Posts tagged ‘brownie’

February 12, 2011

Microwave some dessert!

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 know, this photo doesn’t make it look appealing… I took it on my Blackberry and it does it no justice. ¬†I’m not even sure why I posted it. ¬†Please don’t let this deter you from making this. Really.)

Brownie-in-a-Mug

(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!

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