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Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie

Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie

Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie
I had been obsessed with the Instructables eggless mug brownie for a few weeks, but with two tablespoons of oil in each serving, I just had to break up with it. After seeing a recipe for 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies on Cookies & Cups, I wondered if maybe I could shave some calories off the Instructables brownie by using pumpkin instead of oil.

Well, it took a few tries. The first time, I tried to make the pumpkin mug brownie even healthier by cutting the flour and sugar too. This did not work! It tasted really good, but as my husband so kindly put it, “That literally looks like poop.” (Except he didn’t say poop. But this is a family-friendly blog!)

Back to the drawing board.

I found that I couldn’t stray too far from the original if I wanted this to work out. So I didn’t. There are still 4 tablespoons of flour in this pumpkin mug brownie and 4 tablespoons of sugar. This may be vegan and oil-free, but it’s not healthy! It’s healthier. Without all the oil, it’s a little bit less rich than the original. But the richness is replaced with pumpkiny-ness. (Sure that’s a word! Sure it is!) And if that’s not good enough for you, well, I threw in some dark chocolate chips.

Alright, let’s make a delicious pumpkin mug brownie!

Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie IngredientsI’ve used both vanilla soymilk and unflavored Silk coconut milk in this recipe, with good results.

Combine Ingredients in Latte MugCombine all the ingredients in a latte mug. If you don’t have a latte mug, use a small bowl. Unlike traditional mug cakes, this one doesn’t rise very much, so it won’t make a mess in the microwave.

Stir Ingredients Until CombinedStir the ingredients together. It will be thick, but be persistent and stir until everything is combined.

Microwave Until Top Is DryMicrowave until the top of the brownie is dry. It takes a minute and a half in my microwave, but I’d check after one minute and cook 15 seconds at a time after that. Okay, maybe it still doesn’t look so great…

Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie…ice cream and more pumpkin pie spice! That’s better, right?

Vegan Pumpkin Mug BrownieThis pumpkin mug brownie is best shared. It’s pretty decadent, y’all. If you don’t share it, you’ll probably regret it in a few minutes. Believe me, I speak from experience.

If you want a printable version of this recipe, it’s below!

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Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie

Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie

This vegan mug brownie replaces the oil with pumpkin. With a little added pumpkin pie spice, it’s perfect for fall!

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin puree (either homemade or canned)
  • 2 tbsp. non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp. dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • a pinch of salt
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Stir together all ingredients in a latte mug or small bowl. Microwave for 1 minute; continue to microwave at 15 second intervals until top of brownie is dry. Top with ice cream if desired.

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77 Comments

  • Reply
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
    October 17, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Oh my, it looks so delish! I need to add pumpkin puree in my mug cake recipe. Love the illustrations, so cute 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      I love pumpkin puree! I’m always trying to think of new things to do with it and this is definitely my current favorite. 🙂

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    Jennifer H
    October 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    that looks so good!

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    Nicole
    October 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Eating this right now–so good!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Yay, I’m so glad you like it!

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    October 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I have been wanting to try a mug brownie – and of course pumpkin makes it so much better!! 🙂 I pinned this last night and CANNOT wait to try it

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 18, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      I hope you like it! I made it again last night. Chris isn’t usually a fan of the whole mug dessert thing, but he loves this one too.

  • Reply
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    October 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Instant gratification, who doesn’t love that!

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    Alaine @ My GF & DF Living
    October 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

    It doesn’t get much better than this! yum, yum!

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    Carolyn
    October 18, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Okay, brilliant. I think I need to come up with a low carb pumpkin mug brownie (mine will inevitably include butter, though). Because I want. Bad.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      Ooh, I want to see it–you need to post that! 😀

  • Reply
    edina
    October 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

    oh, this looks so delicious! great recipe. i will have to try it, as my mouth waters just by looking at the pics. yet, wanted to check quickly with you, if you can do these in the oven? i do not use a microwave. any suggestions on how long they have to bake in the oven? thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      I haven’t done these in the oven, so I can’t say for sure. I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work, though. I’d try baking at 350 degrees and cook for maybe 8-15 minutes (watching closely, of course!).

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    Genevieve
    October 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I tried a mug cake once but I didn’t really like the texture. I’ll have to give them another shot because I still like the idea of them, especially a pumpkin version! This one sounds like a decadent dessert and would be great with the ice cream on top…I’m not a big fan of brownies though, so if you come up with a non-chocolate version, I’d give that a try!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      This one definitely has a different texture too, although I think it’s more from the fact that it uses pumpkin instead of oil! I was actually thinking of giving it a try without the cocoa. Maybe it would be like pumpkin cake?

      • Reply
        Genevieve
        October 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

        Sounds good to me – I would take pumpkin cake over chocolate cake any day!

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    Mary @ Fit and Fed
    October 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Wow, nice graphics, and color and text coordinated with the photos, very pro! I have to admit I haven’t tried the whole microwave baking thing, and probably won’t until I get a microwave that rotates the food properly– everything’s a little dicey with it until then. But I have had the experience you describe of trying to get a baked good just a little more healthy and then having to back off. I was sort of infamous in the family for that– only took me about a decade’s worth of meh birthday cakes to learn when to try to make it healthier and when to just go with it.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you! I am more of a cook than a baker, so I have difficulty making baked goods healthier too. With cooking, you can operate more on instinct, so I’m comfortable with that. Baking requires precision! I have to say, the healthier brownie did taste good, but the texture was strange and the appearance was even worse!

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    Shirley
    October 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Must . . . stay . . . away. Any brownie that can be microwaved and ready to eat in a flash is just bad news for me and my goal to keep fitting in my pants. Tempting, though! And the addition of pumpkin is intriguing.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Yeah, it’s definitely dangerous. Pretty much the only thing that keeps me eating brownies everyday is laziness. But now that I can microwave them? Game-changer. And not in a good way.

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    October 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    This looks so simple and I never would have thought to pair pumpkin and chocolate! Trying this as soon as I buy some chocolate. I usually avoid keeping the stuff on hand because I don’t handle temptation very well.

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      Kiersten
      October 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Yeah, I have to do that too. I have a bad day and eat a handful of chocolate chips from the pantry. I have terrible coping skills. Terrible!

  • Reply
    Laura (GotChocolate)
    October 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    OMG, YUUUUUM!!! I want this NOW!!! BTW, I love all the new things you’re adding to your site and how you present the instructions. Eye-catching and FANTASTIC.

    😀

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you! I’m trying to post tutorials and informational things on Tuesdays now. People seem to really like them and it’s a nice change of pace from the recipe posts!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    October 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    This was really good! I left out the cocoa powder. Next time I’ll use less sugar. Maybe 2 tbsp agave nectar instead of 4 tbsp sugar.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Without the cocoa powder (which is a little bit bitter unsweetened), I definitely think that you could get away with less sugar.

  • Reply
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    October 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    This looks wonderful! I love mug cakes/brownies. I think it’s probably impossible to make a truly healthy one but this looks perfect to me!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      I figure as long as I eat healthy most of the time, I can eat things like this some of the time. Right?! 😀

  • Reply
    Kimmie
    October 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I made this even healthier by using 1/2 the amount of sugar and a couple packets of stevia… still very good! Do you have an approximate calorie count for the whole thing? I DID share it (thank goodness!) and my 6 year old son loved it too 🙂
    I think next time instead of pumpkin/(spice) I’ll try it with coconut oil (still very healthy) and coconut flakes just for a fun variation !!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      I love the idea of using coconut oil! I’ve also heard from people who have used mashed banana and applesauce instead of the pumpkin, with good results. I’m sorry, I don’t have a calorie count, though. But it’s definitely not a low cal dessert!

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    Ericka
    November 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    This was so good! Instead of 4 T of sugar, I used 2 T of agave nectar. This makes it a bit healthier without sacrificing much sweetness. Also, the agave nectar added a nice hint of molasses.

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      Kiersten
      November 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks for the tip! 🙂

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    mrsblocko
    December 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I made this and wrote about it here. It was super good! I really love mug cakes, particularly ones that don’t call for eggs. I’m playing around with the recipe to make a lower sugar version, and one with white chocolate instead of cocoa powder. This has become my go to version of a mug cake. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it–thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply
    Daria
    December 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I think that my microwave is a rebel! I made everything as instructed, put it in a microvawe for 1,5 minute, looked – still not dry. One more time to the microvawe for 1 minute – bottom burned, top stil wet! No idea what went wrong? Any ideas?

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      Kiersten
      December 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      With a mug cake like this, it cooks so quickly that microwaving it for an additional minute was probably to much. Next time, microwave it in 15 second increments after the first minute and a half until it’s dry on top.

  • Reply
    Alexa
    October 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve been on the hunt for cute ceramic measuring spoons – where did you get yours? They’re adorable!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      October 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      They were on clearance at Anthropologie last year, so I’m afraid they probably don’t sell them anymore!

  • Reply
    Krystal
    August 15, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Can I substitute the sugar with agave nectar?

    • Reply
      Kiersten Frase
      August 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      I have no idea – I haven’t made it like that!

  • Reply
    Lily
    October 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I love microwave mug brownies. They’re so easy when I want something sweet but don’t have anything on hand. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and use full fat and sugar…when you try to make it too healthy, it’s just not a brownie any more! Everything in moderation.

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