Baked Pumpkin Doughnut Holes 3 Ways

In celebration for fall and Michaelmas yesterday I felt like making a fall recipe with the girls. We have been making a lot of fall recipes these days actually. I am craving all things comfort, especially since I am sick, so soup and chili have been great with garlic bread!

no bean veggie chili

Last night we wanted something dessert-like and I have been wanting to use the can of pumpkin that I bought a while back. I wanted to make pumpkin pie with it, but knew that yesterday I didn’t have the energy for that, so pumpkin doughnut holes it was! It seemed like a fun recipe for the kids and I love the fact that they are so easy to just pop into your mouth when you feel like a sweet treat. With little oil and maple syrup to sweeten them and the fiber and goodness of pumpkin, they make a healthy fall-inspired dessert treat.

vegan pumpkin doughnut holes

After baking them, I decided on three ways to finish them off: rolled in cinnamon and sugar, powdered with icing sugar, and glazed in cinnamon spice frosting.

whole wheat vegan pumpkin doughnut holes

All ways are delicious, but my favorite are the powdered ones, which give a real doughnut feel. Kesa and Autumn love the cinnamon sugar ones. Everyone gives this recipe five out of five stars.

vegan pumpkin doughnut holes

Baked Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

A perfect healthy sweet treat for fall!

Makes 24 doughnut holes


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Add the oil, syrup, almond milk, and pumpkin puree and stir until combined.
  4. Spoon by heaping tablespoons into a lightly greased or non-stick mini muffin pan.*
  5. Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool completely before rolling in cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, or cinnamon spice glaze.

*I used a 24-capacity mini muffin pan. You could also use two 12-capacity mini muffin pans, or if you only have one 12-capacity mini muffin pan you can bake each bath one at a time.

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/3 cup Earth Balance margarine
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. Melt the margarine in a small bowl.
  2. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl.
  3. Roll each doughnut hole in the melted margarine to coat.
  4. Roll the margarine coated doughnut hole into the sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat.
  5. Store in a container. Best within 3-5 days.

Powdered Sugar

  • 1/2 cup organic icing sugar


  1. Roll each doughnut hole in the icing sugar to coat.
  2. Store in a container. Best within 3-5 days.

Cinnamon Spice Frosting

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance margarine
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


  1. Place the icing sugar, margarine, almond milk, ground cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice together in a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Dip each doughnut hole in the frosting to coat and set on a plate to allow the glaze to dry.
  3. Store in a container. Best within 3-5 days.

vegan pumpkin doughnut holes

Last year for Michaelmas, we made a dragon bread together, brushed with oil, garlic, salt and oregano.



Michaelmas dragon bread

Michaelmas celebration Waldorf

Michaelmas dragon bread whole wheat


Autumn also made a drawing of Michael and the dragon and we came up with a poem together, as well as a fall cinquain poem.

Michael and the dragon

Michaelmas poem


I hope you are enjoying fall where you are! Ours has been beautiful so far!

15 thoughts on “Baked Pumpkin Doughnut Holes 3 Ways

  1. Haha my first thought was “oh man those doughnut holes look exactly like garlic bread!” 😀

    The recipe sounds perfect though, and I’m going to give it a try with gluten free flour blend and see how it goes. Will report back.

    P.S. Dragon bread and writing lovely illustrated poems? Michaelmas sounds way fun!


  2. What a fun creative post! The drawings are so lovely too! Those pumpkin doughnut holes without the holes look amazing! i think, that I will use white spelt flour combined with wholemeal spelt flour in these yummy treats! YUmmm!


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