My Inspiration . . .

I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

{ Prep Time: 15 mins / Baking Time: 35-40 mins / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 9 servings }

1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
pinch of cinnamon
butter flavored cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8x8" (or a 9x13" pan will work just as well) baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, butter and boiling water. Set aside to cool (about 7-10 mins).
3. In a large mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, (a hand mixer will do the trick too if that's all you've got!) beat together the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Then add to cooled oat mixture and stir until completely combined.
4. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda & powder, salt, cocoa and cinnamon. Add to wet ingredients and mix well. Pour the batter into your prepared dish.
5. Bake for 35-40 mins, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. * I always start with the lowest cooking time, then add time if necessary.* Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before serving.

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