Fudgy Salted Olive Oil Brownies

olive oil brownie with a bite taken out with brownies in the background.

5 from 5 reviews

These super fudgy salted olive oil brownies are simply heavenly! Made with cocoa, dark chocolate, and chocolate chips with a hint of earthiness from olive oil, they are rich, decadent, and chewy with a crackly crust topped with flaky sea salt. All with just one bowl, one pan and naturally dairy-free!


  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all purpose flour)
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips (dairy-free if necessary)
  • Flaky sea salt, for topping


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch metal baking pan with parchment or grease with oil.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the unsweetened chocolate in 30-second intervals in the microwave, stirring between each until just melted and smooth.
  3. Whisk in the olive oil and sugar.
  4. Add cocoa powder and espresso powder. Whisk until combined.
  5. Add eggs, egg yolk and vanilla. Whisk well - at least 100 strokes to help form a crackly crust.
  6. Add flour and salt. Stir until combined.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips.
  8. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until just barely set. They will look underdone when you pull them out but will set as they cool.
  9. Sprinkle with flaky salt and cool before cutting.


  • Careful not to over-heat the chocolate when melting it. If it gets burned, you'll end up with a big clump that won't melt back down. You can use half power or use the defrost setting if your microwave tends to get very hot.
  • Whisk the batter very well after adding the eggs. This is the key to getting that crinkly crust on the top! Get aggressive with your mixing!
  • Don't over-bake. You want the brownies to look a touch under-done when you pull them out. They will firm up a bit as they cool. Mine take 20 minutes in my kitchen.
  • Use a metal pan for the most even baking. Ceramic ones take a little longer for the heat to reach the center.
  • For completely dairy-free brownies, make sure your chocolate chips are dairy-free.
  • Store brownies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days.

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