Winter is citrus season so no time like the present to stock up! Of all the citrus fruit currently available in the grocery stores, blood oranges are a must! This amazing gem of a fruit is not only gorgeous but packed full of many healthy vitamins that we lack this time of year. Blood oranges are delicious right from the peel or incorporated into fresh breakfasts/ juices and even desserts, like today’s baked orange donuts! The donuts are dipped in blood orange glaze, then drizzled with dark chocolate (yum), sea salt and orange zest. There’s also orange zest incorporated into the donut batter so the citrus flavors are present all throughout this heavenly and sweet treat.
Blood Orange Glazed Donuts
If you enjoy orange/chocolate together, then these donuts are worth trying! First off they’re baked and not fried, so they can easily be made at home with a donut pan on hand. The donuts are also gluten and dairy free, so a healthier option when comparing to store or bakery bought donuts. They’re also super easy to make and can be completed from start to finish in less than one hour.
Slightly tart from the fresh citrus, but truly divine with the addition of dark chocolate and salt. You’ll fall in love at first bite!
How to make baked donuts from scratch
Baked donuts are easy to make right at home, using a donut pan. Once the batter is prepped, simply transfer to a piping bag and squeeze the batter into each well greased donut cavity, filling just below the top edge. Tap the pan of donut batter on the counter to evenly spread, then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. While this recipe doesn’t require the use of gluten and dairy free ingredients, they’re so delicious, you won’t miss either one!
Gluten Free Baked Donuts
Since gluten free pastries have a tendency to be on the drier side, you’ll want to bake the donuts for a minute or so less than suggested, and test them right away so that they don’t over-bake. I love using Bob’s Redmill gluten free 1to1 baking flour as it requires no additional substitutions. The orange zest also adds a nice punch of flavor to these baked donuts.
Blood Orange Glaze
Now to everyone’s favorite part, the glaze! This orange glaze is very easy to make, with icing sugar, fresh squeezed blood orange juice, and even a little blood orange oil or quality extract if you have it on hand for a dash more flavor. Simply stir the icing sugar and blood orange juice + extract/oil together, then dunk the tops of the cooled donuts in the sweet citrusy glaze. Turn them over onto a sheet a parchment and allow the glaze to set before drizzling with chocolate, salt and zest.
Homemade baked donuts dipped in blood orange glaze then drizzled with dark chocolate. Topped with sea salt and orange zest. Dairy & Gluten Free
For the Donuts
- 1/4 cup vegan butter (regular butter can also be used)
- 1/4 cup avocado oil (coconut or canola oil can be used)
- 1 cup coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon gf vanilla
- 2 2/3 cups flour – Bobs Redmill GF 1-1 Flour
- 1 cup milk of alternative choice (I use almond
- Zest from 1 orange
For the Blood Orange Glaze
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp fresh squeezed Blood Orange Juice
- 1 tsp quality Blood Orange extract or oil
Vegan dark chocolate, sea salt and orange zest for garnish.
- FOR THE DONUTS
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer blend together oil, butter and sugars.
- Add in eggs and gf vanilla, zest and mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
- Pour a portion of the flour mixture into the egg and sugar, alternating into thirds with 1 cup of milk, until completely combined.
- Pour the mixed batter into a piping bag, cutting the tip with scissors.
- Pipe the batter into well greased donut cavities filling only about 2/3 full (or just below the edge).
- Tap the donut pan to evenly spread the batter.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove baked donuts from pan and transfer to a cooling rack.
- FOR THE BLOOD ORANGE GLAZE
- In glass bowl, mix together powdered sugar, blood orange juice and extract.
- Mix thoroughly until incorporated.
- When the glaze is ready, it should be a thick slow dripping dip consistency. If it seems too thick add a splash more juice.
- DIPPING INSTRUCTIONS
- Dunk the donuts face down into the glaze.
- Place them on a piece of parchment to set.
- Allow the donut glaze to set for at least 20 minutes. You can even place them in the fridge to chill quicker.
- FOR THE DARK CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE:
- Heat 1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips in a double boiler until melted.
- Once melted transfer chocolate to a piping bag.
- Drizzle chocolate over the tops of the glazed donuts.
- Sprinkle with sea salt and orange zest.
- Set aside to harden.
- Store in a well sealed container until ready to serve.
- They will keep for roughly 3 days but taste best when eaten the same day.
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I can envision these donuts being a wonderful addition to brunch menus for gatherings of all kinds! Slightly sophisticated but flavorful and fun enough for everyone to enjoy, especially those that might be looking for dairy and gluten free alternatives.
Be sure to bookmark these delightful donuts to try during citrus season. Happy baking!
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