We’ve all been there. We’re just happily going about our lives, doing this and that, and then *BAM* all of a sudden you get hit with a sweet craving so overpowering that it’s all you can think about. Normally though, after eating a full pint of Ben and Jerry's the craving ends with feeling like a pile of crap. No one likes that. Let me help you satisfy that craving, feel satiated and fulfilled, and NOT like a pile of crap. I give you… the healthy brownie in a mug. And not just any old brownie in a mug, this is the mug brownie to trump all other mug brownies. Legit game-changer. 

In my extensive search for the perfect healthy brownie in a mug, every recipe I found was either unhealthy, or complicated, or both. Then I came across this one recipe*. Oh boy, it changed my life. Not only is it uncomplicated, fast, cheap, and healthy, but it also TASTES AMAZING. It’s like biting into a warm gooey chocolaty lava cake: it’s rich, it’s decadent, it’s the perfect amount of sweet. Say no more; I'm yours. You would not even know that it’s healthy. This healthy brownie in a mug is my go-to whenever I have a sweet craving and it works like a charm!

*I found this recipe a couple years ago, adapted it, and wrote it down. I have scoured the internet looking for the recipe again to give credit but it's no where to be found! 

Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined-Sugar Free Brownie in a Mug

  • Prep Time:2 mins
  • Cook Time:2 mins
  • Total Time:4 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1/2 ripe banana emphasis on ripe!!
  • 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder or big spoonfuls*
  • 1 tsp. - 2 tbsp. Honey**
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Recommended add in: 1 square 70-85% dark chocolate***
  • Yummy optional add-ins****
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  • Step 1

    Using a fork, mash the banana in a microwave-safe mug until mostly smooth.

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  • Step 2

    Add the remaining ingredients and mix with the fork until combined, making sure to get the bottom edges of the mug. Chop the chocolate and stir in, if desired.

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  • Step 3

    Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes, check brownie. If top is still wet, microwave for 15-30 seconds more. It may take shorter or longer depending on the type of mug, your microwave, and any additional ingredients you add.

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I added almond butter and cinnamon to the top of this one . . . yum!!

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Let's get a nice good close-up of all that gooey chocolately goodness, just in case you weren't already salivating.

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2 minutes later, per usual, all gone! (and a happy satisfied tummy)

*this can vary depending on how dark you want your brownie.

**this also varies depending on the level of sweetness you want. I’ll do 2 tsp normally but will add more if the banana is not super ripe or if I add nut butter. It’s not an exact science. Also can be substituted for maple if vegan.

***highly recommend! This really makes it feel like a decadent sweet treat, as the gooey melted chocolate takes it to the next level. I love Lindt 85% dark chocolate! If you’re avoiding refined sugar, this can be omitted though and it still tastes great!

****you can tweak this recipe however you like - it is really easy to do! These are some of my favorite add-ins but you can really experiment and add whatever you're feelin':

- 1 tbsp protein powder (add some water or milk so it doesn't get dried out)

- 1 tbsp favorite nut butter

- 1/4 tsp espresso powder

- 1/4 tsp cinnamon