I’m not a vegan food blogger. This vegan mug brownie is actually the first vegan recipe I’ve posted on either of my blogs. That said, I think I’ve knocked it out of the park with this one.
With five ingredients and about five minutes, you’ll have a vegan mug brownie for one with 17 grams of protein and just 158 calories. It’s rich and chocolatey, and the cherries actually give it the appearance and texture of melted chocolate chips inside.
But enough talk, let’s get down to brass tax.
Ingredients for This High Protein Vegan Mug Brownie
This cherry chocolate mug brownie was inspired by one of my most popular recipes, a one minute protein brownie that uses canned pumpkin to create a fudgy chocolate brownie. Instead of pumpkin, this version uses cherries and apple sauce (you’ll never taste the latter) to mimic the same fudgy goodness.
Here’s everything you’ll need:
- frozen cherries
- unsweetened apple sauce
- coconut flour
- cocoa powder
- vegan protein powder
Easy enough, right?
Cherry Chocolate Vegan Mug Brownie Ingredient Modifications
I’ll touch on a few ingredient notes and potential modifications below.
The most common question about any protein powder based recipe is about the protein powder itself. For this recipe, I used PEScience Vegan Select. If you’re familiar with my recipes, you know the whey and casein PEScience Select is one of my go-to powders.
I always like to say you can use any protein powder you’d like, but you may need to slightly modify the liquid ingredients to account for consistency differences. I’ve included process photos in the recipe card below so you can get an idea of what your brownie batter should look like before microwaving.
If you’re using a whey protein, swap it gram for gram but start with one tablespoon of apple sauce and add as needed. I’ve compared the PEScience vegan and whey/casein and found that the vegan requires roughly 50% more liquid ingredients to hydrate the batter.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why I use vanilla and add cocoa powder, it’s for a more authentic chocolate flavor. If you wanted to use chocolate protein powder, omit the cocoa powder or add maybe a teaspoon.
Cherries and Apple Sauce
Like I mentioned above, pumpkin makes a phenomenal brownie if you’re not a fan of cherries. Here’s a handful of other ingredient ideas that I like to use for similar purposes:
Note: I tend to use more carbs than fat in my recipes to keep them on the lower calorie end of the spectrum, but I’ll include fat sources as well.
- ripe bananas
- sweet potato puree
- plant based butter or margarine
- nut butters and reconstituted powdered nut butters
- other fruit purees
All right, that’s plenty of options. Feel free to play around, but I’ll reiterate how amazing the juicy cherries are in this vegan mug brownie!
I’d Love to See Your Mug
- 1/2 C (70g) Frozen Pitted Dark Sweet Cherries
- 2 Tbsp (30g) Unsweetened Apple Sauce
- 3/4 scoop (21g) PEScience Select Vegan Protein Powder, vanilla
- 1 Tbsp (5g) Unsweetened Dark Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 Tbsp (3g) Coconut Flour
- Add the cherries to a mug or small bowl and microwave for 60 seconds.
- Add the apple sauce. Stir well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the mug and stir until everything is evenly mixed. Some small chunks of cherries should remain. (A rubber spatula makes easy work of this.)
- Spread the brownie batter evenly in the bottom of the mug. If you want to remove the brownie from the mug after, you can transfer the batter to a second mug or bowl sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- Microwave for 60-75 seconds or until the center looks nearly cooked. It's better to undercook than overcook with protein brownies.
- Top with additional cherries, dairy free whipped cream, or other toppings, if desired.
- If you're using fresh cherries, you may want to add a teaspoon of honey or some type of liquid to hydrate the brownie batter (as needed).
- For a whey or casein protein powder, start with half the apple sauce and add as needed to avoid over hydrating the brownie batter.
- For cherry and apple sauce substitutions, see the post above.
Serving Size1 brownie
Amount Per Serving Calories 158Total Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 22gProtein 17g
More High Protein Recipes You Might Like
Since you’ll have cherries on hand, you might as well try my copycat cherry garcia smoothie bowl.
And if you love frozen fruit as much as I do, you’ll appreciate my protein ice cream recipes. Most will be as simple as swapping the whey protein for a vegan protein powder.