Whole Wheat Provocative Brownies


Yes, I like chocolate again!

Thank goodness!!!!

I’m still loving fruit desserts, too (which was a new thing starting during my pregnancy), but given the choice, I like chocolate more.

It still shocks me that I’m back to my chocoholic self (in moderation, of course…gotta keep a healthy baby)!


As for these brownies, I made them for my husband to take to his amazing coworkers (they love me). 🙂

I first called them the tradition name: Slutty Brownies.

But, quickly, my husband suggested a more ‘work-friendly’ name…

…hence Provocative Brownies.


These are a little different than the traditional slutty provocative brownies.

Traditional Provocative Brownies

  • Cookie layer
  • Oreo layer
  • Brownie layer

My Whole Wheat Provocative Brownies

  • Whole wheat brownie layer
  • Oreo layer
  • Salted caramel layer
  • Whole wheat brownie layer

Make your choice!

These are for the true chocoholics.

Whole Wheat Provocative Brownies

adapted from Eat Good 4 Life


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee (I used decaf since I’m pregnant)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (8 ounce) package oreos (I used Newmans Own)
  • 3 tablespoons salted caramel (I used Trader Joes)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips for sprinkling (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cover a 9″ x 9″ pan in non-stick foil and spray with canola oil (for easy removal). Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the olive oil, eggs, coffee, sugar, and vanilla extract together.
  4. Add the flour and baking powder and stir together.
  5. In a microwavable bowl, melt the chocolate chips (stirring every 30 seconds until melted).
  6. Add the melted chocolate to the mixture and stir until well combined.
  7. Pour half of the brownie mixture into the prepared pan.
  8. Lay out a layer of the oreos.
  9. Drizzle with the salted caramel over the oreos.
  10. Pour the remaining brownie mixture on top covering all parts of the brownies.
  11. (Optional) Sprinkle the chocolate chips.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.


  1. I like your name better! Although when I saw it in Google Reader I read Proactive brownies and thought, “Isn’t that acne medicine? Ehh?” I guess I was still sleepy. 🙂

    I’ve made this brownie recipe before and it’s great. I’m sure Oreos and caramel would just make it even better!

    And congratulations on liking chocolate again!

  2. yay for liking chocolate again! My husband loves brownies and the salted caramel in these is just over the top. I am very inspired to try to sneak in the whole wheat flour and see if my husband notices!

  3. this is a GREAT name, i brought the original recipe to work this week, and i just didn’t say what they were called. should have been creative like you!

  4. I made slutty brownies based on this for a bake sale last weekend. They went over huge! One lady bought 4 (1 for herself and 3 to give to her friends.) She ate 2 when she sat down and refused to hand over the others. So she ended up feeling guilty and coming back for more to share. Massive hit!

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