Cinnamon Spiced Pumpkin Mini Doughnuts

Pumpkin doughnuts
I had another post planned for today but then I made these and nothing else in the world mattered. These. Are. Amazing. Drop whatever you are doing and run to your kitchen. This recipe came together very quickly and doesn’t include any unusual ingredients. In case you share your life with someone who isn’t a fan of pumpkin, as I do (the horror!), the pumpkin flavor is subtle. I had to make extra cinnamon sugar topping, there are worse things…

Yield: 24 mini or 12 regular-sized doughnuts

Ingredients

For the Doughnuts:

  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar (white vinegar may work)
  • 6 tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar (or white)
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Earth Balance (or other non-dairy butter substitute), melted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon + 1/2 tsp ginger, + 1/4 tsp nutmeg (or 1.75 tsp pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance (or other butter substitute), melted
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two mini doughnut pans or two regular sized doughnut pans with Earth Balance (or other butter substitute).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, milk, pumpkin, sugar, applesauce, brown sugar (sift if clumpy), and melted Earth Balance (or other butter sub).
  3. Sift in in the dry ingredients (baking powder, baking soda, spices, salt, and flours). Mix until just combined. I didn’t sift as I was lazy.
  4. Using a ‘zip-lock’ baggie or pastry bag, spoon the batter into the bag and then secure it with the zip lock or rubber band. Twist the bag slightly and then cut off a hole at the corner to ‘pipe’ out the batter. Pipe the dough around the circle and gently flatten down with slightly wet fingers to smooth. Repeat.
  5. Bake  for 10-12 minutes or until they gently spring back when touched. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before carefully using a butter knife to remove. Place on cooling rack for another 10-15 minutes.
  6. Cinnamon Sugar: Melt Earth Balance in a small bowl and dip the cooled doughnuts into butter one at a time. Transfer the dipped doughnut into a bag with the cinnamon sugar and shake until coated thoroughly. Doughnuts keep for 2-3 days.

Recipe and Photo courtesy of OhSheGlows.com.

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