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blood orange + chocolate frosted doughnuts

TWO Valentine’s Day recipes and it’s not even February yet.

Who am I?

Ohhh how nice it is to plan ahead.  But don’t get too excited.  I completely forgot about the super bowl this weekend and have no recipes lined up.  However, I don’t think anyone would be upset to see the following recipe at their super bowl get together.

The star of the show, was once again blood oranges.  I was hoping they would turn the actual doughnut pink, but no such luck.  Maybe using all blood orange juice, instead of using both OJ + milk would have worked.  I’ll have to try next time.

With a good squeeze of juice and a little bit of zest, the flavor was spot on. 

While the doughnut may not have been pink, I drizzled pink icing overtop to give them a little more Valentine's Day spirit.

No red food dye here!

Perfectly pink with a little extra pop of orange flavor.

These would make an excellent breakfast or dessert.  Possibly served with OJ or better yet, mimosas.  Too bad we were out of champagne for this shoot.  What a good excuse to gulp down a little bubbly at 1 o’clock in the afternoon!

I never expected this recipe to rival the molasses, cinnamon sugar, and apple cider doughnuts [my favorites].  They’re right up there though!  Don’t make me pick a favorite.  I now have four.

And you know what else?

They’re vegan!  Perfect if you don’t eat eggs, or are out of eggs like I was.  You’ll just need a little flax to throw in the mix.  Freshly ground flax seeds work the best.  No need to worry about mixing a flax “egg,” because it gets tossed right in with the dry ingredients.

Cakier + doughnuttier than you’d expect.

Especially for being gluten free, vegan, and baked! 

Blood Orange + Chocolate Frosted Doughnuts  [yields 6-8 doughnuts] vegan + GF

  • 1/2c GF oat flour
  • 1/2c sweet rice flour
  • 3T almond meal
  • 3T sunflower oil
  • 1/3c sucanat
  • 1.5T ground flax meal
  • 3T unsweetened apple sauce
  • 6T blood orange juice
  • 1T blood orange zest
  • 1/4c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1.5t vanilla
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1/2t baking soda
  1. Preheat your oven to 350* + grease your donut pan.
  2. In a medium sized bowl mix together the oat flour, sweet rice flour, almond meal, flax meal, sucanat, salt, baking powder + baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together blood orange juice, milk, vanilla, oil, zest + applesauce.
  4. Stir wet into dry, until combined.  Do not over stir.  It will look slightly lumpy and should be thick.
  5. With a spoon, spatula, or piping bag, transfer the batter to your greased pan, until almost flush with the top of the pan.
  6. Bake for 24-28min.
  7. Test with a toothpick for doneness.  You want a slightly moist toothpick.  Not gooey but not bone dry.  The tops of the donut should be golden brown and it will spring back when you press it lightly.
  8. Let them cool in the pan for 5min then turn out onto a cooling rack.
  9. Add frosting when cooled.

tips/substitutions: If you have leftover batter with a 6-mold pan, your molds might be a smaller than mine, so they might bake slightly faster.  For high altitude – oven 375*, 3/4t baking powder.  You can grind oat flour from certified gluten free oat groats, steel cut oats, or rolled oats.  Grind in a blender or magic bullet until soft and flour-like.  Sub 2 eggs instead of ground flax, and lower almond milk to 2T if you don’t need/want them to be vegan.  If you can’t find blood orange, just sub any unsweetened orange juice.  To make almond meal, grind almonds in a food processor/blender/magic bullet until soft and mealy with not pieces of almond.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1c powdered sugar
  • 2T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1.5-2.5T unsweetened almond milk
  1. Stir everything together until smooth.  If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.  If it’s too thick, add 1t more of milk at a time.
  2. Let sit for 5min to thicken.

*Make your own powdered sugar or sucanat.

Blood Orange Drizzle

  • 1/2c powdered sugar
  • 1T blood orange juice
  1. Combine until smooth. 
  2. Scoop into a sealable plastic baggie, squeeze the air out + close.
  3. Work the icing down to one corner of the bag and cut a tiny off the corner.
  4. Gently drizzle the icing onto the doughnuts.

Your sweetie is guaranteed to lick their plate clean. 

And so are you.

Now shouldn’t you be writing a shopping list for things like spicy nacho cheeze sauce, curry honey hummus, sweet potato black bean burgers, beer soaked fries, smoked black bean dip, cocoa chili, pumpkin spice hummus, southwestern soup, or buckwheat + millet pizza, instead of thinking about doughnuts?

I’m on the fence, but I think I’ll take doughnuts over dip.


Reader Comments (65)

I would take doughnuts over dip any day and I would really like to come over right now and eat at least two of othese. :)

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin @ STUFT Mama

I'm gonna have to jump on this doughnut and vegan is great!!! can't wait to make a batch. they look so beautiful

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah @ The Healthy Diva

These are so precious and girly and Valentine's Day-ish and just...cute and adorable. I want.

Congrats on shooting 17 recipes in 5 days. Just left Sarah a comment that I don't know how the two of you pulled that one off, but bravo. I can't wait to see the final images!

The photography for these donuts is incredible! Love, love, love the styling. And if I could lay my paws on blood oranges in my part of the world, I would be making these in a flash.

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane

I want to face-plant into those donuts -- like, for reals :D

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKiran @

It is never too eraly to start the Love Month. I adore the pinkish striped glaze. So cute and lovely...Adorable post!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMyFudo

Gorgeous! Do we have time to make these tomorrow?

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

Ah, dang. I bought a bunch of blood oranges today getting all set to make your blood orange smoothie, but then you had to go and post these little beauties... Maybe I have enough oranges to make both!

These look amazing, I adore blood oranges! And the photos are absolutely fantastic - they look *almost* too pretty to eat :-)

mmmm... I've never used blood oranges - excited to try this dish!

These are too much! Chocolate and orange are such a lovely pair. I don't know why I don't eat them together more often.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Yum!!! I love pretty, delicious food! :D

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGen

oooooooh, you told me about these and i've been dreaming about them ever since! :)

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

I love how the blood orange made the glaze pink. Too cute! These are adorable!

They are so beautiful!!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

Do you make your own Almond Meal or buy it? It's expensive!!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Lindsay's List

how beautiful! I need a donut pan... :)

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ What Lauren Likes

Although I think my friends would prefer cheesy nachos and mounds of buffalo wings for the game I don't think they would ever be opposed to these to finish off the meal.... they are so cute and I love the pink frosting!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

Your first photo is beautiful! love the use of blood oranges, I also had an idea to use the juice of blood oranges or raspberries in some valentine muffins in the hope that the sponge would be pink....hmmm now i'm not so sure, I might give it a go anyway!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjo@includingcake

I love the donuts and the cute plate!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecca@learnasyougocook

the picture of you squeezing that blood orange is amazing. i love this photo shoot! thanks for this gorgeous recipe

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSneakers2Sandals

I'll take these any day over super bowl food. Also, those OJ glasses are awesome! I have tons of cute plates and a really lame collection of glasses. Need to fix that!

love the photos in this post - those donuts are so pretty! i still haven't gotten a donut pan, but i really need to get on that so i can try all of your beautiful creations.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah @ sarah learns

These photos are just incredible! The one where you're squeezing the blood orange?? Amazing.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

Look delicious - and nice job with the food styling!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Crowder

When will they invent computers that allow me to just reach into the screen and grab that half of a doughnut left on that adorable plate above. (Like smell-o-vision, but mega-enhanced.)

Love the food and love the photos!!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeirdre @ Ladies Holiday

is that your hand in the photo Ashley!? :) - jasper

I just picked up a bag of blood oranges from Trader Joes this weekend! But- I still need to make your blood orange smoothie. That must take priority over any doughnuts.
I have to agree with the masses- these photographs are outstanding!

Hi Ashley,

I have seen bits and pieces of your work when you have guest posted on other blogs, but for some reason, I had never actually visited your blog. Boy, was I missing out! These look outstanding. Thanks so much for the recipe and the AMAZING pictures - I can't wait to see lots more of your recipes and photos in the future.


January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily (Edible Psychology)

Beautiful! I am so in love with blood oranges right now.

Beautiful orange. I can't believe I've never seen a blood orange before. Maybe I should make these for my husband for a V-day treat.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily @LivingLongfellow

Yum! I'm on a blood orange kick right now. Aren't they just one of the most fun things to photograph?

Seriously Ashley?! Amazing. Your donuts have become our favorite treat. I can't wait to make these!!!!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

I need to buy a doughnut pan! I made gluten-free muffins this weekend. I love how I can stir and stir without fear of activating the gluten!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

These are gorgeous! Fantastic photos, too :D

Those doughnuts are absolutely GORGEOUS! :D

Oooh, so pretty! Love the pink background of your pictures by the way - it really adds a lot. And the doughnuts look fantastic, especially with the pink glaze :D

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi @ Food Doodles

Those doughnuts look amazing! And I love the "Sweetie Pie" plate!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle @ A Healthy Mrs

Love you plate! So precious and the color scheme works well with your recipe.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

These photos are amazing Ashley! You are so talented lady :) I have an abundance of citrus over here minus blood oranges, so I could definately get on board with making these with navel oranges or clementines.. that would work right?! :D

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Oh my goodness, divine!

I literally just tasted blood oranges for the first time in my life and now I want a constant flow of them into my house. Why don't I live in the tropics so I can grow them?!

That's a doughnut I could enjoy. Usually I'm not a doughnut person but I LOVE cider doughnuts and these look nice and cakey like that. YUM.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana @ frontyardfoodie

I think these are some of your best photos ever. Always inspired by you, Ashley!

I can't wait to try these! Your doughnuts are always fantastic, and I love the chocolate and orange combination. I've never had a blood orange, but after seeing the smoothie recipe and these doughnuts, I've got to go find some.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

These look amazing - so light and gooey!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeva at deva by definition

Thank you so much!! That means a lot Ash. I'm always inspired by you as well!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

A blood orange tree in my yard would be amazing! And yes, these are nice + cakey for sure!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Much appreciated. :) That would definitely work!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Gluten free baked goods can also be easily over-stirred too! :) They can become tough and/or gummy.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm so glad you like them Abby!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yes!!! I completely agree!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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