These are my healthier take on brownies. Actually they are my second version of healthier brownies, as I had made a blender version a couple of years back.
They contained dates and coconut butter. These ones are slightly different in that the fat comes from olive oil and the sweetness is from pureed strawberries and some stevia sweetener.
These are quite a chocolatey tasting brownie, which I know may be a strange thing to say about chocolate brownies, but what I mean is they are not too sweet and taste more of earthy cocoa. The olive oil adds another earthy element too, making them overall a dessert more suited to adult palates.
If you don't have too sweet a tooth, then these will be perfect for you. But if you do, they would be great served warm with some sweet ice cream or frozen yoghurt.
So we have brownies with no refined sugars, just blitzed strawberries (which you don't taste in the final dish) and some stevia natural sweetener. And of course the olive oil is a slightly healthier fat to incorporate.
When choosing an olive oil, go for one which isn't too strongly flavoured as the taste will definitely come through. At the bottom of the post is an infographic, provided by Jamie's Italian, which may just help in your buying of the product and deciding which flavour is right for you.
Olive Oil Brownies with Strawberry Puree
Chocolate brownies made with olive oil and sweetened with strawberry puree
- 3 medium eggs
- 125 ml olive oil
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 150 grams plain flour
- 50 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 200 grams hulled strawberries
- 2 sachets of stevia sweetener
In a bowl whisk together the eggs, olive oil and vanilla.Puree the hulled strawberries in a blender and add to the egg and oil mix.Sift in the flour, cocoa, stevia and salt.Pre-heat the oven to 180C (160C fan) and line a 8"x8" tin with greaseproof paper.Pour the brownie batter into the pan and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the centre.Allow to cool then cut into squares.
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16 squares approx.
Disclosure Statement: I have been paid for featuring the above infographic. Any opinions expressed are my own.