Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paleo Crockpot Brownie-In-A-Mug!


Today was most definitely a brownie kind of day.

It was raining.  The baby woke up - most definitely - on the wrong side of the crib.  She was fussy and cranky and crying and I couldn't fix it.  

(Not even with BACON for breakfast.)

So it's been a long, rainy day and I decided I needed to make me some brownies.  Some paleo brownies, of course.  And in my crockpot.

I've been a little soup-crazed these past few weeks, so most of my Pyrex is currently full of soup in the freezer.  I would normally bake in those in the crockpot.  So that's when I turned to the Googler and found this awesome brownie-in-a-mug concept.  (You could also use jars, but I liked the idea of having a handle on my brownie-delivery-vehicle.)

This is an awesome dessert, and the recipe, which I adapted from another adaption (see link below), is an absolute winner.  My version below will make two or three mugfulls, so double (or triple - I won't tell) to your hearts content.

The Tools:

- 4 qt. crockpot
- 2 - 3 mugs (the kind you got from your realtor that you really don't care about)

- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/8 cup cocoa powder
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- dash salt
- 1/4 t baking soda
- dash pumpkin pie spice
- dash ground ginger (optional - use if you like an extra spicy kick to your brownie)

The Process:

Tell yourself you deserve a lovely paleo chocolate brownie.  You totally do.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  

Grease your mugs with some coconut oil, so your brownie doesn't get stuck all over the sides of the mug.

Pour even amounts of the batter in your mugs, and set them inside your crockpot.  Don't fill the mugs any more than about halfway full; the batter will REALLY rise and bubble over if you fill the mugs too full.

Cook on HIGH for somewhere between 1 hour and 15 minutes and 1 hour and 45 minutes.  It will depend on how fast your crockpot cooks and how gooey (or cakey) you like your brownies.  We like our brownies a bit gooier (is that a word?) and so I cooked it for right at 1 hour and 20 minutes.  A knife was mostly clean when I inserted it.

When they are done, turn your crockpot off, take the lid off and just let them cool.

If you can't wait until your mug is cool, carefully dig out your brownie with a spoon and eat it.  But I wouldn't know anything about people who are impatient brownie-eaters....

 Enjoy!!!

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