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Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts (Vegan)

Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts (Vegan)

Citrus season is officially upon us, which means that the blog will soon be overflowing with an abundance of citrus recipes. I blame my “too much” gene, it’ll never let me just create one citrus recipe and call it a day. And when it comes to citrus season, there’s nothing better to me than blood orange.

Honestly, I’m obsessed with citrus all year round. Citrus desserts, citrus in savory dishes, citrus candles and essential oils. But I’m equally obsessed with chocolate, and I’ve only recently learned that the two can coexist. Meet: blood orange chocolate donuts.

Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts (Vegan)

These donuts are rich, chocolatey, and slightly bittersweet in the best way possible. Then they’re double-dipped in a tart blood orange glaze, yum.

My favorite part of working with things like blood oranges, matcha, etc. is the fact that they’re a natural dye. I avoid using food coloring as much as possible, 1. because it’s crazy unhealthy and 2. because it can leave a really gross aftertaste in your baked goods. So when something will naturally create a beautiful hue like this pink glaze? Count me in.

Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts (Vegan)

Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins


Chocolate Cake Donuts

  • 2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup nondairy milk
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. vegan butter, melted

Blood Orange Glaze

  • 2 Tbsp. vegan butter, melted
  • 6 Tbsp. blood orange juice
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


For the donuts:

  • Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  • Mix the flaxseed meal with 6 Tbsp. water and set aside to let thicken (5-7 minutes).
  • Mix together the nondairy milk and the vinegar, mix well, and set aside to let curdle (this makes a homemade vegan buttermilk!).
  • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt). Add the sugar and mix well.
  • Pour in the wet ingredients (flax eggs, vanilla extract, melted butter, and buttermilk). Mix well until smooth.
  • Pour into the greased wells of a donut pan. Bake 15-17 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool fully.

For the glaze:

  • Mix together the glaze ingredients and stir until completely smooth. Fully dip the donuts once, let the glaze set, then drizzle remaining glaze over the top.
Recipe adapted from Heather Christo

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Blood Orange Chocolate Donuts (Vegan)


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