Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Cinnamon sugar pumpkin donut with a bite taken out.

This post has been updated from it’s original release in September 2015.

Summer is officially in the rearview mirror, and I am ready for fall!

Fall means cooler weather and pumpkin EVERYTHING! 

Delicious low calorie, gluten free, and dairy free Baked Pumpkin Donuts to be exact! You can also make them vegan if that’s your jam. 

Easy Pumpkin Baked Donuts | How sweet it is to bake healthy, gluten-free, and delicious donuts with all the flavors of fall! This dairy free breakfast is packed with flavor, yet low calorie. The best part about these skinny pumpkin donuts is that you can choose your favorite of 3 topping recipes- almond milk cream cheese, cinnamon sugar, vanilla glazed! These are a perfect option for anyone choosing a clean eating or whole foods lifestyle! Use a flax egg for a vegan friendly brunch!

We are blessed to experience all four seasons here in South Dakota and fall is by far my favorite.

As I was longing for fall and all that comes with it, I found myself in the kitchen experimenting with this delicious new pumpkin recipe.

Instead of starting from scratch, I decided to put a pumpkiny {yeah, it isn’t a word..but it should be!} spin on the delicious baked donut recipe I created earlier this year.

Pan of 3 different donuts with vanilla glaze, cream cheese frosting with sprinkles, and cinnamon sugar.

These Pumpkin Baked Donuts embody all things fall and wait for it…they are actually healthy!

I use our gluten-free flour blend, coconut sugar, canned pumpkin puree, and a little coconut oil for added richness.

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A stack of 3 cinnamon sugar donuts using sugar free monk fruit sweetener..

The fun thing about these pumpkin beauties is the three completely different ways you can “dress them up”.

You can choose the famous combo of a cream cheese frosting, a vanilla glaze, or one of my kids’ favorites- rolled in cinnamon and sugar.

There is no wrong way to “accessorize” them!

Up close shot of a gluten free pumpkin donut in a pan surrounded by glazed donuts.

I love that these delicious Pumpkin Baked Donuts are packed with whole food ingredients.

Even though these simple Pumpkin Baked Donuts are leaps and bounds healthier than your typical donut, it is still important to serve them with protein and additional whole foods.

Easy Pumpkin Baked Donuts | How sweet it is to bake healthy, gluten-free, and delicious donuts with all the flavors of fall! This dairy free breakfast is packed with flavor, yet low calorie. The best part about these skinny pumpkin donuts is that you can choose your favorite of 3 topping recipes- almond milk cream cheese, cinnamon sugar, vanilla glazed! These are a perfect option for anyone choosing a clean eating or whole foods lifestyle! Use a flax egg for a vegan friendly brunch!

A typical example of a “kid-friendly donut breakfast” at our house would include serving it with scrambled eggs and fresh fruit.

Oh, and I need to also mention that these are best when you eat them fresh out of the oven {obviously, you will cool a bit before frosting}. Gluten free treats tend to dry out especially when they are low/no sugar.

A slice of a beautiful cream cheese frosted pumpkin donut using dairy free almond milk cream cheese

I have to know, how will you top your donuts? πŸ™‚ Happy Eating!

Baked Pumpkin Donuts 3 Ways

Easy Baked Pumpkin Donuts | How sweet it is to bake healthy, gluten-free, and delicious donuts with all the flavors of fall! This dairy free breakfast is packed with flavor, yet low calorie. The best part about these skinny pumpkin donuts is that you can choose your favorite of 3 topping recipes- almond milk cream cheese, cinnamon sugar, vanilla glazed! These are a perfect option for anyone choosing a clean eating or whole foods lifestyle! Use a flax egg for a vegan friendly brunch! Find more healthified recipes at happihomemade.com.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Beverage, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: All American
Keyword: autumn, dairy free, donut, donuts, doughnut, fall, gluten free, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, refined sugar free
Servings: 6 donuts
Calories: 175kcal
Cost: $5.00

Equipment

  • donut pan
  • medium bowl
  • small bowls

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend Click HERE for Recipe
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or monk fruit sweetener for sugar free
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
  • 1/16 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 oz Kite Hill Dairy Free Cream Cheese or regular (at room temp) if not dairy free
  • 2 Tbsp powdered monk fruit sweetener
  • almond milk if necessary to thin frosting

Sugar Free Vanilla Glaze

  • 1/2 cup monk fruit powdered sugar or regular powdered sugar
  • 3 tsp almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon and Sugar Topping

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

Donuts

  • Preheat oven to 375F. Spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mix dry ingredients together in small bowl. Mix wet ingredients together in separate small bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Scoop dough into the corner of a quart-sized storage bag. Cut off the tip of the bag and pipe into greased donut pan. (You may need to wet your fingers and smooth out the batter to make it more even.)
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean and donuts are a deep golden brown. Allow to cool before adding your favorite topping!

3 Toppings Options

  • Cream Cheese Frosting: Whip together dairy free Kite Hill cream cheese (if using regular cream cheese make sure it is at room temp) and powdered monk fruit sweetener in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until combined. Spread frosting on donuts with a knife and sprinkle with cinnamon, coconut sugar, or fall sprinkles.
  • Sugar Free Vanilla Glaze: Mix the 3 ingredients together in a shallow bowl and dunk donuts into glaze OR drizzle over donuts with the tines of a fork.
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Topping: Place water in a bowl just wide and shallow enough to dip the donuts. Then mix together the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and pour out onto a small plate. Quickly dip each side of the donut in the water and then smoosh into the sugar mixture to coat all sides of the donut.

Notes

  1. I have used whole wheat flour to make these donuts and they turn out just as well. I do add another Tbsp of milk to thin out the batter a little.
  2. The gluten-free version of these donuts is best eaten the same day. The whole wheat version, however, does taste well after being refrigerated. I usually remove them from the refrigerator and allow them to warm to room temperature and add my topping of choice!
  3. Are you in need of a donut pan? Click HERE to see the one I use!
  4. Use a flax egg recipe for a vegan donut option.
 

20 Comments

  1. Yum! These donuts look so good!

  2. Love this Pumpkin baked donuts thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

  3. These look lovely! Healthy and delicious! Would love for you to add these to our healthy halloween recipe link up this week if you have time πŸ™‚

  4. Oh hellloooooooo! THOSE look insanely delicious! Something I certainly would LOVE to sink my teeth into!

  5. I’ve never had a pumpkin donut. They look delicious! Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

  6. These donuts look fantabulous!! I just wish I could grab them right now πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot for linking up at the Family Joy blog link up party. Pinned your post to our Pinterest party board.
    -Shamira

  7. Those look amazing! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

  8. Wow these are gorgeous! I saw your recipe featured over at Allergy Free Wednesday and I’m so glad I did! Pinned it and sharing. We’d love for you to share your fabulous recipe over at Savoring Saturdays linky party this Friday {it’s live at 7 p.m. EST at RecipestoNourish.com}. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

    • Hi Emily! Thank you so much for stopping by and saying such nice things πŸ™‚ These donuts really are something special! Yes, we would love to party with you! See you in a couple days!

  9. Gluten free?!?! Awesome! πŸ™‚ This sounds so delicious and I can’t wait to try them.

  10. These donuts look absolutely amazing. I can’t get enough pumpkin in the fall. This will be one of our features tonight at midnight EST at the Get Your Shine On party. Hope to see you there!

  11. Delicious pumpkin donuts love it best for the season, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

  12. Yum! These look amazing! #pumpkineverything πŸ˜‰

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