Baked Orange Campfire Brownies

Orange Campfire Brownies - Baked Version

Orange Campfire Brownies – Baked Version

You don’t have to say everything to be a light. Sometimes a fire built on a hill will bring interested people to your campfire.
Shannon L. Alder

Orange and Chocolate

My favorite chocolate bar is probably Lindt’s Intense Orange Dark Chocolate bar. I find that the bittersweet chocolate taste pairs so well with the citrus flavor of orange

Getting my inspiration from that orange chocolate bar, I tried to find a good orange brownies recipe. I found one here, but, I did not have and did not want to use that many eggs and butter so I substituted them with applesauce and oil. 

Orange Campfire Brownies, a Spoonful of Happiness

While looking for an orange brownies recipe, I also stumbled upon Orange Campfire BrowniesIt is absolutely clever and simple.

Instead of grilling it on a campfire, I decided to create a recipe for Orange Campfire Brownies, but a baked version.

Basically, you first scoop out the insides of oranges.

Orange Campfire Brownies - Baked VersionFill them up with brownie batter.

Orange Campfire Brownies - Baked Version

Cover tightly with foil.

Orange Campfire Brownies - Baked Version

 Bake, or I guess “grill” them on the campfire until they are cooked.

Orange Campfire Brownies - Baked Version

 Lastly, eat the orange campfire brownies with a spoon!

Orange Campfire Brownies - Baked Version

 Isn’t that just lovely? 

Bonus Orange Juice

Moreover, you can even enjoy some freshly squeezed orange juice leftover from the oranges.IMAG3623

If you’re too lazy to make your own brownies from scratch, you can also just use brownie mix

Oh and don’t forget the salt (like I did). I kept thinking the recipe was missing something!

Please enjoy my Baked Orange Campfire Brownies recipe! Happy baking!

Baked Orange Campfire Brownies
Serves 4
Enjoy the bittersweet taste of chocolate and citrus flavor of orange in these brownies cleverly baked inside oranges.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Ingredients (lazy way with brownie mix)
  1. 5 navel oranges (or any orange with a thick skin)
  2. brownie mix
Ingredients (if you want to make brownies from scratch)
  1. 5 navel oranges (or any orange with a thick skin)
  2. 1/3 cup of oil
  3. 3/4 cup of applesauce
  4. 1/2 cup to 3/4 cups of white sugar
  5. 3/4 cup of flour
  6. 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder (omit if you want it more fudgy)
  8. 1/2 teaspoon of salt/sea salt
  9. 1/2 cup of chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
  10. 3 to 4 tablespoons of chopped almonds (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Slice the tops of 4 oranges. Spoon out insides (juices and pulp) and set aside for orange juice. Grate zest of fifth orange.
  3. If you have brownie mix, make based on instructions and add orange zest. Then, skip to step 9.
  4. If you want to make brownies from scratch, on a pan, melt chocolate mixed with oil and orange zest on VERY low heat for about 1 to 2 minutes until incorporated. Turn off heat and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup of sugar and applesauce.
  6. Add the chocolate mixture to the applesauce sugar mixture.
  7. Sift the flour and cocoa powder. Add baking powder (optional). Fold in 3 tablespoons of chopped almonds (optional).
  8. Taste your batter (yes, it has no eggs!). Add more sugar if you want it sweeter.
  9. Pour brownie batter inside oranges until it’s almost full. Put the lid on and cover tightly in foil.
  10. Bake at preheated oven for about 45 minutes or longer until brownies are cooked. The batter will be a bit wet and will take longer to bake than regular brownies so please be patient!
  11. Take brownies out of the oven when cooked (be careful, they will be hot) and set aside to cool for about 20 minutes.
  12. Sprinkle some chopped almonds and sea salt on top before serving (optional).
  13. Get a spoon and dig in!
  1. The oranges will come out a bit wet but don't fret, just leave them alone to cool and let the juices drip down to the foil. It would also be great with a drizzle of caramel sauce on top or with some ice cream!
Adapted from Chris Clarke
Adapted from Chris Clarke
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