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Chewy Triple Dark Chocolate Whole Grain Brownies | Fork Knife Swoon

Triple Dark Chocolate Whole Grain Brownies

  • Author: Laura Bolton
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 Brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Brownies and Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Chewy homemade whole grain brownies, with three kinds of chocolate and spelt flour or whole wheat flour. All the chewy, fudgy, decadent bits to love from classic box mix brownies, but made from scratch and so much better!


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ¹
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate (100% cacao), finely chopped
  • 11/2 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 11/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 11/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup  light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cups whole-grain spelt flour (or sub whole-wheat flour)
  • 1/2 tsp fine-grain sea salt
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 inch metal or oven-proof glass pan with parchment paper, leaving a few inches of overlap on each side. Butter the parchment paper and two remaining sides of the pan, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the boiling water to the cocoa powder, and whisk until smooth and completely combined. Set aside.
  3. Place the butter, chopped chocolate, and espresso powder in a heat-proof mixing bowl. Using a microwave or a double-boiler, melt the mixture together. If using a microwave, check and stir the mixture every 15 seconds or so until melted together.
  4. Add the melted butter/chocolate mixture to the cocoa mixture, and whisk to combine. Add the vegetable oil and vanilla extract and continue whisking. Add both sugars and whisk until smooth.
  5. Add the eggs and yolk, one at a time, whisking thoroughly between each, until the chocolate mixture is completely smooth and creamy. Using a spatula, gently fold in the flour and salt. Stir until combined, but be careful not to over-mix.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips, then pour into the prepared pan. Smooth out the top with a spatula. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a cake-tester inserted into the middle of the brownies comes out with few crumbs attached. Cool on a baking rack for at least an hour before removing from the pan or cutting into bars, waiting longer if possible.


¹ Brownies are all about the chocolate, so use the best-quality cocoa (I like to use a rich, dutch-process cocoa baking powder) and chocolate you can find.

Keywords: whole grain brownies, whole wheat, triple chocolate, dark chocolate, chewy, box brownies, best