Brownie in a Mug

Let’s face it – sometimes the last thing you need around the house is an ENTIRE pan of brownies. And who wants to wait an hour for brownies to bake? Not this bitch. If I want a brownie, I normally want a square of a brownie, I want it NOW, and then I’m done for the night. And that’s where these single serve brownies come in handy! I got the idea recently when I was at Ace Hardware looking for a lightbulb and was standing in line checking out, where they line the walkway with different snacks and even local honey. Ace Hardware is so strange – who doesn’t need a plunger and some local honeycomb? As I stood in the checkout, I noticed a packets for different mug cakes and brownies in a mug, but the ingredients were SHIT, so right then and there I decided to make my own version that didn’t have weird oils, grains, and binders. And I’m glad I did because this single serve brownie is extra fudgy, decadent, and is the perfect amount for a sweet tooth calling!

PaleOMG Brownie in a Mug

You know what I’m currently bummed about? That tomorrow is tax day. WHAT A BUMMER. I wish taxes could just be erased through the year of 2020, along with everything else. But alas, it’s still coming and I still must pay. Running your own business is pretty much the tits, until tax day. It makes me miss the times where taxes were already taken out of my paycheck and I didn’t have to think about it. Then I would randomly get money back from the government and think I was a straight baller. Sure, I had to work with other people and wake up at 3:30am everyday, but for one day…I was a baller. Now I must make sure I save everything so I can pay on that pesky day of the year. What a drag. How did we even get here after talking about brownies? What a poor decision on my part.

PaleOMG Brownie in a Mug

Instead of taxes, let’s talk about something positive. Like the fact that we are staying in a hotel in the mountains next week! Before covid hit and the world turned upside down, we had a trip to Spain, and we were supposed to leave TODAY. But obviously that got cancelled so we decided to plan a small trip to get away to some fresh air for a bit. Since there isn’t much to do anywhere you go, we just found a hotel we like and plan to sit by the pool, eat food, and take a break from the real world for a bit. Sitting by a pool sounds like the most magical thing right now so I CANNOT WAIT. I miss water. And even though we won’t be on the beaches in Majorca, we will have the smell of chlorine in our hair. Romantic, eh?

PaleOMG Brownie in a Mug


Gluten Free Brownie in a Mug

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute 30 seconds
  • Total Time: 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Yield: 1 mug brownie 1x


  • 3 tablespoons sugar (maple, coconut, organic cane, etc.)
  • 3 tablespoons milk (almond, oat, coconut, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (butter, ghee, grapeseed, coconut, etc)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used 1 tbsp cocoa powder + 1 tbsp black cocoa powder)
  • pinch of salt
  • ice cream, for topping (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc.)
  • mini chocolate chips, for topping


  1. Place sugar, milk, oil, and vanilla extract in a mug and mix to combined.
  2. Then add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and mix once more until combined.
  3. Place in a microwave to cook for 1 minute 30 seconds. Top with a scoop of ice cream and mini chocolate chips!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


32 thoughts on “Brownie in a Mug”

  1. This was so easy and amazing! It was a BIG serving, enough for two, but of course I ate it all. I am allergic to vanilla, so I subbed maple syrup. Still tasted great.

  2. I tried this recipe at a friend’s place who has a microwave. I’ve never had one in my current apartment and instead have a toaster oven. These were absolutely delicious and I fear I can’t continually invite myself over for microwave use. So. if I were to make this in the oven (obviously it would take a while haha), how would I go about doing so?

  3. My husband now requests this every night. And, really, we’ve each had this brownie every night this week! So good, and so easy!

  4. LOVE this recipe when I am in a chocolate mood and want a cozy, warm treat. I tried adding a few drops of peppermint oil to make mint-chocolate and it turned out well!

  5. This Brownie in a mug recipe is AMAZING! I was definitely thinking it would be good but it exceeded my expectations for sure! This will be my third night in a row making it… so I’m both happy and mad I tried this. Way too easy to make! 🙂

  6. I tried to half this recipe a while ago and it was good, but I figured I should make the actual recipe and my god it was AMAZING. I loved the big portion. It was perfect. So delicious and exactly what I wanted! Thank you for this recipe!

  7. Juli, this is along shot. But if you see this please read! My husband was in a horrible motorcycle accident on Friday leaving him paralyzed from the waste down. We are trying to get him to Craig hospital in Denver. If you could please share our story maybe we can get some insight from any of your Denver followers about Craig! My Instagram is @laurenmfcopp

  8. My sister and I made this recipe and we actually divided the single recipe into two mugs, and it was still plenty for us! So yummy, especially with a little scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of peanut butter! Thank you!

  9. So good. Craving something sweet, and barely had a handful of chocolate chips in the house, tomorrow is the grocery shopping day! This hit the spot without having to get real clothes on.

  10. The taste was delicious, but I couldn’t get it to the brownie-like texture; it remained more of a thick liquid even after cooking it an additional 30 seconds. Any tips on getting it to firm up?

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