If happiness had a colour it would be brown and if it had an alternate name it would be Brownies…..yes that’s what it does to my household, of a “40 something” and a 13 “all over the place” boys, as they magically emerge from meditating on their gadgets and discover the deep brown tray of Brownies. The 40 something is not a big fan of sweets but brownies and vanilla ice-cream?? And he is smiling like a cat that got the rat. Though he will turn away from anything that spells healthy and Mr. Thirteen will question me, ”Does everything have to have a healthy version?” My answer “Why not?”
These super Brownies are my answer to years of guilt laden brownie binging. Here is a recipe that finally quietens that little voice that’s called guilty conscience. No, I don’t claim that these Brownies are a health food or will make you strong and slim. But these are a “healthier” version of the store bought ones or the ones that come out of a cardboard box. Brownies have loads of butter, sugar, refined flour. But my logic is very simple; if you can’t remove the mandatory ingredients add in the healthy ones and substitute a few. It does not take away the taste, flavour or experience of eating a dessert but adds to the joy. Many a time I have noticed that wheat flour adds flavour to a cake or pastry shell that refined flour doesn’t.
This is a modification of one of my favourites, Oreo brownie recipes. I have eliminated the refined flour and the Oreo cookies all together and added whole wheat flour and almond meal instead. I have also added roughly chopped almonds to add to the bold chewy texture. The surprise element here is definitely the oats. I was a wee bit nervous about the addition and absolutely delighted that it has added a nutty texture and complements the chopped almonds. If you want a less chewy brownie, I suggest you pulse the oats in the food processor. Do not grind them to a powder, just break them up.
Mr.13 can’t stop saying “Ummmm…” and he is completely unaware of the oats. He doesn’t get to proof read this post!
These beautiful Brownies are filled with almonds, whole wheat, oats. What more could you want out of a Brownie? No Calories?? I suggest Carrots !
Whole Wheat, Oats and Almond Chocolate Brownies
Makes- 16, 2 inch squares
100 grams. Butter
30 grams Oil
190 grams dark chocolate, chopped
1 ½ tablespoons Coffee Powder
1 ½ tablespoon cocoa
130 grams sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
50 grams Almond, ground to a fine powder
50 grams Almonds, roughly chopped
65 grams Oats
65 grams Whole Wheat Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 180oC. Line a 8” by 8” tray with parchment paper and lightly oil it.
- Put the chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl and set over a double-boiler to melt. Once melted keep aside to cool slightly while you get the other steps going.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl beat together eggs, vanilla, coffee, cocoa, sugar and oil. Beat well till the ingredients are mixed well.
- Add the slightly cooled chocolate to the egg mixture and beat it in till the chocolate and egg mixture is well combined and smooth. Add the flour and almond meal. Mix with a large spoon. Add the oats and stir in till evenly mixed.
- Pour the brownie mixture into the lined tin. Top with chopped almonds. With a butter knife gently swirl the almonds into the top layer of the mix, so that they don’t sink to the bottom when baking. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 18-20 minutes. Insert a knife 2” away from the side of the tin. If it comes out clean the brownie is done. Alternately after 18 minutes press down on the brownie, if it feels firm to touch it’s good to go! Remove the brownie, cool and cut into desired number of squares.
- These brownies keep well in the freezer, in an air tight container.