Month: March 2019

Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake

Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lemon layer cake frozen with lavender whipped cream and a raspberry preserve filling. The cake can be made ahead of time in advance and serves a crowd. Perfect springtime treat for easter dessert or mothers day. This cake can be made rectangle or square or round and is way more simple that is looks! Get the how to on infusing lavender into food and makes a soft and fluffy citrus cake. Recipe by Kate wood thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Sunday, Friends! I hope this weekend has been full of joy and love and rest for you. We did a lot of the opposite this weekend, as we partook in the madness that is March college basketball. My husband (an Auburn fan) and myself (a UK fan) will have to duke it out later this afternoon as our teams play each other in the Elite Eight match, so pray for us. For your lazy-day entertainment, I’ve rounded up a list of things I’ve been reading, eating, and shopping for,  plus I’m sharing the how-to on this seriously adorable lemon lavender icebox cake. Grab a fork and let’s dive in!

Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lemon layer cake frozen with lavender whipped cream and a raspberry preserve filling. The cake can be made ahead of time in advance and serves a crowd. Perfect springtime treat for easter dessert or mothers day. This cake can be made rectangle or square or round and is way more simple that is looks! Get the how to on infusing lavender into food and makes a soft and fluffy citrus cake. Recipe by Kate wood thewoodandspoon.com

What I’m Reading:

  • I relate to this article on “crispy-gone-soggy” foods (think soggy nachos, leftover General Tso’s carryout, etc) on so many levels. It’s an opinion piece from Bon Appetit that is entirely funny and delicious on so many levels. Check it out for a casual laugh and stomach rumble.
  • Food52’s annual cookbook tournament  has just wound down, and I am so thrilled to pick up copies of the winning books. Basically they’ve picked some of the most eye-catching cookbooks from the year go head-to-head in a bracket-style throw down. The judges are mostly renowned chefs who whittle the list of best cookbooks down from 16 to 1. Read about the finalists (and the winner!) here.
  • I’m just wrapping up “Everybody, Always” by Bob Goff. It’s a heartwarming, inspiring, and, at times, difficult read, but there’s so much truth in it that I love it. Loving people can be really hard, but Bob breaks this lifelong pursuit down to just loving the person in front of you, one day at a time. Such a good read.

Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lemon layer cake frozen with lavender whipped cream and a raspberry preserve filling. The cake can be made ahead of time in advance and serves a crowd. Perfect springtime treat for easter dessert or mothers day. This cake can be made rectangle or square or round and is way more simple that is looks! Get the how to on infusing lavender into food and makes a soft and fluffy citrus cake. Recipe by Kate wood thewoodandspoon.com

What I’m Eating:

  • With warmer weather and bathing suit season on the horizon, we’ve been trying to include lots of salads and veggies in the dinnertime lineup. This bulgur salad with cucumbers, dill, chickpeas, and peppers is anything but basic, and it’s probably my favorite dish I’ve prepared in months. Serve with grilled chicken or fish if you’re cooking for a meatatarian, otherwise, this salad needs no other sidekick.
  • Ok, so I must not be really concerned about that summer body, because we’re still totally making burgers. These ones are smashed thin like the ones you might get at a greasy diner, and they are outrageous delicious. We top ours with grilled red onion and serve with skillet hash browns. My mouth is actually watering.
  • I love how easily a pork tenderloin will serve my family of four, but I’m always getting stuck in the savory herb-crusted rut. This recipe from Tyler Florence boasts a chimichurri sauce that is to die for and makes the whole dish feel fresh and exciting. Serve with rice, beans, and grilled veggies.

Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lemon layer cake frozen with lavender whipped cream and a raspberry preserve filling. The cake can be made ahead of time in advance and serves a crowd. Perfect springtime treat for easter dessert or mothers day. This cake can be made rectangle or square or round and is way more simple that is looks! Get the how to on infusing lavender into food and makes a soft and fluffy citrus cake. Recipe by Kate wood thewoodandspoon.com

What I’m Shopping For:

  • The Madewell spring collection has me longing for non-maternity wear. The bright colors, flowy materials, and simple retro patterns are 100% my ballgame.
  • I just ordered this bathing suit coverup both for now and post-baby. When I’m chasing after two kiddos at the pool, I don’t want to worry what is falling out of the backside of my suit, and this coverup is the light and airy ticket I’ve been looking for. Plus, the side tie means that I can wear it as my body transitions in the coming months!
  • The springy dishes and serveware at Sur La Table have me itching to throw a garden party. I’m dying over the new cast iron colors and floral china. Check it out here.

Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lemon layer cake frozen with lavender whipped cream and a raspberry preserve filling. The cake can be made ahead of time in advance and serves a crowd. Perfect springtime treat for easter dessert or mothers day. This cake can be made rectangle or square or round and is way more simple that is looks! Get the how to on infusing lavender into food and makes a soft and fluffy citrus cake. Recipe by Kate wood thewoodandspoon.com

What I’m Baking:

Lemon lavender icebox cake. Isn’t she a beaut? I love how dainty and fancy this sweet make-ahead dessert feels, and I love the ease with which I’m able to prepare it. Made with a fluffy and citrusy lemon cake, a lavender-infused whipped filling, and sweet raspberry preserves, this cake is the springy layered treat your tables have been begging for.

I made this lemon lavender icebox cake in partnership with my friends at Kerrygold. Their unsalted butter keeps the lemon cake moist  in spite of the cake’s time spent in the icebox, and it adds a subtle richness to every bite. I love having a go-to butter brand to suit my favorite decadent desserts, and this little freezer-friendly cake is no exception.

To make this lemon lavender icebox cake, we start by baking the cake. This cake whips up easily with butter, sugar, eggs, and the usual suspect dry ingredients. The juice of the lemons adds tang and acidity to this cake while the zest adds a fragrant, lemony taste to every bite. We bake the batter in a half sheet pan and allow it to cool completely before we throw it all together.

The filling for this lemon lavender cake is basically a bulked-up whipped cream. We add in a little cream cheese to the mixture to stabilize the airy whipped cream which gets its flavor from an infusion of dried lavender. I purchased a small bag of dried culinary lavender on Amazon, but some of you big city folks may be able to find it in your grocery stores.

Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lemon layer cake frozen with lavender whipped cream and a raspberry preserve filling. The cake can be made ahead of time in advance and serves a crowd. Perfect springtime treat for easter dessert or mothers day. This cake can be made rectangle or square or round and is way more simple that is looks! Get the how to on infusing lavender into food and makes a soft and fluffy citrus cake. Recipe by Kate wood thewoodandspoon.com

To assemble this lemon lavender cake, we invert the cooled cake out of the pan and cut it into three equal-sized rectangles. I use a big ruler for precision, but you can wing it if that’s more your speed. Spread a thin layer of prepared raspberry preserves all over each piece of cake and then begin stacking! Place your first piece of raspberry-coated cake on a small, freezer friendly platter. Dollop 1/3 of the infused whipped cream on top and gently spread to a flat layer. Stack a second piece of cake and repeat this process again. Take care to spread the whipped cream as flat and evenly as possible to maintain a more stable cake. Some of the whipped cream may barely squish out the sides of the cake as you stack it, but don’t worry. Just be careful to not press down hard on the cake and remember it will all firm up in the freezer.

Leave the lemon lavender icebox cake in the freezer overnight, and, once frozen, feel free to trim up the edges to form neat rectangle slices. I cut 1/2″ pieces for serving, but you could also cut squares or wedges if you please! Just be sure to show off all those fancy layers, because, DANG, they are beautiful.

Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this delightful spring treat. It’s an honor to partner with a brand that I trust and adore so much, and I hope you all will welcome them to your kitchens as well. Enjoy this Sunday, enjoy some time spent baking, and GO CATS.

If you like this lemon lavender icebox cake you should check out:

Strawberry Icebox Pie

Peppermint Bark Icebox Cake

Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Lemon Lavender Cookies

 

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Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake

Lemon Lavender Icebox Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lemon layer cake frozen with lavender whipped cream and a raspberry preserve filling. The cake can be made ahead of time in advance and serves a crowd. Perfect springtime treat for easter dessert or mothers day. This cake can be made rectangle or square or round and is way more simple that is looks! Get the how to on infusing lavender into food and makes a soft and fluffy citrus cake. Recipe by Kate wood thewoodandspoon.com

This lemon lavender icebox cake is a chilled springtime treat with lemon cake layers, lavender whipped cream, and sweet raspberry preserves.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 420
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature (I use Kerrygold)
  • 11/3 cups (265 gm) sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup (180 gm) milk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 11/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 cups (270 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

For the cream:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender
  • 4 ounces (110 gm) regular cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (65 gm) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • Lavender food coloring, if desired.
  • 1 cup raspberry preserves

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a half sheet pan (18″ x 13″ x 1″) with baking spray. Line the bottom with a rectangle of parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg whites and vanilla and mix to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add half of the milk plus the lemon juice and zest. Mix until combined and then add about half of the flour as well as the baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the remaining milk followed by the remaining flour. Mix on low only until combined and scrape the sides of the bowl. Fold in any unincorporated bits and spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the oven for about 13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely.

To prepare the cream:

  1. Combine the whipping cream and lavender in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rest in the fridge overnight or at least 6 hours. When ready to prepare the cream, cream the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed in a large bowl until combined, about 30 seconds. Slowly drizzle in the cream while the mixer is on low to incorporate. Add the vanilla extract and continue beating on medium speed until the mixture has thickened and stiff peaks form. Add a smidge of light purple or lavender food coloring if desired. Set in the fridge until ready to use.

To assemble the cake:

  1. Invert the cake out of the pan and cut along the long edge into three equal pieces. You’ll wind up with 3 rectangles of cake about 5-1/2” x 12-1//2” in size. Spread 1/3 of the preserves on each piece of cake in a thin even layer. Place on piece of the jammy cake on a serving dish and spread 1/3 of the lavender whipped cream on top. Smooth to flatten the whipped cream without overworking the cream and then top with another jammy piece of cake. Repeat this process once more finishing with the remaining layer of cake and lavender whipped cream on top. Place in the freezer to firm up the top quickly, about an hour, and then cover gently with plastic wrap and continue freezing for another 6 hours. You can clean up the edges of the cake by cutting through the frozen layers to even them up, if desired. Otherwise, slice ½” wedges for serving and top with fresh raspberries, if desired. I prefer to slice while frozen and then let the slices warm up slightly at room temp for about 10-15 minutes prior to serving. Otherwise, let the cake barely thaw at room temp for about 20-30 minutes prior to slicing and serving.

 

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

This is a post about banoffee pie. If you’ve never heard of it or aren’t quite sure what it’s all about, you’re in luck, because today we’re going to get down to the nitty gritty of this fabulous sweet and salty dessert. But today’s post is also about patience. It’s about waiting, and moving graciously throughout transition. So if you’re into gooey pies or love real talk on life lessons, stick around because we’re going to chat through it all this morning.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

You ever get the sense that you’re in a period of change? For some time, I have sensed that that’s where I was. Over Christmas, I mistook this feeling for simply being burnt out. Between a move, a full work calendar, and the first trimester of a sicky pregnancy, I was just kinda… blah. So I waded (and waited) through it, trimmed back on my to-do list, and took time to just enjoy the season with my kiddos. When January arrived, I knew it was time to get back to work. I jumped back into the grind, expecting things to flow as smoothly as they previously had been, and for some reason it just didn’t. Does this ever happen to you? Do you ever find yourself feeling kinda stuck or lost, maybe even a little unsure of what your next step should be? Almost like you’re at some sort of fork in the path that you’re on, but there’s no arrow or roadmap to tell you what turn comes next? Well, that was me. Unsettled, uncertain, and at a loss as to what to do next.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

How do we wait gracefully for the next chapter of our story? Do we just idle through life and wait for the change in wind to blow us in the right direction? Do we stifle any feeling of discontentment, and play through the pain or hustle harder until some giant neon sign with whistles and bells dumptrucks us into a new phase of life? My small grouper leader has been talking about what it looks like to be peacefully at rest in our circumstances even when they’re undesirable or even just a little bit off. Being at rest doesn’t really mean that you just stop working all together and wait for a handout. It also doesn’t mean dwelling on the yuck and talking about it endlessly until a change comes. What I’m believing and what is beginning to really settle on in my spirit is that waiting gracefully means being at peace regardless of your circumstances. It means moving forward, working diligently in the time being, with your eyes peeled for opening doors ahead. It means being okay with not having it all figured out and content to continue being effective right where you are.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m not sure if any of you all are in/have been in this boat that I’m paddling, but my gut tells me I’m not alone. There’s lots of us, men and women alike, who desire and even feel a change coming on, but the unknown and potentially prolonged period of waiting is straight up terrifying. My word for you today is that it’s okay to transition, and there is nothing to fear about stepping into the unknown when the time is right. Work hard, find joy exactly where you are for the time being, and trust your instincts. You’ll know when the time is right and you’ll have no regrets if you blossomed where you were planted for the time being.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

Is that enough real talk? Are you ready for pie?

Banoffee pie is a traditional English favorite. In a true banoffee pie, a digestive cookie crust is filled with layers of bananas and thick, gooey toffee filling. Whipped cream and shaved chocolate are loaded on just before serving for a sticky, sweet, and altogether irresistible tasting pie. This version, fairly spot on with exception of the crust, hits the mark on every aspect of that traditional banoffee pie flavor profile, and it is nothing short of fabulous.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m sharing today’s recipe in partnership with my BFFs at Kerrygold. Quality butter makes a huge difference in taste in this pie, and you’ll notice the rich, buttery goodness in almost every element of it. In the crust, warmed butter brings together the salted graham cracker and brown sugar mixture. In the filling, butter balances out the sugary sweet toffee and lends a rich chew to every bite. Butter helps this chilled, gooey treat hold its shape in the fridge and lends it so much flavor. This is a dessert worth investing in quality ingredients, and you can trust Kerrygold to bring it every time.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

A few tidbits on this banoffee pie. First, it’s entirely no bake. The crust is a pat and chill situation and the filling is prepped on the stovetop. Second, this pie is messy. It’s not a perfectly sliced, prim and proper treat; it’s a lick the plate, sop up every bit of filling type of thing. Here’s what you can expect: the crust is a fairly standard graham cracker crust, except we use brown sugar for extra flavor and a little extra salt to balance out the filling. Truly, it’s a salty crust and that is in no way disappointing. The bananas, which you can layer underneath the filling or on top of it depending on your preference, will 100% weep and make this a seriously gooey drippy pie. If you hide your bananas under the toffee, the whole filling will become a bit puddly upon cutting, and if you layer them on top, you can maintain a little more structure depending on how close to the time of serving that you assemble the pie. Read in the notes section of the recipe for more on that. Finally, the whipped topping here is entirely optional, but whipped cream is almost always a great idea to me. It’s only barely sweetened and lends a creamy vanilla flavor to the whole shebang. If you want to land chocolate shavings like you see photographed, you can use the tutorial I followed here.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

This banoffee pie is one of my favorite things I’ve made recently. It’s maybe not much from an aesthetic standpoint, but what it lacks in structure and clean lines it makes up for in some serious level-up flavor. I really hope you’ll give it a try in the coming weeks. Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this post. Y’all, give it a try when you take a stab at this pie. Their butter is seriously divine. Happy baking to you all and thanks for reading along!

If you like this banoffee pie you should try:

Banana Cream Pie Cake

Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls

Banana Cream Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

 

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Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

This banoffee pie is a salted graham cracker crust filled with a banana and toffee filling. A sweet and salty, gooey treat of a pie!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 1- 9" Pie 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups (200 gm) graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • ½ cup (110 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 114 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

For the pie:

  • 4 medium-sized bananas
  • 1 cup (240 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shavings, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whisk together the brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the melted butter and stir until well combined. Press the crumbs into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9-10” tart pan with a removable bottom. Place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the butter and brown sugar and stir regularly until melted. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine. Stir the contents of the pan regularly until the mixture comes to a boil and then cook, stirring all the while, for an additional 3 minutes. The mixture will barely thicken and may even darken a hair. Remove the mixture from the heat.

To assemble the pie:

  1. Slice the banana into ¼” coins and layer then around the bottom of the pie crust (see notes). Pour the warm toffee directly on top of the bananas and place in the fridge or freezer to chill completely. Just before serving the pie, use the whisk attachment in the bowl of a stand mixer to bring the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract into a whipped cream. Spread dollops on top of the pie and serve! If you don’t plan to serve the pie immediately, see notes for alternative options.

Notes

  • As an alternative, you can pour the filling directly on top of the pie crust and then layer the bananas on top just before serving. The bananas WILL WEEP inside this pie, releasing their juices and flavor. While this definitely enhances the flavor, it also makes for a messy pie. If you’re wanting slightly neater presentation, I’d recommend adding the bananas on top of the toffee just before serving, but keep in mind that these bananas will still weep, so serve quickly! You can barely spritz the bananas with a mixture of lemon juice and water prior to topping the pie if you don’t plan to cover them with whipped cream entirely. This will stall the browning process.
  • The crust recipe will yield a thick crust! If you don’t want your crust quite that thick, save 1/3 cup of the crumbs and use to sprinkle on top of the whipped cream.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

I can tell it’s a Monday by how entirely full I am. Do you ever do that? Do you ever try your hardest to eat well, exercise, and make generally healthy choices all week long only to crash and burn in a sugar and butter-induced dumpster fire of weekend disgustingness? Welcome to my world. I ate my way through the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and now Monday is kicking my tail.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

We went to the beach with friends this weekend, and it was terrific. I can officially promise you that the only thing better than owning a beach house of your own is having best friends with a beach house. We trucked the kids to south Alabama’s Orange Beach and spent 72 hours power eating, sun soaking, and wrangling tiny humans. Now I know Alabama does not have a reputation for seriously delicious dining, but there are some really good meals to be had on the Gulf. Our schedule was basically built around the restaurants we planned to eat at and the rest of our tine was spent munching on snacks ever half hour. No crab claw, french fry, or margarita was left unscathed this weekend, because went in HARD.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Which brings me to this case of the Mondays. 3 days of over-indulging has left this pregnant lady’s stomach even more stretched out than ever. I wake up hungry and go to sleep hungry, and that sad-looking sandwich I’m destined to eat for lunch would sound much better if it was deep-fried and covered with tartar sauce and tator tots. The beach restaurant weekend life spoiled me to pieces, and I’m totally dragging my feet on this road back to normalcy.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

If you ask me, the perfect remedy for that transitional window between vacation and work week eating is healthy-ish treats like these vegan oatmeal cookies. Instead of butter, we’ve got coconut oil, and in lieu of chocolate and caramel we have dried fruit and nuts. These vegan oatmeal cookies pack a few extra health benefits without sacrificing any bit of flavor, taste, and texture you’d hope for in a regular cookie. These are the type of treats you can enjoy without feeling entirely guilty (if you’re the type of person who feels guilt via baked goods).

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe for vegan oatmeal cookies was adapted from my favorite original vegan chocolate chip cookie, and I depended on Diamond of California Fruit and Nut Blend to make the prep that much more simple. I use Diamond Nuts for pretty much any and every nut-filled dish I create, but when I was thinking for some creative uses for their fruit and nut blends (I mean, besides just eating straight out of the bag) I immediately thought of cookies. The fun variety of fruits and nuts included in their three different blends adds a little something special to an otherwise ordinary batch of oatmeal cookies, and I was delighted by how at home they were in these chewy little bites of cinnamon-spiced deliciousness.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

To make vegan oatmeal cookies, we start by creaming the fat and sugar. Coconut oil is blended with organic brown and cane sugar as well as a little vanilla extract. A flaxseed egg is added in next to hold the cookie together and then the dry ingredients are tossed in as well. All-purpose flour, baking soda and powder, salt and a smidge of cinnamon anchor the oats, Marcona almonds, dried blueberries and cranberries, and the cookies bake up into fragrant and flavorful chews. I love how simply the dough comes together and how they keep well for days at room temperature.

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

If this Monday has got you wishing for a little Friday/Saturday/Sunday special, bake up some vegan oatmeal cookies to soften the blow of yet another weeklong grind. I just know you’re going to love them! Many thanks to my BFFs at Diamond of California for being terrific partners and for sponsoring this post. These vegan oatmeal cookies would be the perfect home for any of their fruit and nut blends, so give them a try and let me know what you think! I hope this week treats you right and that you get some time to love yourself in the kitchen. Happy Monday and Happy Baking!

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these vegan oatmeal cookies you should try:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies

Almond Coconut Chocolate Cookies

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

 

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Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies by Wood and Spoon. These are healthy vegetarian plant based cookies with coconut oil, flaxseed meal egg, dried fruit and nuts. Marcona almonds and dried cranberries and blueberries help to sweeten these brown sugar cookies and whole rolled oats keep them chewy. These stay soft for days and are flavored with cinnamon. Try this simple, one bowl healthy no butter less fat cookies for yourself and read more at thewoodandspoon.com

These vegan oatmeal cookies are a coconut oil based dough with oats, dried fruit and almonds! Simple one bowl recipe!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup (120 gm) coconut oil
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) organic brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) organic cane sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (240 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (200 gm) old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup of Diamond Marcona Fruit and Nut Blend OR ½ cup chopped almonds, ¼ cup dried blueberries and ¼ cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed meal and water and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the coconut oil, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla extract on medium speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add in the flaxseed mixtures and stir to combined. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, stirring on low to combine. Add the oat and fruit and nut mixture and stir just until combined. The dough is very dry, but if you find that it is so crumbly that it won’t pack together, add a tablespoon of water at a time until you can pack it slightly.
  4. Spoon 1-1/2 tablespoon sized rounds of dough 2 inches apart on a sheet pan prepared with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 11-12 minutes or until the edges have turned golden and set. Remove from oven and allow to cool prior to enjoying.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a problem with using regular granulated or brown sugar, you can substitute that here, however, most standard sugars are not truly vegan. I used Wholesome Cane and Brown Sugar for these cookies.
  • Be sure that your coconut oil is not liquidy or melted. This recipe was tested using solid coconut oil, although there were some small differences between brands.
  • You can substitute GF flour here, although the cookies may spread slightly differently. Test the baking out on one or two to verify that they will bake as you’d like. If they spread too much, refrigerate the dough, and if they stay more puffed than you’d like, slightly press down on the dough balls.

Banana Crumb Cake

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

I really wanted this to be a Lady and the Tramp moment. This was supposed to be a petite, small batch banana crumb cake, perfect for a pair of forks and two starry-eyed lovers. Although my initial intentions for this cake were not fully realized, we still wound up with a seriously good treat that you’ll want for breakfast, dessert, and every snack in between. I’m going to call it a win.

Every once in a while, when a marriage rut leaves Brett and I more enchanted with “just one more” episode of Chicago PD than each other, I start trying to think of little things or activities to make our time together a little more special. Sometimes it’s a lowball filled with a bourbon old fashioned waiting for him when he gets home. Sometimes I’ll hire a babysitter for a night out, or we’ll opt to play cards instead of zoning in on our phones. If all of that fails, I usually just nag and sulk until it escalates to WWIII, although I’m finding this tactic hasn’t yielded the desired results so far. There’s lots of ways and opportunities to connect, but if we’re being totally honest here, sometimes it’s easier just to stay in the rut and pretend it doesn’t exist. I know you know what I’m talking about.

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

So this banana crumb cake was my attempt of hightailing out of a marital ditch. I liked the idea of producing a bitty treat that you guys (read: I) could make for a special someone and nibble on together with fluffy forkfuls straight from the pan. I envisioned something akin to a scene from a 1950’s black and white show where the wife casually pulls a cake from the oven and the husband, proud and salivating at the site of his super sexy and talented wife the piping hot baked good, tosses his briefcase and trench coat on the floor to embrace her for a kiss. Let’s just LOL at my delusion, shall we?

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

My cake turned out giant. This big, honking loaf-like treasure was large enough to feed a small army- not exactly the cutesy treat I envisioned. Then the crumble on top ended up being so delectable, so sweet and salty delicious, that my hungry, pregnant self had nibbled most of it away before Brett even got home. Of course when I finally did offer him a slice, he took a skeptical glance at it and said he would eat Oreos instead.

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

Whatever. My banana crumb cake wasn’t the romantic gesture I had hoped it would be, but it was freaking delicious, so I’m sharing it here anyways. This small batch(ish) treat is the perfect way to use those dingy looking bananas on your counter while simultaneously baking up something you won’t be able to resist. It’s moist, tender-crumbed, and incredibly flavorful, just the type of sweet nibble that will push your wedded woes to the back-burner of your brain. Bonus: if your husband is anything like mine, he’ll be more interested in the Oreos, so you’ll get more cake for yourself. #winnning

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

This banana crumb cake is super simple to make. First, we start with the crumble. This is a brown butter and brown sugar streusel that comes together quickly in a small bowl. If you need a little extra help on browning butter, you can check out my tutorial post here. Throw the crumble into the fridge while you preheat the oven and whip up the batter. Butter, sugar, banana, and eggs are stirred together with milk and the dry ingredients. We dump all of that mixture into a small pan and crumble the streusel on top. SIMPLE. The cake bakes in the oven until golden, puffed, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The vanilla bean glaze on top is totally optional. If we’re being honest, that was my attempt at sexi-fying an otherwise simple looking cake, but we all know how that worked out for me.

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

If you have a special someone to cook for, or even just a few forgotten bananas, you should give this banana crumb cake a shot. It’s humble in appearance but totally fab in taste. Give it a try and let me know what you think! I’m coming in hot later this week with another banana recipe, so hold onto your hats, folks. It’s going to be a delicious week. Happy Monday and Happy Baking!

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this banana crumb cake you should try:

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble 

Peach Crumb Muffins

Apple Crumb Cake

 

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Banana Crumb Cake

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

This banana crumb cake is a rich brown butter and brown sugar flavored cake with a sweet and salty streusel and a vanilla bean glaze.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Cake
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Ingredients

For the crumble:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (65 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (155 gm) all-purpose flour

For the cake:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (60 gm) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup (230 gm) mashed bananas
  • 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the drizzle:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

To prepare the crumble:

  1. Dice the butter and place in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow the butter to melt and, stirring all the while, brown the butter. You’ll remove the butter from the heat when you notice it becomes nutty in fragrance and auburn-colored flecks appear at the bottom of the pan. Don’t let the butter burn and see notes for more on this. Pour the butter into a bowl and add the brown sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir in the flour until large crumbles appear and then place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the cake.

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar for one minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then beat in the egg until pale, about 2 minutes. Add the buttermilk, vanilla, and bananas and stir just to combine. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, and stir on low just until combined. Grease a small baking dish (I use an 8”x4” pan but you can substitute whatever you have) and spread in the batter. Use your fingers to crumble the brown butter topping evenly over top of the batter. Bake in the preheated oven until the cake has fluffed and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes depending on your pan. Allow to cool and then drizzle with the topping if desired. To prepare the topping, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Add a smidge more milk if the mixture is too thick. Drizzle over top of the cooled cake.

Notes

  • For more on browning butter, check out the link to my tutorial in the post above.
  • Note that if you use a glass or ceramic dish baking time will differ. Always trust the toothpick test to determine if the cake is done.

10 Mom Hacks for Simplifying Life at Home

Mom Hacks : Ten must know shortcuts for simplifying home life. This is a lot of helpful hint for organizing and de-stressing life as a mother of children in home! Click on these kitchen tips and organization known how here at thewoodandspoon.com

Let’s face it- life as a mom grown-up can be busy and all-too difficult. Throughout the course of the day, there are so many things that require our attention, and if we don’t stay on top of them life can start to feel sort of overwhelming. With new Baby Girl on the way, I decided to share a few shortcuts in hopes that you may have some words of wisdom to share back with me. Let’s get started!

  1. Streamline your tupperware… and anything else that’s a hot mess.  This past year, after a plastic food container avalanche nearly cost me my eyesight (and sanity), I decided to nix all the mismatched cups and lids to start afresh. I invested in two different types of food storage containers, one set of bowls and one set of plastic boxes, so that they would nest neatly in my cabinet and always have a top to match. After doing some research, I decided to go with the inexpensive containers that a lot of restaurants use for carry-out food. I have loved how easily these stack in my fridge and cabinet, and their low cost frees me from freaking out every time I lose a lid or bowl. This same method also proved to be helpful while organizing my spice cabinet. In lieu of a million mismatched and weirdly stacked bottles, I invested in uniform glass spice jars that I labeled and alphabetized in a drawer next to my stovetop. Life in my kitchen feels so much less cluttered just by instituting these two hacks. You can check out the tupperware I prefer here and here and see the spice jars I purchased here!
  2. Buy baby wipes and keep them everywhere. I longed for the day my children would be out of diapers, but soon after George had finished potty training, I found myself instinctually reaching for that ever-present bin of baby wipes. Perfect for sticky fingers, milk spills, and cleaning washable crayons off the wall, baby wipes are one of the strongest tools in my arsenal of Mom hacks. I keep a container hidden in almost every room, and it has made keeping my house free from stains and smudges so much simpler. A friend of mine says this same trick applies with disinfecting wipes in the bathrooms. If you’ve got young boys (or a lazy husband) who can’t keep the seat clean, a tub of antibacterial wipes might save you some germs and heartache. Mom Hacks : Ten must know shortcuts for simplifying home life. This is a lot of helpful hint for organizing and de-stressing life as a mother of children in home! Click on these kitchen tips and organization known how here at thewoodandspoon.com
  3. Run your dishwasher OFTEN. Nothing gives me the hives more than a sink full of dirty dishes. As a food blogger and Mom of two, it seems the dirty dishes never stop. Instead of letting a mountain of disgustingness grow in my sink or countertop, I load and run my dishwasher often and let my detergent of choice, Cascade pure essentials, do the work. With its seriously tough performance and simplified formula, Cascade pure essentials works hard for a reliable clean that I can feel good about using in my home. Free of phosphates and chlorine bleach, this liquid-top detergent is infused with essential oils for a citrus-clean scent, and it totally keeps my dishes sparkling. I finally have a detergent I can trust, now if I could just find someone to unload the dishwasher for me…
  4. Keep a stocked diaper bag in every car. I’m not just talking a minimal diaper and wipe situation, here. This is a serious tool bag that should stay well-stocked with anything your little mongrels angels might need- a change of clothes, toys, packaged snacks, bottled water, antibacterial wipes, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, washable markers and paper, and maybe even a treat or two for Mom and Dad. We keep a blanket, extra socks, and even a few suckers in ours, because you just never know, okay? Having a stocked bag in every car prevents a last-minute misplacement of the essential items, and if you don’t have an extra tote to fill, a couple of grocery bags or XL plastic bags will do the trick.
  5. Share a calendar with all the grown people in your home. A friend of mine says that the joint calendar saved her marriage. Now there’s no mistaking who won’t be coming home for dinner, when the dance recital is, or when you need to mentally prepare for the in-laws to come into town. A joint calendar will help keep you and your significant other on the same page, organized within the context of digital days. We use iCal, but you can opt for any interface that syncs best with your life. Along the same lines, check out apps like AnyList and Wunderlist for joining grocery lists, to-do lists, and other errands. Mom Hacks : Ten must know shortcuts for simplifying home life. This is a lot of helpful hint for organizing and de-stressing life as a mother of children in home! Click on these kitchen tips and organization known how here at thewoodandspoon.com
  6. Keep shoes conveniently close. Nothing kills me like rushing out the door only to be frantically hunting for the match to someone’s shoe. We are overrun with bitty shoes in our house and making a close and convenient home for them by the door of our house has made life so much easier. Grab a basket (or even a shallow laundry hamper!) to throw in a coat closet, garage, or hidden corner near the door for little humans to deposit their shoes when they come inside. Having a permanent, convenient home for all the little feet coverings will minimize the number of times you have to play hide and seek on your way out the door.
  7. Make a home for the toys in the living room. When there are little people on the loose, toys are bound to make their way into the common areas of the home. We don’t have a designated toy room or play area in our house which means miniature cars, baby dolls, and books wind up EVERYWHERE. To maintain some order, we established two semi-concealed baskets in the living room for toys to be gathered. Having a designated catch-all space for stray trinkets and stuffed animals has served as an excellent learning tool for my toddlers (“Put all of the toys back into the baskets!”) and also makes for simple group clean-up when friends come to play with their kids. If everyone knows where the living room toys go, it takes some of that stress off of Mom.
  8. Make leftovers cook dinner for you. I’m not really into meal planning. I tried it for a short time, but found myself frustrated when ingredients went bad, cravings changed, or when a last minute change of plans found us eating out instead. Now, when preparing dinner, I look to double or increase the portion I make of certain foods that I know can be repurposed later on in the week. For example- if I’m grilling chicken, I throw on a few extra pounds of meat because I know I can freeze or refrigerate whatever I don’t use for later. Extra rice, quinoa, couscous, and other grains can be tossed with vinaigrette for tomorrow’s salad or the weekend’s stir fry. Extra roasted vegetables taste great on pizza, in grain bowls, or pureed into a little baby’s snack pack. I love to cook in bulk when it comes to items I lean on regularly (meatballs! veggie soups! chili! cookies!) and save myself some time down the road.
  9. Invest in a hand vac… and more than one broom. Make clean-up easier in your house by having the right tools at your disposal. Cordless vacuum cleaners make crumbly messes on your sofa, the stairs, and upholstered dining room chairs a cinch! Instead of brushing messes between the cushions of your couch or into the grain of your rugs, lean on a tiny hand vac instead. In addition, keeping a broom and dustpan close to entry doors, the kitchen, and any areas where kids may snack or leave dirty messes on the floor will keep you from running from one end of the house to another. You’ll stay on top of the messes if they’re quick to clean up and it will make for an overall cleaner house. Mom Hacks : Ten must know shortcuts for simplifying home life. This is a lot of helpful hint for organizing and de-stressing life as a mother of children in home! Click on these kitchen tips and organization known how here at thewoodandspoon.com
  10. Keep a basket of snacks (and a basket of treats!) ready for action. Having ready-to-go snacks bagged and ready for snatching will make getting out of the door easier. We keep a basket of pre-packed snacks, bars, dried fruit, trail mix, etc. ready to throw into my purse to keep little bellies full while we’re on-the-go. If you have a designated bin or basket for them in your pantry, there’s not mistaken what type of “snack” your kiddo can grab for themselves when you’re occupied too! Likewise, we keep a dessert basket for the little people who have won themselves a special nibble. It makes for a great catch-all for Halloween candy, birthday party goodie bag treats, and those little peppermints that grandparents and the old ladies at church are constantly throwing our way.

Mom Hacks : Ten must know shortcuts for simplifying home life. This is a lot of helpful hint for organizing and de-stressing life as a mother of children in home! Click on these kitchen tips and organization known how here at thewoodandspoon.comSo what are your Mom hacks? Tell me all of your tips and products that help you to meet your family’s needs the best! With Baby Girl on the way, I need all the intel I can get, so share away! Many thanks to Cascade for sponsoring this post!  High fives to you all for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible.

Eleven Madison Park Granola // Guide to New York City

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve been dying to tell you all about our trip to NYC. My absolute favorite thing in the whole wide world is to eat my way through a new city, and while this wasn’t my first rodeo in The Big Apple, I certainly took in some sights (and bites!) that y’all need to know about. Before we dive into the who, what, and where, let’s first take a look at the granola, as in, the only granola you’ll ever need for the rest of your life.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

 

While in NYC, we dined at Eleven Madison Park (more on that later) and were sent home with our own individual jars of granola. Now, you guys know me. I like butter and chocolate and lots of sugar. I like fluffy cakes and drippy ice cream cones; granola really isn’t on my radar. But THIS granola… this was no ordinary granola. This is actually the best granola of my life.

I realized quickly that the tiny jar they sent us home with wouldn’t last long, and if I was going to make it last forever I’d have to figure out the recipe. Lucky for me, the kind folks at the New York Times had already nosed around about the how-to, and Daniel Humm, executive chef at EMP, had already shared his base granola recipe. With a few ingredient tweaks and modifications, I landed a granola recipe to share with you all that will from here out be known as THE GRANOLA. All others are dead to me.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

The recipe for this granola is probably the easiest one I’ve ever shared on my site. We’re literally going to dump a bunch of dry ingredients into a bowl and then dump some wet ingredients on top before baking it. That’s it. The dominant flavor in this granola is the coconut flakes which lend a warm and toasty crunch to the mixture. Hazelnuts follow suit and show off their delicious flavor in cozy chunks that are scattered throughout the granola. The secret star of the show is the cacao nibs which provide just enough savory and smoke to offset all the sweet happening here. Rolled oats, golden raisins, and maple syrup round out the flavor profile, and, oh, it is a sweet flavor profile.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

This Eleven Madison Park granola needs no toppings. It needs no milk, no yogurt, no janky açaí bowl to carry it; all it requires is a welcoming hand and an open mouth. It’s crunchy, sweet and salty, and has ridiculous depth of flavor. Follow the instructions and you’ll be sure to experience the same level of deliciousness in your own home. Keep in mind that the ingredients make a difference here. Invest in thin rolled oats (I bought mine from the bulk section at Whole Foods) and quality coconut chips for the biggest impact.

If you haven’t left your computers already to make your own Eleven Madison Park granola, let’s talk about New York! This is your official baking blogger, fancy dinner-loving, pampered prego lady guide to NYC. Leh-go!

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Where We Stayed

We stayed at 1 Hotel Central Park. This whole trip, by the way, was thunk up by my favorite husband and his BFF who decided to plan the trip for me and my BFF. They picked the hotel, booked a few reservations, and surprised us Christmas morning. While 1 Hotel maybe wouldn’t have been the hotel I would have chosen, I am so glad we ended up there. This boutique hotel is situated on the edge of Central Park and is within walking distance to a few great spots and a subway station. Uniquely appointed in a vibe I would call “Nature Meets Industrial,” the iron-clad hotel sports an exposed pipes and beams look that is softened with rustic wood, an abundance of plants and greenery, and warm, neutral fabrics galore. We stayed in a City King, and while the room was small, it offered a thoughtful details and unique features that added a ton of WOW factor. A few perks to expect with this hotel include free fresh fruit from the farmer’s market every morning, a delicious hotel restaurant on the bottom level, and a street location that is relatively quiet by NYC standards.

Would I stay at 1 Hotel Central Park again? Absolutely. Would I recommend this hotel if you’re looking to capture a more touristy side of New York? Maybe not. You might find yourself better situated closer to Times Square and the Midtown trains for that kind of vibe, but that’s just my opinion. My girlfriend and I decided we’d love to check out The Greenwich Hotel in the future. With excellent restaurants nearby and a decidedly chic urban vibe, that hotel is definitely going to stay on my list.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

 

What We Ate

What we didn’t eat might be the shorter list. Since I’ve visited New York several times in the past couple of years, I’m going to list out a few of those options below as well. Keep in mind that the food scene is ever-evolving in NYC, so if you happen to see this list in, say, 2024, maybe do your research and make sure it’s still the best recommendation. Cool?

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

 

Bakeries

Dominique Ansel Bakery

A James Beard Award-winning pastry chef’s flagship bakery. Everyone loves the Cronuts, but I’d recommend the DKA (Dominique Kouign Amann).

Mah-Ze-Dahr

Chef Umber Ahmad runs this newer hotspot and is up for a James Beard Award this year! I got to meet and speak with her during my visit there and was delighted to taste test some of the most delicious pastry bites I had in the Big Apple. My favorite bite there was the banana bread, but weekend crowds wait for a chance at the giant cinnamon rolls.

Milk Bar

Pastry genius Christina Tosi is known for her playful takes on nostalgic flavors. I’d recommend getting the Cereal Milk soft serve and a copy of her book to-go.

Breads Bakery

Just get the chocolate babka, okay?

Supermoon Bakery

I was promised an “Instagrammable” bakery but received so much more! Flaky stuffed croissants (I loved the PB&J) were among my favorite things I tried here.

Levain Bakery

Pro tip: Stop here on your last day and pick up a dozen cookies to bring home with you. They freeze like a dream and are worth every calorie penny.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

 

Upscale Dining

Daniel

This Michelin Star restaurant from Daniel Boulud was a highly anticipated portion of our trip. While the price tag for this meal made me sweat a little, the service was superb and the food was excellent. I recommend dining in the bar lounge.

Eleven Madison Park

Dining at EMP has long been on my bucket list, and this meal delivered on all levels. Every bite was delicious, inventive, and stunning to look at. The service was precise and thorough without being the least bit stuffy or pretentious. A highlight of the meal was getting a mini tour of the kitchen. We requested this at the beginning of our meal and after we finished eating, one of the staff members brought us to the back. They treated us to a taste-testing game and a brief walk-through of the prep areas. Eating at EMP was, without question, the very most enjoyable portion of our trip, and I’d highly recommend to anyone with a taste for an incredible dining experience. For reference, we enjoyed the 4-course lunch menu in the bar area.

Gramercy Tavern

A New York staple, Gramercy Tavern has long been one of my favorite spots in the city. You’ll find cozy, seasonal bites and warm service all year round. I prefer to eat in the bar- it’s beautiful!

Scarpetta

Someone told me to check out the spaghetti at this Scott Conant restaurant. I was hesitant to order something so basic, but it blew my mind. I also recommend the San Remo cocktail which, to this day, is my favorite cocktail of all time.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

 

Casual Dining

Uncle Boon’s

Quirky Thai food in a cozy setting. Expect intense flavors and HEAT.

The Spotted Pig

BURGERS AND FRIES. That is all.

Momofuku Noodle Bar

This is the Momofuku franchise’s most casual spot. We saddled up at the bar for big noodle bowls but stayed for the fried chicken.

Pizza Loves Emily

Would you believe that we came here for… the burger?!? We ordered a burger, the Brussels sprouts salad, the loaded fries, and the spicy pizza with the honey drizzled on top. Do the same and you won’t regret it.

Juliana’s Pizza

Owned by the same folks that started the cult favorite Grimaldi’s, Juliana’s in Brooklyn offers the same perfect slices with slightly less wait.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

 

Bars

The Aviary

An inventive cocktail experience.

Death & Co.

A self-proclaimed “cocktail institution” with no-fail beverages in a speakeasy-style setting.

Mother’s Ruin

We visited this bar during the wait for our table at Uncle Boon’s and I wish I could have stayed all night.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.comEleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

 

What We Did

I’ve done the touristy thing in NYC more times that I can count. We specifically avoided the host of available tourist options on this most recent trip, however, if you’re looking for an out-of-the-box historical option for your trip, please check out the Tenement Museum! I was dying to go and couldn’t reserve a tour at the right time, but this little blip on the Manhattan museum scene offers an inside look at American immigrant life. If you’re looking for a fluffy, pampered NYC experience, check out the things we did below!

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Makeovers at Saks Fifth Avenue

We treated ourselves to makeup consultations before dinner on our theatre night. They’re totally free and you can book a consult at the link above!

Workout Class at Pure Barre or Soul Cycle

If you live in a rural area (raises hand!) you’ll want to check out the big-city workout offerings. I visited a Pure Barre studio and my friend did Soul Cycle. Both were excellent! I recommend booking in advance.

FaceGym

“It’s not a facial. It’s a workout.” This is the slogan of FaceGym, the studio offering exercise training-inspired facial treatments now in NYC. Expect muscle manipulations, hydrating serums, and high-tech lasers and infusions.

Union Square Market

We tooled around the market to check out veggies, dried flowers, and even small-batch liquors. Highly recommend if you’re in the area!

Shopping in Greenwich Village

Check out the boutique offerings in the village for quirky gifts and fun take-homes.

Theatre

If you go to New York without seeing a show, did you really go to New York? We saw Hamilton for what will probably be my final time, but there are new shows popping up all the time! I’m dying to see Mean Girls and Ain’t Too Proud.

Walked the Brooklyn Bridge

If the weather is right, take time to walk (or bike!) the bridge. We walked to our Brooklyn dinner destination and took the F train home.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

 

What I’ll Check Out Next Time

Via Carota

Buvette

Bar Sardine

I Sodi

Frenchette

Ugly Baby

Estela

Lilia

NoMad Bar

 

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Eleven Madison Park Granola and Our Trip to NYC

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

This granola, adapted from Eleven Madison Park’s recipe, features a coconut base and loads of flavor from hazelnuts and cacao nibs.

  • Author: Kate Wood Adapted from Daniel Humm
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
Scale

Ingredients

  • 23/4 cups (250 gm) rolled oats
  • 1 cup (110 gm) hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup (60 gm) unsweetened coconut chips
  • 1/3 cup cacao nibs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup (100 gm) maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (60 gm) extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup (50 gm) golden raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the oats, hazelnuts, coconut chips, cacao nibs, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan on the stove over low heat, stir to combine the maple syrup, olive oil, and brown sugar. Stir regularly and remove from heat when the brown sugar has dissolved. Pour the syrup mixture over the oat mixture and stir to toss evenly. Spread the mixture out onto a large sheet pan and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. Once the mixture is barely golden and dry, remove from the oven. Toss in the golden raisins and seal in a large bag or tupperware once cool.

Notes

  • I love the balance of salt here, but feel free to trim back 1/4 teaspoon if desired.

 

New York City

I’ve been dying to tell you all about our trip to NYC. My absolute favorite thing in the whole wide world is to eat my way through a new city, and while this wasn’t my first rodeo in The Big Apple, I certainly took in some sights (and bites!) that y’all need to know about. Before we dive into the who, what, and where, let’s first take a look at the granola, as in, the only granola you’ll ever need for the rest of your life.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

While in NYC, we dined at Eleven Madison Park (more on that later) and were sent home with our own individual jars of granola. Now, you guys know me. I like butter and chocolate and lots of sugar. I like fluffy cakes and drippy ice cream cones; granola really isn’t on my radar. But THIS granola… this was no ordinary granola. This is actually the best granola of my life.

I realized quickly that the tiny jar they sent us home with wouldn’t last long, and if I was going to make it last forever I’d have to figure out the recipe. Lucky for me, the kind folks at the New York Times had already nosed around about the how-to, and Daniel Humm, executive chef at EMP, had already shared his base granola recipe. With a few ingredient tweaks and modifications, I landed a granola recipe to share with you all that will from here out be known as THE GRANOLA. All others are dead to me.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

The recipe for this granola is probably the easiest one I’ve ever shared on my site. We’re literally going to dump a bunch of dry ingredients into a bowl and then dump some wet ingredients on top before baking it. That’s it. The dominant flavor in this granola is the coconut flakes which lend a warm and toasty crunch to the mixture. Hazelnuts follow suit and show off their delicious flavor in cozy chunks that are scattered throughout the granola. The secret star of the show is the cacao nibs which provide just enough savory and smoke to offset all the sweet happening here. Rolled oats, golden raisins, and maple syrup round out the flavor profile, and, oh, it is a sweet flavor profile.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

This Eleven Madison Park granola needs no toppings. It needs no milk, no yogurt, no janky açaí bowl to carry it; all it requires is a welcoming hand and an open mouth. It’s crunchy, sweet and salty, and has ridiculous depth of flavor. Follow the instructions and you’ll be sure to experience the same level of deliciousness in your own home. Keep in mind that the ingredients make a difference here. Invest in thin rolled oats (I bought mine from the bulk section at Whole Foods) and quality coconut chips for the biggest impact.

If you haven’t left your computers already to make your own Eleven Madison Park granola, let’s talk about New York! This is your official baking blogger, fancy dinner-loving, pampered prego lady guide to NYC. Leh-go!

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Where We Stayed

We stayed at 1 Hotel Central Park. This whole trip, by the way, was thunk up by my favorite husband and his BFF who decided to plan the trip for me and my BFF. They picked the hotel, booked a few reservations, and surprised us Christmas morning. While 1 Hotel maybe wouldn’t have been the hotel I would have chosen, I am so glad we ended up there. This boutique hotel is situated on the edge of Central Park and is within walking distance to a few great spots and a subway station. Uniquely appointed in a vibe I would call “Nature Meets Industrial,” the iron-clad hotel sports an exposed pipes and beams look that is softened with rustic wood, an abundance of plants and greenery, and warm, neutral fabrics galore. We stayed in a City King, and while the room was small, it offered a thoughtful details and unique features that added a ton of WOW factor. A few perks to expect with this hotel include free fresh fruit from the farmer’s market every morning, a delicious hotel restaurant on the bottom level, and a street location that is relatively quiet by NYC standards.

Would I stay at 1 Hotel Central Park again? Absolutely. Would I recommend this hotel if you’re looking to capture a more touristy side of New York? Maybe not. You might find yourself better situated closer to Times Square and the Midtown trains for that kind of vibe, but that’s just my opinion. My girlfriend and I decided we’d love to check out The Greenwich Hotel in the future. With excellent restaurants nearby and a decidedly chic urban vibe, that hotel is definitely going to stay on my list.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

What We Ate

What we didn’t eat might be the shorter list. Since I’ve visited New York several times in the past couple of years, I’m going to list out a few of those options below as well. Keep in mind that the food scene is ever-evolving in NYC, so if you happen to see this list in, say, 2024, maybe do your research and make sure it’s still the best recommendation. Cool?

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Bakeries

Dominique Ansel Bakery
A James Beard Award-winning pastry chef’s flagship bakery. Everyone loves the Cronuts, but I’d recommend the DKA (Dominique Kouign Amann).
Mah-Ze-Dahr
Chef Umber Ahmad runs this newer hotspot and is up for a James Beard Award this year! I got to meet and speak with her during my visit there and was delighted to taste test some of the most delicious pastry bites I had in the Big Apple. My favorite bite there was the banana bread, but weekend crowds wait for a chance at the giant cinnamon rolls.
Milk Bar
Pastry genius Christina Tosi is known for her playful takes on nostalgic flavors. I’d recommend getting the Cereal Milk soft serve and a copy of her book to-go.
Breads Bakery
Just get the chocolate babka, okay?
Supermoon Bakery
I was promised an “Instagrammable” bakery but received so much more! Flaky stuffed croissants (I loved the PB&J) were among my favorite things I tried here.
Levain Bakery
Pro tip: Stop here on your last day and pick up a dozen cookies to bring home with you. They freeze like a dream and are worth every calorie penny.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Upscale Dining

Daniel
This Michelin Star restaurant from Daniel Boulud was a highly anticipated portion of our trip. While the price tag for this meal made me sweat a little, the service was superb and the food was excellent. I recommend dining in the bar lounge.
Eleven Madison Park
Dining at EMP has long been on my bucket list, and this meal delivered on all levels. Every bite was delicious, inventive, and stunning to look at. The service was precise and thorough without being the least bit stuffy or pretentious. A highlight of the meal was getting a mini tour of the kitchen. We requested this at the beginning of our meal and after we finished eating, one of the staff members brought us to the back. They treated us to a taste-testing game and a brief walk-through of the prep areas. Eating at EMP was, without question, the very most enjoyable portion of our trip, and I’d highly recommend to anyone with a taste for an incredible dining experience. For reference, we enjoyed the 4-course lunch menu in the bar area.
Gramercy Tavern
A New York staple, Gramercy Tavern has long been one of my favorite spots in the city. You’ll find cozy, seasonal bites and warm service all year round. I prefer to eat in the bar- it’s beautiful!
Scarpetta
Someone told me to check out the spaghetti at this Scott Conant restaurant. I was hesitant to order something so basic, but it blew my mind. I also recommend the San Remo cocktail which, to this day, is my favorite cocktail of all time.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Casual Dining

Uncle Boon’s
Quirky Thai food in a cozy setting. Expect intense flavors and HEAT.
The Spotted Pig
BURGERS AND FRIES. That is all.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
This is the Momofuku franchise’s most casual spot. We saddled up at the bar for big noodle bowls but stayed for the fried chicken.
Pizza Loves Emily
Would you believe that we came here for… the burger?!? We ordered a burger, the Brussels sprouts salad, the loaded fries, and the spicy pizza with the honey drizzled on top. Do the same and you won’t regret it.
Juliana’s Pizza
Owned by the same folks that started the cult favorite Grimaldi’s, Juliana’s in Brooklyn offers the same perfect slices with slightly less wait.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Bars

The Aviary
An inventive cocktail experience.
Death & Co.
A self-proclaimed “cocktail institution” with no-fail beverages in a speakeasy-style setting.
Mother’s Ruin
We visited this bar during the wait for our table at Uncle Boon’s and I wish I could have stayed all night.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.comEleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

What We Did

I’ve done the touristy thing in NYC more times that I can count. We specifically avoided the host of available tourist options on this most recent trip, however, if you’re looking for an out-of-the-box historical option for your trip, please check out the Tenement Museum! I was dying to go and couldn’t reserve a tour at the right time, but this little blip on the Manhattan museum scene offers an inside look at American immigrant life. If you’re looking for a fluffy, pampered NYC experience, check out the things we did below!

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Makeovers at Saks Fifth Avenue
We treated ourselves to makeup consultations before dinner on our theatre night. They’re totally free and you can book a consult at the link above!
Workout Class at Pure Barre or Soul Cycle
If you live in a rural area (raises hand!) you’ll want to check out the big-city workout offerings. I visited a Pure Barre studio and my friend did Soul Cycle. Both were excellent! I recommend booking in advance.
FaceGym
“It’s not a facial. It’s a workout.” This is the slogan of FaceGym, the studio offering exercise training-inspired facial treatments now in NYC. Expect muscle manipulations, hydrating serums, and high-tech lasers and infusions.
Union Square Market
We tooled around the market to check out veggies, dried flowers, and even small-batch liquors. Highly recommend if you’re in the area!
Shopping in Greenwich Village
Check out the boutique offerings in the village for quirky gifts and fun take-homes.
Theatre
If you go to New York without seeing a show, did you really go to New York? We saw Hamilton for what will probably be my final time, but there are new shows popping up all the time! I’m dying to see Mean Girls and Ain’t Too Proud.
Walked the Brooklyn Bridge
If the weather is right, take time to walk (or bike!) the bridge. We walked to our Brooklyn dinner destination and took the F train home.

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

What I’ll Check Out Next Time

Via Carota
Buvette
Bar Sardine
I Sodi
Frenchette
Ugly Baby
Estela
Lilia
NoMad Bar

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Eleven Madison Park Granola and Our Trip to NYC

Eleven Madison Park Granola Copycat Recipe and what to do in New York city foodie guide by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a healthy Rolled oat based recipe from NYC famous restaurant. Filled with chopped hazelnuts, cacao nibs, golden raisins, and flaked coconut chips, this is a sweet and salty delicious and easy granola. Tossed in a brown sugar, maple syrup, and olive oil based glaze. It keeps fresh and makes a wonderful food gift to share. Find the recipe and step by step how to on thewoodandspoon.com

This granola, adapted from Eleven Madison Park’s recipe, features a coconut base and loads of flavor from hazelnuts and cacao nibs.

  • Author: Kate Wood Adapted from Daniel Humm
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
Scale

Ingredients

  • 23/4 cups (250 gm) rolled oats
  • 1 cup (110 gm) hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup (60 gm) unsweetened coconut chips
  • 1/3 cup cacao nibs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup (100 gm) maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (60 gm) extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup (50 gm) golden raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the oats, hazelnuts, coconut chips, cacao nibs, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan on the stove over low heat, stir to combine the maple syrup, olive oil, and brown sugar. Stir regularly and remove from heat when the brown sugar has dissolved. Pour the syrup mixture over the oat mixture and stir to toss evenly. Spread the mixture out onto a large sheet pan and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. Once the mixture is barely golden and dry, remove from the oven. Toss in the golden raisins and seal in a large bag or tupperware once cool.

Notes

  • I love the balance of salt here, but feel free to trim back 1/4 teaspoon if desired.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple morning rolls filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and crisp Stemilt apples. On top, an Irish cream liquor cream cheese frosting gives the buns a sweetened and flavorful topping. Garnish with nuts! These pastries can be made overnight and baked fresh in the morning quickly and you can substitute in another fruit for apples! Find the st Patricks day breakfast treat on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Is it possible we’re already in the month of March? I know I complained about January dragging on forever, but February literally was over before it started. Can someone please help me get a grasp on how fast time is moving?

Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple morning rolls filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and crisp Stemilt apples. On top, an Irish cream liquor cream cheese frosting gives the buns a sweetened and flavorful topping. Garnish with nuts! These pastries can be made overnight and baked fresh in the morning quickly and you can substitute in another fruit for apples! Find the st Patricks day breakfast treat on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

My family and I have slowly been hitting our stride down here in Selma. After the busyness we endured toward the end of last year, I’m so grateful to feel like we’re arriving at some normalcy. I’ve also reached the more fun part of this third pregnancy. At 22 weeks along, I’m no longer experiencing morning sickness and my energy has perked back up again. We’ve entered the sweet stage where we can feel the baby move pretty regularly, we found out its gender (IT’S A GIRL!), and  we’re beginning to be able to envision our life as a family of 5. It’s not lost on me what an incredible gift this is that we’ve been given, and I hope you all will remind me of that if and when things start getting overwhelming. I can’t wait to meet this little beauty.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple morning rolls filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and crisp Stemilt apples. On top, an Irish cream liquor cream cheese frosting gives the buns a sweetened and flavorful topping. Garnish with nuts! These pastries can be made overnight and baked fresh in the morning quickly and you can substitute in another fruit for apples! Find the st Patricks day breakfast treat on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Over the coming days (124 of them, but who’s counting?), I look forward to sharing more about the preparations for Baby Girl 2.0, but for now I think it’s time to scoot on over to the food portion of today’s post. I know you’re all here for the apple cinnamon rolls, right? (Raises hand.)

Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple morning rolls filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and crisp Stemilt apples. On top, an Irish cream liquor cream cheese frosting gives the buns a sweetened and flavorful topping. Garnish with nuts! These pastries can be made overnight and baked fresh in the morning quickly and you can substitute in another fruit for apples! Find the st Patricks day breakfast treat on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I am thrilled to be partnering with Stemilt Growers over the coming year as a member of their Kitchen Council! Stemilt is is a leading Washington state grower, packer, and shipper of fruit including apples, pears, cherries, and more. Each quarter, I’ll be developing recipes for their blog using their best in-season fruits. This month, I got my hands on their piñata apples, a crisp pink and golden fruit with sweet and juicy centers. Because St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, I thought readers may enjoy an Irish, booze-inspired morning treat, and these apple cinnamon rolls are what I came up with.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple morning rolls filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and crisp Stemilt apples. On top, an Irish cream liquor cream cheese frosting gives the buns a sweetened and flavorful topping. Garnish with nuts! These pastries can be made overnight and baked fresh in the morning quickly and you can substitute in another fruit for apples! Find the st Patricks day breakfast treat on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

The dough here is my favorite base recipe. You can prep these rolls with this dough overnight and bake them fresh the following morning, or you can opt to bake them right away! It’s so adaptable. The filling, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped piñata apples, oozes a sweet and spicy filling when baked and the little apple bit hold up well in the oven. To finish it all off, we top the rolls with an Irish cream and cream cheese frosting. It’s sweet, tangy, and barely boozy, and it stays soft and creamy even a day later.

Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple morning rolls filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and crisp Stemilt apples. On top, an Irish cream liquor cream cheese frosting gives the buns a sweetened and flavorful topping. Garnish with nuts! These pastries can be made overnight and baked fresh in the morning quickly and you can substitute in another fruit for apples! Find the st Patricks day breakfast treat on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

These apple cinnamon rolls are a festive take on the classic breakfast treat. Make them this month as a lazy Saturday treat or even to snack on all week long. A pastry this indulgent definitely can qualify as dessert, so don’t let yourself be limited to those wee morning hours of consumption. Check out the recipe and ingredients list at the link below on Stemilt’s blog and be sure to tune in later this week for another recipe and post!

CLICK HERE FOR APPLE CINNAMON ROLLS RECIPE

 

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