Inspired by mom’s cooking, CT mama opens vegan bakery in Norwalk

Drawing inspiration from her late mother’s cooking, a Connecticut mom has opened a bakery in Norwalk that aims to help other parents live longer, healthier lives.

Stylish Spoon, which opened in Norwalk on the loading dock at 97 Water Street near The Sono Baking Company & Cafe last September, offers a variety of healthy pastries, including its signature baked oatmeal, grain-free chocolate donuts, cookies with trail mix, waffles, granola bars and cookie dough bites. All products are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and vegan, and some are made with ingredients like cinnamon, jalapeños, bananas, blueberries, chia seeds and oats.

Sweets for sale at Stylish Spoon in Norwalk.

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“What makes us special is not just what we don’t put in our products, but what we put in our products. There’s a lot of gluten-free baked goods, there’s a lot of vegan baked goods out there, but a lot of them are made with a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates,” Eck said.

Ek started baking oat cups about seven years ago when she was a new nursing mother struggling to find something healthy to eat that would provide nutrients for her child. Inspired by the baked oat cups that her late mother Eck did her, she eventually created what would become Stylish Spoon’s signature product.

“When I was breastfeeding, I couldn’t eat gluten, dairy or soy and a whole bunch of other things. And I said to myself, “What can I eat with one hand while holding a baby to get nutrients and eat. ” said Ek. “So I started making them in cupcake pans in large batches, freezing them and reheating them in the microwave every morning. They gave me back the joy of eating.”

When Ek was nine years old, her mother died of breast cancer at the age of 46. Because of her mother’s early death, Ek wanted to be around her children as long as possible, and said eating healthy is part of that.

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