Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Donuts

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To quote my husband, “I could eat this entire plate right now.”  Yeah, these are that good!  They are guilt free because they are not loaded with a lot of fat and processed sugars. :)

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Before we embarked on this unprocessed lifestyle, we used to get donuts from Starbucks every Saturday morning.  I think my daughter and husband have missed them the most.  So this was my way of trying to offer them a healthier option.  These are baked and made with whole grains and no processed sugars.

I think this picture says it all, doesn’t it?  She could not shovel them in her mouth fast enough.

Guilt Free Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Donuts!

For the donuts:

1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (To make them gluten free, just sub GF all purpose flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 egg (I used a flax egg replacer)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

For the chocolate coating:

2 cups chocolate chips
3-4 T milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a mini muffin tray.  In one bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.  In another bowl mix pumpkin, maple syrup, applesauce, egg, milk and vanilla until smooth.  Add dry to wet and mix just until combined.  Spoon mixture into the mini muffin tins and bake for about 11 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  After the mini muffins have cooled start the chocolate coating. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and the milk until you get a smooth chocolate sauce. Roll the donuts into the chocolate sauce until it is covered.  Then place each covered donut onto a baking sheet or plate and put in the freezer for at least 10-15 min.  Store them in the fridge on a plate or baking sheet.

Remove and enjoy!  :)

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77 thoughts on “Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Donuts

  1. Looks delishI My hubby and son will definitely love this. :-). Btw, you said 3/4 pumpkin, is it raw or cooked one already?

    More power to your blog!

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  3. I made these tonight and wow they are fabulous. I had to make myself stop eating them. I honestly was a little skeptical but the taste is amazing!

    • Mine made close to 3 dozen. I used the mini muffin tins and kind of formed them into balls. I actually originally made this recipe back in October and pulled some out of the freezer to re-make today so I could re-shoot the photo. Even after a few months in the freezer they were still delicious!

      • Did you roll the batter into balls and then put it in the mini muffin tin, or did you just plop the batter into the muffin tin and then roll them into balls after they baked?

          • Oh, but you said in your previous comment that you formed them into balls. So my question is, did you form them into balls before or after baking?

          • I did before baking. I used spoons to form them as best I could when I drop them into the muffin tin. The dough is too wet to form with your hands.

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  5. Hi. These look great and I would love to bake them. I am wondering if there is a particular brand of chocolate tat you recommend? I was a bit surprised to see chocolate on a whole foods page…

    • I actually used carob chips. They are less sweet than chocolate chips, but feel free to use chocolate chips as well. Enjoy Life makes some pretty decent chocolate chips that are grain sweetened.

    • I have never tried with gluten free flour. You can try. It may work okay since the pumpkin will help bind everything together.

      • Thanks, they turned out great with gluten free flour. Since my son has so many food allergies it was great to make these…it was his first time ever eating a donut and let me say him and the entire family couldn’t get enough :).

        • That’s wonderful! Thank yo for telling me so I can let others know it works. Did you have to add anything extra?

        • I’m new to all of this and I’m trying to go GF. I’m really confused with the different GF flours. I bought a GF All Purpose Flour, Almond Meal, and Coconut Flour. Which should I use in this recipe? How do you know what to change it out with and is it a 1:1 switch or some other ratio? Thank you!

          • I would use gluten free all purpose and it’s a 1:1 ratio. Please report the results. :) Normally, in GF baking, you need to add a binder, but I think in this recipe the pumpkin should help with the binding.

          • I don’t think you need to add either. The pumpkin will help bind the flour together.

  6. Did you form these into balls after you baked them? and could a person use 1/3 pumpkin instead of 1/3 cup applesauce….

    • I kind of made little balls with a spoon. The dough was too sticky to roll. I think 1/3 pumpkin and 1/3 applesauce should work well too.

      • should have asked this before but I have a 1 tablespoon scoop i’am going to use, what i’am wondering is if I bake them on a cookie sheet would they spread too much or would they even spread at all?

  7. I just made these for my kids to have as an after school snack and all I have to say is YUMM-O! These are absolutely delicious! Maybe my new fav! I am hoping the kids do NOT like them so there is more for me to devour! :)

  8. I made these today and WOW! My husband and I couldn’t stop eating them and my 16 month old daughter loved them without the chocolate coating.

  9. Hi – I just made these for the first time and they turned out very dense and not cake like. Is that what should happen or did I do something wrong. I’m new to baking.

    • These are healthier and baking with whole grain flours does produce a denser product. If you are not used to baking with whole grains, then they will seem very dense to you. Sorry it didn’t meet your expectations. :)

      • I just was not sure if it turned out right. I actually just ate 1 & it’s much better with the chocolate & cold. Thanks for your feedback. Can’t wait to share with my office.

  10. WOW! I made these gluten free and using pumpkin pie spice because I don’t have cloves on hand. It was my first time using a flax egg also! After the first batch was baked, I tired one and thought it was not very good. I didn’t taste any sweetness so I added coconut sugar to taste in the remaining batter. So I made another batch, and it was just ok. I dipped them in chocolate (that I scorched on the double boiler, hee hee) and let it set. They are amazzzzing! Really lovely texture and taste! Thank you!

    • Awesome! Yes, the donuts by themselves are not very sweet, but added with the chocolate it works out. Glad you enjoyed them! :)

  11. These donuts came out amazing. They are still so moist inside. Thank you so much for the recipe! I made them for my sister in law and I. We both love Pumpkin and Chocolate and for Oct we are doing 31 days of pumpkin recipes and this was our day 3!!

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  13. Is the milk ONLY used for the chocolate coating? Because you have 1/4 c milk in the section for the donut ingredients AND 3-4 T milk in the section for the chocolate coating ingredients. 4T is 1/4 C but not sure if I add the 1/4 C milk to the wet ingredients in addition to milk in the chocolate coating. In the middle of making these right now and I had to stop and ask, I tend to screw up my baking.

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