Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

I know donuts are considered a breakfast food, but I try really hard to send the kids off to school with something at least fairly healthy each morning.  I've been doing much better at actually making them a hot breakfast since two of their friends come over for an hour before school starts, since their parents are at work.  So, while they play, I make all 5 kids breakfast... I found out they have actually been denying breakfast at their house before coming to mine... I'm good with that!

A few days ago I saw this post at Crumbs and Chaos and thought it was worth trying, especially since I had pumpkin left over from pumpkin pancakes a few days before.  I must admit, I never even thought of making homemade donuts or donut holes before reading this recipe.  I did make a few modifications and they turned out super yummy!  I wish I'd been able to take as pretty of a picture as she did, but lets just be happy I got a picture before they devoured them!
Here is my version, I tried to make it a smidge healthier, might try some ways to reduce the sugar in the future, I didn't want to mess with it too much on my first try.
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup 1% milk
First, mix your dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Then mix in the wet ingredients using a mixer until well mixed.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes in a greased mini muffin pan (this made a bit over 3 dozen donuts).

While they are baking, mix together 2/3 cup sugar with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, in a separate bowl, melt 1/4 cup of butter.  Once baked, I popped the mini muffins out onto a cooling rack and began dipping them first in the butter and then coating in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

They were so yummy, I made one of the kids snap the picture since they were standing around eating them right off the plate as soon as they had their cinnamon sugar coating!  Next time I will skip the vegetable oil completely and reduce the brown sugar, I tasted them without the cinnamon sugar coating and I think the sweetness really comes from coating, so all the brown sugar won't be missed.

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1 comment:

Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos said...

So glad you enjoyed them! My kids devoured them as well, it was hard for them to wait until I was done taking pictures!

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