So, this is where this blog becomes less about my son, Foster, and more about everything else.
First up, The Five Minute Brownie!
A Facebook friend posted a link to this recipe yesterday, and yesterday I was seriously craving some chocolate! Only, I had already eaten a handful of M&M's from Foster's potty reward jar, so I decided not to make this brownie-in-a-mug and bookmarked the recipe for future reference.
Future reference = today. That's right, I. Have. No. Willpower.
As I write this, I'm eating a brownie out of my favorite mug. Wait, scratch that. I just drank the crumbs.
The recipe is below and yes, it tastes and feels just like a brownie. It is a brownie and it was totally worth it.
Best part, I don't have the rest of the pan calling my name. Making me feel guilty.
Guilty for not eating another and another and another. I mean, how wasteful would that be?
Guilty for eating another and another and another.
Worst part, I didn't have any vanilla ice cream to scoop on top. (You know, the whole no willpower thing.)
Enjoy! I'm going to take a nap.
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
dash of salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
1/3 teaspoon vanilla
small handful of chocolate chips (optional)
Whisk together dry ingredients in a coffee mug, standard size (11 oz.) or larger. Add oil, water, and vanilla and mix thoroughly -- making sure to scrape the bottom and sides so that it's all incorporated. If you'd like, mix in chocolate chips.
Microwave on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. The finished product will be soft-ish and chewy.
Cool for a minute. Eat right out of the mug :) Don't wait long, as the brownie will harden with time.
Note: This serving size is pretty generous. For kids or for adults with modest appetites, I recommend cutting all the quantities in half (and decreasing the cooking time -- in my microwave, the half-recipe takes about 45 seconds on high) for a smaller brownie in a mug.