Friday, May 17, 2013

Olive Oil Brownies

Olive Oil Brownies
The gooeyness level of these brownies is pretty killer, huh?
You're probably ready to break out your fat pants.

But hey hey hey! Don't be so hasty. You don't...necessarily...need those. These aren't...that...bad!
These brownies are made with whole wheat flour AND have no butter in them. Nada. Only...
olive oil.

I know! It's like...whaaa??!
Olive Oil Brownies
Now, I'm Italian. I adore olive oil. Once, my freshman year of high school (before my first high school dance, in fact) I was challenged to an Italian-off:whoever drank the most straight olive oil won.

I was the victor.

But...you know...olive oil tends to stay on the savory side of my life. I've heard of like..olive oil ice cream. And I've been intrigued by it. But...just hadn't happened.

And then I met a chocolatey brownie recipe that I just couldn't say no to.
Olive Oil Brownies
So. I made em. And they were gooey, so full of chocolate, and very yummy.

Buuut...
I could tell there was olive oil in them. It wasn't unpleasant it was just like "I wish they tasted like this instead".

That said-the flavor was far less noticeable leftover. And again-they were pretty darn tasty, regardless.
And less bad for you. Which is always a plus.
Olive Oil Brownies
And I'm pretty sure Michael never knew these had olive oil in 'em.
What can I say? It never came up.

Oh and also...throw some salt on top of these brownies. 
Do yourself a favor.

Olive Oil Brownies


Olive Oil Brownies
Makes one 8x8" pan
Ingredients:
  • 4 oz. semi sweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (you can also use all purpose)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cup chocolate chunks/chips (milk, dark, semi sweet-your preference)
  • Coarse sea/kosher salt, for sprinkling
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8" pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. 
Olive Oil Brownies
  • In a large bowl combine melted chocolate with olive oil.
  • Whisk eggs, sugars, and vanilla into the chocolate mixture.
  • Stir in flour and salt until fully combined.
  • Fold in chocolate chunks/chips.
  • Spread batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted 1 in. from the edge comes out clean.
  • Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Cool completely, then cut into squares.
Olive Oil Brownies
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