Blood Orange and Dark Chocolate Quick Bread

Choc Orange Bread 2a

Let’s talk happy surprises.

1. told me that the books I ordered with my Christmas gift cards weren’t going to ship until the end of the month because one is on back order.  Surprise!  Two of the three arrived yesterday.

2.  I got Dan the 5th season of Dirty Jobs on DVD for Christmas.  Surprise!  Not all of the jobs on the show are cringe-worthy…like the olive oil presser or walnut farmer.

3.  I’ve only had one migraine since October, which is a HUGE improvement over the 2-3 per week I struggled with this summer.  Surprise!  I developed a sensitivity to one of my prescriptions, which I stopped taking in…October.

4.  I’ve also had far fewer tension headaches.  Surprise!  Turns out my glasses prescription was 30% stronger than I needed (yes, 30% STRONGER), so my eyes were working over time to counteract that.

5.  All of the glasses I’ve had since 4th grade have been thin-framed, designed to mask the fact that I was wearing glasses at all.  Surprise!  I like my new, bolder frames more.

6.  I’ve never been a huge fan of oranges…until I discovered blood oranges.  Surprise!  Blood oranges are back in season.

Choc Orange Bread 3a

I love quick breads.  I love blood oranges.  I love dark chocolate.  Not a surprise– this bread rocks!

Blood Orange and Dark Chocolate Quick Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Blood Orange and Dark Chocolate Quick Bread

Though I used a blood orange in this recipe, you could also use another type of orange.


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • Zest and juice of one blood orange
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and grease a loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the applesauce, milk, zest and orange juice. Stir until there are no dry lumps left.
  4. Fold in the chocolate, and pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Bake at 375F for 35-38 minutes, or until the edges begin to pull away from the pan and the top is browned. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Make Ahead and Storage

The best way to store quick breads is the same as the best way to store muffins!



  1. says

    Not bad surprises in there! We were wondering if Dirty Jobs was still on the air. (It should be noted I accidentally typed Dirty Jons and couldn’t stop laughing)

    There seems to be a blood orange craze starting up! This is the 4th recipe I’ve seen with them this morning! I guess I’ll have to go to Dexter’s house and see if I can borrow some. (Sigh…9 months til a new season)

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      hahaha. That would be a very different show.

      I think there is a blood orange craze starting up because they are finally back in season!

  2. Elisabeth says

    I’ve been a glasses wearer since I was 2 (29 now) and I’ve always loved wearing them! I still remember when I got to get my first wire frames – I thought I was soooo grown up (plastic frames were all the rage when I was a kid), but now I love the bold, plastic frames…which of course have come back ‘in’. 🙂

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      I always wanted wire frames because I didn’t want people to notice I was wearing glasses. Loving the bolder look of my new frames though!

  3. says

    Yum! Citrus and dark chocolate are such a good combination. I’ve actually never had a blood orange… I tried a blood orange Chobani today and absolutely loved it, though! So now I need to try a blood orange. Does it have a grapefruit-y taste? Because the yogurt did…

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      The blood orange Chobani is out now?! I must look for it the next time I’m at Wegman’s!!

      Not sure how blood oranges compare to grapefruits. I’m not a grapefruit fan, so I’m not sure how to describe the flavor…

  4. says

    I love my bold frames – I have quite a few in different colors to match my mood! And I just learned that I love (love I tell you) satsuma oranges… And the produce dude at whole foods felt the need to tell me their season is just about over

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Then maybe I should wait to try one until next year. Otherwise, I’m afraid I’ll love them and won’t be able to get any more!

  5. Kate says

    Is it possible to try this with regular oranges or do blood oranges make all the difference? I’m afraid it’s hard to get blood oranges here in Bangkok.