Sweeter Brownies

Brownies sounded good to me the other night, so I went searching online to find a recipe that was simple, but one that I could modify easily to make it healthier.  I don’t buy brownie mixes at the grocery store – they are full of bad ingredients from trans fat to artificial flavors and dyes.  The brownies were a hit with my family and this recipe was the result.  Note: Like several of my “typical” dessert recipes on this website, it is not perfect and has ingredients that I don’t recommend eating.  But, once again, it is ok to indulge every now and then.

Ready to eat my brownie!

I like these because they use oil (not butter).  I substituted the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, and reduced the sugar and substituted flaxseed (ups the fiber content).

Sweeter Brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 square brownies


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (use a higher quality oil like safflower or grapeseed)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (do not use imitation – another artificial food)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or you can use walnuts) (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan.
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Mix together oil, sugar, flaxseed, and vanilla.
  4. Beat in each egg.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.
  7. Spread batter evenly in pan. Note: it will be a little lumpy.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  9. Allow brownies to cool. Cut and enjoy!




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