If you haven’t figured it out by now, I have a strong addiction to anything sweet and most likely terrible for my arteries. The good news is I’ve developed a decent way to give in to my addiction once in a while by making healthier alternatives to dessert recipes.
A few years ago, I made some dark chocolate brownies for a friend’s bonfire and they were an absolute hit. I had substituted coconut oil for butter, and the texture and flavor was nothing sort of decadent. Flash forward to present day and I’m seeing all this negative research on how coconut oil might actually be really bad for you. This is a bit of a bummer to me because I’ve used coconut as a sugar, butter, and oil substitute and my taste buds have grown to love it.
You can’t believe everything you see on the internet, so I’m just taking the negative research on coconut oil with a grain of salt (pun intended).
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy these brownies as much as I did. I made a few healthier alternatives without having to sacrifice the flavor and texture of a damn good brownie.
- 3/4 olive oil
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 Hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 1 cup whole wheat all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Pre-heat oven to 350° and grease a 9×13 pan. Set aside.
- Place olive oil in a large mixing bowl and stir in sugar and vanilla extract until just blended. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Add cocoa powder and mix well. The mixture will be thick and a little hard to stir, but bear with it.
- Add the 2 tbsp of coconut oil (this is mostly for taste, but also makes the batter a touch more moist).
- Add the flour, a 1/2 cup at a time and mix in well. Again, it will be a little difficult to blend since we’re using oil instead of melted butter. Congrats, you’re getting an arm workout with this one!
- Stir in the baking powder and salt, and immediately pour batter into greased pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes, checking the brownies after 17-18 minutes with a toothpick. You do not want to over-cook these babies.
Pair with some, you guessed it, red wine for 60 minutes of CV benefits!