Bobbing for apples is no problem for grain-free'ers on Halloween, but the donut on the string game is a tough one. I'm not sure how well Bacon on String would go over with your non-Paleo friends! So I'm doing you a favor by creating this Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts just so you can look as silly as all of your friends with their hands tied behind their backs biting into thin air at a dangling cake that's missing it's center. Do people even actually play that game anymore?
Regardless, these Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts may not even make it your Halloween or Harvest Party because you and your family will want to devour all of them as soon as they've cooled. There's also two different glaze options: Dark Chocolate and Maple Vanilla with Bacon Sprinkles. I personally have never been the dip your bacon in your leftover pancake syrup type of a person and prefer the chocolate, but both are killer.
Growing up, I probably ate a doughnut a week. My mom rarely bought them, but we looked forward to grabbing one and dropping our $.25 in the basket after church on Sundays. I've always been partial to the old-fashioned style doughnut, which is more of a cake doughnut than the yeast donuts that are airy and melt in your mouth. Old-fashioneds had more substance and always were satisfying to me. Especially with the crunch of the chocolate or maple glaze that had hardened since being dipped.
This doughnut is not only healthier because it contains no grains, yeast, or refined sugar, but also because it is baked and not deep fried as most conventional doughnuts are. They are a cake doughnut reminiscent of those old-fashioned ones I used to love; dense, satisfying and rich. They also have 2 different crunchy and sweet glaze options that will fit both the SCD and Paleo restrictions. With each bite, you'll taste all of the flavors of the season: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and clove.
You will need a doughnut pan to make these as it is more of a cake batter than a dough you can roll out and punch the hole out of. This non-stick one on Amazon is the one that I've used because it's what I found in a pinch but I'll be ordering this silicone one as soon as I can afford it. If you use silicone, the baking times may vary a bit. You can often also find them for cheap at places like HomeGoods, Ross or Marshalls. Wondering what to do with the leftover pumpkin puree? Try my Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Pumpkin Banana Smoothie, or Pumpkin Soup with Fried Sage and Prosciutto.
My mouth is watering!
Curse you, queen of pumpkins, these look delicious. Gotta step up my holiday game!
Danielle @ fresh4five
Bacon Sprinkles!! Love it. There look beautiful of course 🙂
where is the nutritional information? i think anyone looking at this site is interested in nutrition, so you should always be abe to scroll down for the usual information…calories, carbs, protein, fiber, etc
Against All Grain
Hi Charles- I don’t personally keep track as I have enough stress in my life and don’t need to add one more and I do not eat this way for weight purposes. Following a Paleo diet is the most nutrient rich diet someone can follow so counting calories/fat is not important for me. There are a lot of great websites where you’re welcome to plug the ingredients into a nutritional calculator though.
Yum. I don’t have a donut pan. Can I bake this like a cake or cupcakes?
Yes! I made 12 muffins and cooked them for 20 minutes! They were great!
Are you using full fat canned coconut milk or a brand such as So Delicious or will it not matter?
Beth @ Tasty Yummies
Wow these look amazing. I really need to try a donut with maple and bacon, I’ve seen it a few places but have never tried it! Has to be amazing.
I must make these for Halloween (pre) weekend!!..Could I possibly use this recipe with a mini-savarin pan or a mini -muffin pan (for doughnut “holes”) ??…I cannot seem to find a doughnut pan here in my part of France.
I used a mini muffin pan and still had extra batter, so I put scoops of that on parchment and then made a hole in the center with my finger. Those turned out the be the family’s favorites – more surface space for the frosting, and they didn’t stick like the mini muffins did (despite greasing the pan really well). HTH!
Oh gosh… The bacon-vanilla one looks AMAZING.
Wish I had a donut pan!!!!!
Literally cried when I saw this! We have a Krispy Kremes close to our house and when there was something to celebrate or just a plain old Sunday we would stop and treat the kids. Since my daughter got sick we obviously never go. I mean is there ANYTHING in a donut she can have? Probably not. she has asked me many times if there was a donut recipe she could have and I told her her it was next to impossible and truly believed that. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This will make my 6 year old daughter so happy!
Do have any suggestions what to use for cooking if you don’t have a donut pan?
Yay! I’ve been waiting for this recipe…looks wonderful!
I’m in love! I’m all about the pumpkin + chocolate combo too.
Ooo … I need to try the scd version with the bacon sprinkles! Sounds amazing! I’ve only used my doughnut pan once and I think it’s about time I use it again. Thanks for sharing!
I don’t know how you do it, but these look so incredible! They sure don’t look ‘restrictive’ at all. I really love your glaze combinations as well.
Holy cow, this is FABulous!!!!
What does that mean? “These are best stored in the fridge for 3 days.”
Does this mean leave ’em in and eat on the 3rd day? or toss them after 3 days…
Oh, boy… Any chance I could bake these as muffins?? Would bake temp & time be the same?
I’m so excited to try this one out!
What is “raw cacao butter”..and where can it be found?…In a health food store …any brand suggestions?..The glaze with bacon looks amazing!
Against All Grain
it’s the pure oil extracted from cacao beans. I just added a link to the ingredient list for Amazon which is where I buy it from!
lucked out and found a doughnut pan at Home Goods! The doughnuts are in the oven as I am writing this and they smell wonderful. Going to frost them with your chocolate frosting and a maple frosting. Can’t Wait!
As always, thank you for sharing so many fantastic recipes with us!
Russell van Kraayenburg
Ooh! These doughnuts look fantastic!
These turned out very good!! I have an apple cider doughnut version that I came up! Mine are a bit lighter in texture and are spicier. What a great combo for our fall get togethers!
Against All Grain
Thanks Cheryl! There’s an apple cider donut recipe in the new cookbook 🙂
I have a donut pan, but am not having any luck getting the donuts out without the donuts falling to pieces.any suggestions? Delicious non the less!
These are yummy!
I made these this morning and they were so yummy! Even my husband, who is not usually a donut fan, loved them. We are on GAPS so I had to sub honey for the maple, and my son reacts to coconut, so I subbed homemade yogurt for the coconut milk and butter for the coconut oil. I also fiddled with the spices a bit to adjust them for our taste, and I realized after blending the liquids that our blender wasn’t big enough, so I poured them in a bowl and added the solids with an immersion blender. Despite all of these changes, they turned out so amazingly good, thank you so much for the recipe!!
When you say these are the best in the fridge for 3 days, you mean they taste better in the fridge after 3 days vs eating right away? I am making these for a Halloween treat, they will forget about their candy 🙂
Looked at this recipe for several day. Finally broke down and bought a donut pan. I am so glad I did. The taste is heavenly, but the texture just like a cake donut. Same texture and same flavor. Trying VERY hard not to eat the whole batch. Thanks a million for this recipe. Am no longer tempted to buy those wheat based products that sscream at me in the store.
Guess I will add a donut pan to the cupboard! These look amazing. I’m hoping I can substitute sugar free maple syrup for the regular. Being a type 2 diabetic, I avoid all things sugar including honey. I’m sure with some subs they will be great. Thanks
Made these this morning and they were great. I used agave instead of maple syrup because I had it. I also didn’t use any glaze. Was able to find the coconut milk and oil at Costco! Even found a donut pan at Ross!
I am allergic to all nuts and coconuts, I know I could replaced the coconut oil with butter but is there another flour you could recommend that would work as a placement for the almond and coconut flour? I would love to be able to make these. 🙂 Thanks in advance!
Dawn @ cuter than gluten
I am going to make these for my daughter’s birthday breakfast tomorrow if our power holds out (hurricane Sandy).
my icing is brown how did you get it to be white?
Against All Grain
It should be more of a yellowish white but looks a lot more white when cooled
Katie @ Riddlelove.com
The flavor and texture of these doughnuts were amazing! There was enough leftover batter to make 5 muffins after filling 12 doughnut molds. I had a really rough time getting the doughnuts out of the molds without them breaking apart. I used silicon molds and hoped it would be easier with them. Any tips?
Against All Grain
Hmm mine come out really easily in both silicon and the metal ones. What are you using to grease it? I think coconut palm shortening works best personally.
You are SO gifted and SO generous, what a blessing you are, God bless you, Thank you for sharing this. I am at a loss, holidays are always beyond difficult . Your site and your recipes are so helpful. HUGS~
We LOVE these. LOVE LOVE. So happy I can give the twins donuts I feel good about. Thanks!
Against All Grain
Thank you Jill! Hope you and the family are well!!
Just made these as muffins, they’re amazing! Dense but light and tender. I baked them for 23 min at 7500′, they could have tolerated another minute or two but were done. Great with some unsalted Kerrygold! Thanks for another winner.
These are really great donuts! I found it easier to mix the wet ingredients in a blender, then pour it on top of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, and use a hand mixer to blend them. When I did the whole thing in a blender, the batter was thick and created a big air hole. Thank you for posting the recipe! I have my third batch in the oven right now!
My inlaws think Im crazy for eating as healthy as I do. For Christmas, though, I brought along my vitamix, ingredients and this recipe. It is safe to say they all fell in love and asked that I make them again for the next family weekend. Best recipe !!!
This looks delicious! I just started following you on Facebook and am hoping to win the Flash Giveaway! I will start my paleo diet next Monday and hope to use some of your recipes! Thanks!!
This is my favorite! LOVE these donuts. I make them without the frosting, they are great with or without it.
I wasn’t hungry until I saw that photo. These donuts look deeeeelish. I really like the grainy dish you used for contrast. Super photo!
I absolutely love that I can make these for my kiddos and not have to worry about my son’s dairy allergy!! Thank you for a great recipe!!!
These doughnuts are SO GOOD. I covered mine with the chocolate glaze, can’t wait to try the bacon, but I’m not sure where to get raw cacao butter…
This is definitely a favorite when we’re in need of a treat!!!!
I made these for Christmas breakfast and they were fantastic! The kids loved them! I only have a 6-donut pan, so I made the 6 and then did the rest of the batter as muffins and that worked really well. They’ve asked me several times since then to make them again. I think these will become a regular treat in our house!
These sound amazing! I love anything pumpkin and anything bacon!
Came here from your FB notice! I definitely need to spend more time here perusing your recipes!
This one looks so yummy! Ready to try it today!
Commenting on this post per the coconut flour give away – boy do these look good! I have a ton of frozen pumpkin puree that I need to use up, and there is nothing like warm pumpkin spice doughnuts on a cold morning! Love your site!
This recipe has been a hands down family favorite from your coconut flour recipes!! Yummmy!
These look absolutely delicious! I have never used coconut flour but am excited to start!
I can’t wait to try these with my new mini doughnut pan. You’ve really helped me learn to use the coconut flour.
I am drooling over these donuts! I have to get myself a donut pan ASAP!
I am new to this site and loving it! These look amazing…now I just have to order the pan. (hoping to win one of the gift cards today, too!) Thanks for all your time and effort!
Your Sista from Another Mista
Appropriate that these are shaped like little lifesavers… I sent these to a birthday party with my 7-year-old daughter so that she would have a special treat to eat while her friends ate cake and ice cream. No tears, no begging for sugar… just pure elation over her “healthy dessert”. (Our family is also grain/dairy/sugar free) YOU, Danielle, made life on Sunday a lot easier for this girl. Thank you for being born. 🙂
Against All Grain
You’re so sweet, thank you. My greatest joy comes from making children happy! Sharing your comment on FB.
Oh my! These look amazing! I will definitely be trying out this recipe, thank you for posting it!!!
These sound amazing. I’ve been wanting donuts lately! Also need to buy a donut pan! It was so hard to pick…all the recipes sound amazing!!!
All I can say is yummy! Thank you for allowing me to eat donuts again. LOL
I have missed donuts! I will be making these soon!
I can’t wait to try these. I love pumpkin and miss doughnuts. My daughter hates pumpkin so I will also try a batch subbing yogurt for the pumpkin. Love all your recipes, thank you.
This one is my favorite! (for the TT giveaway…and weekends in general :-))
These are great–thanks! Made donuts for my son’s first birthday 🙂
These were a favorite. So close to a real doughnut. My son was thrilled!!
Hope I win the TT gift card!!
Made these for Christmas breakfast…….they were amazing!!!
These look fantastic. I can’t wait to try.
This is my favorite recipe at the moment… but I’m in the midst of a 21DSD so it’s also what I’m thinking about 😉 I also love, love, love your pizza crusts! Thanks for a chance to win! Cheers!
I live this recipe! I brought them to my sister’s for Thanksgiving. Huge hit! Thanks for all your hard work, and your willingness to share these incredible recipes!!
This is one of my favorite coconut flour recipes that you have. Tough choice to name a favorite, though!
I am going to give the receipe a try. It seems easy enough to make.
Yes! Yes! Donuts!
Love the pumpkin donuts! I love pumpkin flavored baked goods and these bring me back to those things that I can’t have any longer. Yummm!
These look fabulous! Hope to make them soon!
My husband and I had sorely missed donuts since going paleo/primal. This recipe DELIVERED!!! It was an amazingly tasty, guilt-free treat. We even sliced the donuts in half and had them with a breakfast of sausage & eggs in the middle of the halves! Thank you so much for all of your recipes – they have made this busy wife’s life much easier… and tastier!!
Oh my gosh – these pumpkin donuts are delicious and addicting. The only negative to making them – I eat the whole batch in a matter of hours!
This is my favorite looking one. I have been asked “when can we have doughnuts?” from our children a lot lately. I guess they just noticed their friends have them and they think they are needed. I love your chocolate chip cookies recipe too though. I guess I have a tied for favorites. Thanks for sharing your recipes and having ideas to figure out how to tweak some to fit specific needs. We are an egg free GAPS family so it is sometimes harder to find some that work.
I got a donut pan just to try this recipe – granted I think it’s the wrong size, but I will get around to making these. I’ve made some of the other things on this page, but these re still the most exciting!
These look amazing and I cannot wait to try them. I am especially excited about making the chocolate glaze mmm.
This is definitely my favorite. We make them regularly…and now that i have a mini donut maker, they are on the menu regularly!
We loved making this donut recipe! So fun having a couple different frosting options. We discovered that putting the batter in a cake decorating bag and using a bigger circular icing tip made putting it into the pan fast and easy! So appreciate your recipes. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway too. 🙂
Just bought coconut flour for the first time! Its sitting here on the bus with me on my way home from.wprk! (I live in Chicago and work in a gym)
I love your webpage and all the great GF recipes! I also love coconut oil in cooking and for mt skin!
My kids LOVED coming home to these afterschool snacks! 🙂
loved the doughnuts and cookie recipes. Itmakes my kids still feel “normal” and not deprived. Thanks so much for these great recipes!
These were eaten and loved by my whole family of 5 from 11 mos to a 39 yr old pregnant woman! Yummy!
Just bought a donut pan for this!- my favorite 🙂
These are sinful!! <3
Super yummy! Thanks for your posts !
Two questions: has anybody tried to make these egg free as well? With one egg I feel comfortable substituting flax but 5…not sure about that! We are egg white and egg yolk free.
And…has anybody tried this in one of those baby cakes donut makers? The little electric ones that they sell at target, kohls, etc.?
Sooo… we had already eaten two of these around the time I realized that I had TOTALLY forgotten the pumpkin!!! BUT I’m happy to report that these are still delightful as just “spice” donuts 😉
Thanks for a great recipe, sorry I butchered it 😉
Do you think I could use all coconut flour or can you recommend an alternative flour for almond flour? Almonds give me such a massive migraine but your recipe looks like the best thing ever!! I am thinking of experimenting with some flours but would like to save ingredients as my concotions never turn out too edible. lol 🙂 Thanks for all your hard work!!
Against All Grain
I have an all coconut flour doughnut on my site as well that could probably tweak to be pumpkin. Otherwise you can use finely ground raw sunflower seed flour in place of the almond flour
I just made these donuts yesterday and all I can say is YUM! I have IBS and have been grain free for 1 week now and can’t believe how much better I feel! I’m so glad I found your website and did order your book! 🙂 I didn’t have a donut pan so I made a batch in a scone pan and mini-muffin pan. I like the mini-muffins better cause they are bite sized and easy to snack on. Thank you so much for all the hard work at developing and posting wonderful things! That’s the reason I bought your book…… to support you and what you do. Plus you are an amazing cook! Thanks! 🙂
Hi. I recently discovered sweet potato puree and love it over pumpkin (despite being a huge pumpkin fan like everyone else). Since it’s sweeter, do you think it’s possible to substitute it for the maple syrup? If so, I wonder if a full cup of the puree would compensate for the missing maple syrup?
Against All Grain
I don’t know, try it and let me know how it turns out!
Can’t wait to try these, my boys both love pumpkin and this is the time of year. Just wanted to mention though have you ever used the donut pan made by USA Pans? I bought it to make my paleo bagels and it works like a dream. It is a little more expensive, but no oil needed in the pan and as long as you don’t wash it in the dishwasher it should last forever. Hope this helps, and thanks for the wonderful recipe!
Hi I just made these but my maple vanilla topping looks nothing like yours 🙁 it’s not white and gets soaked into the doughnut straight away. Mine looks more like a light maple colour. The oils are clear so the maple syrup & vanilla extract are the only coloured ingredients so I’m confused as to how yours goes white?? Please help 🙂 I’m determined to get this right 🙂 thanks!
Against All Grain
It is really important that you allow the doughnuts to cool completely before frosting. And with this frosting, you must leave it in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes for it to harden, as the instructions say.
I made these for my family this morning and they LOVED them! I’m weird and don’t care for pumpkin but I was told that I MUST make these again! 🙂
I’d love to try this … but don’t have a donut pan. I’d prefer to avoid non-stick and silicone if possible. Do you think this may work in a cast iron aebleskiver pan?
this has become one of my favorite recipes! easy to freeze too.
There really is nothing like cacao butter. You can purchase it at Whole Foods or online. ~Eileen https://astore.amazon.com/againstallgrain-20/detail/B007S6XZTC
This is my favorite recipe from your new book and I have made them many times – but lately they seem to always stick to my non-stick donut pan. I have tried different types of oil on the non-stick pan.. I had some success last time but it took me at least 20 minutes to gently loosen the donuts before they would lift out in 1 piece. Any suggestions? I do substitute the maple syrup for honey.
I meant to say first cookbook – I have all your cookbooks!
I just made these and they’re delicious! But mine didn’t rise enough to look like a donut. 😂 Did anyone else have this issue? I keep my flours and baking soda stored in the freezer because it’s just my husband and I so o do t go through the product fast enough. I allowed the flours to come to room temperature, but they still came out flat on the top. 🤪😂