Brownies are one of my favorite things, but they’re sugar bombs.  They’re also one of the few desserts I still, as an adult, cannot stop eating.  That’s why single-serve is the way I often go.  Plus, who doesn’t want a microwave brownie that’s ready to eat in minutes?

The trouble is, most single-serving brownie recipes actually make me feel worse about the sugar overload, not better.  Why?  Most recipes have around a 1/4 cup of sugar.  That’s four tablespoons – or 50 grams – which is way over the recommended 20 gram daily limit.  We’re talking about one snack here, people!

So I searched for healthy brownie recipes, but for the most part, everything I found disappointed.  Bad taste, bad texture, and pretty much nothing like an actual brownie.

Until I found this recipe.

I love this for so many reasons: it’s a much more reasonable portion, it actually tastes like a brownie, and the texture is pleasantly soft and turns gooey in the mouth.  Also, it’s super quick to make – just 30 seconds in the microwave!

That said, I’ve made a few changes to the original recipe as linked above:

  • reduced the sugar by a lot.  I personally only use 1 tsp, but I think 2 tsp would better suit the tastes of most people, as I like my chocolate bitter.
  • balanced out the cocoa powder and the flour.  Cocoa powder is more nutritious and less calorie-dense, and also more chocolatey flavor = win.
  • added mix-ins.  So far I’ve tried peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, caramel, and walnuts.

Note that I’ve never made this recipe with gluten-free flour or any kind of sugar or oil substitute, so I can’t vouch for the results if you try that!


microwave brownie

Single-Serve Microwave Brownie

2 tsp sugar

2 tsp oil (I use canola)

2 tsp water

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 Tbs cocoa powder

Scant Tbs flour (I use white whole wheat)

Chocolate/Peanut Butter chips, nuts, or other mix-ins (optional)

In a small bowl or ramekin, add the sugar, water, oil, and vanilla, stirring a little until the sugar starts to dissolve.  Add the dry ingredients and mix well, then spread the batter until evenly distributed.  Sprinkle with mix-ins, if using, and gently press them into the batter.  Microwave brownie at 1000 watts power for 30 seconds.  If desired, top with a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream.

What are you waiting for?  Go enjoy!

Or maybe you’d like to try this single-serve chocolate chip cookie instead?