Orange-Coconut Cocoa Bread with Hazelnut Frosting Recipe

Orange-Coconut Cocoa Bread with Hazelnut Frosting Recipe
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Orange-Coconut Cocoa Bread with Hazelnut Frosting

Amie Valpone

Orange-Coconut Cocoa Bread with Hazelnut Frosting

No worries, it’s a healthy one. And even though I’m a total chocoholic, I have a spot in my heart strictly reserved for baking breads. So I thought, why not combine the two and make a fabulous chocolate bread? Oh and I did just that.

This bread is the quick version of my grandma Isabel’s classic German chocolate cake. Growing up, my absolute favorite dessert of all time was Isabel’s amazing cake. She always made it for special occasions and I couldn’t get enough of the rich frosting combined with the sweet coconut flakes.

So I thought, why not try to create a gluten-free version but a in a bread form and this time with a bit of pizazz from orange zest and ground cashews. It’s great to make for a crowd and looks like it takes a lot of time and effort when it really doesn’t at all. But, that’s our little secret.


For the frosting

Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan and warm over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, mixing well. Cover and keep warm.

For the bread

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, sift all of the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well until combined. Add the cacao nibs, coconut flakes, orange zest, and ground cashews. Mix well.

Transfer the mixture to a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven, and let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm with the frosting drizzled over the top.


*Note: Store-bought will not achieve the right flavor.


Calories per serving:

362 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 21g 33%
  • Carbs 40g 13%
  • Saturated 6g 31%
  • Fiber 6g 25%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 12g
  • Monounsaturated 10g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 9g 18%
  • Cholesterol 55mg 18%
  • Sodium 241mg 10%
  • Calcium 112mg 11%
  • Magnesium 74mg 19%
  • Potassium 282mg 8%
  • Iron 3mg 19%
  • Zinc 1mg 9%
  • Phosphorus 233mg 33%
  • Vitamin A 63µg 7%
  • Vitamin C 12mg 20%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 11%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 6%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 8%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 31µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 12%
  • Vitamin K 6µg 8%
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