Olive Oil Brownie Recipe: Can you use olive oil instead of vegetable oil in brownies?

olive oil brownie recipe
I've been trying something new recently and that's baking with olive oil. So far, I've tried olive oil in lemon cake and lemon loaf cake. The results are amazingly tasty.

This recipe is for brownies and I'm using olive oil as well. Some bakers might frown upon the use of olive oil, but to me, it's a matter of how you want your end product.

Olive oil tends to make your baked goods more moist than usual. This is because olive oil is liquid in room temperature. For the most part, you can substitute olive oil for vegetable oil at 1:1 ratio. Hence, brownies will be fudgier and denser than if it was made with butter.

Let's keep in mind that olive oil gives baked goods, including brownies, a fruitier flavor. It's something to get used to but you can also find a more neutral, therefore, more suitable to your taste olive oil.

In any case, olive oil is healthier than other baking oil including butter. Among others, it has anti-inflammatory properties, can help prevent strokes and can help against heart disease.

That's why I'm using olive oil for these brownies. Recipe is below.

Olive Oil Brownie Recipe

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup melted chocolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions: How to make olive oil brownies

1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Prepare a 8x8-inch (or 9x9) baking pan with parchment paper.

Make wet ingredients---

2. In a large mixing bowl, add sugar, olive oil, eggs, melted chocolate and vanilla extract. Mix well using a hand mixer or manually.

3. In a cup, mix hot water and instant coffee. Add to the large bowl and continue mixing till smooth.

Make dry ingredients---

4. In a medium mixing bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix thoroughly.

Make the brownie batter---

5. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the large bowl of wet ingredients. Continue to stir until batter is smooth and well-combined.

6. Bake in oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes so that the brownie sets.

7. Remove from the baking pan and cut into squares before serving.