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Fat Free Mug Brownie

Fat Free Mug Brownie

Regrettably (or not), I didn’t spend the better part of a weekend dressed up as a sexy cat, drunk meowing, lol.  I did however cook, share food, eat, and even caught up with Breaking Bad.  I made about a half dozen “mug brownies” for friends and delivered meals for Pack Away Hunger.

Breakfast of rice, stewed tofu, and cutlass fish (I’m proud to say I’ve never cut myself in the kitchen but today marked the first time ever.  This type of fish has very sharp teeth and as it is very long, it slipped and I cut my finger).

Lunch of Bibimbap

Dinner of grilled salmon, roasted asparagus and tomatoes in balsamic

I strolled through the park today and what do I stumble upon but these amazing flamed colored leaves and a lonely mister Horsey with no one to play with.

One of my favorites!  Mama got me a surprise gift, an adorable piggy I named Sophie.  She had 4 legs when I received her on Friday and today, she’s mysteriously lost a foreleg

Now to preface, I think diets are a version of cruel and unusual punishment.  My philosophy on food is go good or go home {bacon and butter make everything better}!  However, I do realize that not everyone feels this way so in direct response to an email I received last week about possibly creating a figure friendly dessert, I present to you this fabulous fat free 5 minute mug cake/brownie.

Fat Free Mug Brownie
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Serves: 2

  • ¾ c unbleached/unbromated Flour*
  • ½ c quality unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 c Sugar**
  • ½ ts Baking Soda
  • ¼ ts Baking Powder
  • ¼ ts fine Salt
  • ½ ts Instant Coffee
  • ⅔ c fat free Yogurt
  • 2 ts pure Vanilla Extract

  1. Sift together all of your dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, salt, and coffee.
  2. Slowly stir in your yogurt and vanilla but don’t over mix. The batter will be thick.
  3. Pour equally into microwavable coffee mugs and zap for 2-3 minutes depending on how big your mug is or how strong your microwave is but, please make sure that your mugs are plenty big as these do swell a bit.

*For added fiber and health, you can halve in whole wheat or spelt flour. **To reduce the sugar, you can sub in a bit of Agave. Both instances will alter the taste/texture.

This pairs beautifully with frozen yogurt or whipped cream.  If you have neither, you could freeze blobs of raspberry yogurt and make a brownie “sundae.”  Whatever floats your boat.

Healthy Baking Tips:

Apple Sauce for Oil/Butter

Reduced Fat Yogurt/Sour Cream for Buttermilk

1/4-1/2 c of Prune/Date Puree can be slipped in for just a bit of Chocolate

Replacing each whole Egg for 2 Egg Whites

Agave/Stevia/Honey/Coconut Nectar for Sugar

Avocado Puree for Butter

Marshmallow Fluff or Meringue for Buttercream Frosting

Puffed Brown Rice for “Rice Crispies”

Coconut/Nut Flours for White Flour

Graham Cracker vs Shortbread/Butter Crusts

Cacao Nibs + Sweetened Cocoa for Chocolate Chips

Earth Balance or Smart Balance vs Shortening

Use at your own discretion.  I don’t typically utilize these unless it’s a special request and keep in mind that substitutions tend to alter taste and texture.

If this isn’t your thing, check out my sinful brownie version.

Love & Chocolate,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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61 thoughts on “Fat Free Mug Brownie

  • Aimee@clevermuffin says:

    Did you say ‘fat free’ and ‘brownie’ in the same sentence? I agree that diets are cruel, but if it has to happen then this seems perfect! I love swapping out butter for yogurt.

  • yummychunklet says:

    Your weekend of food looks delicious!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I think yummy in moderation works best.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    That it was.

  • Gina says:

    We all need to balance out what we eat from time to time. I missed out on all the Halloween parties this weekend too, oh well there is always next year to throw on a costume and get my party on. Happy Halloween.

  • DWei says:

    Looks good! Then again, anything with tomatoes is good.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    Poor Sophie!! Every once in a while I get someone berating me because I used butter AND cream in a recipe. I just roll my eyes and show them the door. Anyone who has time to write to a stranger to tell them that they should or shouldn’t eat something needs to get a life of their own.

  • Veronica says:

    I used to try to healthify desserts and finally realized I was insane and stopped. Hopefully the rest of the world will follow suit. Ha! To me it’s just not worth eating dessert if it’s not excellent. Although I admit I’d totally hit your mug brownie b/c it does look excellent. When I cut calories, I’m not more interested in slashing sugar (lovin’ NuNaturals stevia but down with the artificial yuck) than fat. Fat is our friend. Sugar is the enemy. But Christians should love their enemies so I guess that’s my excuse. lol BTW, I can’t believe this is your first time cutting your finger in the kitchen. I think I cut mine at least once a month. Don’t tell me you’ve never burned yourself either! I have so many scars.

  • Kiran says:

    Mmmm… I love to have a dozen of those delicious fat-free mug brownies!!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    I miss cutlass fish! My mom used to pan-fry them until very crispy..great with some congee!
    Your fat-free brownie flavoured with coffee looks irresistible!

  • Tandy says:

    Your weekends always look amazing!

  • Rebecca Ciriaco Sullivan says:

    Thanks for making my Monday a little easier & brighter with these images Angie!!!!


  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    I didn’t do any halloween-y things myself.

    omg that piggy is so cute!

  • Asmita (@FoodieAsmita) says:

    The mug brownies look yummy!

  • Paul Anthony Prince says:

    Sin-free Brownies? I definitely must try these out. I’ve never tried a sweet-treat like that in the microwave. They do look devilishly-delish ~.^

    Poor piggy At least there were no BBQ dishes served over the weekend or we’d have some rumors to squash.

    All of your bites look amazingly tasty!! Especially the salmon and veggies; mmmm the tomatoes look savoury!! <3 the pics!!

    I hope your ears weren't burning too bad this weekend. We've been reading The Genius of Generosity in my small group studies at church. I couldn't help resisting the urge to share your inspiring mission of generousness through pack away hunger. You truly have a grand heart!! We'd love to help out any way we can.

    Thanks for sharing a snippet of your weekend nibbles with us nibblers.

  • Honey What's Cooking says:

    How did the brownie taste? I have to try these mug recipes, they look so easy, but I’m always wondering if the microwave dries out the dessert.

  • Hotly Spiced says:

    I’m sorry your pig has lost a leg! I love the look of your mug brownies. What a clever idea xx

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    My general rule is to always under cook/bake rather than over cook/bake. This is great for what it is but definitely doesn’t compete with the love-infused, full fat, baked in the oven for 30 min under a careful, patient eye with eggs, butter and all the good stuff.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    You are too kind. Thank you for sharing that message, Paul =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    They were great for being imposters, lol

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’ve been looking at it, and I feel that her leg-less-ness gives her character haha

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    You are so sweet =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    at the very least, they taste amazing–even if I did happen to forget it was Halloween.

  • Choc Chip Uru says:

    I would eat this everyday thank you

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Slippery little suckers! Got me right on my finger, deep and hard.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I kept trying to tell my friends that it still had sugar but about a half dozen-dozen were greedily consumed anyhow, lol.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    insane, huh? You always make me smile, Veronica. These are precisely my thoughts, I also hate fondant with a passion and was coerced into making a fondant froggy cake last year. Sad to have such a yummy cake covered in such icky heavy play-doh.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Brilliantly put, Orgasmic Chef!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’m a woman on a mad hunt for heirlooms currently. Holler if you see ’em! =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Meee too. What’s the point of living if one can’t indulge in one of the most pleasurable things that life has to offer? (so what, I’m a bit melodramatic) LOL

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    And apparently you’ll only be half as fat LOL I kid, I kid

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Sophie is brave, huh? LOL

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    My thoughts too bc I’m literally shocked that we’re at the end of October already.

  • Amelia says:

    Hi Angie, I love your fat free brownies, it look so good. Creative ideas brownies in a mug. I don’t believe in diet, it’s better to eat in moderation rather than live with a hungry tummy. We live to eat, eat to live that’s part and parcel of our life.

  • idk says:

    you can be a sexy cat any weekend!…meow!?!

  • erika says:

    Oh my gosh…1) you are a super healthy eater 2) I love the look of this mug cake! I always thought they might be rather gummy if you didn’t use fat, but yours look fabulous!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I try to eat healthy but some days just call for a big fat bacon cheeseburger and mile high chili cheese fries =)

  • Lester. says:

    Angie. WOW! dressed up as a sexy cat meowing!!! Lol! That sounds exciting! hee hee

    Oh. sorry about you cutting your finger.I have many times. Careful of fishes teeth Angie.They can be very sharp!!Cute piggy( Oink,lol) Nice Horsey, Did he or she belong to any one? Lovely tree. Every thing looks delicious on here!!

    YUMMY! ingredients you have listed here Angie!

    Oh Angie. The mug brownie looks delicious!!! YUMMMM!!!

    You had quite a week end! I had a nice one too!

    Angie can you please well meow and pur rfor us? lol!!

    Happy Autumn!


  • Christine (@cookingcrusade) says:

    Fat free brownies?!?! Amaazing! Definitely need to crack these out when I start my diet (which should be any day really.. but most of the time I wave those moments past with a chocolate in my hand hahaha)

  • Liz says:

    Aren’t you a nice friend….those mug brownies certainly look decadent for being fat free! And you’ve put me in the mood for grilled salmon…will go on the menu this week

  • foodwanderings says:

    Love that you are giving us a glimpse into the dishes you eat. I don’t know why I haven’t really explored Korean food yet. We got alarge Korean American community in our area and it is the go to place for Korean food in the DC area.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    luuuucky! I’m practically green. We have all but 2 and they’re not that good

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I think I’ve gone a bit overboard with it—4 times already eek!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    That’s the spirit =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’ve definitely learned my lesson. I guess Mister Cutlass got the last laugh!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Bibimbap is my favorite and you ate for lunch? So jealous~~~!

  • Veronica says:

    That should read “I’m more interested” not “I’m not more interested.” My typos were trying to confuse, sorry. I’m not a fan of fondant either, though marshmallow fondant is OK. The problem is that it’s harder to get a good finish with it than regular fondant! ARG! I too refuse to do the fondant. But mostly b/c I suck at it. I bet you rocked that froggy cake.

  • Joanne says:

    Well it sounds like you had a fabulous weekend in spite of the lack of sexy cat!! What I like to hear.

  • aFrankAngle says:

    Any form of brownie is good on any day and at any time of day.

  • Zeeona @ Basil and Strawberry says:

    I have to try those brownies, they look very good!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    They’re great for what they are.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    *smiles* we missed ya, Frank!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    hahaha, I figure I can always be a cat

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    you should see some of the stuff my phone auto-corrects for me, it’s a hoot!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    My friend exclaims she loves bibimbap–her version is butter, soy sauce and egg–that’s it…whatever floats your boat hehe

  • Simply Sweet Justice says:

    Fat free fudge brownie? You’re my hero! This sounds perfect for those times when you need a brownie but may have skipped a workout!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    He’s a southern gentleman with manners lol

  • JulieD says:

    Love this!! What a great recipe…must make soon!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I hope you do and there are just toast crumbs left

  • Tom Stockwell (@waegook_tom) says:

    A dessert I can actually make without an oven, halleloo! This sounds fabulous Angie, and is VERY appropriate as I’m shedding pounds and watching what I eat right now (except on Saturdays – hey, everyone needs a cheat day, right?)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’m happy to hear you’re eating well! and YES for cheat days (everyday is a cheat day for me, though) :/ …lol

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