A "Heart" Healthy Valentines Day

February is all about being good to your heart, both in love and in what you eat! We love that olive oil is heart healthy, with monounsaturated fats that can improve cholesterol levels. Olive oil is full of antioxidants and vitamin E, nutrients your heart loves. Show your valentine some love by baking a special treat coming from your heart to theirs. We promise, they won’t even miss the butter!


Chocolate, Olive (You) Oil Cake

1 Cup All-Purpose Flour

½ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

¾ Cup Sugar

¾ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

3 Large Eggs

1 tsp Sonoma Baking Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Sonoma Harvest CA EVOO

¾ Cup Chocolate Chips

8 Strawberries

 Preheat oven to 350F.

Grease a 9 inch round cake pan.

In a medium bowl, mix sugar, yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract and EVOO until well combined.

Gradually, add the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt to the wet mixture- stirring until just combined.

Last, stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour batter into the prepared 9 in round pan.

Wash strawberries.

To make strawberry hearts: 1) Cut off the tops 2) With the tops facing up, slice down the center to make 2 similar halves. 3) Slice a “V” into each half to form a heart.

Arrange strawberry hearts over the top of the cake batter.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes

Remove the cake from the pan and transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Sprinkle with powder sugar and enjoy!

Katie Bishop
Katie Bishop