I woke up Tuesday morning with a huge craving for donuts. I didn’t want just any donut but the type that are sold in the old school donut shops (which are thankfully few and far between in my neighborhood). Fortunately I was able to talk myself out of driving several miles to get the calorie filled breakfast indulgence.
Donuts have been one of my cravings during pregnancy. To be truthful I have always had a love for donuts, but until pregnancy I only allowed myself to eat them on special occasions. Throughout our many travels over the summer I always managed to find the best little donut shop. In fact while we were in Panama City I made several trips to Thomas Donut and Snack Shop, a world famous establishment.
Over the past month I have been trying to avoid any donuts in the fried version and rather making baked versions myself. A few weeks ago I shared with you a recipe for Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Donuts, which was inspired from a recipe over at Sallys Baking Addiction. Today’s post for Baked Pumpkin Glazed Donuts offers a fall inspiration and includes a vanilla sugar glaze. You can’t say I didn’t warn you about the many upcoming pumpkin posts!
I can guarantee you that this donut creation will not disappoint. The sweetened glaze is a perfect compliment to the subtly sweet cakey donut that offers flavors of pumpkin and spice. The donut is not dense like some cake donuts and offers a light and airy texture. For an extra festive donut you can top with your favorite variety of sprinkles. The glaze dries quickly, so you must add the sprinkles immediately.
The best news yet – each donut is less than 150 calories (about 50% less calories than the traditional fried donut), contains whole grain flour, and minimal added fats (only 2 tbsp butter for whole recipe). The perfect cure when that donut craving arises!
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (careful not to overmeasure)
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (careful not to overmeasure)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup low fat milk
- 2 tablespoons vanilla or plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1/8 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla