Citrus, and especially orange season, is here and since you may have extra oranges on hand I wanted to highlight some favorite orange-themed dessert recipes.
Some of these feature fresh oranges, some orange juice and some orange rind, in order to take advantage of the abundance of seasonal fruit. Others are orange-flavored, for when you want that lovely and bright citrus flavor but don't have fresh fruit on hand. All are of course vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free (as always!).
Click on the "get the recipe" button in each section to take you to the full recipe for each dessert. Hope you find some inspiration in these recipes to get you baking!
Recipes Featuring Fresh Oranges
Below are a few of my favorite recipes that feature fresh oranges, orange juice, and rind. These recipes are great for making the best of citrus season or when you're in the mood for some refreshingly orange-ish!
Fig & Orange Roll-Up Cookies
These fig and orange roll-up cookies are lightly crispy on the outside, soft and bursting with flavor on the inside.
Raw Cranberry Orange Cheesecake
This raw cranberry orange cheesecake is a flavorful and festive dessert, full of warm spices and a delicious and refreshing cranberry orange flavor.
Mirabelle Plum Jam
A deliciously sweet and tart orange and mirabelle plum jam, sweetened and flavored with orange juice and maple syrup.
Dark Chocolate with Orange Peel
A grown-up treat for those who love chocolate orange… a delicately balanced dark bittersweet chocolate bark with natural orange peel.
Walnuts in Syrup
Sweet and crunchy walnuts in a orange-flavored syrup sauce. Perfect as an ice cream topping, or just as a sweet treat on their own.
Orange Butter Cake with Warm Orange Sauce
A light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth kind of a cake, that's not too sweet — most of the sweetness comes from the warm orange sauce you drizzle over it.
Blood Orange Dessert Recipes
While still an orange, I feel like when it comes to flavor and crimson flare, blood oranges are in a category of their own! Here are a few recipes to make use of seasonal blood oranges for when you're in the mood for something bright and sweet.
Blood Orange Tart
A refreshing and colorful no-bake blood orange tart recipe with a rich, chocolatey crust.
Blackberry Blood Orange Nice Cream
Simple, refreshing 3 ingredient vegan nice cream recipe you can make in your blender.
Orange Flavored Desserts
Below are some of my favorite orange-flavored dessert recipes. And while they don't feature fresh oranges in the ingredients list (but rather rely on orange flavor extract), when you're in the mood for an orange cake, sometimes that flavor note is all that matters...
No-Bake Candy Bar Cookies
A delicious chewy orange-flavored nutty no-bake cookie topped with rich and crunchy chocolate.
Orange Gingerbread Cheesecake
A nutty raw vegan cheesecake with a winter-spiced "gingerbread" crust and a mellow and creamy orange-flavored filling.
Raw Orange and Fig Spread
A raw instant jam that pairs sweet figs with tangy citrus in a spread reminiscent of orange marmalade.
Orange Marmalade Desserts
A few recipes featuring the intense flavor of orange marmalade -- a wonderful addition to your orange flavored recipes collection! Not to mention, something to use up fresh orange marmalade in if you've got an abundance of fresh oranges to make use of.
Orange Marmalade Galette
A cookie dough crust, a layer of “cream cheese”, and a layer of marmalade create the most delicious fruit pizza ever.
Orange Blossom Desserts
Another orange-related flavor I absolutely adore is orange blossom. Orange blossom water can add so much dimension and fragrance to a dessert, and is another great way to add a twist to many orange-flavored cakes, cookies, etc.
Pistachio & Orange Blossom Avocado Cake
An unusual and lovely-tasting orange blossom and pistachio raw vegan cake made with an avocado base.
Sesame Orange Blossom Cookies
Deliciously flavorful and crispy sesame cookies, made with tahini and orange blossom water.