Purely Pumpkin Baked Donuts 3 Ways

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

Fall means cooler weather and pumpkin EVERYTHING! 

Purely Pumpkin Baked Donuts | How sweet it is to bake healthy, gluten free, and homemade donuts with all the flavors of fall! This seasonal breakfast recipe is packed with flavor, yet low in calories. The best part about these skinny baked treats is that you can choose your favorite of 3 toppings recipes! These is a perfect option for anyone choosing an easy clean eating or whole foods lifestyle!

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.

Purely Pumpkin Baked Donuts | How sweet it is to bake healthy, gluten free, and homemade donuts with all the flavors of fall! This cute seasonal breakfast recipe is packed with flavor, yet low in calories (no refined sugar). The best part about these skinny baked treats is that you can choose your favorite of 3 toppings recipes (coconut butter, greek yogurt, cinnamon)! These are the best option for anyone choosing an easy clean eating or whole foods lifestyle!

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.

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

I used our gluten-free flour blend, coconut sugar, organic pumpkin puree, and a little butter for added richness.

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Purely Pumpkin Baked Donuts | How sweet it is to bake healthy, gluten free, and homemade donuts with all the flavors of fall! This seasonal breakfast recipe is packed with flavor, yet low in calories. The best part about these skinny baked treats is that you can choose your favorite of 3 toppings recipes! These is a perfect option for anyone choosing an easy clean eating or whole foods lifestyle!

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

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

There is no wrong way to “accessorize” them!

Keep in mind that the cinnamon and sugar combo is not the cleanest eating option, but after you see all the pure and healthy ingredients in the donut, you might not be so concerned about topping them with sugar!

Purely Pumpkin Baked Donuts | How sweet it is to bake healthy, gluten free, and homemade donuts with all the flavors of fall! This cute seasonal breakfast recipe is packed with flavor, yet low in calories (no refined sugar). The best part about these skinny baked treats is that you can choose your favorite of 3 toppings recipes (coconut butter, greek yogurt, cinnamon)! These are the best option for anyone choosing an easy clean eating or whole foods lifestyle!

I love that these delicious pumpkin donuts are packed with whole food ingredients.

Even though these Purely 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.

Gluten-Free Purely Pumpkin Baked Donuts How sweet it is to bake healthy, gluten-free, and delicious donuts with all the flavors of fall! This seasonal breakfast is packed with flavor, yet low in calories. The best part about these skinny pumpkin donuts is that you can choose your favorite of 3 topping recipes! These is a perfect option for anyone choosing a clean eating or whole foods lifestyle! www.groundedandsurrounded.com/recipe/purely-pumpkin…-donuts-3-ways/ ‎

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}.  But that shouldn’t be a problem….right?

If you are curious about learning more about whole food meals and how we “healthify” meals at Grounded and Surrounded, be sure to check out our latest series, The Whole Food Family!

Here are some other delicious recipes to tempt your taste buds:

Thankslimming Pumpkin Bites Don't you love the delicious flavor of fall without all the guilt?! These flavorful energy bites are healthy, gluten-free, and use whole food ingredients.Find more recipes like this at groundedandsurrounded.com
Thank-slimming Pumpkin Bites
square apple crisp
Healthy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

Autumn Spiced Turkey Salad square
Autumn Spiced Turkey Salad

Purely Pumpkin Baked Donuts 3 Ways

How sweet it is to bake healthy, gluten-free, and delicious donuts with all the flavors of fall! This seasonal breakfast is packed with flavor, yet low in calories. The best part about these skinny pumpkin donuts is that you can choose your favorite of 3 topping recipes! These are a perfect option for anyone choosing a clean eating or whole foods lifestyle! Find more healthified recipes at groundedandsurrounded.com
Servings: 6 donuts

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend Click HERE for Recipe
  • 3/4 tsp xanthum gum
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
  • 1/16 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened or melted
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp milk

Maple Coconut Butter Glaze

  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp coconut butter

Cinnamon and Sugar Topping

  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 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

  • Maple Cream Cheese Frosting: Whip together all 3 ingredients in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until combined. Spread frosting on donuts with a knife and sprinkle with cinnamon or coconut sugar.
  • Maple Coconut Butter Glaze: Mix the 2 ingredients together and drizzle over donuts with the tines of a fork.
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Topping: Place melted butter in a bowl just wide and shallow enough to dip the donut. Then mix together the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl and pour out onto a small plate. Dip one side of the donut in the melted butter and then place that same side into the sugar mixture to coat the top 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 straight out of the oven as gluten-free treats just don't have the same texture the next 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!
Purely Pumpkin Baked Donuts | How sweet it is to bake healthy, gluten free, and homemade donuts with all the flavors of fall! This seasonal breakfast recipe is packed with flavor, yet low in calories. The best part about these skinny baked treats is that you can choose your favorite of 3 toppings recipes! These is a perfect option for anyone choosing an easy clean eating or whole foods lifestyle!

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 🙂

  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 🙂 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 🙂 These donuts really are something special! Yes, we would love to party with you! See you in a couple days!

  9. Gluten free?!?! Awesome! 🙂 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 😉

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