Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts

In case this is your first time meeting me, Hi I’m Jennifer Sharp and I have a pumpkin addiction, now that we have that out of the way….

Every fall as the air gets crisp around me and a certain coffee giant releases their fall flavours I get excited to cook and bake with pumpkin. Even when it isn’t fall I usually have a freezer full of pumpkin puree ready to go. You just never know when that urge is going to creep in.

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These simple and guilt-free donuts are pretty much the holy-grail of donuts for any pumpkin (and donut!) lover.

These gluten-free cake-style donuts are baked, making them a big step up health-wise from their fried counterparts. And, as if they couldn’t get any better, they’re finished with a mouthwatering maple glaze icing made without refined sugar.
They’re still a treat, but they’re made with wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about indulging in every once in a while. (Like, right now.)

The luscious maple glaze on these pumpkin donuts couldn’t be easier to make. It’s dairy-free and composed of just three ingredients: maple syrup, coconut oil, and coconut butter.
Blended together, they create a dreamy, perfectly sweet glaze that takes these donuts to the next level of donutty goodness. If you want to skip this step to save calories, you can – but why not live a little?
If coconut butter is new to you, look for it in the health foods or baking section of your grocery store. It’s usually sold in glass jars and can be found near the coconut oils.
Coconut butter is made from the fibrous coconut meat, so it tends to be more solid than its close cousin, coconut oil.
And if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, I’ll let you in on a secret — coconut butter is actually quite easy to make at home! Simply add unsweetened shredded coconut to your food processor, and pulse until smooth (sort of like making peanut butter).

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Gluten-Free Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Glaze

Prep Time 20 mins                                                                                                                         Cook Time 12 mins                                                                                                                        Total Time 32 mins                                                                                                                   Servings 12 servings, 1 donut each                                                                                      Calories 185 kcal

Ingredients:
1½ cups gluten-free all purpose flour
⅓ cup coconut sugar
1 tsp . baking powder
½ tsp . baking soda
½ tsp . sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
¾ tsp . pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp . ground nutmeg
⅓ cup pumpkin puree
4 Tbsp . extra-virgin organic coconut oil , melted, divided use
½ cup canned coconut milk
Nonstick cooking spray
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup coconut butter , softened
2 Tbsp . water
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg in a large bowl; mix well. Set aside.
3. Combine pumpkin, 2 Tbsp. oil, and coconut milk; mix well.
4. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; mix until just blended.
5. Place batter in large re-sealable plastic bag. Cut off one corner to create a piping bag. Pipe batter into a donut pan lightly coated with spray, filling ¾ full. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool to room temperature.
6. While donuts are baking, place maple syrup, coconut butter, and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
7. Place glaze in a medium bowl. Dip top of each donut into glaze; place on a wire rack until glaze sets.

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