A familiar scene at our house...
It's Friday night. It has been a long week - work, kids, work, kids, work, kids... Our children are (finally) in bed, and my husband and I are looking at each other, exhausted, wondering if it's even worth trying to piece together some semblance of a date night. I know you know what I'm talking about here. If you have children, I'm sure you've been there too.
This is an all-too-familiar scene at our house, but we recently discovered an antidote to our date night blues. On a recent Friday, while my husband was putting the finishing touches on bedtime with our preschooler, I decided we needed something besides the usual "let's sit together on the couch while we watch something and call it a date." Not having a lot of energy left after a long week, however, I needed something quick, easy, and delectable. These mug brownies were perfect! They're quick (hello, 5 minutes!), they're easy (can you measure a tablespoon and turn on the microwave?), and their warm, fudgy, chocolaty goodness totally hits the spot. Not to mention, this makeover mug brownie is nothing to feel guilty about. At just over 200 calories (vs. more than 500 in the original), this is a dessert to kick back with your feet up and enjoy to the very last scrape (or lick - whichever you prefer to make sure you haven't missed a morsel in the bottom of that mug!) Plus, they're even customizable, so you and your date don't even have to agree on which flavor to make - you can each have it the way you like it.
Our date night was saved, and yours can be too. (Now, if you can only decide which movie to watch...) Here's hoping the kids stay in bed ... Cheers!
|Original Recipe||Refresh Recipe|
|535 calories||206 calories|
|24.8 g fat (15.5 saturated)||6.9 g fat (2.8 saturated)|
|79.6 g carbohydrates, 50.7 g sugar||34.9 g carbohydrates, 24.9 g sugar|
Recipe adapted from Homemade Toast.
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