Cheeky Chocolate Brownies

The ultimate crowd pleaser? Oh yes!

I have baked lots of homemade chocolate brownies but never substituted one of the main ingredients, butter, with olive oil. I recently tried an olive oil chocolate mousse which was quite rich but really delicious and it was then that I felt inspired to create a batch of chocolate brownies using olive oil as one of the main ingredients. So, here we have it, my (slightly healthier) take on the all time classic chocolate brownie recipe...

For a batch of 16 - 20 brownies, you will need:

200 g dark chocolate (ideally 70% cocoa)

80 g cocoa powder

100 g olive oil

150 g caster sugar

65 g plain flour

4 eggs

25 g pistachio nuts

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla bean paste (vanilla essence is your alternative)

*I have adapted this recipe from Jamie Oliver's 'Bloomin Brilliant Brownies'. You can check out his full recipe here.*

Switch on your oven to 180 degrees and line an oven-proof dish with baking parchment.

Measure 200 g of good quality dark chocolate and break into small chunks. Pop them into a heat-proof bowl resting on a saucepan of boiling water. Then pour 100 g of olive oil over the chocolate. Turn your hob onto a low heat to ensure the ingredients melt down gently and do not burn.

Whilst keeping one eye on the saucepan, measure out 65 g of plain flour by sifting it into a mixing bowl. Repeat the same process with the cocoa and baking powder.

Crush 25 g of pistachio nuts with a pestle and mortar, or, just a sharp knife and chopping board. Add these to the mixing bowl.

Whisk 4 eggs then incorporate slowly into the bowl, combining/whisking the other ingredients as you pour.

The chocolate should now have melted to a smooth, glossy consistency. Remove from the heat and once it has cooled down, you can add it to the mixing bowl. Fold in the melted chocolate making sure there are no lumps and bumps!

Pour into your baking dish and leave to cook for 25 minutes in the preheated oven.

And then, voila!

Slice into 16 - 20 generous squares.

My slightly healthier chocolate brownie alternative goes hand in hand with a glass of cold milk, or, a cup of tea of course!