It might be my wedding week, but don’t think I forgot about all of you. My passion and joy in life involves making recipes and I couldn’t neglect you during the holiday season.
I’m going to keep all posts this week pretty short and sweet, which means we can avoid talking about my obsession with Jelena (justin + selena getting back together) and get straight to these delicious recipes.
So here we are with a sweet dessert or sweet breakfast bread perfect to nosh on over brunch, serve to your grain free guests, or just gobble up yourself with a cup of coffee: my paleo, gluten free orange bread drizzled in rich dark chocolate. I named it my orange-kissed loaf for good reason! It’s truly kissed with the perfect balance of fresh orange juice and zest.
I know what you are thinking: What the hell is this chick doing putting orange and chocolate together in a bread?
That’s exactly what Abra and Tony both thought too until they tried the bread and couldn’t stop going back for more. And now I’m here to prove to you that orange and chocolate are a match made in heaven.
Ingredients in this gluten free orange bread
The combination of orange and chocolate is one that I wish made more of an appearance in bakeries or donut shops because it’s surprisingly addictive, refreshing, tangy, sweet and luxurious. Here’s what you’ll need to make this grain free orange bread:
- Flour: the bread itself is made with almond flour and coconut flour, aka the secret combo to any delicious paleo sweet bread. I’ve only tried it with these two flours, so please don’t ask me about substitutions. The bread is PERFECT as is.
- Eggs: you’ll need 2 eggs in this orange kissed loaf.
- Coconut oil: a little melted coconut oil gives the bread the perfect amount of moisture.
- Maple syrup: this orange bread recipe is naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup.
- Orange: we’re using fresh orange juice and orange zest for bright, delicious flavor.
- Milk: you’ll also need a little milk for extra moisture. I like to use unsweetened almond milk, but feel free to use any you’d like.
- Baking staples: don’t forget the baking soda and salt!
- For topping: I like to drizzle the entire loaf in a coating of dark chocolate by melting an 85% dark chocolate bar. Garnish with more orange zest for a beautiful look!
Can I use a different flour?
Unfortunately no, I cannot recommend a flour substitute in this grain free orange bread recipe. If you’re looking for an alternate, here are some other bread recipes to try:
- Pistachio Poppyseed Orange Yogurt Bread or my Orange Gingerbread Swirl Loaf using whole wheat pastry flour
- Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Bread using almond flour and oat flour (learn how to make oat flour here!)
- Spiced Apple Zucchini Bread using regular or gluten free all purpose flour
- Chickpea Flour Banana Bread using, of course, chickpea flour
Tips for the perfect paleo orange bread
- Make sure you use room temperature eggs and coconut oil. Bring your eggs to room temperature by running them under warm water for a few minutes, and let the coconut oil cool after melting. Otherwise, the batter will coagulate.
- Pack the almond flour like you would with brown sugar so that your orange bread gets the right texture.
- Let the bread cool completely before drizzling it with dark chocolate, otherwise, the glaze will soak right into the loaf.
How to store & freeze gluten free orange bread
- To store: this paleo orange bread should be kept well-covered in foil or plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days, then I recommend transferring it to the fridge or freezer.
- To freeze: simply wrap in plastic, then tightly in foil and finally place in a reusable container or freezer-friendly bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature once you are ready to eat. You can also feel free to freeze individual slices for a quick on-the-go treat! I recommend freezing it before adding the chocolate glaze.
More paleo baking recipes you’ll love
- Paleo Double Chocolate Tahini Banana Muffins
- Paleo Lemon Blueberry Bread
- Good Morning Almond Flour Blueberry Muffin Bread
- Healthy Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
- Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread Bars
Get all of our paleo-friendly recipes here!
I hope you love this paleo orange-kissed loaf! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!
Paleo Orange Kissed Loaf with Dark Chocolate Glaze
Gluten free paleo orange bread kissed and infused with fresh orange juice & zest, then covered with dark chocolate for the ultimate treat. This beautiful, gluten free orange bread is naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and the perfect way to use fresh citrus!
- Dry ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups packed fine almond flour
- ⅓ cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Wet ingredients:
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- ¼ cup melted and cooled coconut oil
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- Zest of 1 large orange
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- For the dark chocolate glaze:
- 3.5 oz 85% dark chocolate bar
- For garnish:
- Zest of 1 orange
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper or spray pan generously with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients. NOTES: Make sure your coconut oil is melted and cooled otherwise it will become clumpy. This goes with your eggs too -- it’s best to run them under warm water for 1 minute to bring them to room temp before baking.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well to combine. Pour batter into loaf pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 40-45 minutes until tester comes out clean. Allow loaf to cool completely in the pan before removing.
To make the dark chocolate glaze: Add dark chocolate bar to a small pot and place over low heat, stirring the chocolate frequently until completely melted and smooth.
Pour over the loaf and spread evenly towards the sides. Garnish with zest from 1 orange. Cut into 10 slices and enjoy!
To store: this bread should be kept well-covered in foil or plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days, then I recommend transferring it to the fridge or freezer.
To freeze: simply wrap in plastic, then tightly in foil and finally place in a reusable container or freezer-friendly bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature once you are ready to eat. You can also feel free to freeze individual slices for a quick on-the-go treat! I recommend freezing it before adding the chocolate glaze.
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I LOVE orange and chocolate together–one of my favorite combos! I’ll be making this for sure. I have made tons of your recipes and they’ve all been fantastic–you are talented, girl!
Happy wedding week!!
I hope you love it! And thanks so much, Sonja – it means a lot!
Please put grams/weights on your recipes.
OMG! I have always loved the orange chocolate flavor that I would get in Europe! THANK YOU, for this recipe! I agree with you, there should be more of this combo used!
SO, so good! Enjoy!
Another yummy sweet treat! Thanks for sharing Monique!
You bet, Tori! Enjoy!
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Never been a better combination! And I just sit wanted to say HAPPY WEDDING WEEK! The day goes by so fast- cherish every second!
Such a great combo. Thanks so much Kasey!! We can’t wait 🙂
Can you please start publishing the nutrition info on all your recipes again? Thank you!!
This cake looks so delicious and tender! And your pictures are stunning ♥
Thanks so much, Natalie! It’s amazing – I hope you get a chance to try it!
This is the BEST cake ever! Can’t get enough – going to be my homemade holiday gifts this year!! Think the eggs can be replaced to make it entirely vegan? Any suggestions?
So glad you enjoyed it! Perfect gift for the holidays 🙂 You could try using flax eggs, but I’m not 100% positive how the texture will turn out.
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It is not Paleo with dark chocolate on top……
Dark chocolate is included in the paleo diet in moderation!
Another favorite from Ambitious Kitchen!
So happy to hear that, Stacy!
Delicious! This is definitely a favorite so far! Glad I can always count on this site when I’m looking for a sweet treat without the guilt. I ran out of almond flour, so I added about half a cup of teff flour and it came out great.
I’m so happy to hear that! And noted on the teff flour – glad it worked out. Enjoy, Christine!
Dear Monique, I just made this absolute divine and super easy cake of yours. It goes straight into my favorite recipe book. Delicious, moist and best of all – super healthy! Thanks a lot for sharing and you just gained another huge fan of yiur site!
Amazing! I’m so glad you loved this one. Hope you get a chance to try some more great ones!
Hi Monique, This recipe looking delicious and can’t wait to rush it! I can’t eat almonds, would you suggest another alternative to the flour/milk?
Hi Carrie! You can use any milk you’d like in this recipe and hazelnut flour will work!
Thanks Monique 🙂
This was absolutely delicious…can you give me the nutrition breakdown please
I didn’t end up calculating for this recipe, but feel free to add the ingredients to an online calculator to do so! So glad you loved this one!
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The most amazing recipe ever! i didnt have oranges but substituted with mandarins.. lovelylovely recipe.. thank you so much for this!
Yum!! So glad you loved this one!
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can i use two flax eggs instead of regular eggs? or 3 tablespoons chickpea liquid?
I haven’t tested this one with flax eggs but I think it should work!
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I made it using 1 TBS of stevia (1:2 ratio) and worked fine!!
I m wondering If I could change it to a flour cake. Paleo, is something new for me and I not very fan of It I have to admit!
Great! I wouldn’t recommend swapping flours in here, but have plenty of loaves, cakes & muffins using “regular” flours on my site. Feel free to use the search bar to check them out, or start with these orange muffins 🙂
This is my son’s favourite cake!!
I’m so glad!!
The texture would be the same if I substitute eggs for flaxseed ??? My children are allergic to eggs.
I love your recipes. Thank you.
Flax eggs should work well in here!
What can I substitute coconut flour with? Or maybe no coconut flour? Thank you!
Hi Lorena! Oat flour is a great sub.
If using oat flour instead of coconut flour, would I use the same amount? Thanks!
Yes that should be fine. Maybe 2 tablespoons more — wouldn’t hurt!
Hi! Just wondering how you store this loaf?
Hi Stephanie! It should be fine in an airtight container for a few days, and you can also put it in the fridge (or freezer!)
I’ve made this awesome loaf last week and it was sooooooo good. I brought some to work and my colleagues loved it. It was so hard to have only one slice haha. Thanks Monique for the recipe! You girl are the best.
So happy to hear that! Perfect for sharing 🙂
Hi Monique, this bread looks soo good. Do you think it would work if I substituted the coconut and almond flours with some combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flours?
Hi Ariel! The coconut almond flours have a very different consistency than regular flours, so I wouldn’t recommend it. I have tons of delicious banana breads, loaves, etc. that use all-purpose and whole wheat flours on my site though, too!
Omg this loaf is incredible! I freshly squeezed my own orange and it is sooo full of orangey deliciousness. Chocolate and orange is a heavenly combo. 😋
Love it!! Best combo <3
Great and surprising result…soooo good! My husband did not notice that it has no cereal flour 🙂
Thanks for sharing.
Glad you both liked this one! 🙂
Your recipes have never failed me. This loaf cake is amazing! I used monk-fruit sweetened maple syrup to cut down on the carbs & only used 1 oz of the dark chocolate & just drizzled it across the top. I baked it in 2 smaller loaf pans so that I could give one to a friend. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks!
Glad those swaps worked out for you! So happy you’re finding some great recipes here. I hope your friend loved this loaf too 🙂
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This is one of the best recipes I’ve made in quite some time. It was perfect for Easter. So easy and SOOOOO good. The consistency is great, it holds together very well and not overly crumbly which I sometimes find when I bake with almond and coconut flours. I went with a 78% dark chocolate for the glaze.
Love this for Easter! So happy you enjoyed it. Dark chocolate is amazing on this.
Can I use agave for this recipe instead of honey? If so how much of it?
Yes you can! I would probably use the same amount.
Finally made it, absolutely scrumptious! Thank you for your recipes Monique!💖💫💫💫
Amazing! So happy to hear that, Jana 🙂
Seriously obsessed with this bread. A must-make!
SO delicious! Love any recipe that can be made in 10 minutes with one bowl, thank you!!
Only changes I made were:
skipped the glaze and added chocolate chips instead (reduced honey to 1/4 cup)
EVOO instead of coconut.
Isn’t it easy? So delish! Glad those swaps worked out well!
THREE days in a row I’ve made three different recipes from Ambitious Kitchen, and they’ve literally all been 5 stars!! Love this blog, love Monique, and love THIS RECIPE!!
Amazing!! So happy to hear that, Lindsay 🙂
Great recipe! My family gobbled this up. I did have to increase the maple syrup a bit since the batter wasn’t sweet enough with just the 1/3 cup of it. And I did find it to be a very soft cake, was a bit hard to keep it sturdy enough for a loaf. But man oh man was it yummy. Thank you for posting it!
Hmmm the bread should be plenty sweet with the 1/3 cup of maple syrup + chocolate drizzle, so the extra liquid may have made it a bit softer.Glad the whole family loved it regardless!
I made this yesterday for my son’s birthday cake and it was delicious! I used slightly less maple syrup (1/4 cup) and added some cacao powder to the batter for extra chocolate flavor. I mixed in a tbsp of peanut butter and coconut oil with the dark chocolate chips for the glaze since I wanted it to harden. Great flavor and texture!
I’m glad those swaps worked out well! Love this for a birthday treat 🙂
This cake is absolutely amazing! My boyfriend says it’s the best cake I’ve ever made. I think it’s the best cake I’ve ever eaten (including non-GF cakes!). It is so moist and the flavor is perfect. I don’t normally leave reviews on anything but I had to leave a review on this. This is going to be my go to cake to impress visitors from now on. Thank you Monique!
So happy to hear that, Lisa! Thanks for your review 🙂
This was great. Just enough orange flavor and very moist. The chocolate+orange combo is most excellent. Thank you for a great recipe!
Absolutely! Glad you enjoyed!
Absolutely love this recipe! Instead of doing a chocolate glaze I split the batter into 2 and mixed 3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder with one half and then swirled them in together to do a marble type of orange chocolate loaf!
Perfect! Love that idea 🙂
This looks so good! Can I use regular milk instead of almond milk? I’m not paleo or vegan, just love anything with orange and chocolate!
Yes regular milk will work! Enjoy 🙂
The batter seemed a bit dry – perhaps because I forgot to add the freshly squeezed OJ! No matter; even though the loaf had been baking for 10 min, I removed it from the oven and poured the OJ over the top, which included the very dark chocolate chips I had sprinkled on top, not wanting the melting chocolate step. Had also cut the recipe in half since I didn’t want us to finish it in one sitting, which we still did. With unsweetened vanilla almond milk alongside- yummy!!
Whoops! I’m glad you were able to salvage it! So delicious 🙂
I liked it. I substituted one small applesauce tub for the oil. Worked great. Center not firm enough for me so I won’t use a loaf pan next time. Something flatter. I’m at high altitude so that’s probably why. Thanks!
I’m glad the applesauce worked out well! At higher altitude you might have to just adjust the baking temp, too.
I am not a huge Chocolate-Orange fan but tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out fabulous! I used regular milk because I did not have any almond milk and it turned out super moist. I used a 85 % Lindt Dark chocolate which everyone in the house loves!
Perfect! So happy to hear that 🙂
I used half a cup of monkfruit sweetener and 1 tsp maple extract. Also, skipped the orange all together and added semisweet lily’s chocolate chips👌
I’m glad that worked out well!
As a huge chocolate & orange fanatic, I had to give this recipe a try for a healthy work week pick-me-up. I was running low on almond flour, so I modified the recipe by halving it, and making 6 muffins instead of a loaf (cooked at same temp for just under 18 minutes). I also added a handful of chocolate chips to the batter, rather than making the drizzle. They are SO moist and tasty, with the perfect amount of orange flavour. Can’t wait until I get some more almond flour so that I can try the recipe again exactly as it’s written. Thanks for a great snack/dessert/breakfast recipe!
Perfect! I’m so glad the muffins worked out well. Sounds delicious!
Finally made this tonight and WOW it is unbelievable! Orange and chocolate are one of my all time favorite combos and this will be a repeat for sure! Thank you for another 5 star recipe!
Such a great combo! Glad you loved this one!
Holy guacamole!!! This loaf is AMAZING. I’m not sure why but it gave me an incredibly nostalgic feeling. The super dark chocolate is such a beautiful contrast. I could take or leave the chocolate, just the loaf is perfection.
Absolutely! So glad you loved it 🙂
Um this is insane and probably one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. Easy to make too! Thank you for this heavenly gift 🙏
Love that! Perfect treat 🙂
I made this last night and couldn’t wait till it cooled. My daughter and I ate half of it at 10 pm. I don’t think eating dessert at 10 pm is recommended for any diet let alone paleo, Needless to say this one is a keeper. Reading along to see what other dessert I can use almond flour in.
I’m glad you both loved it! Check out all of my almond flour recipes here 🙂
Can I veganize this?
I haven’t tested it with flax eggs but let me know if you give it a try!
These were awesome! I added pistachios because I felt inspired from your other bread recipe with orange & pistachios but since I had the right flour to make this one and not the right flour to make that one I went with this one and was not disappointed. Very moist and perfect amount of sweet. I made them into muffins and they baked up in about 20ish minutes.
LOVE pistachios — such a great idea! And love that you turned it into muffins. Sounds amazing 🙂
Do you think Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour would work? Thanks.
I’m not sure. I usually don’t recommend subbing alternative flours in almond flour recipes because the texture will be really different. Sorry!
this looks so delicious and yummy . i just love this recipe. thanks for sharing this amazing article and recipe.
Could I use 1 ½ cups of normal flour and ⅓ cup oat flour as a substitute for the flours?
If not, what would be a good idea?
I haven’t tried subbing the flour in this recipe, sorry!
Hi. I am going to make the Paleo Orange-kissed loaf with dark chocolate but I don’t have enough maple syrup. Substitutions?
A think a combo of maple syrup + honey should be ok! Let me know how it goes 🙂
I’m planning to make this a day before for Father’s Day cause my dad loves the choc orange combo. Was just wondering – will the glaze harden since it’s just melted chocolate? Is it meant to harden? Or should I bake the loaf in advance and then melt/pour chocolate on it right before serving?
Can’t wait to try this! P.S all the best with your pregnancy, I’m 26 weeks at the moment!!
Hi, Mary! Yay, I hope he loves it 🙂 It should stay melty/soft unless you put it in the fridge. I’d pour the melted chocolate on right before serving!
Have you tried if as little bundt cakes
No I have not, it should work but you might want to adjust the baking time. Let me know how they turn out.