Flaxseed Brownies with Fruit and Nuts

Source:   |  Category: Baking, Whole Flaxseed, Ground Flaxseed

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


  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped prune
  • 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 almond
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) whole flaxseed
1/2 cup chopped prune1/2 cup dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries or raisins1/4 cup strong coffee, apple juice, brandy, rum, or bourbon1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, divided1/2 cup unsalted butter3/4 cup packed brown sugar2 large eggs, at room temperature1 tsp pure vanilla extract1/2 cup ground flaxseed1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/4 cup all-purpose flour1/2 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or almond1 Tbsp 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.

Yield: 16 brownies.

Serving Size: 1 brownie. Each serving contains 2 tsp (10 mL) of flax.

Nutritional Analysis

Total Fat15 g
Cholesterol40 mg
Carbohydrates31 g
Fiber3 g
Sugars24 g
Protein3 g
Sodium90 mg
Potassium167 mg

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