Baked Pumpkin Mini Donuts. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Pumpkin Maple Mini Donuts. Vegan and Gluten Free.
Pumpkin Maple Mini Donuts. Vegan and Gluten Free | Knead to Cook.

Baked Pumpkin Mini Donuts. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Are you on pumpkin overload yet?  It’s everywhere!  I love it all!!!  As you know, my oldest is gluten and dairy free so I wanted to make her a treat she could enjoy – which I normally try to do.  I had a new gluten/dairy free all purpose flour to try so I threw caution to the wind and created these.
Gluten free flours normally have a “strange” flavor. But these, with the glaze, were remarkably tasty.  My true test was my teenager’s review – my oldest gf/df daughter gobbled down several mini donuts and my other teenager, post a field hockey game,  requested 11 of them!  She’s going through a growth spurt right now – 18 lbs in 1.5 months.  HELLO – finally- the growth spurt has arrived!!

So with all that being said, you can sub out regular ap flour for the recipe if you aren’t gluten free.  AND you can omit the glaze if you don’t wish to have the added sweetness and just sprinkle a cinnamon/sugar mixture over top of the wet dough prior to baking.

1/4 cup of coconut oil (I use Skinny & Co.)
1/2 cup of maple syrup (I used the Canadian maple syrup we got in Montreal)
3/4 cup of pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1.5 teaspoon of baking powder
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Redmill GF 1 to 1 flour) or you can use ap flour if you don’t need gluten free


1 cup of confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon of almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon of cinnamon


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray your mini donut pan with baking spray and set aside. Into your stand mixer with paddle attached, add all of your ingredients through baking powder and blend until just incorporated.  Then add your gf  or regular flour and blend.  Avoid over-mixing.   Then spoon your dough into each well.  I pat it down with my fingertips as best as you can and level off the bottom.  Bake for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Once cooled, remove and place on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet so you can dip or drizzle the glaze.


While the donuts are baking, whisk all of the glaze ingredients together and set aside.  If too dry, add a splash more of the almond milk to thin it out.   When the donuts are cool to the touch either drizzle over each donut using a spoon or dip the tops into the glaze and place on the rack to dry.



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    1. I made lastnight in a mini muffin pan & they turned out great I just cut little holes in them and flattened them out a little so more of a doughnut look, everyone loves them!

  1. i made these…they were really good but too sweet! If I mad these again I would cut the maple syrup in half. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Good question. Typically 1 teaspoon per cup of flour. Be careful to measure as too much will yield a gummy texture. Please pop back and let me know how it works out. Happy weekend!

  2. I made these today as muffins. It made 6 perfect muffins. I omitted the glaze and used sprouted spelt flour. I couldn’t believe how fluffy and moist they were. They were just sweet enough as muffins without the glaze. Next time I’ll try them with the glaze. It was hard to not eat them all and this is hands down my favorite vegan baked good I’ve ever had. My husband is obsessed with pastries and its one thing he misses about eating a clean vegan diet. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!!! I will be trying as donuts as soon as I get a doughnut pan!!!

  3. Looks delish! I have the ingredients in the hoise so i will be making these this weekend! Thanks for sharing and i love the photos❤

  4. I have made these and my kids LOVE them! I wonder if I could use my new French toast sticks baking pan to make these!!! Love them!

  5. These ate so easy to make and are so delicious, we gobble them up. I don’t have done at 10 so I just made them in regular muffin tins. The first time I followed the recipe and use maple syrup but the second time I just subbed sugar and still tasted great. Thanks, look forward to trying more of your recipes!