Chocolate + Orange is my weakness, and these Blood Orange Chocolate-Glazed Baked Donuts will turn out to be yours too! Made with whole wheat flour and freshly squeezed blood orange juice to give it that tang and beautiful color, there’s beauty with every bite!
I’m kinda obsessed with these donuts. I went and splurged a little a few weeks ago on a donut pan to make baked donuts. I’d been eyeing one for about a year now, and realized, it was time! Who wouldn’t want a tasty bakery treat available homemade from your own house. Not to mention a healthier version which, in my opinion, is always better. I know, I know…there’s a time and place for those soft, melt-in-your mouth ones with a gooey glaze. But I’m the kinda person that if you can have a healthy version to feel good about indulging in more often, then why not!
There was a time when restricting my diet would have kept me away from all forms of donuts. Or, if I did decide to indulge I’d have to make up for the extra calories with more vigorous exercise. Have you ever been there? It was almost as if anxiety surrounded mere words of foods that I associated in my head as unhealthy. Bagels, cookies, milkshakes…donuts.
Sometimes I feel like I lost years of my life restricting and worrying over petty things like food. I wish I could go back as 24 year old me and tell 18 year old me… “It’s ok to love food. Don’t worry about watching every little calorie you put in your body. Eat whole foods most of the time but, goodness girl, give yourself freedom to indulge. Food is the fuel for your body, so eat well and don’t fear fat and carbs because those, too, contribute to a healthy and balanced life.”
Healthy & balanced.
Healthy is balanced.
Today I’ll eat the bagels, and the cookies, and yes…the donuts. And life is good! I’ve realized that, no, I’m not going to blow up and gain a bunch of weight from eating something delicious and previously “off limits”. I have more credit than I used to think I had with self control. And that is the key to balanced living. Being able to know yourself enough to choose the healthy option because it’s whole and nourishing, but also letting yourself be ok with indulging. So my “rule” for myself (though I hate saying rule because rules are restricting in diet) is to enjoy food and eat things that I’m craving, but when possible make healthier versions of my favorite treats at home.
These donuts are a good mixture of wholesome and indulging.
Egg-free and vegan.
Made with hearty whole wheat.
Tangy orange zest.
All natural ingredients.
And a rich cocoa glaze.
I hope you love these donuts as much as I do! If you make them, be sure to share the recipe and tag #steelnchiffon on Instagram and PIN to Pinterest!
Blood Orange Chocolate-Glazed Donuts (Vegan)Print Recipe
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 Tbs chia "egg" mixture*
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice*
- 1/4 cup grated orange rind
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup*
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 4 Tbs cocoa powder
- 2 Tbs pure maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- Extra rind for garnish
Preheat oven to 315 degrees and grease a 6-cavity donut pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cloves, and ginger in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together chia "egg" mixture, orange juice, ring, vanilla, and maple syrup.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Pour batter into a plastic bag and clip one corner to be able to squeeze evenly into the donut molds. It's kinda like what you'd do for frosting.
Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, make chocolate glaze.
Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Once melted, remove from heat and add in cocoa, maple syrup, and salt.
Stir until combined, then set out to cool for about 10-15 mins; you want it thickened to coat tops of donuts.
Once donuts are done, remove from pan and allow to cool for about 5 mins.
Now it's time to glaze the donuts. Take each donut individually and dip top into chocolate glaze.
Garnish with extra orange rind and enjoy.
*To make the chia "egg" mixture, combine one tablespoon of ground chia seeds with 4 tablespoons of water. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. *I use blood oranges in this recipe, but of course, regular oranges will do as well. *Honey can be substituted if not vegan for sweetener.
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