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3 Healthy Ways to Bake with Olive Oil for Every Kind of Baker

January 31, 2020
Photo Credit: Dani's Healthy Eats

When it comes to baking, we all have our own individual styles. Some of us go for the show stopping dessert that makes mouths water and then there are those of us that are truly happy to whip up a batch of cookies. Not to be forgotten is the practical baker — that person that always makes the muffins you think about when you’re having that cup of coffee. The one thing every baker has in common is the love of good ingredients — including extra-virgin olive oil which can make everything from cakes to muffins, tender, moist and a little bit healthier. We asked a few of our healthy food blogger friends to share their favorite baked goods made with extra virgin olive oil and rounded up the ideas. There’s something sweet in here for everyone.

For the Project Bakers: Blood Orange Chocolate Olive Oil Cake from Sculpted Kitchen

You know what goes together? Chocolate, oranges, and a good olive oil. Not convinced? One look at this beauty from the Sarah of Sculpted Kitchen and you’ll get what we’re talking about. Extra virgin olive oil already has a subtle fruity flavor so pairing it with blood oranges only amplifies it. Oil helps keep this party cake nice and moist and helps to create the fudgy flavor that makes it so irresistible.

For the Cookie Purists: Iced Gingerbread Snickerdoodles from Dani’s Healthy Eats

You know those bakers that immediately think of cookies when it’s time to pull out the mixing bowls. These cookies are for them. Regardless of the season, a gingerbread cookie is what to bake when you want something with lots of earthy-sweet flavor. Choose extra virgin olive oil as the fat of choice and your cookies with bake up soft and fluffy with a tender texture that melts in your mouth. And if the crunchy coconut sugar coating leaves you wanting just a little more dazzle, whip on the maple cashew cream from Dani’s recipe and drizzle with abandon.

Get the recipe: Gingerbread Snickerdoodles

For the Quick & Practical Baker: Dairy-Free Cranberry Walnut Muffins from Hello Healthy Eating

Nothing is a delightful and practical as a muffin — it’s the original on-the-go baked good for breakfast and regardless of your specific dietary needs, you can find the right muffin for you. If you’re looking for a nice and simple number to grab on those harried weekday mornings, this dairy- and gluten-free number from Hello Healthy Eating is our pick. Much of the flavor comes from the extra-virgin olive oil used in this recipe. It’s also the reason these don’t turn into hockey pucks the next day. Apples, cranberries, and heart-healthy walnuts only continue to make this a very good choice the next time you’re looking to whip up something satisfying, healthy, and simple.

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