I absolutely LOVE pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! These Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts just happen to be my grandson’s favourite after-school snack.
Pumpkin cake donuts topped with a touch of cinnamon sugar. Since we can’t eat pumpkin pie all the time, this easy pumpkin donut recipe is a great alternative.
I am so happy when pumpkin season comes around. This year I had my first pumpkin spice latte in September, the first day Starbucks had them available. My grandkids were thrilled when I treated them to an iced pumpkin latte (minus the espresso). No wonder they want to have sleep-overs all the time!
It may sound weird, but I have pumpkin puree in the house ALL year long. Pumpkin soup, chili, and risotto happen year round in our house. I have it in cans, but by all means, put those Halloween pumpkins to good use and make a homemade puree.
I am NOT a fried donut fan, and I really never have been. When I was young, my mom made the most delicious cake donuts. I can still remember them so well.
Just a plain batter was used, but it was the cinnamon sugar coating that was the star of the show. Simple flavours that really hit the spot after a day at school. She also made the best cinnamon coffee cake ever!
Baked donut recipes are much healthier too. Over the years I have come up with a few. Chocolate Chili Mocha Donuts (which happen to be gluten-free) are perfect with your afternoon coffee.
If you really want to give the kids a treat in the morning, Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Donuts are not only delicious but contain lots of nutritious ingredients too.
BAKED PUMPKIN SPICE DONUTS INGREDIENTS
This recipe for baked pumpkin donuts is just as simple as my mom’s cake donuts, but with a couple more ingredients.
- pumpkin puree
- pumpkin spice
- avocado oil
- baking powder
- baking soda
- cinnamon sugar (for topping)
Mix up the batter, pipe into a donut pan, bake, top with cinnamon sugar and ENJOY! Your house will smell amazing. I love the aroma of pumpkin baking.
TIPS FOR BAKING DONUTS
*Donut pans are so much fun. I have 2, which allows me to make 12 donuts at a time. My grandkids loved these pumpkin spice donuts so much, they did not last long. Guess it’s time to make more. I might need to pick up a couple more pans at this rate.
If you don’t have a *piping bag and a *large round tip, you can fill your donut pans using a spoon. I have done it both ways and totally recommend the piping bag option. Also, I prefer disposable piping bags too. Less clean up.
WHAT IS PUMPKIN SPICE?
Pumpkin seasoning is simply a blend of warm spices consisting of:
You can use store-bought *pumpkin spice, or make your own.
I love this homemade pumpkin spice blend, and always have a jar of it in my cupboard. This way you can tweak it to your liking. A little more cinnamon, a little less ground cloves or however your tastes buds like it.
A great pumpkin spice alternative is *apple pie seasoning or just using a pinch of cinnamon and cloves.
To make the cinnamon sugar, just mix up some cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Do you remember doing this as a kid? I sure do. It is the perfect topping for toast, on top of the butter!
It is best to sprinkle this on while the donuts are still warm so it adheres.
Alternatively, you can use a *cinnamon sugar blend (like in the photo). I love when I get food gifts from friends.
Can you see how easy these pumpkin donuts are to make? Perfect for snacks and also as a brunch item on the weekend. I NEVER get tired of the pumpkin spice flavour.
In fact, I have even put together a great collection of easy pumpkin recipes. Check out this 30+ Pumpkin Dishes Recipe Roundup post. You will want to enjoy pumpkin all year too.
Fall has some of the most delicious flavours of the year. From apple season to gingerbread heaven, there are so many delicious foods to make and eat.
Have you tried my Festive Crunchy Granola recipe? What a great food gift!!
Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts are at the top of my list! Hope you give this easy donut recipe a try. Let me know how yours turn out!
What is YOUR favourite way to enjoy pumpkin spice?
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Looking for more pumpkin spice inspiration? Here you go:
- Pumpkin Spice Cake Martini
- Pumpkin Spice Weight Watcher Muffins
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Macarons
- Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
- Pumpkin Spiced Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup whole milk (or your choice)
- 1 1/4 cups cane sugar (or granulated)
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice blend
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 1/3 cups organic all-purpose flour (or regular all-purpose flour)
- 2 tbsp cinnamon sugar blend (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 350º F, and prepare donut pans with non-stick spray.
- Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and pumpkin spice into a small bowl, and set aside.
- To a large bowl, add the sugar and oil. Mix well.
- Add the milk to this mixture and combine well.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- Add the pumpkin puree, and mix well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Be sure not to over mix.
- Place the batter into a large piping bag with a large round nozzle attached to the end. Alternatively, you can use a spoon to fill the donut pan cavities with.
- Fill the cavities about 3/4 full.
- Place in oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Test with a cake tester or toothpick to check for doneness.
- Remove from oven, and top with cinnamon sugar (while donuts are warm).
- Remove from donuts from pans onto a wire rack to cool.