The more I read about the benefits of olive oil versus butter, the more I grow to appreciate it.
Problem is, unlike savory cooking, it is harder to just swap out butter for olive oil in, say, a batch of cookies. In addition to altering the taste, the make-up of the dough will be completely different, affecting the outcome of the final product.
Which is why I’m thrilled to see more and more “sweet” recipes that include – and highlight! – olive oil. These irresistible treats take advantage of olive oil’s distinctive flavor, and combine it with ingredients that complement. They also take the guesswork out of substituting for butter – so you’re guaranteed success!
The health benefits of olive oil are well known – it can help lower your “bad” cholesterol, while raising the “good”. It contains anti-oxidants. And it helps reduce your intake of saturated and trans fats (source: Mayo Clinic).
As olive oil replaces butter in most of these recipes, they would also be suitable for someone with a dairy allergy. And the recipes with no eggs make for a perfect vegan treat!
So whether you want to incorporate healthier ingredients into your cooking, have a food sensitivity, or just want to experiment with sweets that are a little different, you will love taking these recipes for a spin in your kitchen!