This Family-Friendly Paleo Olive Oil Cake is Only $1.58 per Serving

Last Update: July 12, 2023

What if we told you that a family- and paleo-friendly recipe could cost less than $5 per serving? To be exact: only $1.58 per serving. This olive oil cake is packed with flavor from fresh lemon, figs, and thyme. It’s the perfect dessert for any time of year, but we’re especially excited about making it as we transition into fall.

This recipe comes from Juhee Dalal, Thrive Market Data Analyst and creator of The Healthful Coconut. “My favorite thing about this recipe is that it feels like you’re eating something fancy, but it’s pretty healthy too,” Dalal says. She recommends enjoying this simple yet sophisticated cake with Thrive Market coffee or tea.

And as a true data analyst, Dalal is doing the math for us:

Thrive Market Organic Almond Flour
This baking staple costs $7.99—with 35 servings per bag, you’re looking at $0.23 per serving. The total cost for this ingredient is $3.65.

Thrive Market Baking Soda and Fine Sea Salt
Now this just doesn’t seem real, but trust us: At only $1.89 and 757 servings per bag, this baking soda only costs $0.02 to use in this recipe. We love that!

Also in the same price range? Thrive Market Fine Sea Salt, which costs approximately $0.01 for this recipe.

Thrive Market Organic Maple Syrup
The quality of your maple syrup is key to hitting the right flavor notes in your recipe. Thrive Market Organic Maple Syrup costs $12.99, contains approximately 16 servings, and computes to a total of $2.44 for this special cake.

Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
If you haven’t heard about the sourcing story behind Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, it’s worth the watch. This pantry staple costs $14.99, and this recipe only uses $2.40 worth.

Pasture-Raised Eggs, Lemons, Figs, and Thyme
While the prices of these items will depend on your local grocery store or farmer’s market, you can estimate that their total cost will be around $4.11.

If you’ve been sticking along (kudos to you!), the total cost of this Paleo Olive Oil cake is right around $12.62. And because it makes 8 servings, each slice comes out to be $1.58.

Paleo Olive Oil Cake

Yield: 8 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

2 cups Thrive Market Organic Almond Flour
1 teaspoon Thrive Market Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon Thrive Market Fine Sea Salt
⅓ cup Thrive Market Organic Maple Syrup
½ cup Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 pasture-raised eggs
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
5-6 fresh figs, sliced
Fresh thyme (3-4 sprigs, leaves removed) OR ¼ teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Thyme

Preheat the oven to 350F with a rack placed in the middle. Combine the almond flour, baking soda, and sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add in the maple syrup, olive oil, eggs, and lemon juice and zest. Whisk until the dry and wet ingredients have mixed completely.

Grease a 9-inch cake pan with a bit of olive oil. Pour the batter into the cake pan and spread it around evenly. Top with fig slices and thyme leaves.

Bake for 25 minutes on the middle rack, which will give it just the right amount of golden brown. After 25 minutes, if you stick a knife through the middle of the cake, it should come out clean. Allow to cool before slicing and serving. Cake is done!

Bake for 25 minutes, until cake is golden brown and a knife stuck through the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing within the pan and serving.

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Lily Comba

Lily Comba has never met a baked good she didn't like. When she's not baking, you'll find her writing, taking a Pilates class, or collaborating with the editorial and social team as a Senior Content Writer at Thrive Market.

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