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Honey Pumpkin Baked Donuts

November 15, 2010


Baked Donuts

Baked Donuts - Plain, Honey Glaze, Sliced Almonds, Coconut, Sprinkles, and Powdered Sugar

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.

Donut Dough

Donut Dough in a Ziploc bag with the end cut off. Like a pastry bag.


When you squeeze out the dough on a baking sheet, try to form better circles than I did!


Donut Dough - not the best circles.

Donut Dough on a Baking Stone. Not the best circles, but it will do.


Donuts on a Cookie Sheet with Parchment Paper

Donuts on a Cookie Sheet with Parchment Paper. Again - try to make better circles than me.


Dough in the Donut Pan

Dough in the Donut Pan


Cooling on a Rack

Donuts Cooling on a Rack

Donut Variety

Baked Donut Variety




"Frosting" - Light Cream Cheese, honey, and pecans

"Frosting" - Light Cream Cheese, honey, and pecans

Honey Pumpkin Baked Donuts

Makes about 16 donuts

Recipe by Striving Bean

Dry Ingredients

  • 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

Wet Ingredients

  • 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

Optional Ingredients

  • 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.


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Lightly grease donut pan.  If using cookie sheet, use parchment paper.  If using baking stone, no greasing necessary
  3. Mix together dry ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix
  6. Carefully scoop dough into pastry bag
  7. Squeeze out dough into circle shapes
  8. Bake 12- 16 minutes until donuts spring back when touched
  9. Cool slightly before removing from pan/cookie sheet
  10. Optional – Top with Martha Stewart’s Honey Glaze and other toppings or cream cheese “frosting”
  11. 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”

So what do you think of baked donuts?

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2010 10:45 pm

    These look and sound delicious. I’ve done a baked apple cider doughnut, but have yet to try pumpkin!

    • November 15, 2010 11:37 pm

      Hi Lori – Apple cider doughnut sounds soooo good – What a great idea!

  2. November 15, 2010 10:46 pm

    I’ve never been a big fan of doughnuts, mostly because I don’t like fried food. (I AM American, I promise!)

    But, these just might be worth a shot! (:

    • November 15, 2010 11:41 pm

      Hi Pursuit of Healthfulness – Thanks for your comment! Let me know if you give them a try, I’d like to know what you think.

  3. November 16, 2010 2:52 am

    oohhh, these look really good! I definitely going to make these for my husband. Thanks for sharing this healthy recipe!

    • November 16, 2010 7:00 pm

      Hi Maya – glad you like it. Let me know if you make them. Hope you and your husband enjoy!

  4. November 20, 2010 8:36 am

    I want these for breakfast. Yum. I will make these for the family next week. Love the decorations as everyone enjoys a bit of snazz on their donuts.

  5. November 20, 2010 8:57 am

    I never thought to bake donuts. I swear I saw these and I am so hungry now. They look delicious!! Thanks for sharing

  6. November 20, 2010 9:30 am

    WOW! Two of my favorite things…pumpkins and donuts! 🙂
    Love the healthy recipe. Perfect for the upcoming holidays.

  7. November 20, 2010 11:14 am

    Wow, this is really cool. I will definitely be trying this recipe for donuts. This is the first time I have heard of honey pumpkin baked donuts. They look so good. Great work!

  8. November 20, 2010 11:51 am

    WOW!!! These sound scrumptious! It’s my first time participating in Sabroso Saturday and I’m having a blast checking out all the recipes. I’m going to have to try these!

  9. November 20, 2010 1:09 pm

    Oh my!! I am in love with this recipe! Wow, sounds, looks, and I can imagine how they smell. So yummy. I will def try this recipe. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  10. November 20, 2010 1:09 pm

    Finally something sweet in this #sabrosoSaturday tour. Love your donuts, I’ll point a breakfast to this link. Buenisimo

  11. November 20, 2010 9:19 pm

    Thank you all for the kind comments! Let me know if you give them a try – feel free to put your own twist on them!

  12. November 21, 2010 11:54 pm

    I love that you created a healthier fried donut alternative. My boys and I love to bake, so this would be perfect for us. I’ll try it after the Thankgiving rush, when my kitchen, and I, have had some time to rest! Gracias Micaela por la receta and for linking up during Sabroso Saturday!

  13. December 3, 2010 12:22 pm

    I love doughnuts of any kind.. honey baked pumpkin though? Divine!

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