Almond oil is a popular nut oil, having an even and buttery flavor. You can use it in a wide variety of cooking methods, including baking.
Almonds were some of the first fruit trees cultivated, possibly by the Greeks, as early as 10,000 B.C, according to Mark Vogel from Food Reference. They are the seeds of a fruit related to the peach family. Almond oil is an extract from the kernels of dried sweet almonds.
There are two types of almond oil, sweet and bitter. Because bitter almonds contain small amounts of a lethal acid, you should avoid them when cooking. Most almond oil baked products utilize the more common sweet variety.
Almond oil has a nutty and fruity flavor. It adds both sweetness and spiciness to carrot cake, muffin and cookie recipes.
You can substitute sweet almond oil for up to half of the butter or oil listed in most recipes.
According to WebMD, almond oil is a beneficial monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fats lower bad, or LDL, levels of cholesterol.
References and ResourcesWebMD: Choose the Healthiest (and Tastiest) Oils, Spreads and Shortenings
Food Reference: Almond Joy
The World's Healthiest Foods: Almonds