Weekend baking…

by Sunita on March 16, 2009

Finally, it does seem like spring. The weather is simply gorgeous today, bright sunshine, with a very slight breeze, enough to ruffle your hair just that teeny bit, plenty of birds, chirping around, and the daffodils are finally blooming. Yes, spring does bring in a spring in one’s step. Hope it stays that way for a while, touch wood!

Now, talking of chocolate – it has such an effect on people ; people like me, I mean :-) . And yes, it has been the love ( or rather bane) of my life- the main reason for the increase in my waistline. I still remember the look of disbelief in Dinesh’s face when I mentioned my love affair with chocolate on our first date. I do try to be good nowadays, and keep a tab on it. But, temptations will be temptations and they do get the better of me.

As far as the children are concerned, I do restrict chocolate to a great extent, especially during weekdays, and at times it also stretches over the weekends. Sad?? I think not, and they do consider it as a special treat rather than a part of their everyday life. Yesterday, me and the kids got down to baking some brownies.

During the course of the preparation, Rengoni asked if it was a healthy brownie. At such times, it does make me ponder-is there really such a thing as a ” healthy brownie” ?? I don’t know…as my reply, I told her that some things should always be considered as treats. But, if we can take away some of the naughtiness from those treats, it does make us a little less guilty in indulging. A little adjustment, some substitutions here and there does add up and can make a great difference.  And it does not necessarily have to compromise in taste.

And along with all that gyan ;-) , we got down to the serious business of making brownies. These were rich and yummy, melt in the mouth sort of treat. If you like a soft, gooey brownie, then this is the recipe for you. The back is so much better now, and what better way to celebrate than with these decadent squares ;-)

What’s needed-

8 tblsp of oat flakes

1 C walnut pieces

4 tblsp of muscovado sugar ( or other dark brown sugar)

2 tblsp of cocoa powder

100 gms of dark chocolate ( I used one with 80% cocoa), melted and slightly cooled

3 tblsp of applesauce ( home made, unsweetened)

4 tblsp of oil

1 and 1/2 C of milk

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line the bottom and sides of an 8 inch baking pan with foil.
  2. Place the oats and walnuts in a food processor and grind them roughly. Keep aside 2 tblsp of this mixture. To the rest, add the cocoa powder and mix well.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, sugar, oil and applesauce.
  4. Add the oats mixture ( not the 2 tblsp) to the milk mixture and fold in. add the melted and cooled chocolate and mix well.
  5. Tip the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the 2 tblsp of oats and walnut mixture over the top.
  6. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 40-42 minutes. Between 20-30 minutes, if the top browns too much, place a piece of foil over the pan and continue to bake for the rest of the duration.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven and cool the brownies in the pan. It will be very soft at this stage, but will get firmer on cooling. Cool completely and cut into sixteen squares.
  8. Last, but not the least, sit back, let the brownies melt in your mouth, and smile :-)

Next time, I will reduce the oil some more, or probably leave it out all together, and increase the applesauce. But yes, these were decadent. And we couldn’t wait for lunch to be over to tuck into them. I think the texture was more pudding like than that of a brownie.

My little helpers had a blast and couldn’t  wait to run their fingers over the bowl of chocolate.

See those big cheeky eyes?? They’re on a chocolate high!! :-D

Enjoy!

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 chitra March 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Cake looks delish,perfect!!

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2 Alka March 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm

This looks sooo good ,and hey i would love my kid to play around like this ,while i make something tht’s his fav….talk about bonding time while cooking…lolz

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3 Sunita March 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Thank Chitra :-)

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4 Saritha March 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm

wow delicious cake.I am not a choco person but my kids just love it.My elder kid is not supposed to eat still she eats and now choco bug has bitten my younger kid as well,she just doesnt stops asking cocolate (instead of chocolate)

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5 Sunita March 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Thanks! Lol at your child asking for chocolate instead of chocolate :-D

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6 D March 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Its a great pleasure to see my loved one’s faces after a long time. The pictures are beautiful.

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7 Sunita March 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Thanks…but we are missing you a lot :-(

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8 Soma March 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Looks deliciously moist.. i am not too fond of cakes & cookies & brownies, but when i see your pictures I start craving for some:-) Beautiful children! they really enjoyed!

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9 Sunita March 16, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Thanks Soma :-) Yes, they did enjoy :-D

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10 Happy Cook March 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Why do you want to taorture me like this, I have all the ingridients here but i am not baking them as I am on a diet and I have promised myself i will bake only for sunday coffee.
Theydo look so so moist delicious.
No wonder kids were in chcolate high.

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11 Sunita March 16, 2009 at 9:01 pm

HC, I just had one ;-)

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12 Ben March 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm

We had amazing weather over here too this weekend, unfortunately there is more cold comin :( I guess that is the perfect excuse to make brownies, right? :-p

Lovely pictures!

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13 Sunita March 16, 2009 at 9:02 pm

It was simply beautiful today, but the night temperatures have really fallen.

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14 Poornima March 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Wow a brownie with so little fat, its like a dream come true:)…sounds healthy and I cannot stop ogling…looks so moist and fudgy.

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15 Sunita March 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Thanks Poornima…they were very moist indeed :-)

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16 Vimala March 16, 2009 at 6:01 pm

It is a healthy treat…Brownies without egg & butter.
Marked it….will try it sometime soon.

Thanks
Vimala

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17 Sunita March 16, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Do give it a try, Vimala :-)

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18 SJ March 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm

It looks so yum! I have seen the photos of your kids on this blog (loong time ago), they sure have grown up!!

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19 Sunita March 16, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Oh yes! the kids have grown a lot :-)

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20 snookydoodle March 16, 2009 at 6:40 pm

yummy these look delicious! so fudgey! and quite healthy too :)

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21 Sunita March 16, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Thanks :-)

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22 sandhiyakannan March 16, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Lovely looking kids…and yummy loooking brownie..I am drooling all over..Hehe

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23 Sunita March 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Lol :-D

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24 SuperChef March 16, 2009 at 8:07 pm

those are just tooo yummy!! and looks like your kids enjoyed it!! :)

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25 Sunita March 17, 2009 at 7:07 pm

You bet, they did , and so did their mum :-)

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26 Uma March 16, 2009 at 8:43 pm

ooh, those chocolate squares look so delicious. Your kids look so adorable! Beautiful pics of nature.

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27 Sunita March 17, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Thanks Uma :-)

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28 varsha March 16, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Oh..they are so moist n rich..now I would love to get dirty too..:)

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29 Sunita March 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Thanks Varsha :-)

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30 Munni March 16, 2009 at 11:36 pm

The brownies look delicious, like the healthy twist, cute pics of kids !!!

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31 Sunita March 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Thanks munni, we did love them indeed :-)

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32 Kevin March 17, 2009 at 1:43 am

Those look so moist and chocolaty and good!

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33 Sunita March 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Thanks Kevin, they were very moist indeed :-)

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34 Namratha March 17, 2009 at 2:05 am

The brownies look so incredibly moist, yummy! The kids sure seemed to have had a great time! :) Gorgeous pics as always dear!

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35 A&N March 17, 2009 at 4:07 am

Rengoni is the cutest. Healthy brownies :D Chocolate and healthy don’t go together most of the time no? :(

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36 Madhumathi March 17, 2009 at 8:56 am

They look irresistably delicious,Sunita..As usual,the pictures are ‘GREAT’

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37 Asha March 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Phew! Our weekend and Monday was wet, rainy, cloudy although warm and ate loads of junk and lot of noise. Glad that’s over, as much as it was fun, looking forward to some peace and quiet now!:D

I took some photos too, beautiful to see flowers at last! Brownies look yum, healthy or not, it’s nice to have them around for kids.

HeHe! I can understand “sugar high”!! I had 6 14yr olds on Saturday for 4 hrs stuffed with cake and cookies, don’t know how I survived! :P

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38 Sunita March 17, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I’m sure the kiddos must have had a great time :-)

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39 bee March 17, 2009 at 2:38 pm

those imps are really cute. a note about the foil to prevent browning. i’ve noticed that that works only if the shiny side is out.

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40 Sunita March 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Yes, they’re imps alright :-D As for the foil, you’re right, I always do that ( I mean,shiny side outside)…probably assumed everyone did that as well…so thanks for pointing it out :-)

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41 Maya March 17, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Oats in a brownie sounds good to me :)

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42 Cynthia March 18, 2009 at 12:30 am

Beautiful pics Sun. And the gorgeous angels – chocolate high indeed!

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43 sia March 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm

isn’t the weather today gorgeous! i am loving it. just did little bit of spring shopping during lunch break ;)
and looks like two little helpers were quite busy during weekend :) gorgeous pics suni!

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44 Nicisme March 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Isn’t the weather gorgeous?
Great looking brownies, I always find them so hard to take photos of. You’ve got it sussed!!

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45 Priya March 18, 2009 at 11:35 pm

aaaah! thank you for making them eggless! Will definitely try them soon :-)

The kids looks adorable in the pics, chocolate does have that effect on people, the world would be a dull place without it, heheh

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46 Latha March 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Sunita,

I got to bake this to believe it has no flour, no butter and no egg!! sorry to ask this doubt… how do you make applesauce at home? I am sure you have posted that before but please tell me again…

Thanks!

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47 Sunita March 20, 2009 at 10:38 am

Do try it, Latha. As for the aplesauce, I hacven’t actually posted anything about it, but do have quite a few requests, so will post it very soon…stay tuned :-)

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48 rachel April 4, 2009 at 2:10 am

Made this, increased the amount of apple sauce and it was super delicious.

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49 Jalpa April 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Made this twice, me too increased the amount of applesauce and also ommited oil. it taste so yummy with vanilla ice-cream…..its just delicious and very excited to share this recipe to my friends and family… thanks Sunita for this wonderful recipe..!!!!!!!

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50 Sonia June 25, 2010 at 6:02 am

Sunita dear, if I remember correctly I have tried this 3 times and each time it came out awesome and very gooey brownies. We simply love it and will be making again and again. Thanks so much for this simple and easy to follow recipe yet very tasty and nutritious brownies! :)

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51 Sunita June 25, 2010 at 8:11 am

Aww Sonia, you’re most welcome. I’m so glad that you liked the recipe.

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