Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Brownies with Walnuts (Grandma Willey’s Brownie Recipe)
Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Brownies with Walnuts are posted in memory of Grandma Willey; here’s my healthier version of her famous brownies.
When you see my stack of darkly chocolate brownies with walnuts, you may think I’m just posting them as a sweet treat for the holidays, but there’s also a heart-warming story behind this stack of brownies. Just over two weeks ago my sister Pam’s mother-in-law passed away. When I went to the viewing for Grandma Willey there was a table of memories of her life, along with a stack of printed recipe cards and a little sign that said “Dorothy’s favorite recipe, please take one.” On the card was the recipe for Dot’s Brownies.
Grandma Willey wasn’t technically a relative of mine, but I did see her often at Willey family events and always enjoyed her warm personality, her forthright comments, and her political philosophies, including the strong belief in women’s rights that she held way before it became common. The last few years of her life she suffered with very poor eyesight, and I admired the way Pam’s husband Kelly and his sister Elizabeth took care of their mom’s every need. I’m pretty sure Grandma Willey didn’t use a computer and I’m not sure if she even knew about my little blog, but I thought it would be fun to try the recipe and post it on the blog as a tribute to her, so I decided to see if I could come up with a sugar-free and whole wheat adaptation that worked.
Grandma Willey’s brownies had frosting, something I didn’t think would be a good idea in a low-sugar version, and when I tried the recipe the first time just substituting the sugar for sweetener I thought they were not quite sweet enough, so the version I’m sharing here has an extra 1/2 cup of sweetener for a recipe that makes 12 large brownies. Grandma Willey used margarine (probably this was a depression-era recipe) but I liked the version with butter the best; use margarine or a blend of margarine/coconut oil if you prefer. I also switched the white flour for white whole wheat, something I use in almost all my baking experiments.
Even with my addition of more sweetener, this is not a super-sweet brownie the way I’ve made it, which suits my tastebuds perfectly. I’ll always remember Grandma Willey mostly for the goodness she instilled in her son Kelly, who has done so many nice things for me during my life, but now I have a great brownie recipe to remember her by as well.
Use the microwave to melt the butter or oil/margarine of your choice in a bowl that’s big enough to hold all the ingredients. Mix 7 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the melted margarine. In a smaller bowl, beat 4 eggs with the Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener and Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (or other sweetener of your choice.) I originally made these cookies with a combination of granulated Stevia and brown sugar, but now I like the version with Golden Monkfruit Sweetener just as well for a sugar-free brownie.
Mix the egg mixture into the cocoa powder mixture. Then add the flour, salt, and vanilla and stir to combine. I loved the part of the recipe that said 1 cup nuts (hand broken) and I did indeed break them by hand. Press the mixture into a sprayed baking dish. I used a glass dish that was about 8″ x 11″ which gave me twelve large brownies. Bake at 350F/180C for 30 minutes, and then let the brownies cool in the pan for a few minutes before cutting.
More Sugar-Free or Low-Sugar Recipes with Chocolate:
Whole Grain Low-Sugar (or sugar-free) Chocolate Cookies with Pecans from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Gluten Free Sugar Free Chocolate Biscotti from Gluten Free Goddess
Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Mini Chocolate Pavlovas with Fresh Berries from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
Flourless and (almost) Sugar-Free Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti from Health Nut
Sugar-Free and Flourless Chocolate and Oatmeal Cluster Cookies from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Brownies with Walnuts (Grandma Willey's Brownie Recipe)
Sugar-Free Whole Wheat Brownies with Walnuts are a healthier low-sugar version of Grandma Willey’s famous brownies. I used to make these with a blend of Stevia granulated and brown sugar, but now I like to use Golden Monkfruit Sweetener with Stevia for a sugar-free cookie. Use any sweeteners you prefer.
- 1 cup melted butter, margarine, or coconut oil; do not use margarine that has water as the first ingredient.)
- 7 T cocoa powder
- 4 eggs, well beaten
- 2 cups Stevia in the Raw Granulated Sweetener (or another sweetener of your choice)
- 1/2 cup Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (or use another sweetener or brown sugar if you prefer)
- 1 1/3 cups white whole wheat flour
- pinch of salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup walnuts (hand broken)
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- Use a microwave to melt the butter or other fat choice in a large bowl (big enough to hold all the ingredients.)
- Stir the cocoa powder into the melted butter.
- In a separate small bowl, beat the eggs well, then stir in 2 cups Stevia in the Raw (or another sweetener of your choice.)
- Add 1/2 cup Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (or another 1/2 cup of whatever sweetener you prefer) and stir again.
- Stir the egg mixture into the cocoa mixture.
- Then add the flour, salt, and vanilla and stir to combine.
- Use your fingers to break enough walnuts to make 1 cup, and then gently stir them into the batter.
- Spray a glass baking dish with nonstick spray and then add the batter, pressing down so the brownies are evenly flat. (I used a dish that was about 8″ x 11″.)
- Bake 30 minutes, then let the brownies cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before cutting.
Recipe adapted from Dot’s Brownies, the favorite brownie recipe of Grandma Willey.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re making these Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Brownies with Walnuts for the South Beach Diet it’s important to use an approved sweetener, margarine, and white whole wheat flour, although brownies are definitely an occasional treat if you want to use butter. Brownies with flour are too high in carbs for a low-carb diet plan.
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