Love pound cake? Would you like to indulge, but find a healthier version? I've got a great, great option for you! How about giving this Vanilla Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Pound Cake a try? It's lightened up and delicious with yummy vanilla flavor!!!
Pound cake originated in Europe in the first half of the 18th century. Originally, the recipe called for one pound each of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs (10 eggs equals a pound!) before written recipes.
Easy to remember, right? Notice they didn't use leaveners, like baking soda and baking powder and with the Fab 4, this had to be a very dense, very rich, high calorie delicious pound cake, back in the day, don't you think?
What makes this pound cake so irresistible?
It's so moist and delicate, and it's delicious! That's what!
Vanilla Greek yogurt, combined with eggs, sugar, flour, and leaveners, give it a slightly subtle, tangy vibe with that fragrant vanilla aroma wafting under your nose. Mmmmmm...Yes! (We used Oikos® Triple Zero in the recipe. It has 0 added sugar, 0 artificial sweeteners, and 0 fat—plus 15g of protein per 5.3oz. cup.)
I also added vanilla bean paste, because I'm addicted to the way it makes food taste. However, the Vanilla Greek Yogurt already has vanilla in it, but I like to use vanilla bean paste whenever I can! 🙂
The extra-virgin olive oil gives it a mildly, fruity essence. Together, it all harmonizes happily like a beautiful vanilla pound cake dream. Not heavy, but healthy, lightened up...and totally yummy!!
I love using olive oil and Greek Yogurt together when baking. Plus, it's nice knowing it's going to make my desserts more healthy. I would also suggest using a really good extra virgin olive oil. If you use a low-quality oil, the flavor of the oil could overpower the rest of the pound cake and leave a noticeable aftertaste.
Olive oil is a very good way to cut saturated fat. It's loaded with monounsaturated fat, which will promote “good cholesterol.” Yay!!
If you don't want to use olive oil, you can use butter and I have it in the directions in the recipe below. But I urge you to try the olive oil version!
Slices of Vanilla Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Pound Cake is wonderful alone, but also can be served with fruits, whipped cream, dusted with powdered sugar, dessert sauces, in trifles, grilled, french toast style and there are a plethora of ideas out there.
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Vanilla Greek Yogurt & Olive Oil Pound Cake
- 1 ½ c all-purpose flour I used Bob's Red Mill
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 c vanilla or plain non-fat Greek yogurt (I used Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero Greek Yogurt – Vanilla)
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil or any oil of choice or melted butter, cooled
- 1 ¼ c granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- Optional: ½ teaspoon . vanilla extract and/or 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste I use Nielsen-Massey
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Generously spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder, set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together using a whisk, the Greek yogurt, sugar and olive oil together, then add the eggs one a time, whisking in each egg one at a time. Add vanilla if you want.
- When the mixture is well blended, gently whisk in the dry ingredients.
- Scrape it into the pan and smooth the top.
- Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until it is golden and starts to come away from the sides of the pan; a knife inserted into the center of the cake will come out clean or touching the top of the cake to make sure it's done. If your fingerprint leaves an indentation, it needs to bake more
- Cool on a rack for 5 minutes, then run a knife between the cake and the sides of the pan.