Desserts, Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Olive Oil Brownies with Greek Yogurt and Olive Oil

Olive Oil and Greek Yogurt Brownies

Chocolate is not a common ingredient in Greek traditional recipes because it did not really exist in those parts.  Nowadays everyone uses chocolate and it is even being added to traditional dessert recipes such as baklava and melomakarona. Personally I think that ruins the dessert. Does juicy syrupy baklava really need chocolate? What’s the point? Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolate, but please don’t dip melomakarona in it.

Having said that, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate some healthier ingredients in chocolate based desserts that usually contain butter. And here we have it: Brownies made with olive oil and Greek yogurt. I basically replaced the butter with olive oil and Greek yogurt. Not only does this cut down drastically on any saturated fat from the butter, but these brownies contain about half the fat of a regular brownie because I replaced half the fat with yogurt. I also used slightly less sugar instead of 1 cup, I used 3/4 of a cup.

The result is a moist, chocolaty and yummy brownie. Now these are easy brownies made with cocoa powder (not chocolate) and they also don’t even require a mixer. In no time at all you can have a nice chocolate dessert ready. And nutritionally they are only 150 calories a piece with most fats being monounsaturated (the good type) and you are getting some good fats from the walnuts as well.

And of course these brownies taste much better and richer the next day.

Olive Oil Brownies Made with Greek Yogurt

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Category: dessert, cake

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1 square

Calories per serving: 150

Olive Oil Brownies Made with Greek Yogurt


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2  eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (you can add 1-2 tablespoons more)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius)
  2. In a bowl blend the olive oil and sugar well with a large spoon until smooth. Add vanilla and mix well.
  3. Beat the eggs in a small bowl and add to the olive oil mixture and mix well.
  4. Add the yogurt and mix well.
  5. In another bowl blend the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Add to olive oil mixture and mix well.
  6. Incorporate the nuts and mix again.
  7. Line a 9 inch square pan (22 cm) with wax paper and carefully pour the brownie mixture in the pan, smooth the top with a spatula.
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes.
  9. Let it cool completely, remove the wax paper and cut in squares.

Photo by Elena Paravantes© All Rights Reserved

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  • Reply Sharada September 23, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Andrea,

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and tips. Absolutely loved it!

    Just a quick question – based on your tip, I replaced the egg with chia seeds and the next time I replaced with flax seeds. The version with chia seeds was absolutely amazing but a bit cruncy. However, the version with flax seeds was very dense. By any chance, do you know the reason why?

    Thank you,

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN September 23, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks for your comments Sharada. Not sure what your question is as I have not suggested replacing eggs with any kind of seeds nor have I tried this recipe with those substitutes.

  • Reply Victoria Mckellar August 3, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Can i use Almond flour instead of white

    • Reply Victoria Mckellar August 3, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      Can I use almond flour instead of white flour

      • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN August 8, 2019 at 8:45 am

        I have not tried it with almond flour, so I cannot comment on the outcome.

      • Reply Victoria Mckellar August 12, 2019 at 8:27 pm

        I use almond flour they were good thankyou for sharing

  • Reply Andrea April 10, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Can you substitute the flour for coconut flour?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN April 22, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Andrea, I have not tried with coconut flour so I am not sure how it would work out.

  • Reply Marti G February 19, 2019 at 1:47 am

    You have such an inspiring site. My husband & I are looking for ways to eat healthier & you’ve given me so many options to incorporate into our diet. Thank you!!!!

  • Reply Caren January 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Can you omit nuts or do you need to substitute something else?

  • Reply Jan January 4, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Can you substitute apple sauce for the yogurt?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN January 5, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Hi Jan, I have not tried it, but there are many cake recipes with applesauce so it may work.

  • Reply Leslie March 17, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Nutrition info does not appear. How many calories, what is fat content, and sodium content? Thank you!

    • Reply Elena March 18, 2018 at 9:22 am

      Hi Leslie, As mentioned in the post each piece is at about 150 calories.

  • Reply Baking with Olive Oil, Tradition or Trend? | Olive Tomato April 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

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  • Reply sandee March 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I would love to give these brownies a try, but my daughter is allergic to eggs. Is there anything I can use as a substitute? Thanks.

    • Reply thegoodieplate June 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Sandee, yes you can substitute the egg. For each egg use:
      1 tablespoon ground flax meal + 3 tablespoons warm water OR, 1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons warm water. Give the mixture a whisk, and let it sit until it starts to resemble the gloopy texture of egg whites.

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