3-2-1 Mug Brownie!




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Vegan and rich ^_^

I have an immeasurable fondness for super-fudgy chocolate cake, and I've tried a few mug cake recipes before but found them simply unsatisfying. They would come out beige and weak. A true choco-lover needs something more fortifying.

Recently, I gave it another go and stumbled upon this instructable for "the best" chocolate mug cake. And indeed, it's the best I'd ever had—so much so that I made it a few days in a row. (I left out the egg, to make it fudgier.) Then I tried to make it from memory, and the most wonderful accident happened: a smaller, denser, simple version that scratches that itch juuuuuuust right. Plus, it's vegan, so you can share with most of your friends! (But make them make their own.)

Here you go...

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Step 1: Ingredients

3 dry ingredients, 3 tablespoons each

  • Flour: Spelt and wheat both work just fine. I used spelt the first few times, and can't tell the difference at all.
  • Sugar, whatever kind you like
  • Cocoa

2 wet ingredients, 2T each

  • Milk: I use "original" Silk soymilk, since I have it on hand, and it makes the recipe vegan as well.
  • Vegetable oil

1 "in-between" ingredient, 1T

  • Applesauce (I just take the spoon I'm gonna eat it with and put in a heaping spoonful)

Step 2: Directions

Stir together the dry ingredients.

Stir in the wet ingredients.

Stir in the applesauce.

Optional: add a dash of vanilla and a bunch of chocolate chips (I always do)... basically, use whatever flavoring you like; the 'ible mentioned earlier has some more suggestions.

Microwave for 1 minute (ours is 1200 watts, so adjust accordingly).

Optional: add a dollop of Nutella on top and microwave for 10-15 seconds more.

Eat it!!

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    Reply 4 years ago

    Not sure! I kinda made these by accident. Delicious, delicious accident. Try the original recipe (mentioned at the start of the 'ible). I added the applesauce in this adaptation.

    It really depends on why you're subbing out the applesauce, too... they're sometimes used to replace eggs, which is why I thought it'd work well in a recipe where I omitted that.


    4 years ago

    Not to be nitpicky, but neither wheat flour nor spelt are gluten free.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Oh! That's super important. Thank you, I thought spelt was but should've fact-checked. Fixed the 'ible.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    :) Spelt, as well as Kamut come from the wheat family. They don't contain a lot of gluten, but still have some.