I’m in love with this tasty healthy gluten-free orange olive oil cake recipe! The brightness from the citrus makes this the perfect spring or Mother’s Day recipe. This gluten-free olive oil cake is perfect sprinkled with just some powdered sugar, but just as tasty if you want to add some whipped cream or a sugar glaze. I personally love this grain-free olive oil cake, simply dusted with only powdered sugar.
Easy Gluten-Free Olive Oil Cake Recipe
At first, you might be intimidated at trying to make an olive oil cake at home, but it’s fairly easy to make. The orange is so refreshing, but you can also substitute the orange juice for lemon juice and zest. This is such an easy change especially once you’ve made this cake before. It is a nice surprise to change it up to keep things interesting. They are both equally delicious. I just love how this is a healthy version of your traditional olive oil cake. If you have picky eaters who hear the word healthy and run, this will totally fool them. This grain-free cake tastes even better than your traditional olive oil cake recipe.
Applesauce As Fat Replacement
I want to talk about an important ingredient in this olive oil cake. Applesauce. Applesauce is a wonderful substitution for oil in most baked goods. It’s a secret hack with many health conscious chefs out there. Over the years, I have played around with substituting applesauce for oil and have had great success.
I also consider my teachings from my university introductory foods class, where I learned so many wonderful things, including fat modifications, fat selection, and so much more. I loved that class so much because it properly taught me how to modify recipes in so many ways. Today I use all that knowledge to create all my delicious healthy recipes for you. Getting back to fats, since this recipe is a healthier olive oil recipe, here’s a cool piece of knowledge. The egg yolk in baked goods batter causes the increased darkening of the fat in recipes. So, if you replace all the eggs in a recipe with only egg whites, your baked goods won’t appear the same in color.
Why use unsweetened applesauce, you might be asking? A half a cup of regular oil is about 955 calories, with 108 grams of fat, zero fiber, and no vitamins and minerals. A half a cup of unsweetened applesauce is 51 calories, 0.1 grams of fat, 1.3 grams of fiber, copper, iron, B vitamins, magnesium, and potassium. This changes the entire nutritional content of your baked goods into much more nutrient-dense healthier results.
Health and Beauty Benefits of Oranges
Oranges offer wonderful health benefits. They can boost your immune system but also help with heart health. Most people already know that oranges are full of vitamin C. In addition to that health benefit, oranges are a powerful antioxidant-rich fruit. They help protect the body from free radicals that could otherwise damage the cells of your body. Potassium found in oranges helps lower blood pressure, a heart-protective property.
The fiber in the orange helps with your digestive health and can help reduce cholesterol levels. Oranges can also help with cognitive function. Studies have shown an improvement in blood flow to the brain after consuming citrus juices.
KEY NUTRIENTS OF ORANGES:
Vitamin C | Potassium | Folate | Thiamine | Fiber | Phenolic Compounds | Carotenoids
Simple & Delicious Orange Olive Oil Cake RecipePrint
Try This Healthy Orange Olive Oil Cake Recipe – Perfect for Mother’s Day!
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