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Instant Brownies FTW

Here’s a confession.

This is probably THE first snack I have made for this blog that has gone without a hitch. The only reason for that is that I’ve made it before – several times. This snack is quickly becoming a go-to. Chocolate, microwaves, easy ingredients I already have, no dishes afterwards? Yes, yes, yes and YES.

I’ve tried different versions of the microwave brownie, but you can find the inspiration for this one here. It took me a grand total of three minutes, and that’s only because I was pausing to attempt some artsy fartsy photography to document my success.

You’re only three minutes away from a stellar new snack! Here’s what you’ll need.

  • MicrowaveIMG_3384
  • Traditional size mug
  • Spoon
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butterIMG_3386IMG_3392
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • Salt

Let’s do this!

  1. In the mug, combine water, melted butter, salt and vanilla.
  2. Add cocoa powder, stir.
  3. Add sugar, stir.IMG_3395IMG_3396
  4. Add flour, stir.
  5. And voilà, you’re done! Pop it into the microwave for 60 to 90 seconds, depending on how fugdy you want your brownie. The longer it cooks, the drier it will be.
  6. Eat up! The steaming hot brownie is fantastic doused in milk, or topped with vanilla ice-cream. You’re welcome. IMG_3398

P.S. Mom, I PROMISE I’ll clean my microwave sometime this weekend. Don’t look too close!


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Snack Hacks – Friday Link Love

Today, you get something new: links to my very favorite snack hacks. These are some of the best tricks to getting out of a boring food rut and turning a basic into a bedazzled “BAM” snack. I could copy all these recipes and show you my take on them, but sometimes, it’s impossible to make something better – as demonstrated below.

  • THIS. Fruity Peanut Butter dip, for those of you who like to drench healthy things in not-as-healthy dips because, hey, taste matters.
  • Grilled cheese has never looked so good – here’s how to turn your plain old same old sandwich into a pizza-flavored one packed with punch.
  • Turn a fruit into a bite-sized dessert: Ziploc’s uber easy recipe involves bananas, chocolate and sprinkles. You can’t say no.
  • Baked egg in an avocado – the perfect morning pick-me-up. Why didn’t I think of this?
  • Upgrade boring blueberries to a frozen yogurt dessert in two easy steps. Addiction guaranteed – you will not be able to get enough of these little guys.
  • Twenty three ways to use an ice cube tray that involve things more interesting than water. Guys. You can make mini cheesecakes in an ice cube tray! I. Am. Losing it.
  • Also… how to make an ordinary apple into a, uh, swan? Because apparently some people are into this.

Happy snacking!

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