Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

Nothing says Fall like pumpkins, apple cider and DONUTS! And these Gluten-Free Baked Pumpkin Donuts taste like they are straight from a bakery. Amazing texture and just the right amount of sweet & spice!

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

Easy recipe for the yummiest gluten-free pumpkin donuts!

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Nothing says October like pumpkin, apple cider and donuts!

And these Baked Pumpkin Donuts taste like they are straight from a bakery at an apple picking farm… sooooo yummy!

They are “cake” donuts and are soft and fluffy, moist, have a great consistency and just the right flavor- not too sweet, not overly spiced.

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These gluten-free baked donuts couldn’t be easier to make!

The recipe is super simple and using a donut pan to bake them was a snap.

The bake for less then 20 minutes and have a perfect cake-like texture. Coated in cinnamon sugar, they are amazing!

All you need is 11 pantry staple ingredients (including water!):

canned pumpkin

gluten-free flour (we use GF Jules – affiliate link)

baking powder

baking soda


ground cloves


butter or dairy-free butte


salt and water

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Back to the Gluten-free Pumpkin Donuts…

It’s a super simple batter, with 4 simple steps:

  1. Just cream the butter and sugar.
  2. Then mix in eggs, pumpkin and vanilla.
  3. While that mixes, combine the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter, whisk or fork.
  4. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  That’s it!

Then spoon it into donut pans.

To look like a donut with a donut hole, be sure to fill it so that you leave the center of the pan uncovered.

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You can see here, the photo on the left was filled the donut tin, leaving the hole uncovered. The photo on the right was overfilled a bit so the hole is smaller. Still tastes great! Just doesn’t look as much like a donut.

You could enjoy as is, but my favorite part is the cinnamon sugar!

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So after cooling, be sure to brush the donuts lightly with coconut oil or butter and dip in cinnamon sugar.

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Best part is, they freeze well too!

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So you could make the entire batch and freeze the donut (before topping with cinnamon sugar) and take out as needed.

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This is perfect for our busy lives whether you want to have a fun and yummy snack at the ready or you’re planning ahead for a party.

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Hope you love them as much as we do!

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

The easiest and yummiest donuts ever! Super simple recipe uses a donut pan and bakes in less than 20 minutes. The result is a perfect cake donut with the best flavor, made even better with cinnamon sugar topping. Donuts freezer well too (Freeze before topping with cinnamon sugar). Prep time is long because I have a 6 donut pan and have to make them in 2 batches.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes
Total Time41 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack. Fall
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free
Keyword: esay gluten-free pumpkin donuts, gluten-free fall recipes, gluten-free donut recipe, baked pumpkin donuts, gluten-free pumpkin donuts, gluten-free baked donuts
Servings: 12 donuts
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


  • donut pan



  • cup butter or dairyfree alternative
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature if possible
  • ½ 15 oz can pure pumpkin equals 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup pure pumpkin
  • cup water
  • 1⅔ cup gluten free all purpose Flour I use GF Jules All purpose flour - affiliate link
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 - ½ teaspoon ground cloves according to tastes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup 115g unsalted butter, melted OR 1/2 Coconut Oil, Melted
  • Baking brush



  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease donut pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Stir in eggs, pumpkin and water.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves with a pastry cutter or fork.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet & mix well.
  • Pour into donut pan, filing each donut form up to the top of the donut hole (so that you can see the donut hole)
  • Bake 16-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven. Let sit 5 minutes, then invert donut pan to remove donuts and let cool on a wire rack.
  • Repeat baking donuts in donut pan until dough is used up.
  • TIP: if freezing some donuts, freeze before topping with cinnamon sugar. Defrost and top with cinnamon sugar when ready to serve.

Top the donuts

  • Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • Use a baking brush, brush the donuts with either melted butter or melted coconut oil (both worked equally well and tasted the same), then dunk into the cinnamon sugar mixture coating all sides.
  • NOTE: You can dip the donuts in cinnamon sugar without coating them with oil or butter but the cinnamon sugar won't stick as well.
  • Donuts are best served immediately.
  • Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature for up to 2 days.
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26 thoughts on “Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

  1. I had never made donuts before this so I was a bit nervous to make these. However, this recipe couldn’t be easier or more delicious! They bake so quick and are so tasty! I will be making these donuts again soon! Maybe even this weekend 🙂

  2. These donuts are amazing, my family couldn’t get enough of them. Easy and delightful. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Omg these are absolutely delicious!!!! Seriously so delicious. I’ve made 4 of your recipes this week haha. I will definitely make these again.

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! a family hit; they do not make it to the next day 🙂
    Thank you for such a wonderful and tasty recipe- as my kids say they are not good, they are AH-MAZING!!!

  5. Want to make these for Christmas morning. Pumpkin just doesn’t seem right at this time of year.
    1. Have you used any other puree?
    2. What should I do differently to leave out the pumpkin?

    Thank You!

    1. I actually eat these all winter so I think they’d still taste good but I understand what you mean! One thought is to maybe add 1/2 teaspoon ginger and a pinch of nutmeg to add more of a gingerbread flavor. If you’re feeling really adventurous, maybe swap out a tablespoon or two of pumpkin Puree for a tablespoon or two of molasses. Please note, I have never made them this way but it should work!

  6. OMGoosh, these are the best GF doughnuts on the planet, I also made some mini muffins topping with the cinnamon and sugar.. Muffins baked for 13 minutes. OFF THE HOOK. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!

  7. Ummmm this is the second recipe I have made from her and I am hooked. First one was her GF blueberry muffins and those are outstanding. With this recipe, I wasn’t sure if they had the texture of a donut because it’s been sooooo long since I have had a donut since going GF in July 2018. My husband says that they are like a pumpkin cake donut and he is obsessed!

    I did not realize I needed a donut pan to make them so I had to make one by hand using foil and a cupcake tin. They were mini donuts, but it worked out great. One tip I had that made my life easier was I put the batter in a plastic Ziploc, then cut just a small tip of one corner off, and squeezed the batter into each donut hole rather than spooning it in. It made it a lot easier! Make these if you are a pumpkin person!!!

    1. That’s what I did! Piped them from Ziploc! Worked perfectly!
      Also, I always use King Arthur GF flour! It works extremely well.

  8. Amazing recipe ! They turned out so good and melted in your mouth! These will become a staple around here on the weekends ! Thank you!!

  9. 5 stars
    Made these tonight and they are so good! I made mine in a baby donut maker. 4 minutes and done! Can’t wait to have one with my morning coffee! Love your recipes!

  10. 5 stars
    I’m so happy I found this recipe! 12 weeks pregnant, nausea is slowly starting to subside and I’ve been craving donuts!! These pumpkin donuts were SO easy, quick, and absolutely delicious! Just what baby (and momma) wanted! 😍And you’d never guess they were gluten free! (I used bobs red mill 1 to 1 flour)

  11. 5 stars
    These are really yummy! I didnt have ground cloves on hand so I used pumpkin pie spice in its place, and it’s worked great! I was also happy to find a recipe that did t call for almond flour as well, so thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    These were delicious! I used Bobs red mill 1:1 gf flour and their egg replacer and it was perfect. They were moist and great pumpkin flavor. I tried a glaze rather than the cinnamon sugar which also worked well. Yumm and so great for my donut loving celiac husband.

  13. Karen, thanks a lot for your recipe! I made the best donuts ever! I cut the amounts in half to make 6 donuts only. I also reduced the sugar to 1/4 cup, and added applesauce to substitute half the fat. I added ground ginger instead of ground cloves, too. I loved these pumpkin donuts so much!

    Just to confirm, under the amount of can pure pumpkin, did you have “Half of 15 oz can” above?

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