This is a recipe I make when I want a brownie that's very chocolaty, but less greasy. It's not a fat free brownie, but according to some nutrition software, the fat comes in at about 29% per serving, which is lower than in some other recipes. So there's that, plus I like the texture. The reduced fat brownies aren't mushy or soft like fat free brownies, but rather dense, thick and very chewy. There's a little bit of butter flavor missing since you only use a tablespoon, but the chocolate flavor really comes through.
Grapeseed oil works very well in brownies. I have this theory that because it's a little more viscous it locks in moisture, but I really don't know. These would probably work well with coconut oil or any kind of vegetable oil, but I feel like the best results were with the grapeseed oil.
I've made reduced fat brownies a few times over the past few years trying to get the texture just right, and when I finally got it the way I wanted it, I asked Katrina to test the recipe as well You can see her photos and opinions on Baking and Boys.
Update: I still crave these brownies sometimes because along with all the chocolate they have an extremely chewy texture. I like them as grapeseed oil brownies, but I've also made them with canola oil, coconut oil and even olive oil. After grapeseed oil, canola oil is probably the best choice.
If you aren't in a brownie mood but feel like baking with grapeseed oil, the Chocolate Avocado Muffins are also good.
Grapeseed Oil Brownies
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 ounce chopped unsweetened chocolate (not chips or semisweet)
- 2 tablespoons room temperature grapeseed oil or canola
- ⅔ cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa Hershey's Special Dark or Callebaut
- 2 large eggs
- 1 large egg white
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅜ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup 4.5 ounces aerated and carefully measured (or weighed) flour or whole wheat pastry flour (even better!)
- ¼ cup extra dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch metal pan (do not use glass) with nonstick foil.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chocolate, remove pan from heat and stir until chocolate melts in the hot butter. If residual heat doesn't melt the chocolate enough, put the pan back on low.
- Stir the grapeseed oil into the melted chocolate, then stir in the cocoa. The mixture will look like thick, black, mud.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, egg white, sugar and vanilla. Whisk in the baking powder and the salt, then scrape into thick chocolate mixture and stir well. Stir in the flour. When well mixed, stir in the chocolate chips.
- Bake on center rack for 30 minutes or until brownies appear set.
- Let cool completely on a rack. Lift from pan and slice into squares or for a cleaner cut, chill for a few hours and then cut. I always chill mine before cutting, then serve at room temperature.