Here I sit on a Saturday night in Queens, craving something chocolatey and delicious. I’m not quite in the mood to make a full batch, nor do I want a pan of brownies or a few dozen cookies calling my name. (You know how that goes… willpower out the window in a flash, am I right?) I’ve been hearing lots of buzz about “mug” desserts lately. My roommate has an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe she makes quite a bit. Anyway, I consulted my good friend Google and found a recipe for a mug brownie that sounded SO easy, so I went for it.
(I found the recipe here and used the alternate version towards the end of the post)
4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used 2 tbsp)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp water
1/4 tsp vanilla
Combine all of the ingredients in a large, microwave-safe mug, making sure there are no lumps.
Microwave for 1-2 minutes (depending on your microwave–I cooked mine for 1 minute and 30 seconds.) Let cool and enjoy!
Now let’s pause for a moment. In my mind, a single serving brownie in a mug sounded like the wise choice for someone trying to lose weight. Again, no full pan of brownies calling my name. Just one harmless brownie, right?… Wrong. I’m sorry. I want to tell you this is a great option for those trying to be healthier… however, when I plugged this into the Weight Watchers points calculator, I nearly had a heart attack.
17 points. Yep, you heard me correctly. SEVENTEEN! (WHAT?!) To put this into perspective, I’m allowed 31 points per day. Thus 17 points is more than half of my daily allowance. Oy vay. Good news is, I get an extra 49 points to use throughout the week wherever I choose.
Having gotten that out of the way, however, this brownie was ridiculous. It was so incredibly easy and yummy and decadent and ABSOLUTELY fulfilled my chocolate craving. While this won’t be something I treat myself to daily, it’s definitely worth a splurge every now and then. (I also think I could handle halving the recipe as the serving was pretty large.)
Try this the next time you need a chocolate fix. And just don’t think about the calories!