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We found this olive oil cake recipe from Nigella Lawson and thought this would be a great treat that is still kinda heart healthy!!                          

 Ingredients: 

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  • ⅔ cup SOOC Arbequina extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for greasing)
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (sifted)
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups almond meal (or 125g plain flour / 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • SOOC Raspberry balsamic vinegar (optional, for topping)

Note: For a fun twist, substitute Arbequina olive oil with SOOC Blood Orange olive oil or any flavor you wish.

Directions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 325ºF. Grease a 9-inch springform tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Measure and sift the unsweetened cocoa into a bowl and whisk in the boiling water until you have a smooth, still runny (but only just) paste. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then set aside to cool.
  • In another bowl, combine the almond meal (or flour) with the baking soda and pinch of
    salt.
  • Put the sugar, olive oil and eggs into the bowl of a freestanding mixer with the paddle attachment (or other bowl and whisk arrangement of your choice) and beat together vigorously for about 3 minutes until you have a pale-primrose, aerated and thickened cream.
  • Turn the speed down a little and pour in the cocoa mixture, beating as you go, and when all is scraped in you can slowly tip in the ground almond (or flour) mixture.
  • Pour liquid batter into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the sides are set and the very center, on top, still looks slightly damp.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes, then ease the sides of the cake with a small spatula and spring it out of the tin. Serve with ice cream, fresh raspberries, and drizzle with SOOC Raspberry balsamic vinegar.

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Ingredients

3 Tbsp SOOC Garlic Olive Oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup frozen cut green beans
1/2 cup celery, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (15 oz) can small white beans, drained
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup carrots, julienned
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 cups hot water
3 cups fresh baby spinach
1/3 cup small pasta shells

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat and sauté onion, celery, garlic, zucchini and green beans, about 5 minutes.
  2. Then add vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water and spices. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, allowing soup to simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add baby spinach leaves and pasta, cooking an additional 20 minutes, then serve. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups * Calories: 190 * Fat: 4 g * Carbs: 30.4 g * Fiber: 9 g * Protein: 8.9 g

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