Single-Serving Gluten-Free Brownie in A Matter of Minutes
Do you ever want a sweet treat right now?
Do you ever need to fix a dessert for one person, but don’t want a whole pan of brownies sitting around waiting to be picked at?
If either of these situations occur in your kitchen (and they sure do in mine!), this quick microwave brownie recipe is perfect for you!
My friend introduced me to the idea of a single-serving mug-sized brownie where you mix together a few ingredients, pop it in the microwave for a minute, and have a hot, chocolatey treat.
I wanted to see if I could improve on the recipe by making it a little healthier, while still keeping the feeling of instant indulgence. I switched out all-purpose flour with whole-grain gluten-free oat flour. Instead of vegetable oil, I substituted healthy-fat coconut oil and fat-free applesauce. The result is a better-for-you version of instant gratification. Although I love using coconut oil in baking, that’s not all it’s good for. For information on how my family uses it for eczema, see this post.
You could dress this treat up with a dollop of coconut cream or a bit of dairy-free ice cream or sorbet.
Makes 1 brownie
- 3 tablespoons maple sugar or 4 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (You could also use evaporated cane juice.)
- 4 tablespoons gluten-free oat flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon applesauce
- 2 tablespoons water
- pinch of salt
1. Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl or mug.
2. Stir to thoroughly mix all ingredients.
3. Microwave on high for one minute.
4. Let cool a little before eating – it will be hot.
Kim Lutz is the author of Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes and the gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan website, welcomingkitchen.com. Kim is the co-author with Megan Hart, MS, RD, LD, of The Everything Organic Cooking for Baby and Toddler Book and The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Autism.