Friday, February 10, 2012

Baked Chocolate-Orange Doughnuts

My first thought on Wednesday morning when I woke up was: Doughnuts. Must. Make. Doughnuts.

I was working from home that day, and I had an intense urge to take full advantage of the doughnut pan I got as a gift for 2010. I'd been eager to use my doughnut pan all this time, but just never found the right occasion for making doughnuts. For some reason, this past Wednesday, doughnuts just had to happen. And so they did. 

Baked Chocolate-Orange Doughnuts
Yields: 6 doughnuts
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
-1 egg
-4 teaspoons butter, melted
-1 teaspoon orange extract

Frosting (optional):
-1 oz. bittersweet baking chocolate, melted

1.) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat doughnut pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
2.) In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, combine milk, sugar, egg, butter and orange extract until smooth. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; mix until blended and smooth. 
3.) Fill each doughnut cup approximately 3/4 full. Bake at 325 degrees for 13 minutes or until doughnuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan; let cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

Have you ever had one of those chocolate oranges? You know...the one that breaks open into slices, like a real orange? Well, the flavor of these doughnuts is insanely similar to those tasty chocolate oranges. Just sayin'.

Since these puppies are made with whole wheat flour and are baked (versus fried), they are also fairly healthy. Can I get an amen?

Have you ever made homemade doughnuts? Please share your recipes!


  1. Love, love, love chocolate and orange together. These look delicious!

  2. I have not made doughnuts at home before but now I'm considering adding a doughnut pan to our wedding registry! :-)

  3. They look delicious and the healthy factor is a plus! Happy weekend!

  4. Oh wow - these look so yummy! Found your blog through the registration page for the Blog Better Boston Conference - love it!

  5. @Sara, so glad you found my blog! Thanks for commenting!

  6. I need a doughnut pan and one of these!!

  7. Mmm I love those oranges! Baked donuts never seem to do it for me, but these might change my mind! The flavors sound incredible.