Baking | Chocolate Oat Walnut Brownies … Baking and other activities for the family this summer

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
Charles Bowden

Chocolate Oat Walnut BrowniesChocolate Oat Almond Walnut Brownies … you can’t have enough brownie recipes under your belt. The younger teen is suddenly showing sporadic bursts of interests in the kitchen. Maybe he’s trying to beat the heat, or maybe discovering a new hobby. Maybe forever H U  N G R Y, he thinks it’s best

Wholewheat Double Chocolate Brownies I was pleasantly surprised some time back when he sauntered into the kitchen in his PJs while I was stirring brownies. Nonchalantly he took the whisk and bowl from me, and made the batter like he had been doing it for years! So I asked him to get up early a few days ago to bake another batch. He made these as we were off for a weekend to Calcutta.

Chocolate Oat Walnut Brownies It’s a nice way to engage kids in the kitchen, brilliant actually. Brownies are forgiving creatures. Delicious too! The batter gets stirred together in minutes, and these are less messy. It’s a simple one bowl recipe. Nothing much can go wrong.

Chocolate Oat Walnut Brownies 2You can see how the lad had a go at them. He stirred them together gently, and then in a moment of happiness, gave the batter a vigorous  stir up! Soon we had a batch of Chocolate Oat Walnut Brownies. These are gluten-free.

{Research suggests that pure, uncontaminated oats and oat products are not toxic to the majority of adults and children with coeliac disease. However the vast majority of oats and oats products on the market are contaminated with wheat, rye and/or barley. Processing, such as milling, makes them unsuitable for people with coeliac disease. The protein found in oats is called avenin, which is similar to gluten. There is some evidence to suggest that some people with coeliac disease may even react to pure, uncontaminated oats.}

Chocolate Oat Walnut Brownies This recipe is ever forgiving and came out good. Good enough for the kids to enjoy, good enough for the younger teen to flaunt them. I made them”,  he announces to all and sundry, then goes on to devour another rightful square! Milk and brownies forever welcome!

Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee

Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee He also enjoyed brûléeing the crème brûlée we made a few days ago. It’s nice to involve kids in the kitchen during the summer break. Beware though, the mess is yours to clean if you have teens like mine! He seems to be loving it. So does the elder sis. She baked the cocker a special doggie birthday cake a few days ago. I was skeptical. Needn’t have been. She had a blast and made it look so pretty! Baking is now a big option in the vacations!

Doggie birthday cake These Chocolate Oat Walnut Brownies were for Calcutta, the city of joy! Not a planned vacation, but a weekend getaway to join Mr PAB who had work there. Another inspiring Indian city covered, another opportunity to experience a rich culture. O Calcutta … you are just so beautiful!

CalcuttaThere’s been a lot of Bengali influence in my life of late. I was recently interviewed by Sananda magazine, the east Indian version of Femina, in an anniversary special. These days, Mr PAB regularly visits Calcutta on work, coming home laden with intriguing tales! I’ve also recently reviewed a Bengali cookbook cum food journey ‘Bong Moms Cookbook’ for a magazine. That brought the Bong culture and cuisine onto my table.

Chocolate Oat Walnut Brownies What are your plans these holidays? We’re halfway through the vacations here. Between internships and a theatre workshop, we’ve crossed the halfway mark. With Master Chef Oz around the corner, hopefully some culinary skills might get polished. Did I forget to mention some candid photography that the kids did too? They both get pretty trigger happy now and then!

Get cooking this summer Here are some simple recipes to get the kids into the kitchen with … Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Brownies, Creme au Chocolat Shots, Minty Chickpea Yogurt Parfaits, Simplest & Best 2 ingredient Dark Chocolate Mousse, Whole Wheat & Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vanilla Bean Chocolate Chip WookiesAlmond Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream, One Bowl Milk Chocolate Brownies, Strawberry Fro Yo

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  1. Lovely brownies! This version is great.


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  2. I love when there are plenty of people in the kitchen. All my childhood was spent like this, all of us siblings all the time in the kitchen and the dog standing right at the door :-)
    Such fun it used to be, we used to criticise each other so much :-)
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  3. As usual you inspire me with your sweet treats and wonderful posts. I hope someday my lil boy will also venture into the kitchen and help me with some baking ;-) Oh! and would you beleive with all the baking I’ve done I’ve never made brownies till now, though I’ve eaten like dozens of them…hmmm, gotta get some brownie baking done soon…
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  4. These brownies looks so good and healthy too with the oats :-) Looks like you all had such a wonderful time in Kolkatta I think i was there some 9 years ago. We love the place and if Hans could he would like that i chang emy mind in living in B’lore when we are old to Kolkatta :-)

  5. Hmmm so there is hope, is there? I should not give up just yet. BTW is the coffee, instant coffee powder or black brewed coffee?
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  6. I have involved my two year old int he kitchen. She helps me de-peel the mangoes, whisk the batter (in her own way) and make faux rotis :D Keeps her near me for some Father – Daughter bonding and it is amazing how fast the little ones pick up! Of course i keep her away from the fragile and sharp stuff, but she will graduate soon :D
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  7. I’ve made these twice today.

    I have to keep sending them out to other people because I’m in serious danger of eating it all. I love that you can’t tell they don’t have flour. The texture is just so deceiving. Thanks to you, I now have a very exciting new addition to gluten free goods on my list!

  8. Mansi Singh says:

    Hi Deeba
    Wow flourless chocolate brownies, look amazing.
    Your recipe of wholewheat double chocolate brownies had Callebaut chocolate. Where do you get callebaut callets in Delhi/NCR?

    • Hi Mansi, I was lucky enough to get a sack of Callebaut from a food blogger friend, Finla, from Belgium. I haven’t ever bought Callebaut here in the NCR, but I think it is available in Mumbai. I use a good dark couverture that I buy online from . It’s a 53% chocolate and is very good.

  9. I couldn’t agree more, there’s always room for a new brownie recipe!
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  10. I so want my kids to learn baking and cooking, but only once they are old enough to clean up the mess to some extent at least :)

    The brownies look and sound great, so does your budding charming little chef!
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  11. Shivani says:

    Hi Dnt knw..y my comments are not showing on ur sirte..I tried contacting u earlier also..ant to knw abt vital gluten..can i subsitute it wid sumthing…???Or is it available online..??I was trying the foccacia receipie..where u included gluten..can i subsitute it wid sumthing n in wat quantity??

    • Hi Shivani. A 1000 apologies. I have been really busy of late, but really should have replied earlier. Forgive me.
      You can find vital gluten online here – You may also find it at Modern Bazaar in Delhi.

      • Hi Shivani,
        Wheat germ is from a specific part of the wheat kernel and is very high in fiber and protein. It is a common ingredient in granola and adds texture and protein. You will want to use wheat germ in the granola bars.
        Vital wheat gluten is extracted from whole grain flour. It is a common ingredient in 100% whole wheat and other whole grain breads. It is a flour-like product. It makes bread doughs more “elastic” and makes the final bread product moister, softer and more “like store bought”.
        You cannot substitute one for the other. Just skip the vital gluten. I used to make my focaccia without it earlier.

  12. I enjoy how you involve the kids in baking…I have followed your blog for a while and you are one of my inspirations…It’s summer time in SF, will bake it with my boys..Thanks

  13. Shivani says:

    Hi problem at all..

    Actually i stay in pune..where bakersmart dnt deliver
    In ur focaccia recipie u told sumone tat instead of gluten u can use it so..?? can i use it in same quantity as gluten..??

    I wanted to ask u one more wheat germ powder same as wheat gluten??I found tat at Nature basket..

    Waiting eagerly for ur reply as my gloripan yeast wuld be delivered on weeknd
    n iam itching to bake pizza n breads..
    Thanx again..

  14. Just when i saw this post my tummy yearn to have all those brownies. So temtpting

  15. Shivani says:

    Thanx a ton yeast arrived..tommorow will be my baking day..!!

  16. Neetu jain says:

    Hi Deeba
    I try out your recipe regularly and have achieve good results with your recipes but i would like to know what is the substitutes for eggs in all your recipes.

  17. Shivani says:

    Hi deeba..
    My pizza turned out delicious…it was gr88…even hubby luvd them itz time to play more wid yeast..!!

  18. These brownies looks so yummy and healthy with the oats. These brownies are very tempting. I loved to eat it all.

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