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Olive Oil Desserts: Delicious and Healthy Heart Smart Baking Hardcover – April 1, 2009

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Winner of The USA Book News 2009 Best Books Awards in the categories of Baking and Desserts



Nominated for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards



Silver award winner in the Living Now Book Awards


"The Lemon Laced Blueberry Cookies have a nice chewy/crunchy texture and delicate lemon flavor, very satisfying."  —Amy Sherman, San Francisco-based food writer


"Your desserts made with olive oil are absolutely scrumptious. Who needs butter?"  —Carol Ainsworth, owner, Great Olive Oil Tours


"Hands-down, the best brownies I have ever made. They are both chewy and crunchy, and the chocolate flavor is scrumptious."  —Gatehouse News Service



"The pecan coconut bars rocked."  —Alisa Flemming, editor-in-chief, Go Dairy Free


"After testing some of the recipes, we were delighted to find the olive oil proved every bit as good as butter or shortening. They actually turned out better in taste and texture."  —Columbia Daily Tribune

About the Author

Micki Sannar is an instructor of nutritional cuisine. She lives in Highland, Utah.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Mikko Publishing; 6275th edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980134900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980134902
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to lower your cholesterol but not give up sweets, this book is for you. It's not just sweets, but breads, scones, muffins, pie dough, etc..But beyond that, if you have food allergies or cook for someone who does, this serves double duty. The substitution charts in back allow you to swap out eggs (sev'l choices for sweet or savory substitutions) and dairy (even buttermilk) easily. You also have a conversion chart to use w/your previous recipes by swapping out high-cholesterol butter or margarine with olive oil, thereby making the desserts healthier and even lighter b/c the olive oil to butter ratio is less. I made Lemon Sugar Cookies and swapped out the one egg (b/c my toddler granddaughter is allergic) with 1/4 cup of applesauce. They were cookies we ALL could eat, they looked exactly like the picture, were delish, and received raves...better than a bakery. The olive oil pie crust is great, don't even need to mix it in the food processor, a simple wooden spoon brings this one together, easy as pie (no pun intended) to roll out too! The book is esthetically beautiful to look at, makes a good gift or coffee table book; but this one will most likely take up permanent residence in my kitchen!
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I've only made the "ginger roos" and they were very good! The rest of the desserts look like they will be great too, I can't wait to try them! The only drawback is there is no nutritional information with the desserts. This would have been a bonus for calorie counters.
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I too found out that my cholesterol has creeped up and most likely than not due to all the baking.
So what's a gal to do?, get this book, that's what.
So far, I've made the Blueberry Muffins, the Pecan Coconut Chewies and the Banana Bread and they were all outstanding, I really appreciate the effort the author has put into preserving the flavor and texture of these desserts, because you, the one that buys the book, might be willing to eat something that tastes or feels different in your mouth, but your family will not be willing to do any changes, as it is, my family was very happy about the desserts in every aspect.
Now, I'm off to make the peanut butter cookies and I have absolute confidence in what the results will be.

The author has been very thoughtful and has included all kinds of charts that will assist you if you want to make the recipe even healthier, by replacing white flour, eggs, etc. this way, you can play around and see what works for you and also a chart replacing other fats with olive oil, in case you want to convert your old recipes to olive oil.

Do buy this book, you won't be sorry and you'll have the incredible experience of baking and eating a dessert with the confidence that you aren't adding to your cholesterol count.
Enjoy!.
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I have tried several of these recipes and they are very good and easy to make. The comfort cake is to die for and I don't make chocolate cake any other way now! Also, a favorite is the blueberry muffin recipe with the crumble topping. My family loves them.
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If you love desserts, this is the cookbook for you! I like to look at dessert cookbooks just to salivate over the pictures. I've tried several of these delicious recipes and have absolutely loved them! Plus its nice to know that there is heart healthy olive oil in them. I've always been big on butter, so I wasn't sure desserts with olive oil would taste good. But trust me, they are delicious! One of my favorites is the Cinnamon Twisties. They are so light and tasty. I only meant to eat a couple, but ended up eating a whole plate full....Easy to do when you're pregnant. This yummy dessert is one of my latest pregnancy cravings...I just can't get enough of them!
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I love desserts and these recipes allow me to indulge without eater's remorse. They are delicious and I actually like them better than similiar recipes that call for butter, vegetable oil or shortening. My husband and kids love them too and no dessert from this book has lasted in my house for more than 5 minutes. I haven't tried one of Micki's dessert that I haven't absolutely loved. I am buying this book for my mom for Mother's Day. It's been a long time since I have felt passionate about a cook book. 5 stars!!!
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Micki Sannar started looking for healthier ways to make desserts after discovering she and her husband had elevated cholesterol levels. She started using olive oil and was so pleased with the taste that she wanted to share them and put them in this book. The beginning of the book includes information on heart health and types of olive oil. Chapters include Cakes, Cookies & Bars, Muffins & Sweet Breads, and Pies & Crisps. The book contains lots of colorful, mouth watering photos, but I do with there was one for each recipe. The recipes are all easy to understand and contain ordinary ingredients. My only suggestion is in the future to include the prep and cooking time, it's so much easier to decide what you're making when you know that and it's easy to find. So far I have only made the Comfort Cake and Micki's Simple Brownies - both were absolutely delicious. I'm looking forward to trying the Blueberry Streusel and the Chocolate Lava Lava Cake.
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