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Olive Oil Barley Brownies

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These deliciously moist olive oil brownies are super rich in flavor with the nutty flavor of barley flour and the fruity, fresh taste of olive oil! Making it not only delicious but also healthy!

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Nothing’s better than a healthy version of brownies with a Mediterranean twist. It’s not just about adding olive oil instead of butter or margarine, but also substituting regular white flour with whole barley flour which is a great source of complex carbohydrates and protein. These olive oil brownies make the perfect, guilt-free, and nutrient-packed snack!

I will usually have these for a quick pre-workout snack before I hit the gym. Serving them for breakfast is an absolute indulgence too when I’m in the mood for a lazy breakfast.

What you need to make olive oil brownies.

This recipe is as simple as the typical brownie recipe. All you need to add is our key ingredient which is olive oil and a sugar substitute, which is honey or maple syrup for a vegan option.

Ingredients

  • Extra virgin Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Eggs
  • Unsweetened chocolate chips
  • Barley flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking powder
  • Warm water

How to make olive oil brownies

First, preheat the oven to 250°. Line a square baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

In a mini bowl, add cocoa powder and three tablespoons of warm water, mix until dissolved and well combined.

In another bowl, add eggs, whisk for a few seconds before adding honey, olive oil, and dissolved cocoa powder with water. Mix everything then add sifted barley flour and baking powder. Lightly combine the ingredients until you reach a moderately thick brownie batter. Make sure you don’t over mix the batter.

Pour the batter into the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until firm and sit in the center. Test with a toothpick, it should come clean when it’s fully baked.

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Can you use olive oil in brownies?

I have been experimenting with different brownie recipes that call for healthy ingredients, which you can enjoy but also get those nutrients in. Classical brownie recipes usually require butter or vegetable oil to make it moist, fudgy, and gooey. So obviously I’m here to avoid unhealthy ingredients and substitute them with healthy ones.

A short answer to your question would be yes. Olive oil can be used instead of vegetable oil, and there are tones of recipes that use olive oil in brownies. Olive oil is considered one of the healthiest sources of fat. It is not highly processed and has no added chemicals or preservatives.

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Things you should consider before using olive oil in your brownies.

This is an olive oil based recipe, olive oil is not a neutral oil so you might likely get a rich olive oil flavor in your brownies which is basically the purpose of this recipe (I mean welcome to the Mediterranean club). If you wish to avoid that strong, slightly bitter taste of olive oil in your brownies, use a light olive oil rather than a strong, extra virgin one.

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Other healthy desserts you may want to try!

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Olive Oil Barley Brownies

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These deliciously moist olive oil brownies are super rich in flavor with the nutty flavor of barley flower and the fruity, fresh taste of olive oil! Making it not only delicious but also healthy!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 15
Calories 147 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 190 g (1 cup + 1/4 cup) Barley flour
  • 3 tbsp Dark cocoa powder Unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Olive oil Extra virgin
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 tbsp Honey Organic
  • 50 g (3/10 cup) Chocolate chips Dark, Unsweetened
  • 3 tbsp Warm water

Instructions
 

  • Pre heat the oven to 250°
  • Prepare your baking sheet by lightly covering it with butter then place parchment paper on top of it.
  • In a mixing bowl, add sifted barley flour and baking powder. Mix all the ingredients and set aside.
  • In another bowl, add the cocoa powder with three tablespoons of warm water. Mix until well combined and completely dissolved. Add eggs, whisk thoroughly then add honey and olive oil. Mix until combined.
  • Add sifted barley flour and baking powder. Combine lightly until coated and mixed. Don't over combine the batter!
  • Pour the brownie batter on the baking sheet and sprinkle chocolate chips on top of it. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until firm and sit in the center. (test with a toothpick).

Notes

Store in a dry and cold place or in the fridge.
Store in an airtight container. 
 
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