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

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Gluten Free Brownie in a Mug

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  • 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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  1. Rebecca says:

    This was stupid good. Think I will start making it for breakfast!

    1. juli says:

      yaaasssssss!! so glad you liked it!

  2. Diem says:

    Can you use other types of flour like coconut flour?

    1. juli says:

      i haven’t tried the recipe with other flours!

      1. Tanner Wamsley says:

        What flour did you use?

  3. Kyra says:

    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!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve made this two nights in a row. HITS THE SPOT! So good, so easy. Thank you!

    1. juli says:

      yay! so glad you love it!!

  5. Lauren Copp says:

    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

    1. juli says:

      thinking about you guys, Lauren! hope we get to meet up once you guys are in Denver!

  6. Carlie says:

    So good! Thanks, Juli!
    I baked it in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes. Easy peasy!

  7. Emma Borho says:

    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!

  8. Hannah says:

    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.

  9. Alyssa says:

    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?

    1. juli says:

      hmmmmm not sure since I wasn’t there to see what brands you used…

  10. Mel says:

    I do not own a microwave so this is what I do. Make sure you have oven safe mugs or small baking dishes
    If you are baking the mug brownie in an oven, preheat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it reaches the set temperature, bake the mug cake dessert for fourteen minutes on the center rack of the oven, then let it cool.