Fudgy Vegan Mug Brownie

This healthy vegan mug brownie is super fudgy, chewy, and gooey and takes around 2 minutes to make. It is made with whole-food ingredients and is dairy free, gluten free, and totally plant-based

hand holding a jar of vegan mug brownie with a spoon in the jar and a scoop of vanilla vegan ice cream

Fudgy, Chewy, Perfect Mug Brownie… in minutes!


There’s something really special about a brownie. The slightly crackled top and the decadent, ooey-gooey, chewy, fudgy inside. Did you know this delicious texture is totally achievable to make with my super fast vegan mug brownie? This vegan brownie is so delicious with the most incredible flavour and texture, and to top it off, it’s made with healthy, whole food ingredients!

Whether you are craving a sweet snack, or running short on time to make a dessert, this brownie recipe is definitely worth a try!

close up of a vegan mug brownie in a jar with a scoop taken out

What is a vegan mug cake or mug brownie?


Mug cakes (or mug brownies) have been around for quite some time. I remember making my first mug cake on the blog almost a decade ago (here’s the recipe… I still cringe at these photos, lol!).

Essentially a mug cake/brownie is a single serving cake or brownie made in a mug or jar, and usually cooked in the microwave (but often can be baked in the oven as well for a longer period of time in an oven-safe mug)

A vegan mug cake/brownie is made without any animal ingredients – no butter, milk, cream, etc. and rather it uses plant-based alternatives like almond milk, vegan butter, or coconut oil. 

vegam mug brownie with chocolate chips on a wood board

Ingredients in a Vegan Mug Brownie


This delicious and incredibly easy vegan mug brownie is made with only 7 main ingredients (not including salt and water)That’s it, that’s all! 

While I’m sure you could find a ton of variations for vegan mug brownies or cakes out in the blogosphere, I think keeping it simple is often the best approach.

overlay of ingredients for vegan mug brownie on a white marble board

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Blanched almond flour*
  • Tapioca starch
  • Cocoa powder*
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Smooth almond butter
  • Baking powder
  • Dark chocolate chips (dairy free, vegan)
  • Fine sea salt
  • Water

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The almond flour and tapioca create a chewy and fudgy consistency and the coconut palm sugar brings in the perfect amount of unrefined sweetness. The almond butter adds extra fudgy richness to the brownie and the added dark chocolate chips are the “cherry on top”.

vegan mug brownie in a jar with a scoop taken out with a spoon sitting on the side

Brownie Add-Ins or Swaps/Substitutions:


I love how versatile this simple single-serve vegan mug brownie is. If you are a fan of extra texture or different flavours you can play around with the optional additions or swaps below!

  • Swap the almond butter for peanut butter or cashew butter
  • Swap smooth almond butter for crunchy almond butter for extra texture
  • Add in 1/4 cup crumbled walnuts for a nutty twist
  • Add in 1/4 cup hemp seeds for extra protein and texture 

mug brownie in a jar with a spoon and vanilla vegan ice cream

How To Make a Mug Brownie


Making this brownie recipe is a really, really easy process. There are only a few simple steps to follow and you really need just a couple of minutes.

I chose to use a small clear jar to make my brownie as it’s a lot harder to photograph a recipe like this in a mug, and I wanted to really show the texture of the brownie. 

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Line the bottom of a mug (or glass jar) with parchment paper. 

2. Whisk the almond flour, tapioca starch, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

ingredients for vegan mug brownie in a small bowl

3. Add in the almond butter and water and mix well until a thick batter is achieved. 

4. Fold in the chocolate chips.

5. Press the brownie batter evenly into the bottom of the mug/jar, pressing the top lightly.

unbaked vegan mug brownie batter in a jar

6. Microwave for 35 seconds (you may need to adjust this time slightly depending on the power of your microwave…err on the side of less rather than more time or your brownie could end up dry)

7. Remove from microwave and top with a scoop of your favourite vegan ice cream and dig in!


close up of a vegan mug brownie in a jar with a scoop taken out

This simple vegan mug brownie is seriously so incredible! If you are a fan of sweet treats, you’ll absolutely love this quick twist on a traditional brownie!


Do you have an extra few minutes to whip up this brownie today? Tell me how it works out in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!

vegam mug brownie with chocolate chips on a wood board

Vegan Mug Brownie

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 seconds
Total Time: 2 minutes 30 seconds

This easy vegan mug brownie is made in just 2-minutes and it's healthy, gluten free, fudgy, gooey, chocolaty, and delicious!


  • 1/4 cups blanched almond flour (25g)
  • 1 teaspoon tapioca starch (2g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder (5g)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar (10g)
  • 1/2 tbsp smooth almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips, vegan


  1. Line the bottom of a mug or small glass jar with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, tapioca, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar.
  3. Add in the almond butter and water and stir until a thick moldable batter is achieved.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and press the batter evenly into the mug or jar.
  5. Microwave for 35 seconds then remove and let stand for 2-3 minutes to firm up.**
  6. Top with your favorite vegan ice cream and enjoy (or eat on it's own!).


  • Depending on the power of your microwave you may need to adjust the time slightly. I have a pretty powerful microwave and 35 seconds did the job. Err on the side of less time as the brownie will become dry if you overcook it. Max 45 seconds if you have an older, less powerful microwave.
  • Letting the brownie cool for a few minutes after cooking will firm up the top slightly so you get a harder top layer and fudgy inside.
  • Ice cream is totally optional but takes the whole dessert up another notch!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 20.5gCarbohydrates: 20ggProtein: 8.3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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  • Hi, I tried your fudgy brownie in a mug. It had very hard little pieces in it I am assuming that was the tapioca. I was thinking I might try it again with soaking the tapioca first in my tablespoon of water. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks for your recipes and your help!

    • Hi Tracy, I recommend cooking one serving at a time in the microwave using two different containers if making two servings.