Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts Recipe

 No oil or white sugar is needed to create these moist, flavorful and addictive pumpkin spice baked donuts.

Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts - The Lemon Bowl

I am embarrassingly excited about the fact that these Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts were made without any oil, butter or white sugar.  Not only are they moist, fluffy and delicious but they are also packed with protein, nutrients and fiber.  


Cassie from Bake Your Day was gracious enough to send me a donut pan out of the goodness of her heart. (Aren’t food bloggers the best??)

Admittedly, I am not a fan of traditional fried donuts (shocker) but I was eager to come up with a baked version that tastes like a naughty donut but is secretly a nutritious breakfast.


Mission accomplished thanks to luscious pumpkin, creamy yogurt and just enough cinnamon and sugar to make you feel all warm and happy inside.

The fact that my 15 month old son can feed this to himself is an added bonus.

Cassie, I hope I made you proud! xoxo

Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts
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No oil or white sugar is needed to create these moist, flavorful and addictive pumpkin spice baked donuts.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18
  • • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or white whole wheat flour)
  • • 1 cup oats
  • • ¼ cup toasted wheat germ (plus 2 tablespoons for coating)
  • • ¼ cup brown sugar - packed (plus 2 tablespoons for coating)
  • • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus 1 teaspoon for coating)
  • • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • • ½ teaspoon salt
  • • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • • 1 ripe banana - mashed
  • • ¾ cup plain low fat yogurt
  • • ½ cup apple sauce - unsweetened
  • • 2 large eggs
  • • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • • ½ cup walnuts - chopped
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a donut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients except the chopped nuts: whole wheat pastry flour, oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, flax seed meal, baking soda, salt, spices; set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: mashed banana, apple sauce, eggs, yogurt, pumpkin, molasses and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined.
  5. Gently fold the chopped walnuts into the mixture.
  6. Using a large ice cream scoop, carefully divide mixture evenly among several donut pans or muffin tins if you do not have a donut pan. (See NOTE below if baking muffins.)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. While donuts are baking, combine 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of toasted wheat germ and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small bowl for coating the donuts when they are warm.
  9. After donuts have cooled for 10 minutes but are still slightly warm, carefully dip both sides into the cinnamon sugar mixture until evenly coated; let cool completely or serve warm.

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  1. says

    You are awesome. I have that pan and would truly love to make these! The kids would be ecstatic!!

    Real doughnuts give me a belly ache :( I admit, I do love a good French crueller :)

  2. says

    So I know you’re not supposed to buy things for yourself so close to Christmas, but I seriously think this post was the shove out the door to buy that $13 doughnut pan I saw at Target! YUM, these look AMAZING!!

  3. Ingrid says

    I’ve been trying to transition to other flours such as oat & coconut. Do you have any suggestions are substituting the wheat flour in this recipe? It sounds amazing!

    • Donna says

      I second the question concerning another flour than wheat for fabricating this marvel!…Could one use a coconut/hemp/pumpkin seed/ or gf oat flour instead?

      Am running out to find a Wilton donut pan!!!!

      • Liz DellaCroce says

        I would give it a shot – it can’t hurt to try! Especially the oat flour! You will LOVE the donut pan!

  4. Sarah says

    These look great! Any recommended subs for the banana? Banana’s are one of the few healthy foods I just can’t bring myself to eat!

  5. Sue Bunton says

    I love pumpkin and these donuts look so yummy! But unfortunately, while searching for “clean” baked goods recipes, I find that many use yogurt as an ingredient. I get migraines and after many years of suffering, I have discovered that yogurt is one of my triggers. Is there an acceptable substitute for yogurt for this recipe?

  6. Corry Oosterhouse says

    These sound so good, Liz!! I don’t like fried donuts either!! Love baked donuts! And they’re only 3 WW points each!!:-):-)

  7. Emily says

    hi just wondering if you need the wheat germ and flax seed and walnuts for this recipe? its just that i don’t usually buy these and can be very expensive from where I’m from


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