My kids love doughnuts. (LOVE being the emphasized word here!) I have to admit I do have a secret affinity for them but try to stay away from those round, sugar covered circles of yummy-ness in an attempt to try to enjoy healthier sweet treats. I know I just contradicted myself here. A sweet treat and healthy just cannot go together…
unless you tweak a few recipes and come up with a healthier version, right?
Allow me to introduce you to our healthier doughnuts…
Pumpkin Spice Mini Doughnuts
You can make these regular sized, but for our family the minis are what we prefer and with our mini doughnut pans, we easily get 32 doughnuts with this recipe. (You can get a second or a third without feeling guilty!)
- 2 eggs room temperature, gently whipped
- 1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened (You can also replace this with softened butter. This is a not-so-healthy alternative but definitely makes the doughnuts less dense and fluffier.)
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree I take the easy route and get canned, organic puree
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- For dusting:
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients and set aside for use in a bit.
In your mixer, add the eggs, brown sugar, applesauce, pumpkin puree and milk. Mix on low, till well combined.
Add to this all the dry ingredients and combine well.
Once the batter is ready, fill each doughnut mound in the doughnut baking pan upto 3/4th's the level.
Bake for 8 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in a doughnut, comes out clean.
Take the pans out of the oven, remove the doughnuts from the pan and while still warm, roll the same in the cinnamon powder and sugar mixture. (Or you can put the cinnamon and sugar mix in a large Ziploc bag, throw a few doughnuts in at a time, shake and remove.)
With one batch we skipped the cinnamon and sugar dusting and chose instead to lather generous layers of chocolate, hazelnut, Nocciolata goodness on top. Oh so yum!
(What??? You don’t know what Nocciolata is? You’re missing out if you haven’t tried this!)
Love doughnuts? Do you have a favorite type?