Sweet little baked donuts coated in a pretty pink blood orange glaze and sprinkles sure will brighten your day!
I’ve been wanting to use blood oranges in a recipe for some time now. There’s something so special about fruit that looks different and has a slightly different flavor. So when we were recently on a grocery trip to Trader Joe’s and I spied a bag of blood oranges, I felt inspired! I decided those little cuties would make the perfect glaze for some homemade baked donuts. AND I had just finally snagged a donut pan at World Market during a 20% off bakeware sale, so it was serendipity I tell ya!
The moro type of blood orange is most typically found here in the U.S. They are known for a bright orange rind blushed with red, and valued for their pleasingly sweet-tart flavor and consistently deep crimson flesh. So deep crimson that it’s practically purple. The flavor of blood orange is not that different from a regular navel orange with a hint more tartness. A bonus is that since most brightly colored foods are also the ones packed with the most cancer-fighting antioxidants (like blueberries and pomegranates), blood oranges are a superfood packed with nutrition. At only 70 calories per fruit, they are a great source of vitamin C, fiber and potassium.
So really what we’re saying here is that these donuts are a health food! They are baked after all and not fried. 😉 Have yourself one or a dozen.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup milk (I used almond milk)
- 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp fresh, strained blood orange juice
- pinch of salt
- splash of vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and granulated sugar together in a medium bowl. Whisk the milk, yogurt, and egg together until smooth in a separate bowl. Add the melted butter and vanilla, whisking until fully combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Do not overmix. The batter will be very thick.
Spoon the batter into the donut cups, filling 3 ? 4 of the way full.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow the donuts to slightly cool before glazing.
Whisk all ingredients in a large bowl. Add more powdered sugar to thicken or more blood orange juice to thin, as needed.
Dip each donut in the glaze three times allowing to set between each layer of glaze. Top with sprinkles. I found pouring sprinkles in a small bowl or plate and then pressing the donut into them made this much easier.
Enjoy the same day! As they sit the glaze will continue to soak into the soft baked donuts. You could try warming the glaze on the stove before dipping to help it set.
Enjoy! I hope these cheer you up as much as they do me! 🙂