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Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

    These moist, flavorful pumpkin spice donuts are baked and not fried, contain NO OIL OR WHITE SUGAR and are also packed with protein, nutrients, and fiber.

    Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

    I am embarrassingly excited about the fact that these Pumpkin Spice Baked Donuts were made without any oil, butter or white sugar.

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    Donut Pan

    All you need to make donuts at home is this donut pan that you can find easily at most large grocery stores or on Amazon.

    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.

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    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Can I use this recipe to make muffins?

    Yes. If making muffins, bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

    Do I need the wheat germ and flax seed and walnuts for this recipe?

    No. Just swap out with equal parts flour.

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    Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

    5 stars
    These moist, flavorful pumpkin spice donuts are baked and not fried, contain NO OIL OR WHITE SUGAR and are also packed with protein, nutrients and fiber.  
    PREP: 20 mins
    COOK: 20 mins
    TOTAL: 40 mins
    Servings: 18

    Ingredients
     

    • 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)

    Instructions
     

    • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a donut pan with non-stick spray.
    • 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.
    • In a separate large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: mashed banana, apple sauce, eggs, yogurt, pumpkin, molasses and vanilla.
    • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined.
    • Gently fold the chopped walnuts into the mixture.
    • 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.)
    • Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    Notes

    Can I use this recipe to make muffins?

    Yes. If making muffins, bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

    Do I need the wheat germ and flax seed and walnuts for this recipe?

    No. Just swap out with equal parts flour.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 117kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 143mgPotassium: 199mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 2155IUVitamin C: 1.3mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1.1mg
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    34 Comments

    1. 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

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

    3. 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?

      1. I sub greek yogurt in every recipe that calls for sour cream with no issues. Perhaps you could switch it up and sub sour cream for plain yogurt?

    4. 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. 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!

      1. 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!!!!

    6. 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!!

    7. 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 :)

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