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Happy New Year, everyone! It’s finally time for Pinterest Pros and Cons #2. Even though the 2012 holidays have passed us by, pumpkin recipes can still be enjoyed as we ring in the new year. I came across a Pumpkin Mug Brownie recipe on Pinterest recently that I just had to try. With just a few tweaks, this is the best microwave-only mug recipe I have ever made, and it is EASY!

The ingredients: 
  • ¼ c sugar or Splenda
  • ¼ c flour
  • 2 T cocoa
  • 3 T canned pumpkin
  • 2 T milk
  • 2 T dark chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • A dash of salt
The simple steps: 
  • In a latte mug or small bowl, measure out all ingredients
  • Stir together with a wooden spoon and be sure to mix well
  • Microwave for one minute and continue with 2-3 20 second intervals until the top of the brownie is dry to the touch
  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or two) on top and sprinkle lightly with more of the pumpkin pie spice

Pros:
1.     Oil and egg free
2.     No oven needed
3.     Only one dish to wash!

Cons:  
1.     Leaves you with [nearly] a full can of opened, unused pumpkin
2.     Not very low in calories
3.     Needs ice cream

The verdict:
  
I give the original recipe 4.5 stars, because I had to increase the amount of chocolate chips and pumpkin in order to get the perfect result. I also wish the brownie was fully satisfying on its own, but it really does need a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream to be a balanced dessert. (But honestly, who doesn’t want their brownie a la mode?)
    
I love the fact that there is no oil in this brownie and that it’s a dessert that can be whipped up quickly and easily on a whim. Whether you want to indulge on your own, grab a second spoon and share with someone else, or make several at once and serve up dessert for a larger group of people, you should definitely keep this recipe on hand this year! And perhaps you can put that extra pumpkin to good use by making some homemade pumpkin cream cheese or overnight pumpkin oatmeal. 🙂
   
Hungry for more? Follow our Holiday Fun and Favorite Recipes boards on The Right Solutions Pinterest page to make sure you don’t miss other holiday recipes! We do our best to pin recipes that don’t require an oven, especially because we know many traveling nurses don’t have ovens in their housing on every assignment.
   
What do you think I should try next? Comment on this blog post, tweet at us, or write on our Facebook page with your requests! You can also repin ideas for us on Pinterest directly – just be sure to include #TRSprosandcons in the description so we’ll be able to see it!
   
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