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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

Olive oil and Greek Yogurt Brownies
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Course: cake, Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 9
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Elena Paravantes RDN
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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 2   eggs
  • 1/2  cup flour
  • 1/3  cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/3 cup  chopped walnuts


  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius)
  • In a bowl blend the olive oil and sugar well with a large spoon until smooth. Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Beat the eggs in a small bowl and add to the olive oil mixture and mix well.
  • Add the yogurt and mix well.
  • In another bowl blend the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Add to olive oil mixture and mix well.
  • Incorporate the nuts and mix again.
  • 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.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes.
  • Let it cool completely, remove the wax paper and cut in squares.
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  • Reply Susie February 10, 2021 at 12:09 am

    This brownie recipe is delicious. The texture is a bit different than my regular brownie recipe. I love that olive oil and low fat yogurt are part of the ingredients and 3/4 c. sugar is not a whole lot of sugar. We’re trying to follow the Mediterranean Diet which discourages using refined sugar. I baked them in a 9×9 pan and cut them into 16 serving. It lasts a little longer. This satisfies my husband’s craving for chocolate without messing up. Thank you very much!5 stars

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN February 11, 2021 at 6:55 am

      Thank you Susie! Refined sugar was a luxury item in the Mediterranean, and was used for sweets for special occasions holidays etc.

  • Reply Dave March 6, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Good, but we felt it needed a little more moisture.
    Probably will add a 1/2 cup of yogurt instead of 1/44 stars

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