How do you make donuts healthier? You bake them instead of deep frying! Honey Pumpkin Baked Donuts are an experiment born from a snow day at home. Mid-November brought us snow in Minnesota. Lots of snow – so no driving, no errands. Baking, playing in the yard, and hot chocolate.
These Honey Pumpkin Baked Donuts are a cinch to make. I used a Norpro 6-Count Nonstick Donut Pan, which forms nicely shaped donuts.
If you don’t have a donut pan, you can easily make a donut by squeezing out the dough from a pastry bag, or a Ziploc bag with the end cut off. Form the best circles you can on a baking stone or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
When you squeeze out the dough on a baking sheet, try to form better circles than I did!
Honey Pumpkin Baked Donuts
Makes about 16 donuts
Recipe by Striving Bean
- 2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (0.25 cup) ground flax seeds
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.50 teaspoon) baking soda
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup pureed pumpkin
- 3/4 cup (0.75 cup) honey
- 1/4 cup (0.25 cup) milk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
- For optional honey glaze, you’ll need: Honey, butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract. See Martha Stewart’s Honey Glaze
- If using honey glaze, you can sprinkle on toppings: sliced almonds, flaked coconut, sprinkles, etc.
- You can roll donuts in powdered sugar too.
- Cream Cheese “Frosting” – mix together cream cheese, finely chopped walnuts (or pecans) and honey.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
- Lightly grease donut pan. If using cookie sheet, use parchment paper. If using baking stone, no greasing necessary
- Mix together dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix
- Carefully scoop dough into pastry bag
- Squeeze out dough into circle shapes
- Bake 12- 16 minutes until donuts spring back when touched
- Cool slightly before removing from pan/cookie sheet
- Optional – Top with Martha Stewart’s Honey Glaze and other toppings or cream cheese “frosting”
- Optional – dip/roll in powdered sugar (no honey glaze needed)
Our family weighs in:
- The kids loved the plain donuts best.
- Husband loved the honey glaze.
- My fave was the cream cheese “frosting”