15 October 2012

grain-free pumpkin spice doughnuts

15 October 2012
hi, friends! as i eluded on instagram over the weekend, i'm sharing another one of my recipes with you today and i'm particularly proud of this one because it took some trial and error (read: making four batches).

i used the weekend to perfect this recipe, drawing inspiration from this and this. the first time i made them, i hadn't yet purchased a doughnut pan, so i made muffins and while they were good, they weren't quite sweet enough for me. they were definitely MUFFINS and not DOUGHNUTS. and when i'm craving dessert, muffins just don't cut it.

the version i settled on this weekend definitely hit the spot - the key being the honey glaze and cinnamon sugar topping. feel free to try substitutions if you have allergies or specific taste preferences. you can substitute agave for honey or maple syrup, peanut or sunflower seed butter for almond.

you can switch out the brown sugar topping for stevia or powdered sugar, or even drizzle with some melted chocolate.

a few tips for you:

coconut oil works really well to grease pans. you won't taste the coconut once baked, so don't shy away if you're not a fan of the taste.

the batter will rise quite a bit, so whether you use a muffin or doughnut pan, only fill the molds half-way. i made the mistake of overfilling a few molds and while the they tasted the same, they looked chubby with no doughnut hole.

these are best enjoyed warm! the next day, james and i zapped in the microwave for 20 seconds and had doughnuts for breakfast. 

store in an airtight container. best if eaten within 3-5 days.

i'd love to know if you try this recipe and if you make any substitutions, so leave a comment below if you do! enjoy!

pumpkin spice doughnuts

for doughnuts
·       1 cup almond butter
·       4 eggs
·       ¼ cup pure pumpkin
·       ½ cup agave nectar
·       2 tsp. vanilla
·       ½ tsp. baking powder
·       2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
·       1 tsp. cinnamon
·       ½ tsp. sea salt
for glaze and topping
·       2 tbsp. honey
·       ½ tbsp. butter or coconut oil
·       2 tbsp. brown sugar
·       ½ tbsp. cinnamon

1. preheat oven to 350°F. grease pan with coconut oil or butter. in a medium bowl, add almond butter, eggs, pumpkin, agave, and vanilla. beat with hand mixer until smooth.

2. add baking powder, spices, and salt. continue to beat, until combined.

3. pour batter into pan, filling molds half-way. bake 11-14 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

4. while doughnuts are baking, heat honey and butter over low heat for glaze. heat until honey thins, stirring occasionally. in small bowl, whisk brown sugar and cinnamon for topping.

5. let doughnuts cool for 15 minutes. brush glaze on tops and sprinkle topping.
makes 12 small doughnuts.  

click here to download printable recipe card!


jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

you bake so many fun things! these look so tasty! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Alex said...

Already pinned and excited to make these! They look delicious!

Allyson [Mimosas in the Morning] said...

These look delicious!!! And the pictures get better and better every time you post a new recipe!

Viviana said...

You are such a good cook!

Natalie said...

These look amazing, and I love your idea of greasing pans with coconut oil! Can't wait to try these.

christin said...

Interesting. Girl, you've been getting your bake on lately. Love it!

Julie and Lauren said...

This looks delish, Ashley!

Alexa said...

Oh so yummy! These would so put me in the fall mood!

The Egg said...

holy moly i gotta try these!
they look perfect

xo the egg out west.

Elizabeth // The Now said...

OMG Ashley....you are quite the chef! I'm so impressed and that donut looks so yummy!!! Great post! xoxo

Valerie Price said...

Yum, these look absolutely delicious! I really think that they would be such a great treat to include in a fall theme wedding or party!

Annie said...

Loving all these recipes lately! Particularly intrigued about the coconut-- never knew you could use it as a grease. Will definitely remember this one!

Alison Dulaney said...

These look delicious! And I wouldn't feel that guilty after eating one.


alongobucco said...

I was totally looking forward to this recipe!! I'm a huge fan of apple cider donuts, but I hate the way seeing them fry in all that oil makes me feel (one word: guilty). I can't wait to try your healthy pumpkin version. Delish!

The Glossy Life

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Zé Pedro Rodrigues said...

hum that delights Cake!!
Zé Pedro

Julie said...

Those look delicious!!! xo, Julie

Melissa Blake said...

Yummy! Looks delicious! xoxo

Maya {CharminglyStyled} said...

Those look amazing! And the mister did a wonderful job with the photos {I borrow my sweet man for guest photos on my blog sometimes too!}.

So happy I found your blog - I'll be following along from now on!


Emily Marie {Isnt That Charming} said...

You seriously have the best recipes ever! Love this, definitely will be trying this one out.

Emily Marie {Isnt That Charming} said...

You seriously have the best recipes ever! Love this, definitely will be trying this one out.

Johanna said...

Woah...your have a lucky husband to have these treats in house!

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