Olive oil is one of the healthiest ingredients we have around these days. If you’re like me, you want to include it in all of your recipes.
Olive oil is easy to include in salad dressings – it tastes great in vinaigrette recipes. You can also make olive-oil spreads and dips for bread.
Well, I’ve got news for you. You can also use olive oil in making baked goodies. Yes, even brownies, which normally call for vegetable oil and butter.
In this post, I will show you how to properly use olive oil in brownie recipes. You see, there are different types of olive oil – and the final result of your baked good will depend on the type of oil that you use.
What You Should Know About Olive Oil
Olive oil is a type of oil that has a distinct taste. It’s precisely for this reason why olive oil is frequently used in salad dressings. If you’re going to use olive oil in brownies, you should know these things:
Using Olive Oil in Packaged Brownies
Brownie mixes can come in boxes and they’re very easy to make. In fact, even non-bakers can easily make brownies at home with these ready-made products. If you plan on using olive oil for brownie mixes, consider the following:
Using Olive Oil in Homemade Brownies
When making brownies from scratch, you can use any type of olive oil – yes, even extra virgin olive oil. If you have to use a strong flavored olive oil in your homemade brownie recipe, simply increase the amount of chocolate ingredients to mask its distinctive taste.
Here are some things to remember when using olive oil in homemade brownies:
Olive oil vs Butter in Brownies
When using olive oil as replacement for butter in a brownie recipe, keep in mind that you need to use less olive oil than if you were to use butter. Refer to this butter vs olive oil conversion:
- Use ¾ teaspoon olive oil to substitute for 1 teaspoon of butter.
- Use 2 ¼ teaspoon olive oil to substitute for 1 tablespoon of butter.
- Use 3 tablespoons of olive oil to substitute for ¼ cup of butter.
- Use ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil to substitute for ½ cup butter.
- Use ½ cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil to substitute for ¾ cup butter.
- Use ¾ cup olive oil to substitute for 1 cup butter.
Health Benefits of Olive Oil Vs. Vegetable Oil and Butter
Since vegetable oil and butter are usually called for in brownie recipes, substituting these ingredients with olive oil is really a good idea. Olive oil is undoubtedly a healthy type of oil (and a healthy ingredient). Just consider these things:
Vegetable Oil Substitutes in Brownies
While olive oil can indeed substitute for vegetable oil in making brownies, you can also use other types of oil. So, if you don’t have olive oil around and want to replace vegetable oil (a not-so-healthy ingredient) with another type of oil, you can use the following:
Non-Oil Substitutes for Vegetable Oil and Butter
Believe it or not, you can also substitute vegetable oil and butter with non-oil products. Just keep in mind that using such replacements will somehow affect the taste and texture of brownies (noticeable difference). Also, using non-oily products will result in quick-cooking baked goods (because they’ll dry out sooner). Still, you might want to consider these:
- Fruit purees (e.g. banana)
We all know that the ingredients to making brownies are not really that healthy. Substituting olive oil can indeed make it healthier since it’s a healthy type of fat. However, you can still make this baked good even healthier by considering the following (according to your needs):
- Use only egg whites (or a few yolks) to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your food.
- Use vegan ingredients.
- Use gluten-free ingredients.
- Use dairy-free ingredients.
Q: Can you use olive oil instead of vegetable oil in a cake mix?
A: Yes, you can replace vegetable oil in a cake mix, just as you would in a brownie mix. However, if you don’t want to alter the taste of your cake, make sure that you use mild-tasting olive oil (not the extra virgin, which is strong in flavor).
Q: Can I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil in pancakes?
A: Yes, you can use olive oil in making pancakes. Your pancakes will then have a fruity taste.
Q: Can I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil in a cake?
A: Yes, you can substitute vegetable oil with olive oil when making cakes. Olive oil is actually frequently used in homemade carrot cakes, chocolate cakes, pound cakes, etc.
Q: Can you use olive oil instead of vegetable oil in cookies?
A: Yes, you can use olive oil in cookies. If you don’t want a strong olive oil taste, however, use a mild type of oil (not extra virgin).
Using Olive Oil in Brownies and Other Baked Recipes
I’m sure you’re all excited now to make brownies using olive oil. I encourage you to do so because olive oil is really beneficial to the body.
As you already know by now, you can use olive oil not just for making brownies, but other types of baked goods as well. And again, if you’re like me (and like the taste of extra virgin olive oil), you can use it in your recipes. Keep in mind that extra virgin olive oil is the best type of olive oil because it’s the most nutritious.
I also recommend using olive oil in making your other baked goods. It really tastes good in cakes and pastries – so, just go ahead and use it. If you incorporate it into these supposed-to-be-sinful foods, you’ll feel less guilty about it.
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