The best easy baked homemade pumpkin donuts. Simple recipe that requires only a few ingredients and a donut pan. A healthy fall treat you and your kids will love! Full of warm fall flavors and only 150 calories each!
I am not a big donut lover, due to the high-carb, high-fat, high-sugar element in traditional donuts.
Do you see where I am going with this? You can eat desserts, even for a healthy breakfast just try to make them a little lighter so you can enjoy them more often.
How are these healthy baked pumpkin donuts healthier than traditional donuts?
- They have melted coconut oil to remove some of the added fat and cholesterol.
- Fully gluten-free thanks to the use of All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour in place of regular white flour.
- Lower in sugar by adding warm spices like ground cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice to bring out the natural sweetness of the pumpkin.
- Finally, and most importantly, these are baked in the oven rather than frying them in oil.
So you can feel good about eating these Healthy Baked Pumpkin Donuts, since they only have 150 calories each and Bonus, they are ready in less than 3o minutes!
What ingredients do you need to make these Healthy Baked Pumpkin Donuts?
- Pumpkin Puree – not pumpkin pie filling
- Coconut Oil
- All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
- Granulated Sugar
- Baking Powder
- Spices – ground cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice
To bake these donuts I used donut mold pans, which I purchased on Amazon for only $10 each.
If you don’t have donut mold pans then you can use a mini muffin pan or a regular size muffin pan. See the notes section of the recipe card for baking time recommendations.
Let’s get down to the good stuff, and make these healthy donuts.
How to make Healthy Baked Pumpkin Donuts
- Combine the melted coconut oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice), salt, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
- Then mix until a smooth batter forms.
- Add in the flour and cornstarch and mix well to form a slightly thick but still smooth donut batter.
4. Then pour the donut batter about 3/4 of the way full into each donut mold in the donut pan. About 1/4 cup of batter works perfectly to fill each mold. Smooth the top of each out with the back of a spoon or small spatula (Step 4).
5. Bake at 350 degrees F in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, until the tops are puffed up and starting to turn golden brown.
6. Remove the donuts from the oven and let them cool for about 2-3 minutes.
While they are cooling you can make the cinnamon sugar topping. Combine 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1/4 cup ground cinnamon in a medium size mixing bowl and lightly whisk until all of the cinnamon is incorporated with the sugar.
Carefully run a butter knife around the edge of each donut, lift them out of the pan and shake each lightly in the cinnamon sugar.
Serve warm and enjoy with a nice hot cup of your favorite coffee.
Expert Tips for making homemade baked Donuts
- Don’t over mix the batter – mix well to combine the ingredients but do not over mix or the donuts will turn out gummy and not cakey and soft.
- Spray the donut pan with cooking spray before adding the batter to allow the donuts to easily be removed from the pan after baking.
- Let the coconut oil cool slightly after melting it before combining it with the rest of the ingredients – 4-5 minutes of cooling time should do the trick.
- Make sure to coat the donuts in the cinnamon sugar when they are warm or the coating won’t stick to the donuts.
- Use a gluten free all purpose flour that already has xanthan gum in it. It should say on the package if it is has xanthan gum or in the listed ingredients.
- Don’t have any pumpkin puree? You can use unsweetened applesauce or even greek yogurt in place of the pumpkin in this recipe.
- Add in some chocolate chips or chopped pecans for added texture. Simply fold them into the batter before filling the donut pans.
- Want to cut out the white sugar in the donut recipe? Sub in half coconut sugar and half brown sugar in place of the white sugar – 1 cup coconut sugar and 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar.
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