Baking with essential oils is a great way to spice up your cooking routine. There are a few reasons that we particularly love essential oils instead of other alternatives:
- Essential oils can add the flavor that you’re seeking without altering the color or consistency of baked goods. For example, cinnamon bark essential oil is perfectly clear and doesn’t turn your cookies or muffins solid brown like ground cinnamon does.
- Baking with essential oils is better than using extracts. Lemon and peppermint extracts, for example, are made with alcohol. This often changes the flavor of you goodies. Why add alcohol to your baked goods when you can use just a few drops of pure essential oils?
Essential Oils have a much longer shelf-life than dried herbs or spices so while oils may be more costly in the initial stages, over the long haul, they will prove to be more cost-effective.
Because all oils tend to have different viscosity levels, don’t drop the oil directly into your mixture. Drop the required amount on a spoon and then into your mixture to ensure you have the proper amount.
If you are baking with your kids, be sure to keep the oils out of reach. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should always be used with caution.
There are many but here are some of my favourite oils that I use when baking:
Lemon Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Orange Essential Oil
Clove Essential Oil
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Nutmeg Essential Oil
Lime Essential Oil
Citrus Essential Oil