“Chocolate is the only aroma-therapy I need.”
Jasmine Heiler
There was nothing for the kids school snack box, so I thought I’d do a batch of sandwiches. Of course, the teen vetoed my idea & looked decidedly deadpan at the very suggestion. Why do I bother asking? That set me thinking. Rummaging through my blog, I decided to make a batch of these olive oil brownies for them the next morning. Lined everything up on the counter, roasted the almonds, & wound up for the night. Was up early the next morning, as sleep abandoned me for some insane reason, & hit the kitchen. These brownies are a breeze to make, though they took longer than I estimated to cool down, thanks to an extended summer with high temperatures here. They did crumble a bit at the corners as I portioned them up too soon since it was time for the kids to leave. The slices would have looked neater if I had chilled them before cutting them up. They were delicious nevertheless, & are a fabulous healthy way to satisfy that chocolate craving.
If you are looking for butter laden, rich, dense brownies then these are not for you. But, if indulgence & counting calories are your kind of conflicting inclination, then these are right up your alley!! A long time ago I found these inviting Olive Oil Brownies by Sabra @ Cookbook Catchall. The recipe that comes from Faith Heller Willinger’s cookbook, Adventures of an Italian Food Lover is a twist on the traditional brownie in butter terms. The first time I made them, they were an entry for Equal Opportunity Kitchen who were doing their second round of their very successful first event Tried, Tested & True. I won a prize for these ♥ blush ♥, and am truly happy to be posting these again. I’ve used roasted almonds instead of pistachios this time around, & have stuck to my addition of some oats. The other change this time around is the addition of a teaspoon of baking powder. Take a look … they’ve got a beautiful crust, & are slightly, yet delightfully chewy within.
Dark / bitter chocolate – 100gms (melted; I melt it in the m/w)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1/3 cup
Flour – 1/2 cup
Rolled Oats – 1/4 cup
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Sea salt – 1/4 teaspoon
Eggs – 2; at room temperature
Castor sugar – 2/3 cup (I used granulated)
Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
Roasted almonds – 2/3 cup; chopped (save some to sprinkle on top if you like)


  • Preheat the oven to 175C. Line a 7 X 11″ (or 8 X 8″) baking pan with lightly oiled and floured parchment paper that overhangs the pan on two sides (this aids in removal later).
    Whisk the oil into the melted chocolate. Leave to cool.
  • Whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, salt and nuts together in a bowl.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until pale, thickened and billowy, about five minutes. Fold in the vanilla and the cooled chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour & nut mixture, stirring just until everything is combined. Pour into the prepared pan and distribute evenly.
  • Bake for 22-26 minutes (note from the Traveler’s Lunchbox: I would recommend checking earlier to avoid over-baking – mine were just on the verge after 22 minutes). The top will be dry and crackly, though a toothpick inserted in the center should emerge still a little wet.
  • Cool completely, then cut into squares with a sharp knife held firmly, because of the almonds. Serve plain, or with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for extra indulgence.

♥ Thank you for stopping by ♥


  • Rosa's Yummy Yums
    7 years ago

    What an interesting combination! I love both ingredients… Yummy!

    Cheers and have a great week,


  • marye
    7 years ago

    they look delicious..now I am brownie hungry.. :/

  • Tangled Noodle
    7 years ago

    They looks so rich and moist – who cares if there isn't any butter! In fact, a brownie with healthy monounsaturated fats is fantastic – I can enjoy these without feeling terribly guilty. I'm so happy your brought them out again!

    (And I hope you never tire of hearing me say how much I love your photography!)

  • Lori
    7 years ago

    These look wonderful! I love that they are chewy. Can't wait to give them a try!

  • Shabs..
    7 years ago

    I love ur site, the photes are perfect, perfectly baked goodies and the whole blog looks too too neat!Keep it up…i love ur work.

  • Steph
    7 years ago

    I'm having so much trouble trying to find a brownie recipe to try. I get scared when I see an equal ratio of butter to flour and always wondered what oil based brownies tasted like. The only thing I was worried about was the brownie texture being too light because of the oil. I know you said these aren't rich and dense, but are they still brownie like without being too fluffy/light in texture?

    From the pictures, they look great!

  • Clumbsy Cookie
    7 years ago

    I love baking with olive oil! It makes everything better! The brownies look delicious!

  • Lisa
    7 years ago

    These look perfect and I just love that you added some oats!

  • Resh
    7 years ago

    for someone that loves to bake i know what you mean about randomly going into the kitchen to bake something. I do that often. These brownies are delicious! my second favorite love: Chocolate 🙂

  • Lisa
    7 years ago

    These look great – if I can't use nuts would you suggest another substitution, or just baking them plain?

  • Eliana
    7 years ago

    I've never heard of olive oil brownies. I'm so intrigued.

  • Gloria
    7 years ago

    These brownies look awesome Deeba! so yummy! Gloria

  • Bellini Valli
    7 years ago

    These look delicious Deeba, but with just eating a 10-pack of Tim Buts I will have to enjoy your lovely photos.

  • oneordinaryday
    7 years ago

    Mmm. The brownies look really wonderful!

  • Nags
    7 years ago

    that crust looks amazing Deeba. I have bookmarked this recipe so will be dropping you a line soon for questions on this and that 😀

  • Miakoda
    7 years ago

    A super healthy brownie- what's not to love?! I'll be trying this one soon!

  • Kerstin
    7 years ago

    Sounds like something you'd get at a fancy bakery – chocolate and olive oil together seem hot right now! Love them!

  • Zen Chef
    7 years ago

    Oh my God those brownies look so good. Gimme gimme gimme… 🙂

  • Prathibha
    7 years ago

    This is definitely a must try….Brownies in a healthy way are really not so much sinful delights…bookmarked..

  • Helene
    7 years ago

    I've never made brownies with oil but wow do they ever look yummy. I'll have to try these. What a nice treat for the kids. Beautiful pics! 🙂

  • Nithya
    7 years ago

    Looks absolutely tempting. I love brownies and this version looks great. 🙂

  • Arwen from Hoglet K
    7 years ago

    That's marvellous to be able to make brownies with less saturated fat! They look like the texture's just right too.

  • Curry Leaf
    7 years ago

    Lovely and scrumptious.I too prefer butterless/low butter version.Love the brownies

  • Julia @ Mélanger
    7 years ago

    I certainly do need to consider healthier options for all my sugary treats that I eat – and I eat a lot. These look absolutely delicious. I would never have guessed at the substitutions!

  • Parita
    7 years ago

    Delicious combination deeba! brownies look mouth watering!

  • pigpigscorner
    7 years ago

    wow they look so rich and moist! and they sound relatively healthy! Great recipe!

  • http://myerecipecorner.blogspot.com
    7 years ago

    Mmmmmmm interesting recipes.

  • Dhanggit
    7 years ago

    This is so inventive!! a lot of high ace chefs here are reinventing olive oil..this dessert deserved to be bookmarked 🙂 cant wait to try it!

  • Jennifer
    7 years ago

    Ive never done olive oil in brownies, something I now must try!! they look SO good!!

  • meeso
    7 years ago

    Never thought of using olive oil but that is a healthy alternative… and they look perfect and delicious!

  • Chow and Chatter
    7 years ago

    wow fab brownies and great pictures love your blog

  • Ria
    7 years ago

    I guess I have to repeat myself every time!! 😛 They are deadly! Beautiful!!! 🙂

  • Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
    7 years ago

    I love any kind of brownies! Yours look delicious! And healthy! What more can a person need?

  • RecipeGirl
    7 years ago

    LOVE the idea of working w/ olive oil for brownies. What a genius idea. These look wonderful!

  • Bella
    7 years ago

    Oh my sweet goodness, these brownies look divine….olive oil is something that I never thought about using…but these look so moist and chewy the way that I prefer brownies! YUM! I'm glad that I found your blog. I added you to follow on Twitter….do you have a follow box or subscribe option? Ciao, Roz (Bella)

  • Peter M
    7 years ago

    I hear there are Brownies when one goes to heaven…take me now!

  • Jacque
    7 years ago

    "… conflicted inclinations…" LOL, my whole life is about conflicted inclinations.

    These sure look like a sure-fire way to satisfy a chocolate craving. They look fantastic!

  • vegetarianzoe
    7 years ago

    There look good and have less eggs than usual. i'm looking for an egg free version…any idea? i'm so carving for brownies!

  • Sophie
    7 years ago

    These are georgous, tasty looking & healthy brownies!

    They look superb!!!

    Fabulous pictures too!

  • Wafae
    7 years ago

    looks and sounds delicious, I'll definitely try this recipe. wonderful pictures…

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Which brand chocolate do you use ? When I melt Dairy Milk, it kind of curdles.

  • Crafted
    7 years ago

    Deeba! i tried these!they were wonderful! and were ready as u said right in 22 min!

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