Cocoa-Oatmeal Brownies

Ah, the week is over. My husband has returned from The Netherlands. I think Mikey is getting to that age where he will seriously play up when he misses his daddy, this bodes well for the next deployment I’m sure. He locked me out of our apartment building on Wednesday morning when I was taking the rubbish out. He knew he’d done something wrong right away, I could see his little crying face mouthing “mummy, help!” through the glass but he was too upset to open the door (it locks from the outside when closed but can still be opened from the inside without a key). He had the keys because he likes to “help” by carrying them for me. Luckily my neighbours were home so I had to buzz them to let me in. Funny in hindsight, not so funny at the time. I was in my pajamas and it was cold.

I also got a blood inducing kick to the nose later in the day, but we wont dwell on that. He was angry, he knew he’d done something wrong the second after he did it with a little “uh-oh mummy! nose!” and a hug.

It hasn’t been all drama though, we baked Cocoa-Oatmeal Brownies last Sunday for Mother’s day. Mikey helped with the measuring and they came out wonderfully! I’ve been on a serious baking kick lately, obviously because I adore eating baked goods, the photographs of baked goods tend to look so much nicer than of other foods! Mikey also likes it when I bake, with some excited dancing and little yells of “Yum! Cake!” whether I’m making cake or not.

Chunky, Chewy Cocoa-Oatmeal Brownies
Inspired by a Smitten Kitchen recipe


5oz unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (the best you can get, I used some fancy German brand)
pinch sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup old fashioned oats (not the quick kind)


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a loaf tin (9 1/2 x 5 inches) with parchment paper, or lightly grease.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, remove from the heat when just melted and stir in the sugar.
  3. Add the cocoa powder and stir well until the lumps have disappeared and it is well combined.
  4. Add the vanilla, salt and eggs, mix well. Gently fold in the flour until just combined, don’t overmix! Stir in the oats and pour mixture into the loaf tin.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, partway through the cooking open the oven and sprinkle some more oats on top if you like.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin. Once cooled, cut the brownies. Refrigerate to store.

    I’ve decided to make printable recipe cards to go with each recipe, so you can print them if you like without getting in all of my other blog ramblings. I have to go back and make ones for the other recipes I’ve posted and when I’ve done so I’ll make a little index page for them all. I quite enjoyed putting them together, I have to flex my seldom used graphic design skills on occaision.

    Click here to download. To print, make sure your page scaling is set to 100% (not fit to page) otherwise the size will be incorrect.

    Posted at Foodie Friday, hosted by Designs by Gollum


    1. I absolutely love your blog, know that? You’re so creative on a consistent basis and it’s refreshing and inspiring. I love that your creativity is not held to just one area but that you let it spill over to all the areas of your life.

      • omg thank you! That’s so sweet of you!

        You know, I went for so long without being creative while I was pregnant and then while Mikey was a newborn. It just sucked it all out of me.

        Now, I figure I’m a SAHM and will be for a while due to immigration stuff and ridiculous childcare costs, so may as well make the most I can out of being home. Not that I don’t love being home with him because I totally do, but it can get monotonous if you let it.

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    3. yummy! Great idea on the cards!

      I bought shredded coconut, chocolate chips, cranberries, oatmeal, and more brown sugar last time I went to the store….its like they have become “standards” in my kitchen

      I attempted to make my own granola bars Tuesday but failed miserably..will give it another go this weekend
      .-= Paulita´s last blog ..DIY Succulent Chandelier =-.

    4. I think I’ll give this one a try this afternoon. It’ll make a wonderful after school snack for the kids.

      .-= ButterYum´s last blog ..Quick Lemon Mousse =-.

      • thank you so much for the help! I decided to save them as JPG instead of PDF so I could have them on flickr.

    5. The brownies looks sooo tempting. Love your picture makes me wanna take a bit (or 3 or 4!).

      Although my husband is not in the military (he used to before we got married) but I can relate to having a son who sometimes act out when he misses his Daddy.

      Ooooh and I can so relate to being locked! When we were living in China, I was out by the balcony doing something when my then-2 years old boy decided to pushed down the lock on the sliding door. I was locked out! He had to push the key up to open it but he didn’t understand his Mommy’s panic pantomime through the thick glass door. We were on the 8th floor…there’s no way I can climb down without breaking my neck, luckily I found a small metal thing from an old drawer and I managed to prowled the door open with it. Phew! That was scary. Glad you had a neighbor to help.
      .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Jakarta Riot, 12 Years Ago =-.

      • hehe, my mother in law also has a story about the time my husband locked her in the basement when he was little! And my own mum has a story about my brother locking her out of the house!

    6. Ok first, those brownies look AMAZING! (I love cooking, especially baking)
      Secondly…I LOVE THOSE RECIPE CARDS! (just died and went to heaven thanks) – my printer is currently not useable but I think those would rock getting printed from an online photo place or something. You did great!

      And awww, a nose kick? Locked out of the house? Sounds like you two have had an exciting week! Kids go through all sorts of crazy periods and missing Daddy def brings on some drama. Bless him!

      And where in the Netherlands did he go? My other half is from Rotterdam πŸ™‚
      .-= Mesina´s last blog ..According to my inbox, I’m a freaking billionare =-.

      • Actually, I’m embarrassed to say I’ve no idea where he went in the Netherlands!

        And thanks about the brownies and recipe card πŸ™‚ When I have enough collectedI might think about having them printed in one of those little pocket photobooks.

    7. Oh my goodness! Those look scrumptious! I seriously hope you saved some for the rest of us. I’m dying for some brownies now. πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely give these a try.
      It’s great to meet you via blog frog. I absolutely love your blog. πŸ™‚

      Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud
      .-= Kristi {at} Live and Love…Out Loud´s last blog ..Not Me! Monday – Migraine Madness =-.

    8. Wow, what a day but I’m glad everything worked out well in the end. πŸ™‚
      Those cookies look absolutetly incredible and I can feel that they’ll be great too. Just my kind of ingredients, especially with the finer touches of cocoa and oats. Two of my favourite ones. πŸ™‚
      .-= Ana Goncalves´s last blog ..A shade of depth =-.

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