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Healthy Maple Syrup and Pecan Brownies

This week, I craved chocolate. Finding a healthy recipe that’s also tasty can prove challenging, so I decided to make up this delicious brownies recipe with maple syrup and pecans, one of my favourite nuts. You can freeze them in individual servings to bring as snacks, or keep them handy for sugar cravings at the end of the day!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Baking: 25 minutes
Servings: 21

Nutritional value

Calories: 175 | Fat: 10 g | Carbohydrates: 21 g | Fibre: 1 g | Protein: 2 g


  • 250 g (9 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
  • 45 ml (3 tablespoons) unsweetened apple sauce
  • 190 ml (3/4 cup) maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • 250 ml (1 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) pecans, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Cover the entire surface of a 13 x 9 in. mould with parchment paper. You can use butter to make it stick to the mould.
  3. Put a bowl on top of a double-boiler, and use it to melt 225 g of chocolate. Keep the leftover chips to garnish the brownies. Once the chocolate has melted, let it cool down 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, use a whisk to beat the olive oil, apple sauce, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, and salt until you get a smooth texture. Add the melted chocolate and flour, and mix until you get a smooth texture. Add ¾ of the pecans, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour the mix in the mould. Garnish with the rest of the chocolate chips and pecans. Bake on the middle rack for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out almost clean.
  6. Let cool in the pan. Unmould and cut into 21 rectangles. You can freeze individual servings.


Bon appétit.

Sophie Blais

Sophie Blais

Sophie has always been passionate about food. She loves creating healthy and tasty dishes, and sharing them. By sharing her recipes, Sophie wants to inspire people to cook with fresh and healthy foods. She also wishes to prove that it is possible to eat healthy without sacrificing taste! All of her recipes and their nutritional value are validated and approved by a nutrition coordinator at Nautilus Plus. Bon appétit!

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