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Feb212012

5-Minute Mug Brownie

 

This cup of instant chocolate gratification was inspired by one of the many Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake recipes found online. I was aiming for "cake", but the result of my gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free experimentation resembled a brownie—dense, chocolately, fudgey. Oh yes! Call it what you may. I call it good!

A Special Happy Birthday Wish

Today is a very special day. My lovely grandmother Flo is celebrating her 93rd birthday! I just phoned to try to catch up with her but got grandpop instead. He told me that his "ever-loving bride" had left him a note earlier in the morning that read:

"Heart Clinic at 8:00
Hair done at 10:00
Lunch out at noon
Book Club at 1:00"

"She just goes zip, zap, zoop," Pop said. "No signs of slowing down yet!"

I often think of my grandmother—or Tutu as I have fondly called her all my life—and the many things she has taught me. One of the most profound being how to cook.

Back in 1985, grandpop underwent 6-bypass surgery. Following the surgery, Tutu overhauled their diet. Out went red meat and cheese, in came the whole grains and vegetables. Tutu traded her southern comfort cookbooks for the likes of Dr. McDougall. She took extreme measures to ensure pop would be around for years to come. Her dedication paid off.

Today my grandparents are in their ninety's, live in their own home, and continue to be active in their church and community. Their story of health continues to inspire me.

Happy birthday Tutu! Here's to another year of going "zip, zap, zoop." I love you! This brownie's for you!

Five-Minute Mug Brownie

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Easily Tree Nut-Free (excluding coconut) | Wheat-Free | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan

Makes: Makes 1 mug brownie
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 135 seconds

Ingredients:

5 tablespoons non-dairy MILK, I use So Delicious® Unsweetened Coconut
1 tablespoon COCONUT OIL or Spectrum PALM SHORTENING + some for greasing
1 teaspoon gluten-free VANILLA EXTRACT
15 drops liquid STEVIA concentrate
2 tablespoons COCONUT SUGAR
2 tablespoons (sweet rice) MOCHIKO FLOUR
1-1/2 tablespoons COCOA POWDER
1 tablespoon COCONUT FLOUR
1/8 teaspoon BAKING POWDER
Pinch SALT
Optional 1-2 teaspoons chopped WALNUTS
Optional 1-2 teaspoons Enjoy Life™ CHOCOLATE CHIPS

Directions:

  1. Grease a smallish mug.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, warm/liquify milk and oil (just until oil is melted).
  3. Add to milk mixture; vanilla, stevia, sugar, rice flour, cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour batter into greased mug and top with nuts and chocolate chips.
  6. Microwave on high for 2 minutes and 15 seconds or until top is firm to touch and bounces back.
  7. Allow to cool a 2-3 minutes. As with traditional brownies, the longer it cools the firmer it gets.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes:

  • Mochiko Flour, or sweet rice flour, is available in the Asian section of most large grocery chains and at Asian markets. Koda Farms produces the Blue Star Brand. Its facilities are dedicated exclusively to the production of rice products which eliminates any chances of cross contamination with gluten-ful grains.

Reader Comments (40)

I tried making a mug brownie once, when I didn't feel like dirtying a bunch of dishes. It came out OK. I didn't put much thought into the flours. Fudgey is better than cakey in my book, so I'll have to give your version a try.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKalinda

That looks incredible! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I'm going to have to try this!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGail

where do you find your coconut flour? i am having a hard time locating some. looks yummie! our son turns 3 tomorrow so we will have to try this fast treat.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternikki

You can find coconut flour in whole food stores or on line at vitacost.com or tropicaltraditions.com. Tropical traditions also has lots of fantastic recipes to try;)
I have a question....how long would you let this in a conventional oven and at what temp.??
I threw out my microwave years ago and don't want one in my house.
Thanks,
Sher

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersherri

I finally found a recipe where I have all the ingredients on hand. I just made this and it was really good even without the chocolate chips or nuts. Thanks for the recipe!

I'm almost out of coconut sugar though and I want to make more of these for the rest of my family. Any ideas on a good substitiute for the coconut sugar?

Thanks!

Renee

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

any suggestions on flour choices if you don't have the sweet rice flour....i have spelt, oat, barley, coconut, almond....

thanks

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdiannne

So, in my Pinterest travels I have seen loads of mug cakes - this one is HANDS DOWN the tastiest looking one I have seen yet. I am now just hoping that I have all of these ingredients on hand, because I am drooling just thinking about this. It looks amazing.Thanks for sharing.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth @ Tasty Yummies

Yes, yes, yes. You must've read my gluten free diva mind. I am making this right now and yummmmmm!!!!!!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen (Gluten Free Diva)

Ladies ... it's nice to know I am in good company with all you fellow chocolate lovers! I will try to answer your questions here:

- For a sub for coconut sugar, brown sugar or any granulated sugar should do.
- For the flours ... this combo of sweet rice and coconut flour are what worked for me, but feel free to experiment with others. One test run I used Bob's Red Mill AP gluten-free flour and that worked quite nicely, too.
- This recipe was made for the micro ... I do not know if it would bake up the same in a conventional oven. I knew I would get some of the anti-microwavers asking how to approach this recipe without one. Sorry I don't have an answer for you.
- And Sherri, Thanks for answering Vikki's question. Yes Whole Foods, amazon, tropical traditions. Our local Natural Grocers carries it in the refrigerated bulk section.

Renee ... glad you loved it (sans nuts and chocolate chips : )!

xoLexie

February 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

Now that is one awesome mug "cake," Lexie! I am all for your fudgy brownie version. It looks totally amazing! I can't wait to share it with others. ;-)

I'm so thrilled that your grandmother is celebrating her 93rd birthday! What a great tale on her and your grandfather's health and what she's up to today--wow! :-)

xoxo,
Shirley

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

I can't eat this at all because I'm allergic to palm and coconut but it sure looks good. Happy birthday to your grandmother, what a lovely story!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterashley

Ashley, ghee should work, too ... xoLexie

February 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

OMG, this looks delish. I REALLY don't need to know that brownies can be made in 5 minutes though. That's bad news bears for my waistline!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlta

This made me cry :'( Happy Birthday to your Gramma! My Great Grandma just passed away one week before her 96th Birthday last month. She lived on her own and was sharp, spunky and amazing. She lived a fabulous life and inspired so many. She chose to go out with her independence (they talked about amputating her leg and she was just not having it at almost 96) She LOVED her sweets. She drank coffee every day and would tell me she needed something sweet with it. I'm going to make this in her honor today ;) Thanks for sharing the love xoxo

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

a must pin one! and a must try one! wow -- I tried making one GF but I think this will be even better!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharis @ MannaTreats

Ashely - my daughter is ana to palm/coconut,, but I am gonna try this recipe tonight using hemp milk, brown sugar instead of the palm, olive oil instead of the coconut, and sorghum flour instead of the coconut (which I've had good luck subbing with in past recipes). The only thing I'm not sure how to sub for is the stevia. Maybe I'll try maple syrup. This looks like a fantastic treat fo rmy kids!!! :)

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Dianne:

You can find the sweet rice flour in Asian specialty stores and in the Asian sections of most stores. I found a box of the same brand in both the Asian section of the local small chain store and in a Korean owned grocery store. It didn't matter if the owner didn't really speak much English, since I knew what I was buying. Probably not the big chain stores, but I don't shop in those. It isn't expensive and it is a necessary gluten free ingredient to have on hand, as it is a finer mill than regular rice flour. Mochiko is an all white box with blue and red lettering.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeowSaysMe

I THINK I want to thank you for this recipe...but then I'd be thanking you for sabotaging my diet too! We made this last night, and it was amazing! 40 seconds was all it took in our microwave..and my husband longingly scraped the mug for every last tidbit. Way too easy and delicious. At least the ingredients are wholesome if not slimming! thanks Lex, I will be sharing this with my readers!

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTessa Domestic Diva

Tessa ... thank you for reporting back! I really appreciate hearing from you ; ) xoLexie

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

My husband and I are switching our family to a healthier diet. Definitely gluten free and reduced sugar. We were starving tonight and wanted something baked. This was perfect for my sweet tooth. I used raw milk, raspberry chocolate stevia, and subbed buckwheat flour for the rice flour. I'm sure it changed the texture quiet a bit but it's what I had and with some chocolate chips it masked that. So yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrookie-Lee

Brookie, I love a good experiment. I think the secret to this one is indeed the sweet rice flour and coconut flour ... sweet rice is sticky and binds but the coconut flour balances it out with some fiber and substance. But hey, if it comes out with buckwheat flour, super! When ya need that chocolate fix, you need it, right LOL! xoLexie Thanks for taking the time to share :)

March 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

Hi Lexie,
Your site is a lifesaver! As soon as I read the story of your son Miles, I felt I could identify and I almost teared up! My son is almost three and has been down a similar path of developmental delays, intestinal issues, you name it. We still don't have a "diagnosis" either but have definitely been finding that changing his diet has helped tremendously. Your site is a fabulous resource for me as I am new at this...just in the last six months. I hope to be just like you when I grow up! ;-)

Courtney

Ooohhh Courtney, YOU bring tears to my eyes. THIS, THIS (in bold) is the reason I started this blog—to help the few like us who are facing similar issues with our children. You ask me anything that you want ... and I hope you will read this post ... if you haven't already. I cried buckets out of fear, the unknown and if I can spare someone SOME of those tears, my mission in life is accomplished! So please lean on me if you need to and I would be very very happy to share anything I can.

BIG XO
Lexie

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

Courtney ... here is that post I forgot to link to in previous comment:

http://www.lexieskitchen.com/lexies_kitchen/2011/7/5/diving-to-the-depths-in-search-of-healing.html

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

I love your grandmother! What a great story and her list is priceless. Very inspiring. Your recipe looks wonderful as well. Love the idea of a brownie in a mug. Topped with vanilla ice cream? =)

Melissa

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterglutenfreeforgood

OK...I almost wish I hadn't found your website...more specifically found this post! A brownie that can me made in less than 5 minutes should never have been invented. Oh. my heavnes. This is delicious! I used Bob's Red Mill brown rice flour in place of the sweet rice flour, and I used turbinado sugar in place of the coconut sugar, as I didn't have either of those on hand. It's fabulous! Thanks, Lexie! :)

March 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Rachel, oh goodie. I love it when people take the bull by the horns and experiment themselves. Thanks for the report on how the brown rice flour worked. Great to know! Thanks for leaving a comment : ) xoLexie

March 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

This looks really tasty. All I need now is a microwave!

April 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDairy-Freed

Great post. Just a question about your microwave though - do you know the wattage of it? Thanks = )

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbob

Bob, it's a 1350 watt-er. I thought about putting that in the original post but for the life of me could not find it. Well now you've carved out a to-do for me today. I pulled it away from the wall and found the # ... and LOTS of crumbs and gunk. I think it's wipe down the counter day. Thanks and GREAT question. This brownie should not be over cooked or under. I under cooked this weekend and it was too gooey. A good spring back with the push of a finger is a good indicator of a perfectly cooked brownie : )

xoLexie

May 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe!!! I did my own adaptation based on what I had in my cupboard but it turned out absolutely amazing! I am gluten, egg, and soy intolerant and it's tough to whip together something like this that I can eat and actually tastes good, but this was sooo amazing! I swapped the sweet rice and coconut flours for my Gluten Free Mama almond flour blend, and I used brown sugar in place of the coconut sugar, left out the stevia entirely, and put white chocolate chips on top. It was really, really delicious and the texture was surprisingly great. Next time will do with chocolate chips and walnuts as suggested! Thanks again!

May 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I've tried my fair share of mug cake/brownie recipes and they were all duds. This was fantastic! Used Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free AP Flour instead of the sweet rice (just what I had on hand, and who can wait to make a recipe like this?), but excited to try the original version. I made mine German Chocolate by sprinkling the top with chocolate chips, pecans and unsweetened shredded coconut. I've been loving your sight after discovery I have numerous food allergies, thank you for your hard work and generosity in sharing your recipes. And thanks for making my night, I'm loving this mug full of brownie!

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

Bethany, thanks for sharing your modifications. Must try your German Chocolate version : ) I love everyones' spin-offs of it. And thank YOU for taking the time to visit and comment. xoLexie

July 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

Soooo yummy! Made it tonight - substituted butter for the coconut oil, and honey for the coconut sugar. Also added extra cocoa powder since I like my brownies super chocolatey. Turned out delicious - this might be bad for my diet lol!

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Sara, SUPER!! Yes, dangerous : ) Thank you for the sub tips. Will have to try your version. xoLexie

November 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

Thank you so much for this. I have been recently told that I am intolerant to wheat, eggs, yeast, rice and a few other things. This recipe is a god send. I used oat flour instead of the sweet rice flour. Thanks.

April 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

I wonder how it would taste using carob powder instead of cocoa? I think I've become really sensitive to chocolate triggering my acid reflux.

September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Emily, I think carob would be great in this! xoLexie

September 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterLexie

Yum. I think those cute little semi-melted chocolate chips in the picture are calling my name :)

February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey @ GlutenFreeVeganLove

Audrey, I sit here quietly and hear them calling my name, too :) ha! xoLexie

February 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterLexie

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