Two days too early.

How are you guys this morning? I feel a lot better today considering, yesterday I was having a pretty bad day. Anyway on the bright side, I bought three cans of pumpkin out of pure compulsion and made delicious pumpkin-spiced donuts that I’m going to share with you!

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Donuts

The blackstrap molasses added to these donuts both rich in a beautiful brown color and most importantly a substantiation amount of iron; mmm!

Ingredients (adpated from the lovely Angela of “Oh She Glows”):

  • 1 cup canned or pureed pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut or canola oil
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • flax or chia egg (1 tablespoon flax meal (or chia seeds) +  3 tablespoons water, mix)
  • 1 2/3 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (OR 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp ginger)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of ground cloves

optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (i omitted this)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a regular sized loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly oil on top. Toast the walnuts on a baking sheet for about 10-12 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and set aside. Combine the following ingredients (pumpkin, maple syrup, sugar, coconut oil, molasses, chia or flax egg) in a medium-sized mixing bowl and blend well. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the wet mixture to the dry, and stir well. Pour the batter into the donut pan, smooth out with wet spoon, and bake 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Repeat until batter is gone. It makes about good sized 12 donuts. Allow to cool before removing from pan. While it is baking, make your spiced buttercream frosting….

Spiced Buttercream Icing

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger mix)
  • 1 tbsp almond milk

Directions: Whip the Earth Balance with a mixer until smooth. Now add half of the icing sugar and blend well, stopping to scrape the side of bowl as needed. Now add in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and almond milk (if needed). Mix well. Add in the remaining icing sugar and blend for several minutes, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl. Once the donuts are fully cooled, spread on the icing using a wet spatula.

Now, now, don’t worry if you don’t have a donut pan you can definitely form this batter into muffins or a loaf! But I highly recommend you purchase a donut pan they’re only 10 dollars (mine is Wilton) and are a very fabulous display at parties. The taste of pumpkin really defines autumn in my opinion and the spices will keep you nice & cozy. Serve with your favorite fall beverage and enjoy!

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