Gluten Free Pumpkin Donut Holes


Something even my 14 year old step daughter will eat. Huzzah!

I had some pumpkin leftover from last night’s Cinnamon Apple Stuffed Pumpkin, and thought about making a Pumpkin Custard, but instead decided to give these gluten free pumpkin donuts a try. With only 1/4 cup of sugar in the whole batch, it isn’t really “low” sugar, but it is reduced sugar. Unless you roll them in cinnamon sugar over and over and over. Ahem.

  • 2 Tbs. butter (non dairy for vegan)
  • 1/4 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée (canned or fresh, roasted)
  •  1/3 cup sour cream (non dairy for vegan…I combined condensed milk and lemon to sub)
  • 1 egg (sub egg for vegan)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 heaping tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. sea salt

In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter with a hand mixer until smooth.

Add the pumpkin puree, sour cream, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla, and mix with hand mixer until smooth.

In a medium bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix with hand mixer until smooth.

This will be sticky. Very sticky. If you can’t get the dough off of your mixer, spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray and give it a try. It should work much better.

Cover the dough and put it into the fridge for a couple of hours, or until it’s not sticky anymore.

Scoop out about a tablespoon of dough. Form the dough into balls, and drop into hot oil at least an inch deep. These cook fast. Really fast. Like a minute. Here’s what happens if you leave them in longer than that.


These were cooked for 2 minutes. Obviously too long. Go for a minute on medium to medium high heat.

Cool them on a rack or paper towel covered plate. Roll in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. Eat them all. Then repeat.

(Adapted from this recipe.)

Nutrition Facts 
User Entered Recipe 
  24 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 91.2
  Total Fat 4.8 g
      Saturated Fat 1.3 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g
  Cholesterol 3.8 mg
  Sodium 8.8 mg
  Potassium 11.1 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 12.1 g
      Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
      Sugars 4.5 g
  Protein 1.2 g
  Vitamin A 13.5 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.2 %
  Vitamin B-6 0.0 %
  Vitamin C 0.1 %
  Vitamin D 0.2 %
  Vitamin E 0.2 %
  Calcium 1.3 %
  Copper 0.1 %
  Folate 0.1 %
  Iron 2.2 %
  Magnesium 0.2 %
  Manganese 5.4 %
  Niacin 0.0 %
  Pantothenic Acid     0.1 %
  Phosphorus     0.3 %
  Riboflavin 0.3 %
  Selenium 0.1 %
  Thiamin 0.1 %
  Zinc 1.0 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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