If you’re having a craving for a rich, fudgy brownie but you don’t feel like making a whole batch, this gluten free mug brownie recipe is the perfect solution! This brownie is moist and rich and it’s made in under 5 minutes in the microwave! This mug brownie is single-serve, contains no eggs and can easily be made vegan. It’s also the perfect lazy way to get your chocolate fix. It’s so easy to make that even a kid could do it. Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a mug, microwave for a few minutes and enjoy! This brownie is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth. So what are you waiting for?
Why You’ll Love This Gluten Free Mug Brownie
It’s the easiest dessert you’ll ever make!
This mug brownie is gluten free and can easily be made vegan.
It’s ready in about 5 minutes!
This is a great dessert for college students to make if they only have access to a microwave!
These are super kid-friendly.
This mug brownie is loaded with melty chocolate chips.
It is perfect for lazy nights!
It’s made without any box mix!
All you need for this gluten free mug brownie is a mug and a microwave!
Gluten Free Flour: I used Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Flour for this gluten free mug brownie! It is my favorite gluten free flour to bake with, but any 1:1 gluten free flour should work here. I love ordering staples like this from Thrive Market because they have great prices and they deliver right to your doorstep. If you use my link, you can get 40% off your first order
Cacao Powder: Cacao powder is a rich source of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that have been shown to have a number of health benefits! Cacao powder is also a good source of fiber, iron, and magnesium. In a mug brownie, cacao powder provides the rich chocolate flavor and fudgy texture. It also adds a number of nutrients to the brownie, making it a healthier treat than traditional brownies.
Coconut Sugar: Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener made from the sap of the coconut palm tree. It is minimally processed, so it retains some of the nutrients found in the coconut palm, including iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium. Coconut sugar also contains a small amount of inulin, a type of soluble fiber that can help to regulate blood sugar levels.
Baking Soda: Baking soda is a natural leavening agent that helps baked goods rise. It helps create a lighter and fluffier texture for this gluten free mug brownie!
Milk: Milk adds moisture, richness and flavor to this brownie. It also helps to create a more tender and chewy texture. If you are dairy free, feel free to use dairy free milk here. I am allergic to milk, so I used almond milk!
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract is a flavor enhancer that helps to bring out the chocolate flavor in brownies.
Avocado Oil: Avocado oil is a healthy and versatile oil that can be used in a variety of baked goods, including brownie. It has a high smoke point, meaning it can withstand the high temperatures without burning. Avocado oil also has a mild flavor, so it won’t alter the taste of your brownie. Avocado oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats, which are beneficial for heart health. It is also a good source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.
Chocolate Chips: Feel free to use any chocolate chips here! If you are dairy free, you can use dairy free chocolate chips! I am allergic to dairy, so I used dairy free chocolate chips in my gluten free mug brownie.
Step 1: Gather your ingredients.
Step 2: Combine ingredients in a bowl and pour into a mug (or mix them right in the mug for a super easy clean up)!
Step 3: Microwave for 1 minute. Every microwave is different so make sure you watch it!
Step 4: Top with ice cream and extra chocolate chips, if desired. Enjoy!
If you don’t own a microwave, this gluten free mug brownie can also be made in the oven. I would recommend using an oven-safe ramekin instead of mug. Mix the ingredients in a ramekin. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 350 F, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Sprinkles: Add a tablespoon or two of your favorite sprinkles to the batter for a fun and festive twist.
- Nuts: Add a handful of chopped nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds, to the batter for extra flavor and texture.
- White chocolate: Add a handful of chopped white chocolate chips to the batter for a richer and more decadent flavor.
- Protein powder: Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to the batter for a more nutritious and filling mug cake.
- Peanut butter: Add a tablespoon or two of peanut butter to the batter for a peanut butter brownie mug cake.
- Chocolate chips: Add a handful of chocolate chips to the batter for a classic chocolate chip brownie mug cake.
- Fruit: Add a handful of chopped fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries, or bananas, to the batter for a fruity and refreshing twist.
- Coffee: Add a tablespoon or two of instant coffee to the batter for a coffee-flavored brownie mug cake.
- Mint: Add a teaspoon of mint extract to the batter for a mint chocolate brownie mug cake.
- Caramel: Add a tablespoon of caramel sauce to the batter for a caramel brownie mug cake.
- Pumpkin puree: Add a tablespoon of pumpkin puree to the batter for a pumpkin brownie mug cake.
- Sweet potato puree: Add a tablespoon of sweet potato puree to the batter for a sweet potato brownie mug cake.
- Avocado: Add a mashed avocado to the batter for a fudgy and rich brownie mug cake.
You can also get creative and combine different variations to create your own unique brownie mug cake. For example, you could make a peanut butter brownie mug cake with white chocolate chips or a mint chocolate brownie mug cake with chocolate chips and sprinkles.
The possibilities are endless! So have fun experimenting and find your favorite gluten free mug brownie variation.
I highly doubt you will want to store this gluten free brownie mug cake, but if you need to you can either wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container. Store the mug cake in the refrigerator and it will last for up to 4 days.
What brands of cacao powder are gluten free?
Can I make this sugar free?
To make this gluten free mug brownie sugar free as well, swap in monk fruit or another sugar substitute for the coconut sugar.
How do you know when the mug brownie is done cooking?
Gently shake the mug. If the brownie jiggles slightly, it is done. If the brownie jiggles a lot, it needs to cook for a little longer.
How long will this brownie keep fresh?
This brownie can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
How can I make this mug brownie dairy free?
To make this mug brownie dairy free, all you need to do is swap in dairy free milk for milk! I am dairy free because I am allergic to dairy, so I used almond milk in mine.
Why did the mug cake turn out gooey?
The mug cake might turn out gooey if it is undercooked. Everyone’s microwave is different so it is important to watch your mug cake and make sure it does not burn as well as put it back in for a few extra seconds if it is not fully cooked!
What is the difference between cacao powder and cocoa powder?
Cacao powder is made from raw cacao beans that have been fermented and dried at low temperatures. It is then milled into a powder. Cacao powder has a bitter taste and a rich chocolate flavor. It is also high in nutrients, including flavonoids, fiber, iron, and magnesium.
Cocoa powder is made from roasted cacao beans that have been processed at high temperatures. The roasting process gives cocoa powder a milder, sweeter flavor than cacao powder. However, it also reduces the nutritional value of cocoa powder.
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Gluten Free Mug Brownie
- 1 mug
- 2 tbsp gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Paleo Flour)
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- chocolate chips measure with your heart here!
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- vanilla ice cream (optional)
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and pour into mug (or combine ingredients right in the mug for easy clean up)!
- Microwave for 1 minute.
- Top with ice cream and extra chocolate chips and enjoy!