When I start eating healthy my first non-healthy craving was for brownies. It was bad! I tried making bean brownies, protein brownies, mug brownies, raw brownies and nothing was good enough. The craving kept getting worse and eventually I made and ate an entire batch off the out-of-a-bag-mix brownies 🙁 I wish I had thought of this recipe then. I would never have needed anything else. They are sweet and chocolatey and so fudgy they would have instantly satisfied that stubborn craving!
You have to be patient with them. They must be left to cool completely, plus a few hours in the fridge so they can set up nicely. I added a few unsweetened chocolate chips on top because the brownie itself is plenty sweet it doesn’t need add ins/ons. Add some to the batter before baking or some on top like me, or just leave them out, it’s up to you.
Also, I used 2 Tbs of coconut oil and 2 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil. Personally, I don’t mind the very sliiiight olive oil taste in them.. really, it’s barely there!! If you are worried about the potential olive oil flavour then just use 1/4 cup coconut oil.
- ½ cup + 2 Tbs oat flour
- ½ cup unsweetened good quality cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup pure agave syrup (substitute with maple syrup or honey)
- 2 Tbs coconut oil
- 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup thick 2% greek yoghurt
- ¼ cup low fat milk
- 3 Tbs chocolate chips (optional)
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
- Line and 8x8 inch baking pan with foil or parchment and non stick cooking spray.
- In a medium sized bowl, add the oat flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder and mix.
- Add in the oil, egg, agave, yoghurt and milk and mix it well with a whisk. No need to use a blender or electric mixer.
- Fold in chocolate chips if using and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- You can sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top if you like.
- Bake the brownie for 25-27 minutes.
- Let it cool in the pan and leave it in the fridge for at least two hours to set before eating.
Why They’re Better Than Traditional Brownies:
I know.. these brownies have a high carb and high fat content and you might be thinking ”I may as well have a butter-sugar-flour brownie.” While fats, proteins, carbs and calories may be important if you are trying to achieve a certain physique, they don’t matter much if you are just looking to be healthy. If you’re just trying to eat healthy, like me, you should be more concerned about the quality of macros, not quantity. For example, theres 56g of fats from the oil in this recipe, which is quite a lot, it’s from coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.. good fats. The agave syrup and oats are low GI carbs so they don’t cause a blood sugar spike that you would experience after eating refined sugar foods. However, just because these brownies are healthier than the traditional brownie and the fats and carbs are good for you it doesn’t mean you should go ahead and eat a whole plateful .. As always, enjoy them in moderation 😛 🙂