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Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

clean eating donuts vanilla glaze

Going to have to be honest with you here. I purposely went out and bought a donut pan just so I could make some donuts. I have been craving them for MONTHS! Sadly, every time I searched for a pan I came up empty-handed. I thrift shop and none were going home with my. I checked my usual retail outlets and they were sold out as well. I guess everyone around me had the same idea. I tried to be patient but every time I went to the grocery store those sour cream cake donuts were calling my name.

Chrystal. Chrystal. Chry….sssst….al. 

It’s not even funny how bad it got. But I am very proud that each and every time I have walked away.  For as long as I can remember I have been pinning Gracious Pantry. She has the most ahhh-mazing pins. One thing I should mention, if you look at her website, then you go to her Pinterest page you will see she has  a different set of photos for Pinterest (which I love!) And even though I have been following the advice of food photographers I am not seeing much action on my pins. I know personally when I am pinning I pin things that have titles because I know what things are. You do that too, right? I do that on my other websites so why am I not doing that here?

I don’t know. 

But I am going to try to start doing that. I might even go back through some of the other photos and do them again.

Ok. Ok. I am getting off track again.

Back to Tiffany’s amazing donuts. I’ve been holding on to these Clean Eating Pumpkin Donuts waiting for the day I can find myself a donut pan and I am happy to report I finally found one!!

baking pumpkin spice donuts

I pretty much followed her recipe except that I used my homemade applesauce instead of jarred, I used my homemade pumpkin butter instead of canned pumpkin puree. Another change I made was instead of cinnamon I used 1 tbsp of the homemade pumpkin pie spice we made and unsweetened plain almond milk. My protein powder for the glaze was Designer Whey Vanilla. I’ve been using this a lot for frosting and topping in my experiments. I used pure vanilla extract, not imitation vanilla. Pretty sure that is what Tiffany used. Mine was alcohol-free. That’s about all the changes I made.

clean eating pumpkin donuts

Kiddo loved these and we were all very excited to have some clean and healthy donuts. So thanks go to Tiffany at Gracious Pantry for these gems.

We’ll be making this again for sure, but I did want a bit more of a pumpkin taste so I am going to try adding a bit more pumpkin sauce and spice next time I make them to see how they turn out.

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  1. first love The Gracious Pantry she has awesome recipes. As for these doughnuts OMG!!! they look amazing and I can’t believe they are healthy. So good.

  2. I have been craving some pumpkin flavored donuts lately! I love that these are considered clean eating. I am going to go check out The Gracious Pantry now. I haven’t heard of her before, but she sounds wonderful!

  3. These look very moist and yummy. Love that the glaze is made using protein powder! I’ve never heard of that, but have been using protein powder a lot lately!

  4. Pumpkin is good–pumpkin donuts YUMMY. I have been buying the Pumpkin filled donuts at Dunkin lately with this fabulous topping but the calorie count–OUCH. I never think to make my own donuts. Maybe someday I’ll give it a try.

  5. Very neat donut pan! Glad you found one! I am with you and have been craving them like crazy! These look so good and easy!

  6. Of course, I love the pumpkin ‘healthy’ donuts – I am going to check into that further!
    And, you’ve inspired my on my Pinterest page – Thank you 🙂 I will pin yours on my new healthy recipes site on Pinterest

  7. Yum! Those look so good. I love that you put a glaze on them. That seems to make them really taste good. I also really love pumpkin, so I bet I’d love these!

  8. Move over because those are now officially calling my name too! And I tend to pin with names a lot too, for the reason you said. I like to know instantly what it is. Not always, but lots.

  9. Oh wow, those doughnuts look so delicious! I would have never have thought of combining pumpkin flavour with doughnut batter!

  10. These look really good … I’m curious because I have never tried homemade doughnuts before. I always thought that it was a little complicated – y’know making them and all. I’m glad that I read this post and I love that I learned that it’s pretty simple and it’s nice how one can be very creative with doughnuts. For instance, you’ve used pumpkin which I think is pretty cool.

  11. I’ve thought about buying a donut pan before, but I can’t justify it (yet). I’m still thinking about getting one just to have on hand.

  12. That is something new to me and it sure looks good. We love donuts, but we haven’t tried baking donuts. We’ll see what we can do one of these days.

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