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!
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?
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