a charity in town that takes fresh food. Have a wonderful week.
Oh my gosh that looks fabulous. It's nice of you to post the calories on your post. Thanks for sharing.
Jessi @ Practically Functional
Mmm, mug brownies! Pinning this, and thanks so much for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!
Amy | Club Narwhal
Ah, brownies--pure bliss in comfort food form. I love that this is just one serving of chocolatey goodness (though that can be dangerous, too). Looks amazing!
I'm a little confused. Does this recipe not call for an oven?
Nope - all the cooking is done in the microwave! 🙂
Carrie This Home
I love that you make this with whole wheat flour--that makes it just a little bit healthier! Great recipe!
That brownie looks delicious. I have never regretted getting rid of my microwave more than I do now. *Sigh*
Nicky, your recipes and photos get me every time. Mmm. These brownies look fabulous and bonus that they are healthier than regular brownies. I'm featuring you tomorrow on Gingerly Made! Thanks for linking up.
It looks sooooooooooooo tempting!!
I think I'm heading over the kitchen to make me one 🙂
There are days when I need my chocolate and your recipe sounds like a great way to satisfy my craving in a healthier way. Pinning this to give it a try.
Thanks for sharing,
This was by far the worst skinny recipe I've ever tired. It was like a bland chocolate gelatin sponge. The portion is so small it would be no different than making a regular bronze in a mug and cutting it into thirds. Disappointing.
*brownie in a mug
So, so sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the recipe, Jamie! Of course, not everyone's tastes can be accounted for when it comes to developing recipes - I love this one! I hope you find a skinny mug brownie you love very soon 🙂
Unfortunately, I have to agree! I even tried topping it with a spoonful of ice cream (totally defeating the purpose of the skinny brownie) and it was still barely edible.
I'm so sorry to hear that, Gretchen!
I'm going to take another look at the recipe and try it a few times to see if I can get the less-than-stellar results you've got.
The brownie has always turned out delicious every time I've made it, but there's always room for improvement!
Cat @ MaryMarthaMama
This looks delicious! I have the same problem with brownies- not eating the whole pan- so this would solve that problem very nicely. Thanks for sharing!
It's nice to know I'm not the only one, Cat!
I am ready for my Brownie right now, this is great! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
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Great with a scoop of low fat Icecream
That's a great idea, Aleshia!