Cooking with essential oils can give your favourite recipes a new intense flavour, without wasting fresh herbs and needing to keep your spices fresh. Young Living now has over 30 culinary essential oils that have been independently tested by regulatory bodies and deemed safe to to use for food flavourings.
*Please note that many other essential oils are adulterated, cut with synthetics and not safe to ingest. Please use a high-quality brand like Young Living if you’re planning to flavour your recipes with essential oils.
Cooking with essential oils
The Young Living Culinary Oils range consists of all of your favourites and because you really do only need to add 1-3 drops, they’ll last for ages.
Are some of these your favourites?
- Basil, Coriander, Dill
- Thyme, Tarragon, Rosemary, Oregano
- Ginger, Celery Seed, Lemongrass
- Fennel, Lemon Myrtle, Marjoram
- German Chamomile, Lavender, Rose
- Clove, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Bergamot, Black Pepper
- Citrus Fresh, Grapefruit, Jade Lemon, Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Orange
- Peppermint, Spearmint
If you love making raw treats, German Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, Orange, Peppermint, Spearmint and Cinnamon will add a beautiful zing of flavour. Just imagine a beautiful raw chocolate slowly melting on your tongue with delicious Orange or decadent Rose…
Cooking with essential oils is a quick way to create a tasty marinade. Try a quick chicken marinade with sweet chilli sauce, Chinese 5 spice and 2 drops of coriander essential oil. Lightly coating vegetables with olive oil and 1-2 drops of your favourite herb essential oil is a great way to achieve increased flavour with your roast veggies.
The essential oils are also perfect for making salad dressings or adding to a mayonnaise for some extra flavour. For example, try adding 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop of dill to a cup of plain whole egg mayonnaise and stir through.
In summer time the citrus oils and mints are a great way to make healthy home-made icy poles and frozen yoghurts for you and the kids. Adding 1-2 drops of your favourite essential oil will really freshen up your sorbets too.
Adding 1 drop of Orange, lemon or cinnamon essential oils to muffins, cake batters, icing, crepe and pancake mixture is a fun and delicious way to create extra flavour in your sweet treats. You might like to experiment with your ice creams as well.
It is easy to use essential oils in all of your favourite recipes but please remember that the flavours are intense because Young Living essential oils are 100% pure. It is best to start with 1 drop and taste! Here are a couple of recipes to try.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust and your favourite toppings
- 1 medium head of cauliflower
- ¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
- 2 drops Basil essential oil
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg, whipped
- Pizza sauce
- Desired toppings
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Wash the head of cauliflower and break off all florets.
- Grind in a food processor until texture becomes rice-like.
- Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet and roast for 5–8 minutes, watching carefully. You don’t want the cauliflower to brown, just to become soft.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Combine cauliflower in a bowl with all the other ingredients. Clean hands mix the best!
- Place parchment paper on baking sheet and oil it.
- Pat down the cauliflower mixture until a flat circle.
- Bake for 8–10 minutes or until golden.
- Remove from oven and cool.
- Once cool, evenly spread sauce over dough.
- Add desired toppings.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes.
For essential oil-infused pizza sauce, blend: 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 medium tomato halved, 2 drops Oregano , 2 drops Basil, and 1 drop Thyme .
Cinnamon Apple Chips
- 3 apples
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 drop Cinnamon Bark essential oil
- Preheat oven to 225⁰
- Use a veggie spray to clean the fruit.
- With a mandolin or knife, thinly slice apples from top to bottom.
- In a small bowl, combine honey and Cinnamon Bark essential oil.
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and place apple slices on top. Drizzle honey mixture over apple slices.
- Cook in the oven for 90 minutes.
- Remove cookie sheets from heat and place apple slices on cooling rack.
- For best results, store apple chips in an airtight container and eat them within 24 hours.
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