It’s no secret that baking with olive oil is a tasty and healthy alternative to butter. Need some inspiration? Here are ten delicious olive oil baking recipes to get you started.
December 29, 2021
Looking for ways to bake with olive oil?
It’s no secret that baking with olive oil is a healthy and delicious way to make cakes, cookies, bars, and more. Extra virgin olive oil adds not only a delicate texture but also a fruity flavor to your sweet treats. Plus, unlike butter and vegetable-based oils, EVOO offers an array of health benefits.
So what are some ways you can bake with olive oil? We rounded up 10 of our top olive oil baking recipes, including cakes, tarts, pies, cookies, and more.
Inspired by Torta Caprese, a traditional chocolate cake from Naples, Italy, this tender, gluten-free cake uses ground almond meal and dark chocolate for a rich, brownie-like texture. The fruitiness of the olive oil pairs perfectly with the fruitiness of the bittersweet dark chocolate, creating a decadent cake that simply melts in your mouth.
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This bright and cherry cake uses lemon-flavored extra virgin olive oil for a one-two punch of flavor. There’s olive oil in both the cake batter and the lemon glaze, giving each slice a zingy bite that’ll leave your guests wanting more.
Perfect for fall, this spiced apple cake has all the flavors of apple pie, with half as much effort. The extra virgin olive oil imparts a more tender texture, that’s lighter and more delicate in flavor than traditional butter.
Citrus and olive oil go together like peanut butter and jelly, and this loaf cake showcases the pairing perfectly. Infused with a bright citrus flavor and a hint of rosemary, this delicious loaf is excellent for breakfast or served as a snack with afternoon coffee.
A buttery, hazelnut-forward crust gets filled with a silky olive oil chocolate ganache in this simple yet decadent tart. The recipe calls for orange zest on top, but you could easily sub it out for flaky sea salt, fresh raspberries, or a simple whipped cream.
Olive oil in pumpkin pie? It might sound crazy, but trust us–this pairing works. Here, organic olive oil, ground walnuts, and rosemary create a savory crust that contrasts the sweetness of the pumpkin filling.
Olive Oil Cookies, Bars, & Scones
Ground pistachios, orange zest, and extra virgin olive oil come together to create a fancy, butterless cookie, coated in rich dark chocolate on one side for a striking look. Think: a black and white cookie meets a pistachio-orange shortbread.
Deep flavors reside in this cookie, thanks to heapings of dark chocolate, a touch of rye flour, and a drizzle of organic extra virgin olive oil. Don’t skip the rye flour: it adds an extra dimension of flavor that shouldn’t be missed.
A delicate olive oil shortbread crust gets topped with a tart lemon curd and fresh raspberries in these bright, colorful bars. Note: you can use this olive oil shortbread crust as the base for any other custard-like bar.
Not too sweet with a delicate crumble, these cherry olive oil scones make the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. Add in chocolate chunks for an extra sweet twist, or serve with tea and fresh whipped cream for a true British experience.
Not sure how to substitute olive oil for butter in a recipe? Looking for more ways to incorporate olive oil into your baked goods? Check out our article on How to Master the Art of Baking with Olive Oil where we cover everything you need to know.
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