Olive Oil & Pistachio Brownies

Have you ever thought about swapping out butter in a brownie recipe for olive oil? We tried using our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the result: delicious. The olive oil subtly shines through and complements the nutty flavor from the pistachios. Not to mention, it is much healthier & makes it okay to eat three...or four brownies in one sitting! 


1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup dark or Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate (70-75%), finely chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
1/3 cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 in. baking pan with parchment paper, lightly butter parchment. 

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 

Combine olive oil & chopped chocolate in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until chocolate is almost melted. Remove from heat & continue to gently stir until smooth. 

Whisk in granulated sugar until incorporated.

Whisk in eggs (one at a time), whisking until batter is smooth. Whisk in vanilla extract. 

Sprinkle dry ingredients over top of melted chocolate mixture & stir together. Stir in chocolate chips & most of pistachios-- saving a tablespoon for topping, if desired. Spread into prepared pan, smoothing batter at the corner. Sprinkle with pistachios, as desired. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Cool for 1 hour before slicing into squares. 

Tried, Tasted & True! At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature. While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think.

We welcome your comments & feedback!

*Recipe adapted from: http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2015/10/olive-oil-pistachio-brownies.html