I once saw a coffee mug that read, “Behind every good mother is a cup of coffee.” As a nursing mom, I looked at that and thought, “Not unless she has endless patience to deal with a grumpy, fussy, caffeinated baby.” I’d say instead that behind every good mom is a big chocolate bar—you know, the size that comes out only at Mother’s Day. One that can make up for 6 am mornings with a wide-awake baby, a toddler who forgets to say they need the potty, and all the other little stresses of being a mother.
And so I give you the three-minute brownie-in-a-mug recipe, for those time when a chocolate bar isn’t available. Someone emailed this to my husband when we lived up north and he passed it on to me. I think I have it memorized now. My mother-in-law says that chocolate may make for a gassy baby, but when I’ve just about hit my limits of patience and endurance, chocolate helps me go a bit further.
Three-Minute Brownie in a Mug Recipe
4 tbsp flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp milk or Bailey’s or almond/soy/coconut milk
3 tbsp oil or applesauce
3 tbsp chocolate chips (or peanut butter chips, or whatever other chips you have in the cupboard)
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug
1. Add dry ingredients to a large microwaveable mug and mix well.
2. Crack the egg on top and add the milk, vanilla, and oil and mix well.
3. Fold in chocolate chips.
4. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high. (Test this in your microwave; in mine, I only cook it for 2 minutes.) The brownie may rise over the top of the mug (if the mug isn’t big enough), but don’t be alarmed (it won’t make a mess of your microwave).
Allow it to cool a little and then grab a spoon. It can feed two, if you are feeling slightly more virtuous (or want to serve it with ice cream). Enjoy your brownie in a mug!