Want a delicious brownie recipe that is ready in almost no time all all? If that's a yes, you need to try this incredibly easy vegan mug brownie which conveniently takes less than 3 minutes to make.
Although it is a quick and simple recipe, this treat doesn't compromize on taste. It's super fudgy and chocolatey, as well as being so moreish. If you love desserts like this which are gooey and fun, look no further.
I love to serve this microwave snack with two things. Fresh dairy-free single cream is my favorite as I also love to have my ordinary brownies with cream too. Secondly is dairy-free vanilla ice cream which also compliments the warmness of the mug brownie.
Why You Will Love This Mug Cake
- Brownie Resemblance - Yes, this is a brownie inside a mug (or ramekin), but the most wonderful thing about is is that it actually still tastes like an oven brownie. If you love your brownies to be melty like my eggless fudgy brownies and vegan banana brownies are, this is the one for you.
- Ready in Minutes - This recipe is perfect for whenever you want a delectable sweet treat but you don't have much time on your hands. In little over a minute, this treat can cook inside the microwave. For that reason alone, I have already made it 3 times this month!
- Great Flavors - The brownie is beautifully rich and extra chocolatey. These attributes can be enhanced further by using certain kinds of cocoa powder that you use. The dairy-free chocolate chips which are added to the initial mug cake mixture also make a big difference to the final outcome.
- Allergy Friendly & Plant Based - This vegan mug brownie recipe is wholly vegan and dairy free.
- Vegetable oil - Using vegetable oil in desserts like mug cakes and mug brownies gives them an even crumb which is tender and delectable. It also helps them to avoid a dense, rubbery texture.
- Brown sugar - This kind of sugar contains lots of molasses which is found in Demerara sugar, as well as many other kinds of brown sugars. When you use them, you'll often end up with a very moist, chocolatey treat.
- All-purpose flour - Regular, white flour is the best kind of flour to use in this recipe. I haven't tried to make the mug brownie gluten-free, so I haven't tested any other types.
- Cocoa powder - I recommend that you use a high-quality cocoa powder if you can. Especially if you like your brownies on the 'richer' side. It's a small change, but it makes such a big difference.
- Vegan chocolate chips - I also used these in my vegan double chocolate chip mug cake and vegan oreo chocolate chip cookies. The thing that I like about dairy-free chocolate chips is that you can add them to almost any dessert and they will make it better.
See recipe card for full information on individual ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
- If you want your mug brownie to be sweet but without the strong taste of molasses, you can use granulated sugar instead, when making the brownie batter. I used this trick for my vegan chocolate mud cake. The texture of the mug brownie will turn out to be almost exactly the same. The only slight difference is that the brownie cake will be a little less moist and gooey. The taste will be more neutral.
- You can also add extra toppings and fillings if you wish. For a healthier twist on this recipe, I often like to sprinkle in chopped nuts such as, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pecans. Some other ideas you can try are dairy-free white chocolate chips, desiccated coconut and ground flaxseed meal.
How To Make A Vegan Mug Brownie
For the full method, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
1: Combine the wet ingredients inside a mug or a ramekin.
2: Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to form a brownie batter.
3: Add the chocolate chips and stir. Cook.
4: Let the mug brownie cool and serve.
Stir the mixture well - Make sure that there is no flour at the bottom of your mug that is unmixed or any pockets of flour in the center of the batter. This would make the brownie less enjoyable. You need it to all be fully combined.
Don't over-bake the brownie - Keep checking on the brownie while it is in the microwave. Every microwave is different and you don't want it to dry out. A slightly undercooked mug brownie will continue to cook at room temperature so don't worry if it looks slightly wet on top.
Both desserts are simply single serve versions of their larger counterparts. My mug brownie ultimately contains the same ingredients as larger brownies do.
When the brownie has cooked, it may look a little undercooked on top. As the brownie cools, it will continue to cook so don't worry.
If you would like to substitute out the oil in this recipe, you can. Use the equivalent amount of unsweetened apple sauce instead. The mug cake may become slightly more dense if you swap out the oil.
I recommend that you eat this mug cake immediately, once it has cooled down. It won't taste as good if it isn't eaten sooner rather than later.
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Easy Vegan Mug Brownie
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 0.25 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1.5 Tablespoons vegan chocolate chips
Make the mug brownie batter:
- In a medium-sized mug or a baking ramekin, mix the water, vegetable oil and brown sugar for 20 seconds or until fully combined.
- Then add the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and salt. Stir again for another 20 seconds. Make sure it is fully combined.
- Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips. Add some more on top if you wish.
Bake the mug brownie:
- Place your uncooked mug brownie into the microwave. Bake for 1 minute 10 seconds.
- Let it cool for at least 3 minutes. It may seem a little soft and maybe even undercooked at first, but it will continue to cook as it cools to the right consistency.
- Make sure that there is no flour at the bottom of your mug that is unmixed or any pockets of flour in the center of the batter. This would make the brownie less enjoyable. You need it to all be fully combined.
- Keep checking on the brownie while it is in the microwave. Every microwave is different and you don't want it to dry out. A slightly undercooked mug brownie will continue to cook at room temperature so don't worry if it looks slightly wet on top.