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Clean Slate: Chocolate Walnut Brownies

February 24, 2015

I’ve saved the best for last in my Clean Slate series. However, I’d never argue that dessert wasn’t always the best anyway. Have you seen that movie Simply Irresistible with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Flanery? Super cute movie with a food theme, so I love it. There’s one line where SMG says something like “dessert is the whole point of the meal” and I couldn’t agree more! You will not believe these Chocolate Walnut Brownies are in a clean eating cookbook! I don’t usually like to mess with desserts, but these are a winner. I didn’t share one single brownie. That’s saying something!

Chocolate Walnut Brownies

So, how’s it taste?

Would you believe there’s no all-purpose flour in this recipe? It’s all almond flour, making these brownies gluten-free! Instead of sprinkling the walnuts on top, as the recipe suggests, I mixed them in. I didn’t want them to get too toasted on top and it worked perfectly.

Chocolate Walnut Brownies

The brownies were a bit more fragile than brownies made with all-purpose flour, but the flavor more than makes up for that. They’re just perfect.

Chocolate Walnut Brownies

I was nervous about being able to detect the olive oil in the finished brownie, but you can’t. You also can’t detect the maple syrup, which is what I wanted. I still want them to taste like good old-fashioned brownies, even if they are part of clean eating! Believe it or not, you don’t have to give up decadent desserts!

The dishes you see in the pictures above are part of the Martha Stewart Collection white dishware available exclusively at Macy’s. Fantastic dishware for everyday use, plus they’re dishwasher and microwave safe!

Yield: 16 servings

Chocolate Walnut Brownies


1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
8 oz. dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao), chopped
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 large eggs
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. coarse salt
2/3 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Brush an 8-inch square baking pan with oil. Line with parchment, leaving overhang. Brush parchment with oil.

2. Melt half of chocolate in a heatproof bowl; whisk in oil, sugar, and syrup. Remove from heat.

3. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, then cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Fold in flour and remaining chocolate. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with walnuts (or fold in).

4. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely on wire rack. To serve, cut into squares.

per serving (1 brownie): 206 calories, 16g fat, 17g carbs, 3g protein, 2g fiber

Disclosure: I received a copy of Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide: Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body, and Feel Your Best and the Martha Stewart Collection white dishware at no cost. All opinions expressed here are solely my own, as always. This post contains affiliate links.

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  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice February 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I love the flavor of these brownies, Leah! I’ve never used olive oil or maple syrup when making them, so I’m intrigued. I also love the almond flour in here, too!

  • Rachel @the dessert chronicles February 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    These look delicious! I have never seen that movie, but it sounds like it would be my kind of movie. I will have to try to watch it soon. Maybe while enjoying some of these brownies!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy February 25, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Brownies with almond flour are awesome. Plus, brownies have to have walnuts in them.

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely February 25, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I love that these brownies are gluten free! I really need to try using almond flour in baking. I bet it gives it a great nutty flavor too : )

  • Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron February 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    These brownies look just wonderful, and I’d never guess in a million years that they are gluten-free! They look perfect!

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic March 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Mmmmmm, Leah these are scrumptious. So glad you saved the best for last. I love brownies

  • Annie @Maebells March 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Oh yum!! I love that these are already gluten free! No extra work on my end! 🙂 And maybe I am a weirdo but I sort of like the hint of olive oil in sweets! haha!

  • olivia - Primavera Kitchen March 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    This recipe is seriously perfection!! Love, love, love!! Pinned!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche March 3, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Nothing beats a classic chocolate & walnut brownie.. and your version look especially delicious! Wish I had one (or two) to devour now.

  • Lily Lau March 8, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    This post is so tempting… why brownies, why!?