Blood Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins

by on April 5, 2010

“I want a pastry!” “I want a muffin!”

A monster has been created by spoiling her too much.  The latest Strawberry Crossover may have been just a little too good and now the demands for fresh breakfast delights are increasing.  Good thing muffins are quick and easy to make.

Not that I mind the demands.  Nothing makes me happier than cooking or baking for the ones I love, especially when I am lucky enough to have someone as special as Diane who can cook like a badass too, so I know the favor will be returned. Even pre-cappuccino hour demands are looked upon with pleasure.

A muffin she wants, a muffin it is. Lately any muffin requests have been met by freshly baked lemon muffins, but it was time to mix it up a bit.  Blood oranges are still filling our coffers, so with a little twist a blood orange muffin recipe was born.

Just as I’m about to spoon the batter into the muffin pan, the beautiful little monster declares, “I want chocolate!”

Well, that isn’t entirely true.  She is beautiful, and she did want chocolate, but she isn’t really a monster.  Yet. With a few chops of the knife I broke up a dark chocolate bar into chunks, gently mixed them into the batter and sent everything off to the oven for baking.

Soon the kitchen air was warm and sweet, I had my morning cappuccino, we shared the chocolate oozing muffins and everyone was happy. Not a bad way to start the morning.


Chocolate and blood orange is a deadly combination!

Blood Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffin Recipe

Yield: 9 Muffins

Adapted from Beth Hensperger's Bread "Fresh Lemon Muffins" recipe. If you want to highlight the blood oranges more, omit the chocolate chunks. You'll need about 4 blood oranges to make this recipe. Regular oranges or lemons make good substitutes.


Muffin Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 c (275g) unbleached, all-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 c (100g) Sugar
  • 1 1/2 t (6g) Baking Powder
  • 1/2 t (2g) Baking Soda
  • 1/4 t (1g) Sea Salt
  • grated Zest of 3 Blood Oranges
  • approx. 6 oz (170g)  Dark Chocolate Chunks or Chips
  • 1/2 c (115g) unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2/3 c (155ml) fresh Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 t (5ml)Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs

Blood Orange Glaze

  • 1/4 c (50g) Sugar
  • 1/4 c (60ml) fresh Blood Orange Juice


Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Grease & flour muffin pan.

  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and zest until well mixed. Mix in chocolate chunks.
  2. Combine melted butter, blood orange juice, vanilla extract and eggs.  Mix until well combined. Fold into dry mixture until just combined (important- do not overmix). Spoon into muffin pan cups, mounding full.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly brown.  Test with a tooth pick to double check center doneness (should come out clean unless it hits chocolate.) While muffins bake, make blood orange glaze: combine sugar and blood orange juice in a small saucepan and heat to dissolve sugar.  Set aside.
  4. Poke muffins in a few places with a toothpick and pour over warm glaze. Allow to cool.
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Other Blood Orange Ideas:

There were tons of additional blood orange recipe ideas in the comments of our latest Blood Orange Giveaway (deadline has passed)

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sasa April 5, 2010 at 11:50 pm

One question: how do you do this thing called “keeping chocolate in the house for such occasions”? Because whenever I try that it always seems to have disappeared by the time I need it for something.


2 White on Rice Couple April 6, 2010 at 8:10 am

Sasa- Lol! We always have secret stashes of chocolate hidden through out the house ;)


3 Jessica @ How Sweet April 6, 2010 at 3:49 am

Oh yum. These look and sound absolutely fabulous.


4 Viviane Bauquet Farre / food & style April 6, 2010 at 5:02 am

Oh this is so the wrong post to read as you wake up… It’ll make me dream of chocolate and blood oranges for the rest of the day – and happily deadly it is! Thank you for the beautiful photos, recipe and post. You two are truly an inspiration.


5 LoveFeast Table April 6, 2010 at 5:22 am

Not at all a bad way to start a day! I’d love to see how the rest of the day went! yum!


6 A Canadian Foodie April 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

Now this looks yummy… I like the blood orange glaze idea. Is it tangy enough without the zest? I can’t imagine it would be… not with the blood oranges I have sampled… but then, you grow your own, right? So, maybe.


7 White on Rice Couple April 6, 2010 at 9:10 am

The blood orange flavor is subtle even with the zest. I think we put so much chocolate in ours that it dominated the flavors. The glaze is where most of the blood orange flavor comes from.


8 Divina April 6, 2010 at 8:04 am

Absolutely beautiful and what a great combination. I’ve never had blood orange and chocolates together. And they’re just very inviting.


9 Jamie @ My Baking Addiction April 6, 2010 at 8:13 am

Wow, now that is my kind of muffin! Simply gorgeous!


10 Jenious April 6, 2010 at 8:17 am

Although I’m not blessed with access to such a lovely bounty, I’m pleased you are since your inspiration leads to recipes like this darlin’. Delightful!


11 Gosia April 6, 2010 at 8:46 am

Oh, these pictures send me into the bloody orange muffin craving like no other. Beautiful and scrumptious.


12 TripleScoop April 6, 2010 at 8:46 am

What a nice flavor combination Blood Oranges and Chocolate. I like the way the light reflects off of the orange, very nice.


13 Manggy April 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

“not a bad way?” How about “totally awesome”? :) Granted, I still need to taste my first blood orange on my next trip to the states…


14 bunkycooks April 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

Citrus and dark chocolate…that is my hubby’s favorite combination! If I can still find the blood oranges here, I will definitely make these. The pictures are stunning.


15 Allison April 6, 2010 at 11:42 am

And I thought those blood orange margaritas look good! I can’t wait to try these!


16 Jen @ How To: Simplify April 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Wow, these muffins look delicious!


17 Deanna B April 6, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I need to find someone to make me breakfast. Or to do the dishes after I make breakfast. Preferably both.


18 Karen@Mignardise April 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

They look fantastic – chocolate and orange is my favorite. How do you get the tops so nicely rounded? Mine always come out flat!


19 grace April 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm

i once had a chocolate-orange truffle from a box of chocolates and it was vile. that said, i’m willing to try the combination again simply because of this post. your pictures are phenomenal and your recipe looks terrific!


20 colleen April 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

oh yummy. :o)
We could really enjoy these at our Chocolate Breakfast Club gathering!


21 Cindy April 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Hey guys,
Nominated you in the best blog about growing food for a mouse and trowel award. Everybody click to vote for our favorite foodies!



22 Brooke @ Food Woolf April 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm

If I could ask for such things, I would. Hans toasts bread for me. But he does make a mean cup of coffee. Todd, you mind teaching my man your skillz in the kitchen?


23 ravenouscouple April 7, 2010 at 1:11 am

what an awesome way to start the morning!


24 Kathy April 7, 2010 at 5:30 am

Yes you are correct, blood oranges and muffin are great combination. Oh I thought that the blood oranges are in the mixture of the flour muffin. I love that it was glazed. Dark chocolate would be the delight on the tongue when you eat the muffins and the blood orange glaze would make you truly happy. This is one hell bloody muffin. Thank you very much for sharing your recipe.


25 White on Rice Couple April 7, 2010 at 10:12 am

Hi Kathy. Actually the blood orange is in both. There is juice and zest in the muffin, but the really kicker comes from the glaze.


26 Half Assed Kitchen April 7, 2010 at 10:58 am

How did I not find your blog until now? Your images are stunning and I’m running across the street to buy blood oranges right this minute.


27 Kelly April 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe. I NEVER bake but this looks too good to pass up. :)


28 Maria April 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Great way to start the day. The muffins look marvelous.


29 Soma April 8, 2010 at 7:49 am

So pretty!


30 Liam O'Malley April 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

Oh my goodness, these look beautiful and I bet they taste even better.

I just wish I could get more consistent access to blood oranges. I love them so.


31 matt April 8, 2010 at 10:14 am

I love blood oranges, but have never thought about pairing them with chocolate. What a totally great idea. Fantastic looking muffins Todd!


32 Haley Destafino April 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

My name is Haley Destafino, I am the Associate Publisher of The Mountain Times, a weekly newspaper in Killington, Vermont. Every year we publish a summer and winter menu book which is a collection of the local restaurants menus. We look for colorful and seasonal photos for our covers and the photos you have are very appealing. I write to you in hopes of getting your permission to use one of them for this winter’s menu book cover. We would gladly give you the photo credit and copies after it is published. You can see this summers cover on our website, I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your time.


33 Lisa April 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

wow, those are some very big chunks of chocolate in those muffins! totally yummy!


34 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets April 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I love the extra edge of blood oranges and of course their intense color. Diane’s a lucky woman 8).


35 Lindsay C April 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Made these today using Navel oranges (cause that’s what I had around) and they turned out wonderful!! Thanks for the great recipe.


36 justcooknyc April 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm

something tells me omitting the chocolate chunks would be a bad idea — i love that combination, and now i’m really curious to try it with blood orange. great photos, of course.


37 Kirstin April 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Mmm, I really love the combination of chocolate and oranges. I’m thinking I might try this with regular oranges first and go from there. Thanks for sharing!


38 betty May 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

blood orange in a chocolate muffin these look great :O)


39 Carrie February 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

I read about you guys in the Sunset magazine and I love this blog! The pictures are fantastic and I marked several recipes. I made these muffins today and they were delicious…but my batter was blue and the muffins are blue inside too. Do you have any idea how that happened and your muffins are just white?


40 White on Rice Couple February 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

Hi Carrie,
Welcome. Thank you so much for the sweet compliments.
Blue? We’ve never had that happen. It always gets a tinge pinkish from our blood oranges and I can’t think of anything which would cause that. Sorry we can’t be of more help. Maybe another reader will have some experience in regards to this. At least they were tasty!
T & D


41 Carrie February 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Yes, they are delicious! Thanks for the idea!


42 Monica April 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

I just love your blog! and your images STUNNING! I’m planning to make this recipe but since I like moist soft muffins I was wondering if the liquid ingredients are enough to make them fluffy or do I need to add more oj/eggs or maybe buttermilk. Thanks for the advice!


43 White on Rice Couple April 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Thanks for the sweet compliments!
The ratio for these muffins creates the perfect texture for us so we haven’t deviated from it. A key to fluffiness is when adding the liquid ingredients to the sifted dry ingredients, is to barely mix until combined. The less you can mix the better. We always mix at this point by hand, so we have better control and precision.
If you play with the recipe, we’d love to hear how the changes come out!



44 Monica April 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Thank you for the fast response! I will definitely tell u guys how the muffins come out, thanks again :)


45 Monica April 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

The recipe is GREAT, did’nt need to alter it. Muffins came out moist and tender. Thanks a lot!


46 Elise January 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm

These are DELICIOUS!!!!


47 Zytka Maurion February 12, 2012 at 8:11 am

Hi :)

I fell in love just when I saw these muffins. Really.

In Poland we don’t have blood oranges (or even regular oranges, lemons… We have to import them. That is very very sad but climate is too cold) so when I saw today at local market “Sicilian oranges” I had to buy them. Now ingredients are waiting in two bowls. I am sticky like caramels because every orange has to be ‘examined’ by me and my taste buds. AMAZING! You made me green with envy with your oranges – they are surely much better than bought in market :)


48 neha gattani March 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I just made these with oranges (cos that’s what i had) and they are incredible. I halved the recipe and got 5 muffins. Hope I can store them for 2-3 days (don’t want to eat all 5 in one day ;).
Thanks for such an easy and delicious muffin recipe.


49 Tara February 25, 2013 at 6:31 am

I made these for breakfast last week and it was the first time I had ever tried a blood orange. Loved them!


50 Lisa February 24, 2014 at 6:07 am

These were tasty but mine came out blue as well. I believe it is due to the deep red color of my blood oranges.


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