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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!

best blood orange olive oil loaf

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


  • 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


  • 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. 


* 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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gluten and dairy free blood orange olive oil loaf with blood orange icing

I Tried All The Pumpkin Yogurts I Could Find And Here’s What You Need To Know

As if you didn’t already have enough choices when it comes to yogurts these days, bring on pumpkin season, and you’re head will be spinning as you go down the pumpkin rabbit hole for yogurt. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, we’ve seen all the variations, but who is pump-KING of the dairy aisle? Let’s find out!
p.s. I am working with Wallaby to bring you a dreamy pumpkin recipe, but in the meantime all opinions of it are my own.
  1. Wallaby Spiced Pumpkin Whole Milk Yogurt—A new player in the pumpkin game for 2017, this whole-milk yogurt has a perfectly pumpkin tasting creamy texture. With every bite you will FALL more and more in love with its real pumpkin flavor. It pairs perfectly with granola on top! Bonus that studies show eating full-fat dairy actually helped people lose weight. Read fat does not make you fat—It keeps you full, which ultimately helps with hunger control. Definitely a great option to add to your daily fall routine!
  2. siggi’s Pumpkin & Spice Yogurt—This Icelandic-style skyr is as thick as pumpkin pie and a great option when you’re looking to scratch that pumpkin itch on a daily basis! The tart pumpkin taste is complemented nicely by the specs of vanilla bean swirled throughout. With more protein than sugar, you can’t go wrong having one for breakfast or after a chilly autumn run. I especially like this one because it’s not overly sweet and made with real pumpkin.
  3. Pumpkin NOOSA—There’s something about seeing the pumpkin swirl when you pick up a container of pumpkin NOOSA that makes you excited for all pumpkin everything. What didn’t excite me was the nearly 30 grams of sugar there are in per container. Mind you one container is 8 oz. versus your typical 5 oz. yogurt container, but that still is way too much sugar to eat in one sitting. Also making an appearance on the ingredient list is cream cheese, which should indicate that it’s more of a dessert than a snack.
  4. Simply Balanced Pumpkin Pie—Target’s grocery brand (including Archer Farms) definitely has a thing for pumpkin, and I’m not complaining! But the next time you’re on a Target run for pumpkin yogurt, you’re better off going with the other yogurt brands that they sell over this one. To me, the flavor to be very lack luster with somewhat of a slightly artificial pumpkin taste. Target sure wins when it comes to their selection of pumpkin foods, just not this one!
  5. Oikos Pumpkin Pie—If pumpkin pie is what you crave, I say hold out for the real thing, and don’t let this yogurt fool you into thinking that it is it! I wasn’t a fan of the pumpkin flavor, and found it overly rich with a forgettable pumpkin taste. It also has a hefty helping of sugar, which makes me feel like it’s not worth it even more–A major dairy don’t!
  6. Chobani Pumpkin Spice Blended—The creamy rich texture of this 2% milk fat yogurt is one you definitely don’t want to miss out on this fall. Chobani is known for always keeping us on our toes with their flavor combinations, and they sure do pumpkin season justice with this one. While it is a tad sweet, it comes in reasonably for nutrition compared to some of the others at 12 grams of protein and sugar for 120 calories. The smooth texture is not overly rich, which pairs well with just about any topping you’d like to add, and great in recipes too!
  7. Chobani Flip Pumpkin Harvest Crisp—I’m flipping out over this one, and here’s why. Chobani has done something amazing with this yogurt, and that is combine it with all the things we’d want in our pumpkin yogurt, but wouldn’t actually put in it unless it was already there for us. Case in point pie crust pieces, glazed pumpkin seeds and pecans. (For the record, I hate pecans, but I will eat them in this case because they go together so nicely in this yogurt!) Maybe it’s the fun of pouring the toppings into the yogurt, or how they suddenly turn your yogurt into parfait that’s as crispy as the leaves on the ground. Whatever it maybe, this yogurt gets pumpkin points for being a fun treat, that can double as dessert all fall long.
  8. Dannon Light & Fit Pumpkin Pie—By now you know I’m not a fan of a fake pumpkin taste, and this pumpkin yogurt variety unfortunately left a bad one in my mouth! The artificial sweeteners really masked any sort of real pumpkin taste that there could have been. I’d much rather choose a naturally sweetened variety. When your pursuing pumpkin yogurts, skip this one.
  9.  Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Greek Yogurt – An OG pumpkin product from Trader Joe’s, and perhaps one of the very first pumpkin yogurts out there ever, TJ’s rendition of pumpkin spice Greek yogurt comes up short on taste and nutrition. In fact, the pumpkin base is made up of cane sugar and corn starch too. You know how I feel about real pumpkin being messed with, and for that Trader Joe’s version is not my favorite. But hey, if you’re already there buying one of their 150 other pumpkin products, why not pick this one up too, and share it with a friend!



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