Heart Healthy Recipe: Olive Oil Walnut Brownies

Published: Thursday, May 4, 2023

There’s nothing better than a sweet treat at the end of a dinner – especially a warm brownie. It’s even better when the dessert is good for your heart! These olive oil walnut brownies include alternative ingredients that reduce the sugar and the fat content, like olive oil, sugar substitute and Greek yogurt. Plus, the walnuts contain lots of nutrients that are great for your heart!


Prep Time: 10 minutes  
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 16


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup sugar substitute (Stevia, Splenda, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 whole eggs
  • ¼ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour (or gluten-free substitute like almond flour)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9×9” baking pan with baking spray or line the pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil and sweetener until incorporated.
  4. Add vanilla, eggs, and yogurt. Continue to mix until smooth.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix, gently, until just incorporated.
  6. Fold in the walnut.
  7. Add batter into the pan and add extra walnuts on top if desired. Bake until a toothpick comes out slightly clean (a little chocolate on it is ok) about 20-25 minutes.
  8. Let cool and cut into 2-inch squares. Serve alongside ½ cup of fresh fruit.
Nutrition Facts

Olive Oil Walnut Brownies

  • Serving Size: 1 small slice (2-inch square)
  • Calories: 76
  • Total fat: 6 grams
  • Saturated fat: 1 gram
  • Trans fat: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol: 21 milligrams
  • Sodium: 45 milligrams
  • Total Carbohydrate: 5 grams
  • Dietary Fiber: 1 gram
  • Added Sugar: 0 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams

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