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Healthy Pumpkin Donuts with Pumpkin Spice Maple Glaze

Healthy pumpkin donuts with pumpkin spice maple glaze are made with eight simple ingredients, and baked to perfection! They’re a more nutritious, lower in sugar version of your favorite cider mill donut that are made gluten and dairy free.

These baked pumpkin donuts will wow you — they’re super easy to make and I swear they’re as delicious as one from a pumpkin patch cider mill that you would get in the fall. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely enjoy the real thing every fall when we go to the apple orchard, but when I want a version that’s just as good with more nutrition and less sugar, I always bake up a batch of these!

I’m writing this post as we are in quarantine due to the corona virus pandemic happening in the United States. It’s a scary time with a lot of uncertainty around how the future will look. One thing that always brightens my spirits when I need it most is thinking of my favorite season, fall and baking up something pumpkin!

Pumpkins make people happy. The nostalgia and warmth of the season makes me hopeful for the future and snacking on one of these nutritious donuts with my coffee doesn’t hurt either! They’re fully, not overly sweet and bursting with the flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin spice.

While these pumpkin donuts bake in your oven you’ll remember why you love fall so much and if you’re baking them in April like I am, they will definitely get you excited for what’s to come in just a few months! And if you need more ideas for how to use up that can of pumpkin you opened for this recipe, check out the recipes linked here at the bottom or browse this site for more!

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healthy pumpkin donuts with pumpkin spice maple glaze

ingredients for healthy pumpkin donuts with pumpkin spice maple glaze


  • oat flour or gluten free oat flourif you don’t have oat flour at home you can simply add oats to a high speed blender and blend on high until a thin, flour consistency forms
  • pumpkin puree if you don’t have pumpkin puree this recipe also works with banana
  • coconut sugarlight brown sugar would also work
  • coconut oil butter would also work
  • lemon juice
  • vanilla extract
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • maple syrup
  • lemon juice
  • powdered sugar

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This baked pumpkin donut recipe is a one-bowl recipe that couldn’t be easier to make! I promise they will become your favorite treat to bake because of how easy they are to make and how great they taste.

To make healthy pumpkin donuts you will simply mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl and mix the wet in another. Combine the wet with the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Divide the batter evenly among the wells of the donut pan, and bake!

healthy baked pumpkin donuts with pumpkin spice maple glaze

Healthy Pumpkin Donuts with Pumpkin Spice Maple Glaze

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Healthy pumpkin donuts will be your new favorite treat to bake up anytime of year! You will not believe how fluffy, delicious and easy to make these delicious donuts are!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Servings 6 donuts


  • for the baked donuts:
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 ` cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • for the pumpkin spice maple glaze:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and generously grease a donut pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, pumpkin, sugar, coconut oil, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking soda, vanilla, and lemon juice and stir until combined.
  • Use a spoon to divide the batter evenly among the 6 donuts wells. It’s ok if they’re not perfectly uniform. 
  • Bake for approximately 18-19 minutes.
  • While the donuts are baking combine the ingredients for the maple glaze in a small bowl until combined and a drippy glaze forms. 
  • Remove from the oven, and let cool for a minutes in the pan before using a butter knife to pop them out of each well. 
  • Use a fork to drizzle each donut with glaze and top with extra pumpkin pie spice! For maximum freshness leave store in the fridge and reheat donuts for a few minutes in the microwave when ready to enjoy! 
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6 thoughts on “Healthy Pumpkin Donuts with Pumpkin Spice Maple Glaze

  1. Oh my word! I haven’t had a pumpkin donut in years! And I was craving one…so, instead of heading to Dunkin for one ladled in sugar, I decided to try a healthier recipe made at home.

    I whipped these up in a flash! Start to finish was about 30 minutes. Super easy! I had most ingredients on hand. I substituted Protein flour in replace of the oat flour and used Swerve brown sugar in the donut recipe and Swerve confectioners sugar in the glaze. Do not skip the glaze! It was actually a tad sweet for me, but I think they really compliment the not so sweet donut. I was going to save these for breakfast, but had one for dessert tonight instead. Sooo good and blew my craving out of the woods! And have I mentioned that they’re healthy?! Win, win and win!

    Tips: I used a basting brush to brush on the glaze instead of “drizzling”.

    This is a keeper!

    1. So glad you liked them — these are definitely one of my favorite pumpkin treats ever too! Great idea to use a basting brush. I will have to do that next time!

  2. These were delicious! I used a little less sugar than it called for and they were still sweet enough. I made half the batch with chocolate chips, my daughter won’t eat anything without chocolate chips! I skipped the glaze because I didn’t have the ingredients, but will definitely make it next time. And I will make a double batch, these disappeared too quickly!