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Best Vegan, Gluten-Free, No-Sugar-Added Mug Brownie

Updated on November 25, 2013
Good with sliced strawberries and Coconut Bliss vanilla ice cream!
Good with sliced strawberries and Coconut Bliss vanilla ice cream!

The Perfect Recipe

I love microwave cooking, and I love brownies. Naturally, when I first heard about mug brownies, I freaked out because I was so excited. Unfortunately, my excitement didn't last--most of recipes out there just aren't very good! Accordingly, I've been keeping my eye out for a truly excellent mug brownie recipe. Recently, I came across this recipe from I thought, "Hmm, this has potential. I hope it'll still be good if I amend it to match my diet!" I made a few substitutions, adjusted the amounts a little--and the result was AMAZING. That's why I'm sharing my custom recipe with you!

This healthy version of a favorite dessert is better for you than most protein bars, and it sure as hell tastes better, too. Also, both the original recipe and mine are very substitution-friendly: if you don't have a certain ingredient on hand or need to change something for whatever reason, it's no big deal.

Without further ado. . .

4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Vegan Gluten-Free No-Sugar-Added Mug Brownie

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 8 min
Yields: Serves one person.
The little owl is our saltshaker!
The little owl is our saltshaker!


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk (or water)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 4 tablespoons almond flour (or almond meal)

Mixing Things Up

Easy Peasy Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a regular coffee mug, by microwaving it for roughly 1 minute.
  2. Add the coconut milk, vanilla, and salt to the mug. Whisk well. (I used an espresso whisk, but a fork would work just fine.)
  3. Whisk in the cocoa powder.
  4. Whisk in the agave syrup.
  5. Whisk in the almond flour.
  6. Microwave in 1 minute intervals, checking for firmness in between. Cooking time will depend on the strength of your microwave, but should be 1-3 minutes. My microwave is slightly less potent than most, and 3 minutes is just about right.

Yummy Chocolatey Batter

Don't be afraid to dip your finger in and have a taste.
Don't be afraid to dip your finger in and have a taste.

The Finished Product + Garnishes


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    • tealeafprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sonya Mann 

      4 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I'm so glad you like it!

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      4 years ago

      This is so delicious! As a vegan college student it is sometimes difficult to make desserts. This recipe tastes great and works well even when I don't have everything on hand!

    • tealeafprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sonya Mann 

      4 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      One TABLESPOON of cocoa powder. Gosh, how many times can I get this wrong?

    • tealeafprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sonya Mann 

      4 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      @Abi: Oh my goodness, I can't believe I left that out. It's pretty much the most important ingredient! One teaspoon of cocoa powder. I'll go add it into the recipe.

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      4 years ago

      How much Cocoa Powder? Not seeing it in the ingredients


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