Dark Chocolate Donuts with Blood Orange Glaze

overhead photo of baked and glazed donuts

These Dark Chocolate Donuts with Blood Orange Glaze are so soft, melt in your mouth and loaded with dark chocolate! The blood orange glaze is the perfect citrus twist on top! The best brunch option! 

This post was originally published in February 2020 – I’ve since updated the photos, tweaked the recipe and added blog content. Enjoy! 

Citrus season is upon us! For most of my life, I feel like I didn’t necessarily understand seasonal foods. So for example, I didn’t realize that in the Summer when I was eating the juiciest peach of my life, that I wasn’t going to be able to eat said juicy peach in January. 

Now that I do understand the seasonality of foods, you best believe that I am making up for lost time when it comes to citrus season. I feel like it’s underrated but it honestly blesses us with the best, most delicious FRESH tastes in the middle of an otherwise dreary Winter. 

two halves of a blood orange in the sunlight

I’ve been specifically loving blood oranges. First of all, they’re absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I love the dark deep berry red color. Second, they are SO JUICY AND SWEET AND DELICIOUS. 

I’ve basically been eating my weight in blood oranges so I knew that I wanted to create a recipe with them..and what better pairing that citrus and chocolate?!

Why You’ll Love These Donuts

Say hello to these Dark Chocolate Donuts! Chocolate is my favorite dessert item of all time. Give me anything chocolate flavored, ESPECIALLY dark chocolate, and I’m happy. Pair it with oranges and I’m even happier!

These dark chocolate donuts are baked, which ensures they are super soft and melt in your mouth. I combined both unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate morsels to achieve an insanely dark flavor of chocolate. They are rich and not overly sweet which I’m thankful for. 

side view of baked glazed donuts with slices of blood oranges in the background

The donuts themselves are soft, fluffy and moist! 

And the blood orange glaze! Yessss!! It’s tangy, tart and the perfect combination with the dark chocolate. The glaze soaks through the donut and makes it super moist and soft and oh my word. It’s just amazing. 

Did I mention that it just takes one bowl to bake these?! SO simple. 

So let’s get into how to make them already! 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • all purpose flour – a must have!
  • light brown sugar – just a little bit is needed in this recipe!
  • unsweetened cocoa powder – this provides an incredibly rich cocoa flavor without making the donuts too sweet.
  • baking powder + baking soda – this helps really give the donuts a good rise!
  • melted dark chocolate chips – you can use semi-sweet chocolate here if you aren’t the biggest dark chocolate fan.
  • Egg – an egg is necessary to help bind the dough together. 
  • whole milk – You can use a dairy free milk if desired.
  • Greek yogurt – this helps make them nice and moist!
  • melted butter – I used salted butter for this recipe but you can also use unsalted.
  • powdered sugar + juice of a blood orange – this makes that delightfully sweet, tangy and citrusy glaze that you dunk the donuts in. 

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make Donuts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Go ahead and grease your donut pan and set that aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, melt the salted butter. Let it cool for a minute or so. To the butter, add in the egg, greek yogurt and whole milk. Whisk together until combined. 
  3. To the bowl with the wet ingredients, add in the flour, light brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and espresso powder. Using a wooden spoon, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until they are mixed together. 
  4. Melt the dark chocolate chips.  I just simply melted my chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments (it doesn’t take long) and stirred it as I went to get the silky smooth texture. To the bowl of the batter, add in the melted chocolate and mix it in gently until combined.chocolate donut batter in glass bowl with wooden spoon
  5. Next, carefully spoon the batter into a ziploc bag (or a piping bag if you have one!) and then cut the tip of the bag off. 
  6. Pipe the donut batter into the donut pan, filling them about ⅔ of the way full. side by side photos - one of the batter in the pan and the other baked donuts in the pan
  7. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean. Allow them to cool in the donut pan for 5-10 minutes or so and then carefully move them to a wire rack to cool completely. donuts cooling on wire rack
  8. To make the glaze, simply combine powdered sugar with the juice of an entire blood orange together in a bowl. Whisk until there are no lumps and it’s smooth and delicious. 
  9. Now that the donuts are all cool, dip half of the donuts into the glaze! You could also just drizzle the glaze on top if you wanted to. Enjoy and eat right away!

Best Donut Making Tips: 

Be sure that you grease the donut pan before you add in the batter or else you will have a MESS, ha! 

Once the donuts are done baking, let them cool in the pan for a few minutes. To help get them out, I use a butter knife and run it around the edges of the donut and gently remove them onto a cooling rack. 

Be sure to cool them fully before you glaze them! Otherwise the glaze will run right off and it will be a sticky mess. 

blood orange glaze with small whisk in bowl

Speaking of the glaze….if you find that your glaze is too thin due to the juice of the orange, add more powdered sugar until you have the right consistency that you desire. 

And if you happen to have the opposite problem and the glaze is too thick, add a splash of milk or water to thin it out. 

close up of donut in sunlight

If you desire stronger citrus flavor in this recipe, add in 2 tbsp of blood orange zest into the batter! Or garnish it with zest. 

Storing Leftover Donuts: 

To store leftovers, add them to a tightly sealed container and you can store them either at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They will keep for a couple of days, of course they are best eaten fresh! 

bite taken out of glazed and baked donut

Eat for breakfast, brunch, snack or late night dessert! YUM. Cheers to eating more donuts in 2024! Xo -Haylie

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few others you might like: 

Mexican Mocha Donuts 

Caramel Apple Streusel Donuts 

Baked Maple Glazed Donuts 

Strawberry Elderflower Glazed Donuts

Thank you so much for following along here, friends! Want to see more? Be sure to follow ourbalancedbowl on Instagram and tag me with your photo if you end up making a recipe! You can also post a photo of your recipe to the Our Balanced Bowl Facebook page! I always love to see your re-creations! If you do make a recipe, it would make my whole day if you were to rate and comment so I can get your feedback! Lots of love! – Haylie

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Dark Chocolate Donuts with Blood Orange Glaze

These Dark Chocolate Donuts with Blood Orange Glaze are so soft, melt in your mouth and loaded with dark chocolate! The blood orange glaze is the perfect citrus twist on top! The best brunch option! 

Course Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword baked donuts, blood orange glaze, chocolate donuts, citrus glaze, dark chocolate donuts, fresh citrus, healthy donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 donuts
Author Haylie

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) melted butter
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (melted)

Blood Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar (more if needed)
  • juice of 1 blood orange

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the donut pan and set it aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, espresso powder, baking powder and baking soda.

  3. In another bowl, melt butter and let it cool for a minute or so. To the butter, add the whole milk, egg and vinegar. Whisk until it's fully combined.

  4. Using a wooden spoon, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until they are mixed together. 

  5. Next, melt your chocolate and add it in to the donut batter. Gently mix in until it's combined.

  6. Next, carefully spoon the donut batter either into a ziploc bag or a piping bag if you have one. If you're using a ziploc bag, cut the tip of the bag and pipe the batter into the greased donut pan, about ⅔ of the way full for each donut. 

  7. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes and then carefully remove them to continue cooling on a wire rack.

Blood Orange Glaze

  1. Combine the powdered sugar with the juice of an entire blood orange together in a bowl. Whisk until there are no lumps and you reach your desired consistency. If it’s too thick still, feel free to add 1-2 tbsp of water to get it thinner. 

  2. Once the donuts are cooled, gently dip one half of the donuts into the glaze OR just simply drizzle the glaze on top. Enjoy!

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    I just want to reach through my screen and grab, like, all of these!! Love blood oranges…they’re just so beautiful and I bet they add so much flavour to these donuts. P.S.Are you referring to those ‘Terry Chocolate Oranges’? They’re a staple in our home around Christmas time!! Have you tried the version with the toffee bits?? So good!

  2. 5 stars
    Chocolate and citrus really are the perfect duo! These donuts look so delicious and cakey – which is the best kind of donut texture! The blood orange glaze is also the perfect topping!

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