Flaxseed Brownies with Fruit and Nuts

 Source: Flaxseed Brownies with Fruit and Nuts, Renee Kohlman

Source: Flaxseed Brownies with Fruit and Nuts, Renee Kohlman

These fruity, nutty, fudge brownies will become your new go-to recipe.


  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped prunes
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries or raisins
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) strong coffee, apple juice, brandy, rum, or bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) whole flaxseed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Lightly grease an 8” baking pan and line it with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the prunes, dried cherries and coffee (or other liquid) in a small bowl.
  3. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt 1 cup (250 mL) chocolate chips with the butter, stirring frequently until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Whisk the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla into the chocolate mixture.
  5. In a large bowl, stir together the ground flaxseed, cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the chocolate mixture, then add the dried fruit/coffee combo, nuts and remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) chocolate chips. Mix well then scrape into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the whole flaxseed on top.
  6. Bake the brownies for about 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre has only a few crumbs clinging to it.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool on a wire rack before cutting.

Nutritional Analysis


YIELD: 16 brownies.

SERVING SIZE: 1 brownie. Each serving contains 2 Tbsp (10 mL) of flax.

Per Serving
Calories 260
Total Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Carbohydrates 31 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugars 24 g
Protein 3 g
Sodium 90 mg
Potassium 167 mg