Baking | Whole wheat Fresh Cherry Cocoa Brownies #comfort food #wholegrain #one bowl

“In today’s world, when many of yesterday’s fashionable habits are today’s misdemeanors, we should rejoice that a chocolate dessert can bring so much innocent pleasure.”
Marcel Desaulniers

Whole wheat Fresh Cherry Cocoa Brownies Whole wheat Fresh Cherry Cocoa Brownies … yes chocolate again, cocoa actually. Pointless apologising for my long absence again, but life is getting a little hectic. This time I am blaming it on the IFBM 2014 in Bangalore. It was the best meet of it’s kind held for food bloggers in India, and it’s now a little difficult getting back into the mold of things.

Whole wheat Fresh Cherry Cocoa Brownies Call it withdrawal symptoms if you like, but will hopefully get a long post out soon. Until then, here’s a batch of brownies I made for a boy who was having home baked stuff withdrawal symptoms yesterday. The past two days he went, “processed again?”. Of course, I was ashamed. Haven’t been at home the last week. It’s been madness, so before I stepped out to do grocery, I popped these into the oven yesterday.

Whole wheat Fresh Cherry Cocoa Brownies Picked him up off the school bus and entered a home smelling like chocolate heaven. “Yay”, he yelled! “You baked.” He happily settled down with a jug of fresh lime juice etc. The rest was …. gobble, gobble, gobble!

[print_this]Recipe: Whole wheat Fresh Cherry Cocoa Brownies
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Summary: Moist, fresh and healthy. Here’s yet another divine wholegrain chocolate brownie. Whole wheat Fresh Cherry Cocoa Brownies are one bowl goodness which can be stirred together in minutes.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

  • 100g butter
  • 20g clarified butter
  • 120g brown sugar
  • 55g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 75g fresh cherry balsamic preserves
  • 80g wholewheat flour
  • 50g dark choc chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 175C. Line a 8 X * baking tin with pachment
  2. Place the butter and clarified butter in a large bowl and microwave for a minute. Alternatively, place in a heavy bottom pan, and heat over very low flame until the butter has melted.
  3. Whisk in the sugar, salt and baking powder, followed by the cocoa powder.
  4. Break in eggs and whisk briskly to mix in, add vanilla extract. Whisk again
  5. Fold in the cherry preserves and then the whole wheat four, followed by the chocolate chips.
  6. You can use chopped roasted almonds instead of chocolate chips, or both f course.
  7. Turn into prepared tin and spread uniformly. The top will be nice and shiny smooth.
  8. Bake at 175C for about 30 minutes. Cool on rack in tine for at least 30-45 minutes.


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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • 1 year ago

    Deeba I am missing your long post and all those little little stories…waiting for one

  • 1 year ago

    Talk about lethargy and the withdrawal symptoms post the meet! Hope some of your food styling and photography magic will rub off on me :)

    Love how fudgy your brownies look, love the colors here!

  • Very nice blog

  • 1 year ago

    Yummy yummy the snaps

  • 1 year ago

    Yummy yummy the snaps

  • 1 year ago

    I’ll be trying an Eggless version of this brownies soon :) Thanks a ton for a wonderful recipe!!!

  • 1 year ago

    Ah, the joy of having a kid excited and thrilled that mom baked something from scratch! I wish I had that! The brownies look fabulous and as gooey and moist as I love them!

  • 1 year ago

    They look amazing, thanks for sharing!

  • 1 year ago

    Hi Deeba,
    It’s me again!! Want to make these they look absolutely mouth watering. But where will I get cherry balsemic preserve? Can I make it at home?

    • 1 year ago

      Hi. Re the fresh cherry balsamic preserves. Yes, they were homemade due to a large lot of cherries I had on hand earlier this summer.
      I basically simmered them in brown sugar with a tbsp or two of balsamic vinegar until they were nice and thick. You could use a store bought brand. If it isn’t too thick, please reduce the amount by a tbsp or two.

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