Microwave Brownie/Cupcake in a Mug Work in Progress

Graylin Bee
By Graylin Bee Latest Reply 2013-04-22 14:19:47 -0500
Started 2013-04-21 09:55:47 -0500

I have been so wanting a brownie. You know the kind. Uber chocolaty. Sorta dense and moist. But not made with wheat or oat or rice or other grain flours or potato or cornstarch or blends of no gluten flours that have more carbs than a whole meal should have in a teeny tiny brownie bite.
One of my evil sisters posted a microwave in a mug evil carb laden cake this week on her FB page. I know she did it just to torment me.
I have been scouring the web in my search…no luck. Most have too much sugar, BG spiking grains. Or both.
The usual combination of ingredients seems to be 3 Tbsp of some sort of flour, 3 Tbsp of cocoa, (or more flour anad less cocoa), 1egg, some vanilla, some salt, and about 2 Tbsp honey. Mix in a mug and microwave for 2 minutes.
Let the tweaking begin…
Attempt 1 was 3 Tbsp almond meal/flour, 3 Tbsp cocoa powder, 1 egg, pinch salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 Tbsp Splenda, 2 tsp oil and 1 tsp honey. Mixed in a mug and microwaved at 50% power for 4 minutes. It came out good in flavor, dry in texture,. Shared it with hubby and he liked it.
This morning for attempt 2 I discovered dyslexia had kicked in. I had switched out what I thought was 2/3 of the honey with oil. But had only used 1 Tbsp of liquid, leaving me 1 Tbsp short on the liquid for attempt 1. So today I used about 1 tsp vanilla, 4 tsp oil and 1 tsp honey for the liquid. Attempt 2 was microwaved at 30% power and it came out much, much better. Gave hubby just a taste.
Most microwave mug ckaes want you to nuke at full power, which make them turn out a little like tough chocolatey cake with little chunks of eggs.
I'm thinking a Noosa honey yogurt for the oil,honey and Splenda should be just about perfect.
Now for some people coconut oil and agave might sound better. Or almond butter.
Maybe half almond/meal and half coconut flour and a tsp of water to make up for how coconut absorbs liquids.
Since it uses such small amounts of ingredients you can play around. If it doesn't turn out great at least you haven't wasted much money. Hubby will consume almost anything so it's not really a risk at my house.
Oooh…ooooh…oooh …just tested my BG 2 hours after a breakfast that featured a big, warm brownie …drum roll please…97.
Maybe I'll share my recipe with my evil sister. After all her hubby can't have gluten.
A few more tweaks and I might even give The Cake Lady (AKA Mom) something to worry about.


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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-22 14:19:47 -0500 Report

Since I got woken up by a phone call and couldn't get back to sleep…am eating attempt 5. Not happy with it Used the yogurt for oil again and added 1 tsp honey. Moist, tender but not the right flavor. So far Attempt 2 is best

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-22 13:51:47 -0500 Report

Attempt 3, Yesterday for pre work snack - used 1 Tbsp water for 1 Tbsp of the oil. Must have measured the almond flour as slightly more than level Tbsp. Turned out a tad dry. But flavor was good.
Attempt 4, Today for part of after work meal - used 2 Tbsp Honey Noosa for the oil and honey. Had to cook it an extra 1 min 30 sec. Texture good, was moist. Measured the almond flour more carefully. Did need a bit more sweet because it was a nice bittersweet chocolate. But, I think it needed either a tsp of honey or a litle more Splenda, only used about 1/2 Tbsp for this sample.

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