Baked – Pumpkin Donuts with butterscotch sauce (Using muffin pan)

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Yippee, I tried donuts for the first time. Believe me I just used aluminium foil balls to convert the muffin pan to the donut pan. These doughnuts don’t have yeast and come together very quickly. There’s no rising time, no kneading, and no frying.

I used homemade Butterscotch as a glaze and sunflower and pumpkin seeds as a crunchy toppings.

Yields-10-12 (small donuts)
Preparation time- 20 minute
Baking time-20 to 25 minutes


  • Whole wheat flour-1 1/2 cup
  • Baking powder-1 1/2tsp
  • Baking soda-1/2tsp
  • Salt- 1/2tsp
  • Fruit sugar/any sweetener of choice-1/4cup (or as sweet desired)
  • Ground cardamom-1/2tsp
  • Sunflower baking spread-1/4cup
  • Pumpkin puree-3/4cup ( I used homemade puree made on stove top – For Recipe click here)
  • Vanilla extract-1tsp
  • Warm water/milk-1/4-1/2cup (as required to form the thick batter)
  • Cooking spray/butter-to grease


  • Low-fat butter scotch sauce-1/4cup (For Recipe click here)
  • Toasted pumpkin and melon seeds- for topping


  • Pre-heat the oven at 180deg C.
  • If you have a donut pan, grease with cooking spray or if not grease mugging/cupcake pan.
  • Can use muffin pan and bake donuts like muggins or for making hole in between the donuts- rip off about 5 inches long aluminium foil and smush it into a cute little ball.
  • Repeat to make enough balls and fill your muffin tin –one per cup. Grease with butter or cooking spray.

For the donut batter:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom powder and set aside.
  • Now in another large bowl whisk in wet ingredients-pumpkin puree, sunflower spread, 1/4cup warm water/milk, fruit sugar, vanilla until well combined
  • Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Foa baking:

  • If your using donut tray just divide the batter into the greased tray but for muffin tray with foil balls pouring may not distribute the batter evenly so I used icing bag( you can use ziplock cover), just transfer the prepared batter into the icing bag/ziplock bag and divide into the prepared muffin pan (if using ziplock bag strip of the tip and simply pipe it and for icing bag use any free flowing tip and pipe it)
  • Once piping is done bake in the pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes/until a toothpick inserted comes out clear.

For glaze:

  • Once the donuts are baked allow it to cook a bit then spoon a line of butterscotch sauce and sprinkle toasted seeds



  • Feel free to personalise the topping and glaze as per the taste.
  • Butter/olive oil can also be used alternatively to sunflower spread.
  • Glaze can be skipped if you are in a hurry

I am bringing this recipe to Angie’s FF#47

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on December 20, 2014, in Breakfast, Dessert, International, Sweets. Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on MrMilitantNegro™.


  2. What a wonderful flavour combination, pumpkin and butterscotch, thanks for sharing your wonderful donut recipe, perfect for the holidays, Merry Christmas:)


  3. Greetings Chitra, brilliant idea! Happy Holidays. Cheryl

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  4. Wow, that is a great idea!

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  5. so clever with the foil balls! These look crazy delicious. Topping them with pumpkin seed is brilliant.

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  6. wow, what a great idea to make the “hole” in the center!these must be delicious!


  7. I have seen this trick before, but never really had tried. The donuts look awesome. 🙂


  8. Nicely spiced … and delicious twist with the butterscotch sauce! I love the bit of crunch you offer with the seeds too!

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  9. Lovely idea of using muffin tin for making donuts, dear….. :D……..also adding pumpkin puree sounds interesting to me……. 🙂

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  10. These look so cute, a lovely combination of flavors and I like baking rather than frying as well. Thanks for sharing

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  11. The aluminum balls are so clever!! Maybe I shouldn’t have bought the donut pan……oh well!! This also looks so delicious!


  12. These look yummy! I have never used sunflower baking spread. It sounds interesting. It is like sunflower butter?


  13. Your donuts look delicious and healthy even with that butterscotch sauce. I always prefer baked over fried 🙂

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  14. "A Curious Mind"

    Mmmm-Yum, Pumpkin Donuts with Butterscotch on them.. . 😉


  15. really cool idea Chitra to use Al foil to convert a muffin pan into a donut pan. now why didnt I think of that? LOL! Love your butterscotch sauce too.


  16. What a clever genius idea to make donuts this easy way! xxx They came out beautiful too! They look superb! xxx

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  17. Thats pretty brilliant, Chitra.. Using a muffin tin with aluminum foil.. I love it! Delicious combination! ❤️

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