Home is Where the Heart is for World Heart Day! Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

I am so excited to announce my partnership with CanolaInfo for their 2011 World Heart Day campaign. As part of my work with them, I created the “Home is Where the Heart is” Recipe Collection, which includes six simple, family-friendly, and heart-healthy recipes (such as these brownies above).


World Heart Day, observed on Sept. 29, was created by the World Heart Federation to encourage heart-healthy habits from regular exercise to nutritious eating. Heart disease remains the world’s number one killer and the World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the fight against it along with stroke. Together with the World Heart Federation, CanolaInfo is helping to inform the public on ways to prevent this disease by providing heart-healthy tips, recipes, publications and more.


Besides the recipe collection, I am working with CanolaInfo on some social media events over the next month. On Sept. 1 from 12-1 PM CST, I will be participating in my first ever “Twitterview!” The folks at @CanolaInfo will be interviewing me (@alisonlewis) about my new recipe collection and ways I keep my family healthy and active. You can ask your own questions as well, just use #CanolaInfo. In addition, 10 lucky participants will be chosen at random to receive a free cookbook! You can RSVP for the here for the Twitterview.


In addition, on World Heart Day (Sept. 29) from 7-8 PM CST, I will host a discussion on ways to be heart smart at home from CanolaInfo’s Facebook page. I hope you will come and share your own tips and stories as well. To top it all off, 10 more of you will be chosen at random to receive a CanolaInfo Heart Health Toolkit! You can RSVP here for Canolainfo Facebook Party.


I am honored to be a part of this project. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my recipes from the “Home is Where the Heart Is” campaign – all of which include canola oil.  Meanwhile, for more information about this healthy oil, go to www.canolainfo.org.


P.S. On Sept. 1, CanolaInfo is launching an interactive Facebook game that features my recipes! You become the chef and try to beat the clock! Check it out at Facebook.com/CanolaInfo.


Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

Cook Time:

25 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


16 servings


1 cup granulated sugar 250 mL

1/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder 75 mL

1/4 cup whole wheat flour 60 mL
1/4 cup all-purpose flour 60 mL
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 mL
1/4 teaspoon salt 1 mL
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup canola oil 125 mL
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 mL
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 60 mL
1/3 cup chopped almonds


1. Preheat oven to 350 ˚F (180 ˚C).

2. In large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa powder, flours, baking powder and salt. In separate medium bowl, combine eggs, canola oil and vanilla. Combine egg mixture into flour mixture, mixing well. Stir in chocolate chips and almonds.

3. Spread batter in lightly greased 8- x 8-inch (20 x 20-cm) baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack before slicing.

14 thoughts on “Home is Where the Heart is for World Heart Day! Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies”

  1. Congratulations on your partnership with CanolaInfo as a means to help prevent heart disease. Eating heart healthy doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the treats as your dark chocolate brownies demonstrate.

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