Deceptively Delicious – Pumpkin Doughnut Recipe

Deceptively Delicious

Happy Glorious Game Day Saturday.  I just had a wonderful time watching OU dominate Iowa State and struck up an interesting conversation – healthy pumpkin doughnuts.  My dear friend Pam had a gaggle of children spend the night and they sprung out of bed this morning to make pumpkin doughnuts.  How festive!  Pam being the rational adult considered the previous evenings consumption of all things sugar and Halloween so she picked a healthy, yet delicious recipe to start the day – which also serves as an easy way to sneak in a vegetable.


She has an adorable cookbook, Deceptively Delicious: Simple Recipes to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.  The book is chalked full of wonderful ideas to sneak veggies into everyday meals.  You might think this book was written to trick children, but I am willing to bet there are a few finicky adults that could be fooled into eating something healthy.

I hope you enjoy this festive, fall recipe.


  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • ½ cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • ½ canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup sweet potato puree
  • ½ cup nonfat (skim) milk or lowfat (1%) buttermilk
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread, melted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat doughnut mold or 12-cup mini-mufins tin with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, beat together the sugar, pumpkin and sweet potato purees, milk, egg white, margarine and vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and spice and mix until completely incorporated.
  3. Divide batter among the muffin cups or fill doughnut mold. Bake until tips are lightly browned and a toothpick comes clean when inserted, 20 – 25 minutes. Turn the doughnuts out onto a rack to cool. When cool, dust with confectioners’ sugar.
  4. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

As a T1D, I choose to put healthy things into by body and have struggled to find items like doughnuts, that I could justify eating.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of sweet things, but a healthy spin on something I would never eat helps me to believe I have more options.

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