Cheers to a twenty-second trip around the sun and a year ahead that is set to be full of change.
I asked on instagram in a story poll whether dates or raisins were the move for oatmeal cookies. 46% said dates, 54% won with raisins. A closer call than I predicted. I have nothing against raisins, don’t get me wrong! But I’m a fan of using medjool dates here since they’re chewier and less acidic than the traditional raisin. If you’re not into dates, luckily raisins taste just as well inside this cookie and I’ve provided the appropriate portion conversion.
One of the most popular recipes I ever published with Spoon was gluten-free vegan oatmeal raisin cookies. Little did I realize back then that vegan butter was made from cringey vegetable oils and that gluten free all-purpose flour was nutritionally devoid of anything really useful. A few years later and wiser, I present the redone oatmeal date (or raisin) cookie.
In sticking to eating and cooking with seasonal ingredients, bring on the apples. I most certainly am abiding by an apple a day. Unsure if I’ve ever been more satisfied with a baking experiment than this beaut here. It’s a combination of two of my favorite things, apples and cake.
Cringey nutritional choices of my past seem to be the best fuel for recipe development. I had a vague memory of what conventional coffee cake tasted like the other day. Specifically the cinnamon and crumb topping came back to me. Continue reading “Apple Coffee Cake”
If coffee cake had a summer transformation, I think this cake would be it. It’s quite dense as far as cakes go, but perfect because it’s just barely sweet. Instead of adding sweetness with something like coconut sugar or maple syrup, loads of fresh lemon and local blueberries shine through.
I don’t know what else to call this other than a scone, but it’s not quite one. A biscuit, perhaps? Call them what you will, but these bites are grain-free, free of any sweetener, and super refreshing.
Growing up, my mom made the most sensational carrot cake. It’s taken many failed attempts around this time of year to recreate it. It’s not quite the same as hers, frankly I’m sure it’s because nothing about it was healthy short of the carrot.