Admit it. Most of us pay for our outdoor adventures with some sort of office job. To make being stuck inside a little more bearable, here’s a tarted up version of the microwave brownie in a mug, the darling of Pinterest!
The original recipe was shared on NPR’s Morning Edition. Below, it has a few special twists from our own office-bound WAM staff.
Brownie In A Mug
Fudgy and rich!
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons succanat or sugar
2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (like Starbucks Via)
1 tablespoon dried cherries or blueberries (big argument over which we should use)
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon bittersweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon pecans (we used whole but chopped would be better)
Combine the butter, peanut butter, milk and vanilla in a large microwave-safe mug, and microwave on high until the butter melts, 60+ seconds. Stir to break up the peanut butter and thoroughly combine. Sprinkle in the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, instant espresso, cherries and salt, and stir to combine. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Microwave on high for about 1 to 1.5 minutes, until the batter has firmed up on top and the chocolate has melted. Sprinkle with pecans, let cool slightly, and eat.
The dried berries and espresso really make this. Eat it fast, because you know how microwave baked goods get sort of dry and chewy (but don’t burn your mouth!)