Blood Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins

“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!

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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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  1. Lisa

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

  2. Tara

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

  3. neha gattani

    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.

  4. Zytka Maurion

    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 🙂

  5. Elise

    These are DELICIOUS!!!!

  6. Monica

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

    1. Monica

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

  7. Monica

    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!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      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!


  8. Carrie

    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?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      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

      1. Carrie

        Yes, they are delicious! Thanks for the idea!

        1. Tara

          I have made these a few times now and the latest batch turned blue too! Definitely caught me by surprise. Maybe because the blood oranges I used today were particularly dark?

          1. Todd & Diane

            Yes, the colors in blood oranges vary so much, everything from a light orange to red to a deep red. There are no two blood oranges that have the same color. Well, not at least that we’ve seen from our trees. Glad you’re enjoying the muffins!

  9. betty

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

  10. Kirstin

    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!

  11. justcooknyc

    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.

  12. Lindsay C

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

  13. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

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

  14. Lisa

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

  15. matt

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

  16. Liam O'Malley

    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.

  17. Soma

    So pretty!

  18. Maria

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

  19. Kelly

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

  20. Half Assed Kitchen

    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.

  21. Kathy

    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.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      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.

  22. ravenouscouple

    what an awesome way to start the morning!

  23. Brooke @ Food Woolf

    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?

  24. Cindy

    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!


  25. colleen

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

  26. grace

    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!

  27. Karen@Mignardise

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

  28. Deanna B

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

  29. Jen @ How To: Simplify

    Wow, these muffins look delicious!

  30. Allison

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

  31. bunkycooks

    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.

  32. Manggy

    “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…

  33. TripleScoop

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

  34. Gosia

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

  35. Jenious

    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!

  36. Jamie @ My Baking Addiction

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

  37. Divina

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

  38. A Canadian Foodie

    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.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      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.

  39. LoveFeast Table

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

  40. Viviane Bauquet Farre / food & style

    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.

  41. Jessica @ How Sweet

    Oh yum. These look and sound absolutely fabulous.

  42. Sasa

    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.

    1. White on Rice Couple

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

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