Chocolate-Glazed Orange Donuts

As I was scrolling through my Google Reader last night, there was one blog post title that immediately caught my attention: Chocolate Chip Waffles with Kumquat Ice Cream. Chocolate and citrus is one of my absolute favorite flavor combinations, and as I read through the recipe, I debated making a last-minute Whole Foods run to buy kumquats.


Then I remembered I don’t own a waffle maker, and Modern Family was about to start (priorities). Just another perfectly valid reason I need a waffle maker and a DVR in my life. I had also already eaten chocolate chips straight out of the bag for dessert, but who’s counting?


This morning, in true food blogger fashion, my first thought of the day was not about my work projects or errands I needed to get done. Instead, my mind went right back to that amazing chocolate citrus combination. And then I remembered my beloved, recently neglected donut pan. Bingo.


I used a variation of my pumpkin spice donut recipe, subbing out the spices for orange zest and the almond milk for orange juice. I didn’t have any orange juice on hand, so I ended up juicing fresh oranges, not even thinking twice about having to clean the juicer – that’s how excited I was for these citrusy donuts.

Rather than spooning the thick donut batter into the pan, I used a little trick I learned at a baking class a while back and piped the batter with a pastry bag. It was much easier, and because I wasn’t dropping batter all over my counters, I found that I had just enough leftover to also bake a couple of muffins.


I replaced the Earth Balance with a mixture of equal parts melted coconut oil and applesauce in this recipe, and surprisingly, I think the texture is even better this way. I love it when that happens.


I topped my donuts with a rich, chocolatey glaze and a sprinkle of orange zest. If you’re not into the whole chocolate-citrus thing, we can’t be friendsย feel free to go with a powdered sugar glaze.



Chocolate-Glazed Orange Donuts (Vegan)
Recipe Type: Donuts
Author: Amanda Maguire
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Serves: 6 donuts
  • For the Donuts:
  • 1 C. All Purpose Flour
  • 1 C. Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tbs. Baking Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Orange Zest, plus another Tsp. for garnish
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 3/4 C. Orange Juice
  • 1/2 C. Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tbs. Coconut Oil, melted (or other vegan buttery spread)
  • 2 Tbs. Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/2 Tsp. Pure Vanilla
  • For the Chocolate Glaze
  • 1/2 C. Vegan Chocolate Chips (I used TJ’s brand)
  • 1 Tbs. Coconut Oil
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a donut pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, combine orange zest, orange juice, granulated sugar, melted coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla.
  5. Add wet to dry and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix.
  6. Spoon or pipe batter into greased donut pan.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until donuts are golden brown and firm to the touch.
  8. Allow donuts to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack.
  9. While donuts are cooling, prepare the chocolate glaze by melting the chocolate chips and coconut oil.
  10. Dip each donut into the chocolate and garnish with a sprinkle of the remaining orange zest.

I used a donut pan from Crate & Barrel, and this recipe made about 6 small donuts, plus some leftover batter that I used to make 2 muffins. Donut pans can vary a lot in size, so donut yield will likely vary. You may need to adjust your baking time accordingly.

No donut pan? No problem! You can use the batter to make delicious muffins. Just be sure to bake them for an additional 3-5 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Leave a Comment

  1. I’m a orange choco combo fan, so I’ll definitely try this one!

  2. Oh man- this sounds amazing! And FYI- I have an entire gallon-sized BAG of kumquats that I brought home from Florida!
    (How great was Modern Family? Apparently there was a big uproar about the Lily ‘issue’ from last night!)

    1. Amanda says

      I LOVED that Modern Family episode! I thought the Lily “issue” was hysterical!

  3. I cannot resist chocolate and orange together! And those donuts look incredible. I don’t have a donut pan though. Or a waffle iron for that matter. I seem to be sorely lacking in the kitchen gadgets department…

    1. Amanda says

      I’ve yet to find a decent, affordable waffle iron, but the donut pans are pretty cheap (less than $15) and totally worth it in my opinion. But, you can always just make chocolate-frosted orange muffins! (I’m calling them muffins instead of cupcakes to justify eating them for breakfast. Ha!)

  4. This is just another example of why I need a donut pan in my life asap. I love the chocolate citrus combo, it’s hard to imagine those who hate it!

  5. Emily says

    Orange and chocolate is one of those combinations that I rarely think about but, when I have it, I’m reminded of how much I love it.
    I need a donut pan. Badly. For now, I’ll settle for making these as muffins. Yum! <3

    1. Amanda says

      They’re equally delicious as muffins. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. We have the same priorities {I love Modern Family!}. These doughnuts looks out of this world! I seriously want one right now. And the pictures are beautiful!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Krissy! I was very glad I put away my laptop to enjoy Modern Family – loved that episode!

  7. I love these. I love these. And I love these. Thank you.

    Oops, forgot – I need these, too.

    1. Amanda says

      haha Yes, you need these.

  8. I received a doughnut pan as a Christmas gift LAST year, and have still yet to make use of it. This recipe has inspired me to start making some doughnuts!

    1. Amanda says

      Awesome! One you make your first batch, I highly doubt you’ll go another year without making donuts on a regular basis. They’re so good!

  9. Gena says

    I love this easy and exquisite vegan dessert! I may have to invest in a donut pan.

  10. Alright so I bought a donut tray thingy just to try these out! They look amazing and chocolate and orange is my favorite sweet combination. I’ll let you know if they are edible! I’m also gonna bid on some cookies later, that is very sweet you are doing that. no pun intended.

    1. Amanda says

      Awesome! Please let me know how they turn out! I’m sure they will be edible. ๐Ÿ™‚

      And thank you in advance for supporting Kitchen Misfit’s bake sale. It’s a great cause and all of the baked goods look really good!

  11. Ashley says

    I just realized I’ve had my doughnut pan for going on four months and have used it once. This seems unacceptable to me, and like every other commenter here I love citrus and dark chocolate (hello, those breakable chocolate oranges at Christmas?!?!) so these are moving to the top of the to-bake list!

    1. Amanda says

      I was actually thinking about those breakable chocolate oranges when I was making these donuts! It’s been forever since I had one of those…

  12. oh man this made me drool! such pretty photos.

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Katie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. susan says

    these are simply gorgy! i am going to try and make these gluten free…my son is begging for them! thanks for sharing!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Susan. Let me know how the gluten-free version turns out!

      P.S. Your blog is beautiful!

  14. I want to make these so badly! Just got 2 heart-donut pans and I want to use them ASAP! Is there anything I could substitute the applesauce with? I never buy that :/

    1. Amanda says

      Fun! You can probably replace the applesauce with additional coconut oil or vegan buttery spread. ๐Ÿ™‚


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