Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Banana Nutella Microwave Brownie

This my friends, is either a stroke of genius, a stroke of luck, or a pretty nice combination of the two.  In less than 5 minutes, assuming you have these ingredients on hand, you TOO could be enjoying a warm brownie-like concoction.  And I have Elliott to thank for it.  (Sort of.)

You see, we have ventured into the world of solid foods.  One evening Elliott got to enjoy 1/2 of a ripe mashed banana.  After I put him to bed I had a chocolate craving.  I didn’t want a cookie, I didn’t want ice cream, I didn’t even want my Goo-Goo Cluster Supreme I had stashed away.  This chocolate craving was specific to a fudgy brownie taste.  My brain quickly flashed to the Nutella in my cabinet, then to the half banana remaining, and with that I had the idea to do one of those microwave mug brownie/cakes.  I’ve seen recipes that call for vegetable oil, applesauce, egg, etc.  I figured the banana would moisten it up, and add tons of flavor.

Ding dang… This was good!  This was SO good I got on Facebook and shared on my blog’s Facebook page.  And then again on Twitter.  Basically the social media equivalent of shouting it from the rooftops.  The following weekend I made a point to feed Elliott another 1/2 ripe mashed banana, so that I could have the other half to make another mug brownie to photograph and share with you!

The first time I made it, I didn’t fully cook it, and I enjoyed it as a brownie batter-like dessert.  The second time I made it I cooked it longer, and sure enough ended up with what was pretty darn close to a gooey brownie.  The nutella flavor is there as is the banana aroma & flavor.  This most CERTAINLY hit the spot.  I have a feeling this version will stay in my repertoire long after Elliott moves on to whole bananas.  😉


Banana Nutella Microwave Brownie

Yield: 1 serving

You can take the time to measure ingredients exactly, or you can just eyeball it. I've done it both ways, and it always turns out delicious.


1/2 ripe banana
1 oz chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 heaping tablespoon Nutella


Add banana to mug and mash with a fork. Add remaining ingredients.

Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds, stir well with a fork. Microwave 1-2 minutes more until it looks like a brownie (depending on your microwave, mine took an additional minute and 10 seconds for a total of 1min 40sec).

LET COOL (this will be VERY hot), and enjoy!

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27 Responses to “Banana Nutella Microwave Brownie”

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    Camels & Chocolate — January 8, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    NOT FAIR to post this when I’m on a 1200-calorie-a-day training plan and want to eat my screen! Pinning for post-Kilimanjaro 😉

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    danielle — January 9, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Trying hard to pretend I didnt see this – but its just a small portion right? Looks so good!

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    Beth — January 9, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    Mmmmmm. Gotta do this since we have lots of half eaten bananas around our house these days!

    I’m trying to cut flour out of my diet as much as possible. Do you think I could make it with oats instead of flour? Almost making it a microwave oatmeal cake kinda thing??

    • Erin replied: — January 10th, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

      Hmmm, that sounds like a great idea! Let me know your results! I’ll try it as well, as soon as I replenish my oats. I’m all out because I eat them nearly every day.

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    kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts — January 9, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Wow. It’s been over a decade since my kids moved past eating half a banana, but I may have to try this. It looks like it would perfectly hit the spot on those ‘kids in bed chocolate craving’ nights.


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    This looks wonderful! And I love that it’s so easy to pull together for a quick dessert!

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    you are soooo bad, erin. so so stinkin’ bad. ruining all of us trying to eat healthy and everything! 🙂 seriously – this looks so very very delicious. and as per Beth’s response – I’m going to try it with oats – I would imagine it should work just as well!

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    Erin P — January 9, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    I made this tonight and it is SO GOOD! Thank you!

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    elisha — January 9, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    OMG!!!!! i just made this! its amazing!!

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    Annalise — January 9, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    Holy cow! This looks incredible. I posted a similar chocolate mug cake on my blog last year, but I think your nutella brownie looks better, and maybe even a little better for you!

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    Meaghan — January 10, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    I haven’t even made this yet, but my husband thanks you already (he’s obsessed with Nutella!)


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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — January 17, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    OMG, I must try this!!! yum! LOVE.

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    Carrie — January 18, 2013 @ 11:00 am


    I bet you could totally sub oats ground into a flour in your food processor/blender. It’s easy to whip up a batch of oat flour to keep in the cabinet, so that way it doesn’t take away from the convenience of this recipe. Hope that helps! Thanks for an awesome looking recipe, Erin, I’ll be trying this soon!

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    Anna S. — January 26, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    I jumped on Pinterest and searched “Banana Nutella” and found your recipe. And I’m so glad I did! This was super yummy! And so decadent that I couldn’t even finish it! I’ve seen a bunch of these mug desserts out there but none of them sounded as good as this one did and I won’t need another recipe, for sure. Thanks so much!

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    JulieD — January 28, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    OMG pure genius! I ned this in my life!!!

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    Melissa | The Kitchen Canister — January 30, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    Wow, these look great for when you want a snack, but don’t have anything made in the house.

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    Kacey — January 31, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    Corey wanted a brownie. What did I do? Went straight to your website and I find this. I am currently letting it cool. It smells delicious!!

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    Janie — February 8, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Strewth lady, I only came over here to ensure you aren’t secretly using those dreaded Captcha thingy’s, and you go and tempt me with this crazy gooiness! It looks freaking amazing. And it’s practically a health food to boot!
    You have a new follower 🙂
    Janie x

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    Nadi — June 19, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    Thanks for this, I only had a whole banana so I was forced to make two brownies and so had to have 2nd helpings…

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    Bri — November 25, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    Just made this: Tastes delicious and is EXTREMELY chocolaty. My brother loves it! The texture is sorta strange though-liquidy with lumps of batter (I’m assuming either banana or flour, possibly both)throughout :/ Guess it’s time to make it again!!(I know my brother won’t be complaining)

    Thanks for the awesome recipe 😀

    • Erin Wilburn replied: — November 25th, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

      Glad you liked it! Definitely try giving it a really good stir with a fork after the first 30 seconds in the microwave. That should help with lumpiness. Thanks for commenting!

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    Ami — January 2, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

    Is there a healthy substitute for Nutella??

    • Erin Wilburn replied: — January 4th, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

      I discovered Justin’s Nut Butter brand chocolate hazelnut butter for my peanut allergic son who doesn’t like almond butter. It only has 6 or 7 grams of sugar. I’ve never tried it in this recipe though. It’s not as spreadable as Butelka, so you’d probably need some butter or coconut oil added. Good luck!

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    Beth — March 30, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    I tried this today, and while it tasted good, it never worked. I cooked it an additional 3 minutes, by which time it was so hot I had to use a pot holder to take it out of the microwave and I was afraid my mug was going to shatter, but it never once achieved the consistency of a brownie. Not even after I let it cool for almost a half hour (which was how long it took to be able to put the molten chocolate lava in my mouth, and it was still hot enough to steam even then). The butter never mixed in no matter how hard I tried, and I ended up pouring it off the top. I had to eat it with a spoon. So…tasty, but I’ve had other mug cakes/brownies that actually work that I’ll stick with.

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    Kelly — August 10, 2015 @ 1:50 pm

    Just made mine with half banana, 2 heaped tsp cocoa powder, 2 tsp sugar, oats and a bit of oil. Needed more sugar! But pretty damn yummy.

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    Emily — October 5, 2015 @ 1:59 pm

    SO good! I added a pinch of cinnamon and added some shredded coconut and it was super yummy! Great for a quick treat after a long day at work!

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