Four Scrumptious Low-carb Blood Orange Desserts

Our team is huge fans of dessert. We don’t like feeling deprived, and we don’t think having blood sugar concerns should stop anyone from enjoying tasty treats. We love fruity desserts, especially in summer. Fruit flavors can be so refreshing as well as sweet. They’re perfect in the summer heat! Today, we’re sharing blood orange recipes. They are sweeter, tarter and juicier than a standard orange.

A blood orange contains three times the polyphenols of navel oranges and nine times as many antioxidants. In fact, you would need to eat a whole bag (two kilograms) of navel oranges to get the same amount of antioxidants as just one blood orange. Blood oranges are considered a low GI food with three grams of fiber to 15 grams of carbs and 69 calories. Here are four delicious blood orange desserts that are low-carb and will leave you and your blood sugar happy!

Blood Orange Cheesecake


This cheesecake uses nuts in the crust to give it a firm texture that won’t crumble to pieces on your fork. The tart sweetness of the fruit is perfect for cheesecake, which can sometimes be a bit too rich when plain. In addition to being low-carb, this cake is grain- and gluten-free, so it’s perfect for many different diets. However, this cake is not a low-calorie food. A slice has 444 calories, nine grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

Glazed Blood Orange Rum Cake


This cake is made using your blender and is fluffy and soft. It’s also so fast to make! You might be alarmed at the thickness of the batter in the blender, but it’s meant to be that way! If you want to leave out the rum, you can, but most of the alcohol will cook out, leaving behind a caramel flavor that goes well with the blood orange’s taste. You can also use rum extract if you prefer. A slice has 262 calories and four grams of net carbs. Get the recipe.

Blood Orange Chocolate Cupcakes


We love that cupcakes come with immediate portion control built into them. You don’t have to worry about cutting yourself an appropriately sized slice. It’s a personal cake you can enjoy! These cupcakes have blood orange in the cakes themselves and the cream cheese frosting for a delicious double kick. Nothing goes better with orange than chocolate! The recipe also uses espresso powder, not to make it taste of coffee but to highlight the chocolate! A cupcake has 244 calories, seven grams of carbs and three grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

Blood Orange and Almond Flour Cake


Orange and almond flour cake is a classic dessert. People who avoid gluten have been making it for decades. Its omission of traditional flour makes it both low-carb and gluten-free. This updated version uses some quinoa flour to make the texture lighter and less dense. It also uses blood orange to make the flavor a little brighter. We’re big fans! A slice has 197 calories, 12 grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.

We hope these recipes inspire you to cook with blood oranges this summer! They are delicious and offer more health benefits than regular oranges. If they are something you don’t usually use, now is the time to try them!

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