Sometimes you just want something chocolate. I believe that to have a sustainable healthy eating plan and lifestyle we all need balance in our diet, and balance includes the occasional coconut pecan double chocolate brownie bar. I’m not about to suggest that these are the healthiest food choice you will make this week, but I have made a few adjustments to the recipe to make the nutritional profile a little better than what you would find in a traditional double chocolate brownie bar – olive oil is used in place of most of the butter and white whole wheat flour is used instead of traditional white flour. I could have also used 6 egg whites instead of 3 eggs to get the cholesterol content down a bit more, but most of the research on heart healthy eating for lowering your cholesterol suggests that it is the saturated and transfat content in the diet that is more of the issue than having a small amount of cholesterol coming into your diet from foods. After all, the body naturally makes a lot of the cholesterol we find in our system… but I digress, and will save that discussion for another day. One more thing…if you are trying to lose weight, try cutting these bars in half before serving – that way you can still enjoy having a bit of chocolate for dessert without completely wrecking your day calorie-wise, and you end up with twice as many bars.
Coconut Pecan Double Chocolate Brownie Bars (makes 16)
- Olive oil spray
- 6 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1.5 oz. unsalted butter
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 7 oz. dried shredded sweetened coconut
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup bittersweet chocolate baking chunks
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray 9” square baking pan with olive oil spray.
- Melt baking chocolate and butter in a small pan on low heat on top of stove, be careful not to burn.
- Add melted chocolate butter mix to olive oil, brown sugar, eggs, coconut, flour and pecans in a large bowl. Mix well. Stir in vanilla extract.
- Spread batter in prepared pan. Top with chocolate baking chunks and run a knife through the batter 2-3 times to partially mix the chunks into the batter. Do not over mix.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 23-30 minutes.
Approximate nutrition information per serving: 320 calories; 24 grams fat; 9 grams saturated fat; 0 grams transfat; 40 mg cholesterol; 25 mg sodium; 27 grams carbohydrate; 4 grams dietary fiber; 5 grams protein.
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