Meet Alex Caspero
Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.
Orange olive oil cake! Perfect for brunches, Mother’s Day or a casual afternoon of baking. Our local grocery store was having a crazy sale on strawberries last week, so I grabbed way more than we needed and began dreaming up various ways to use them.
First up? This simple orange cake, studded with orange-scented berries. I’ve been into olive oil cakes ever since I made my lemon olive oil muffins last year. You all love those muffins as much as I do, so I wanted to create something that could be served in a cake version.
I did a presentation a few weeks ago and a participant asked about the health benefits of oil. When it comes to nutrition, there are so many dogmas out there and the idea that added oils can’t fit in a healthy diet is one of the many current trends I’m seeing.
Here’s my take: oils add flavor to food and, in the case of plant oils like olive oil, some nutrition as well. Are they the most nutrient-dense source of fat in the diet? No, of course not. Avocados, nuts and seeds take that category as they provide other benefits in addition to fat.
But, that’s not to say that oils are unhealthful. Especially if a diet consists of mostly plant-based food.
For me? I like to focus on eating 70-80% plant-based foods with room for other foods that I enjoy. Things like dessert (with both olive oil and sugar), dairy and eggs. It’s what works for me and helps me balance desire to eat a mostly whole-food diet for overall health and longevity while still honoring my tastes and preferences.
That’s really the beauty of nutrition. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing to fit. And, run fast from diets that tell you it must. When we look at the population research, which holds the most weight when it comes to life-long affects of food, we know that few of us do things in 100% extremes. It’s what we do most of the time that matters most.
As an added bonus, olive oil vs. butter creates the most moist cake. Instead of the crumble, tender cake that you get with butter pound cakes, olive oil will keep the cake moist for 2-3 days after baking.
Think about the box cake mixes that you get in the store, you use oil instead of butter for most of them. Same principle here. Olive oil keeps the cake super moist while also imparting a delicious, fruity flavor.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Vegan Orange Olive Oil Cake! This cake is SO moist- thanks to the olive oil and orange juice. Naturally vegan; perfect for Mother’s Day brunch, Easter and breakfast.
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