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Gluten Free Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Gluten free blood orange olive oil cake is super moist and tart with a delicious blood orange glaze! Made with a blend of almond and oat flour and olive oil and yogurt for an extra moist texture, this citrus cake is as delicious as it is beautiful!

healthy blood orange loaf made with almond and oat flour and olive oil and yogurt for an extra moist texture

Fresh for spring, I’m so excited to share this beautiful and delicious gluten free olive oil cake loaf! Made gluten free with a blend of almond and oat flour, it’s spongy, tart and super moist thanks to olive oil, blood orange and yogurt.

And if you’re wondering if you can bake a cake with olive oil, the answer is yes, you totally can! The olive oil gives this loaf a super moist texture and amplifies the rich orange flavor.

It’s not often I get THIS excited over a baked good that’s not something pumpkin, so when I tell you you’ll love this loaf, I’m not lying. Not only did I make it multiple times to test and check the ingredients, but also because it was just so good to enjoy with coffee in the morning.

With a pop of natural pink that comes from the juice of a blood orange, it would be the perfect loaf to make for Valentine’s Day, Easter, or just spring in general! Because there are different color pigments in each blood orange, the shade of pink you get might vary a little each time you make it.

What are blood oranges?

Blood oranges have a rather serious name for being so beautiful and tart! They get their name from the maroon color of their interior, which can vary in intensity. The peel, orange in color and often also showing a red blush, helps to distinguish it from other oranges. They offer a distinct, rich orange taste with a hint of fresh raspberry and are in season from December to May.

Blood Orange Nutrition

Blood oranges are rich in vitamin C, and contain fiber, folate, and thiamin. They get their red color from high concentrations of anthocyanins – natural plant pigments that have antioxidant properties. Great as a snack, they also make for a beautiful and nutritious addition to a salad like this winter citrus quinoa salad.

almond flour blood orange loaf with blood orange glaze

Citrus Olive Oil Cake Ingredients

Here’s the wet and dry ingredients you will need to make this almond flour olive oil cake loaf:

  • oat flouruse gluten free oat flour to keep this loaf gluten free.
  • blanched almond flour
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg or cardamon
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • whole-milk yogurt – I use siggi’s yogurt every time I make this recipe. substitute dairy-free yogurt to keep this loaf dairy free.
  • neutral olive oil
  • honey – I love using honey as a sweetener where ever I can because it’s pure and it’s just honey!
  • eggs
  • blood orange you’re going to use both the zest and the juice in this recipe.
  • vanilla extract
  • confectioners’ sugar this is for the blood orange icing.

equipment / utensils

  • mixing bowls
  • hand held juicer
  • hand held or stand mixer
  • spatula
  • 9X5 bread pan

This recipe was made in collaboration with Sunkist for our citrus themed week happening on Instagram right now!

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Gluten Free Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
You’ll love how tart and moist each slice of this blood orange cake is! Using the juice from a blood orange in the glaze makes this gorgeous pink color that brightens any winter day. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Servings 9 -10 slices

Ingredients
  

  • for the loaf:
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
  • ½ cup neutral olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of 2 blood oranges
  • juice of 1 blood orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the blood orange frosting:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ of a blood orange juiced
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray the bottom of a 9X5 loaf pan to prevent bread from sticking.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon: set aside. 
  • In a medium bowl, using a hand or stand mixer on low, mix together the yogurt, honey, eggs, olive oil, blood orange zest and juice and vanilla until well combined. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on until just combined. It’s ok if a few streaks of flour remain, you don’t want to over mix it! 
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes.* The loaf is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached.
  • Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool. In the meantime prepare the blood orange frosting by mixing the confectioners sugar and blood orange juice together with a spoon in a small bowl. 
  • Once the loaf is slightly cool, drizzle the frosting on top and top loaf with extra blood orange slices. Cut into slices and enjoy! 
  • Store in the fridge or covered on your counter for 3 days. 

Notes

* The edges of the loaf might come out a little darker than the top. This will not impact the taste. If you do notice it getting dark on the top while baking tent with tin foil. 
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4 thoughts on “Gluten Free Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

  1. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I’ve made this loaf three times in the last two weeks and it is heavenly. My husband thinks it is one of the best. The blood orange taste is to die for. Really easy and straight forward recipe and ingredients. I’ve made a lot of her recipes and each time they come out so good! I am going to cry when blood oranges go out of season. THIS IS A MUST.

  2. I made this recipe for the first time on Valentine’s Day and I absolutely loved it! So delicious and aromatic. The blood orange icing was so pretty and perfect for this special day. My husband absolutely loved it as well and I will definitely be making this again soon. I’m always looking for healthy recipes with clean ingredients that taste really good! This was a hit!

    1. I’m so glad you liked it, Tricia! It’s one of my favorite recipes too — I’m obsessed with blood oranges right now and I love how they flavor and color the icing that awesome pink color!