Last week, I rang my neighbor’s doorbell while holding a plate of baked goodies. As soon as the door opened, I spotted the little girl and her mom, and the daughter immediately asked, “Do you have chocolate?”
I laughed and showed her the sweets. Because I found out she’s as big of a chocoholic as I am, I bring over treats that contain chocolate nearly every week — whether that means chocolate chips or cocoa powder or a combination of both — and she now asks me the exact same question every time she sees me… Even if I’m just out in the street looking in my mailbox!
The girl’s face lit up, and she snatched a treat off the top of the plate, sinking her teeth into it for a bite. As she slowly chewed, her mom asked whether she liked it… And she gave a shy smile as she nodded.
The very next moment, she handed me one of the sweets! I chuckled and replied, “No, that’s okay… I want you to have them all!” She looked puzzled for a few seconds, but then she dashed to their front yard and picked up their engraved “Welcome” rock to hand to me.
Again, I politely refused. “I think that’ll be safer here at your house!” She furrowed her brow, yet her face lit up once more as she ran to the big potted succulents on their front porch. She plucked a few leaves and handed them to me.
“She’s really into sharing,” her mom explained. “Since you shared chocolate with her, she wants to share something with you!”
My heart melted as I accepted the little green leaves. “Thank you so much!” I told her, and she looked extremely pleased as she took a bite of her second treat.
I waved good-bye a few minutes later, and before I had even sat down at my desk inside of my own house, her mom texted me. “I just had one of your brownies. They are so deeeeelicious! Thank you!”
Their sweet responses were the best kind of sharing!
As for the treats I brought over? They were these healthy olive oil brownies! They’re supremely rich and decadent, and they practically taste like big squares of fudge. Yet they contain no butter, refined flour, or refined sugar — and they’re really easy to make!
That definitely makes all three of our chocoholic hearts really happy!
HOW TO MAKE OLIVE OIL BROWNIES
So let’s go over how to make these healthy olive oil brownies!
You’ll start with equal amounts of white whole wheat flour (this kind!) and cocoa powder (this kind!). I’ve discovered that using just as much cocoa powder as flour makes brownies taste incredibly rich and decadent — without using any melted chocolate! (And no melted chocolate = fewer dishes to wash = hooray!)
Because you’re adding so much cocoa powder to the brownie batter, you just need regular unsweetened cocoa powder. No need for Dutched or special dark cocoa powder! They actually have a different acidity level, which affects the taste and texture of your brownies. I’ve also found that both of those have a duller, more muted flavor compared to regular unsweetened cocoa powder. And we definitely want the most rich and chocolaty flavor possible in these fudgy olive oil brownies!
I know it sounds a little confusing, but white whole wheat flour actually exists — and it’s not a combination of white (aka all-purpose) flour and whole wheat flour! White whole wheat flour is made by finely grinding a special type of soft white wheat (hence the name!), whereas regular whole wheat flour comes from a heartier variety of red wheat. They have the same healthy benefits, but white whole wheat flour has a lighter taste and texture — and that gives these healthy olive oil brownies the best fudgy texture!
Tip: It’s extremely important to measure the cocoa powder and flour correctly, using this method or a kitchen scale. (← That’s the one I own!) Too much of either ingredient will dry out your brownies and turn them cakey, and too much cocoa powder will make them taste bitter instead of rich and decadent. I promise these fudgy olive oil brownies are worth the few extra seconds of measuring correctly!
As you may have already guessed, these brownies contain no butter… You’ll add olive oil instead! I rarely bake with olive oil, which means I tend to forget just how incredible baked goods turn out when made with it. It creates such a lovely moist and fudgy texture in these healthy olive oil brownies!
But we’re just using a small amount. That ensures your healthy brownies stay low fat and low calorie! Then the rest of their extra fudgy texture comes from one of my favorite baking ingredients. Do you know what it is? If you’ve been to my blog before, you probably do…
It’s Greek yogurt! Greek yogurt adds the same moisture to your batter as extra butter or oil but for a fraction of the calories, and it gives your healthy olive oil brownies a protein boost, too!
Extra fudgy + really chocolaty + low calorie + low fat + protein boost = my kind of brownies!
Two more important ingredients! Instead of refined granulated sugar, you’ll sweeten your olive oil brownies with coconut sugar (this kind!) instead. Coconut sugar is exactly what it sounds like: an unrefined sweetener that comes from coconuts. However, it does not actually taste like coconuts! It has a lovely caramel-like flavor, similar to brown sugar, which makes these healthy brownies taste even more decadent.
And finally, you’ll need some mini chocolate chips! These are my current favorite. They taste really rich and turn melty in the oven… And if you remember to save some to press into the tops of your brownies, those pockets of gooey chocolate look oh so tempting!
Who am I kidding… The entire pan of brownies looks tempting, not just the chocolate chips! 😉 And when you make your own, remember to snap a picture and share it on Instagram using #amyshealthybaking and tagging @amyshealthybaking IN the photo itself! (That guarantees I’ll see your picture! 🙂 ) I’d love to see your healthy olive oil brownies!
Fudgy Olive Oil Brownies
- ¾ cup (90g) white whole wheat flour or gluten-free* flour (measured like this)
- ¾ cup (60g) unsweetened cocoa powder (measured like this)
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp (15mL) olive oil
- 2 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup (60g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- ½ cup (96g) coconut sugar
- 6 tbsp (90mL) nonfat milk
- 3 tbsp (42g) miniature chocolate chips, divided
- Preheat the oven to 300°F, and lightly coat an 8”-square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, egg whites, and vanilla. Stir in the Greek yogurt, mixing until no large lumps remain. Stir in the coconut sugar. Stir in the milk. Add in the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated. Gently fold in 2 ½ tablespoons of miniature chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan, and gently press the remaining chocolate chips into the top. Bake at 300°F for 15-19 minutes (15 minutes yields the fudgiest brownies; 19 minutes yields slightly cakier brownies). Cool completely to room temperature in the pan, and let the brownies sit for at least 6 hours at room temperature for the fudgiest texture before serving.
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