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Chocolate Oat Cake Recipe

This chocolate oat cake recipe is prepared and oven ready in only ten minutes, but its surprisingly delicious and healthy too.

The recipe calls for large-flake rolled oats. Sometimes called "old fashioned oats", these oats are excellent choices for baking, oatmeal and foods such as meat loaf.

Trivia: According to Wikipedia, whole oats are an excellent source of thiamine, iron, and dietary fiber. Fiber is helpful in reducing cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Whole oats are also the only source of antioxidant compounds known as avenanthramides; these are believed to have properties which help to protect the circulatory system from arteriosclerosis. Oat products also contain beta-glucan, which may help Type 2 diabetics control their blood sugar level, and might also help stimulate the immune system to fight off bacterial infections.

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Chocolate Oat Cake Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup of large-flake rolled oats
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup golden brown sugar. Do not pack tightly
1 cup water, boiling
1 cup whole wheat flour
5 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
icing (confectioners) sugar, optional

Method

Put your first three ingredients in a bowl and pour the boiling water over top. Stir and let soak for fifteen minutes. While waiting, prepare your pan as below.

Use an 8-inch square pan. Cut a strip of waxed paper or parchment paper to a rectangle that is eight inches by twelve inches. Put this waxed paper in your pan so the bottom is covered and the paper extends up for two inches on each side. When the cake is ready to remove from the pan, you will grasp these extending side pieces to lift it out.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Stir all dry ingredients together in another mixing bowl.

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Mix the beaten eggs and the vanilla into the oatmeal mixture.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Do not over mix; just combine the two.

Bake until done, usually about 40 minutes or a bit longer. Remove from oven and cool in the pan.

Using a knife, loosen the sides of the cake from the pan, then lift out and place on a serving platter. Dust your chocolate oat cake with icing sugar if desired.


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