Low Calorie Chocolate Brownie in a Mug | Food

Yeah, yeah, I know. The words Low Calorie and Chocolate Brownie being used together in a sentence seems like a bit of an oxymoron right? And if you ate one of these every day it probably would stop being guilt-free! But something I've learned about myself, while undertaking Operation Lose Baby Weight, is that I need to treat myself every once in a while. And this is the perfect way! With this Chocolate Mug Brownie you can have the pleasure, without the side-serving of guilt that usually comes with it!

In my quest to find the perfect mug cake/brownie that's both delicious and not too bad for the waistline, I came across this recipe that claims it's under 100 calories. Now I'm not sure how accurate that is but I am going to believe that it is around the 100 calorie mark. When it's a once in a while treat I can afford the extra few calories give or take! {Edited to note: I have since done my own calculations using My Fitness Pal and it would seem that it's actually just under 200 calories. Which is still pretty awesome for chocolate brownie goodness!}

Chocolate Mug Brownie


  • 1 Tablespoon of Wholewheat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Raw Sugar
  • Pinch of baking powder (if using plain flour)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of milk


  1. Mix dry ingredients together in mug
  2. Add milk a tablespoon at a time until all ingredients combined
  3. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until cake-like on top but still gooey on bottom
  4. Get in your belly!

As you can see, I adapted the recipe slightly as we had no low-fat plain yoghurt, so I substituted milk instead. I also didn't bother with the salt. I probably used around 2-3 tablespoons of milk, but I only added it one tablespoon at a time. You really need to add just enough to mix all the dry ingredients together.

Once I'd mixed all the ingredients together directly in the mug I whacked it in the microwave for a minute and found myself faced with the pleasure of a glorious, chocolate brownie in a mug!

The top had a nice cake-like consistency while the bottom was still a little gooey, just like a chocolate brownie should be. I didn't have any ice-cream with mine as A) we didn't have any, and B) the gooey bottom provides enough "wetness" to get away with not having any.

So there you have it, a relatively low-calorie chocolate mug brownie. I will continue to experiment with this recipe and try it with almond meal in place of flour, and if I can ever be bothered to find somewhere local that sells it, cacao powder, as according to all the cool kids, that's the stuff to have!

Have you found any decent mug cake/brownie recipes lately? What's your guilty pleasure?

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Kylie Purtell said…
That could be dangerous for me....good thing it's low cal....ish.
Kylie Purtell said…
A cakie thing in a cup? Very, extremely dangerous for me! Actually it might be a good thing if I had this and stopped having all the other fattening ones.
Kylie Purtell said…
ooo that sounds delicious! I was only thinking the other night how stupid it is that most mug cakes contain melted chocolate. If I had chocolate then I wouldn't be raiding my pantry trying to make a mug cake!

Thanks for linking up with us at The Lounge.
Kylie Purtell said…
Dangerous. Very dangerous. Operation lose baby weight over here is not progressing as fastly as my vanity would like. Probably something to do with chocolate treats, which I'm always looking to expand my repertoire of ;)
Kylie Purtell said…
Never heard of unsweetened cocoa powder, might have to educate myself! x
Kylie Purtell said…
Erm... has anyone told you lately that you might just be the bees knees? I actually discovered this gem while pregnant and desperate for something sweet with nothing in the pantry. Nonetheless, it is a pleasure that must be shared. Kudos. X
Sounds delicious except I refuse to use microwaves anymore *sob*
Kylie Purtell said…
I will be trying this as soon as the cooler nights turn up! Have you seen the quiche in a mug?
Kylie Purtell said…
I love mug desserts. And lazy girl options. Perfect! Will have to try soon.

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