One of my absolute favorite things about Fall is pumpkins! Pumpkin patches, pumpkin painting and carving, pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin decor…allll the things. And another awesome thing about pumpkins is all the health benefits. Did you know they are quite the powerhouse when it comes to nutrients?! Here’s what you find in pumpkin…Fiber: Great for digestion! The seeds and the actual ‘flesh’ of the pumpkin have high fiber content which helps keep you fuller for longer, and regulates blood sugar…and other things. 😉💩
Vitamins: Vitamin A and Vitamin C are great support for your immune system. The orange color comes from beta-carotene, which your body turns into Vitamin A. 🧡 And pumpkin is also high in Vitamin C. Both of these key vitamins help strengthen your body’s immune system aka defense against infections and illness.
Antioxidants: Known to neutralize free radicals in your body, meaning they fight to help protect you from damage.
Potassium: Helps your body at a cellular level and with proper muscle and nerve function. And it can also be helpful in regulating/lowering blood pressure.
So now that you’re craving the taste AND the health benefits, give this recipe a try!
1 cup oat or almond flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
**or 2 cups gluten free flour if you prefer
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (more or less depending on preference
½ cup canned pumpkin puree
⅓ cup almond, oat or coconut milk
⅓ cup honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
cooking/baking spray or coconut oil
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Whisk the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Combine the two mixtures until evenly mixed together. Do not over mix!
Spray or coat the donut pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spoon batter into a ziplock bag, frosting or pastry bag and cut off the corner, or use a funnel to spoon the batter through. Fill each donut mold (should have 12 total).
Bake donuts for 12 minutes and then check each minute after until they are cooked through (toothpick comes out clean). Do not overbake!
Cool donuts on a wire rack. You can drizzle with maple syrup, brush with butter or coconut oil and sprinkle with more pumpkin spice, or create a frosting or glaze to top them with.
Yum! Sip on some hot coffee or apple cider while enjoying these babies and you’ve got yourself a perfect fall morning
Let me know if you give them a try!