Oh yeah. Vegetables in doughnuts!

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I’m coming at you with a little bonus post today to share one of my closest friends’ new book. Ashley is one of the first invisible internet friends I met in person way back in the day (like over 3 years ago!) and is one of my closest pals.

I even changed my coveted “donut” spelling for her real (and oh-so very correct one) in this post, which means you know I have major love for her.

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So funny stuff.

Ashley happens to eat a gluten free, vegetarian… and well, close to vegan diet. I… do not. There is no secret there. BUT. The minute I tasted these gluten free peanut butter cup doughnuts a few years ago, I was hooked.

Do you have any idea how hooked I was?

Well. I never used to like doughnuts. Like EVER. They were completely unappealing to me. That’s the reason you always hear me mention my “recent doughnut obsession.” I didn’t loathe them, but they just weren’t my drug of choice. Pastries (I totally just typed pasties) aren’t generally my thing. Very weird and unexpected, I know.

Ashley brought those freaking peanut butter cup doughnuts to my house a few years ago and it was over. OVER OVER OVER. Ever since then, I want all of the doughnuts to ever exist in the universe.

I could seriously eat a doughnut every single day. They have become one of my go-to cravings, one of my favorite things.

AND! I’ve made the peanut butter cup doughnuts countless times for dessert and people lose their minds. They are so delicious that Ashley wrote an entire book on gluten-free baked doughnuts. They are THAT good!

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I’m pretty sure you know my stance on doughnuts that are fried versus baked, but the truth is that I don’t discriminate. Like, at all. Baked doughnuts are easier for me to make at home. When I like to create a new doughnut for my own recipe arsenal and have lots of time for development, I’m going to fry it. When I want to make a quick dessert for a group (or, um, MYSELF) that I know can hold up for a few hours or even a day or so, I bake it.

Simple as that.

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Now let me tell you about THESE ones. These…vegetable ones.

So I made these doughnuts over the weekend and again… my very non-gluten free, used-to-regular-old-fried-doughnuts family went NUTS. They are such a fabulous and seasonally appropriate treat. And you know me: texture! So much texture here. I die.

The other big thing happens to be my very strong feelings on nuts in baked goods. As in, when it comes to cookies and brownies, if you want nuts in yours, I’m not sure that I trust you. Sorta kinda maybe.

I was a little hesitant that I would fear the pecans here, but oh my gosh… I so didn’t. There aren’t actual nut chunks (…giggling like a six year old) in the doughnuts, just in the sugary, crunchy top. It’s some serious perfection.

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FUN STUFF: I’m giving away a copy of Ashley’s book, Baked Doughnuts For Everyone,  so you can all partake in my doughnut obsession. If you’d like to win a copy, just leave a comment below. A comment about anything! (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.) Maybe a comment about vegetable doughnuts. They win today.

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Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Doughnuts with Roasted Pecan Crunch

Yield: makes 10 to 12 doughnuts

Total Time: 1 hour


1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1/4 cup pecan meal (pecans finely ground)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
2 large eggs
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1/3 cup sweet potato puree
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

roasted pecan crunch topping
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup coarsely ground roasted pecans


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your doughnut pan liberally with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, rice flour, pecan meal, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and ginger. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sweet potato, maple syrup, applesauce, oil and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing only until they are just combined. Do not overmix!

Spoon the batter into the doughnut pan, filling just below the top of each mold. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until the doughnuts are lightly golden brown around the edges. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove the doughnuts and let cool completely before topping.

roasted pecan crunch topping
Stir together the syrup and butter in a bowl. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon and pecans.
Brush the syrup on the cooled doughnuts and sprinkle the pecan mixture over top. Drizzle the doughnuts with the remaining syrup over top to help the pecans stick. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

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[this giveaway is sponsored by ashley’s publisher. winner will be chosen at random and notified on friday!]

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712 Responses to “Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Doughnuts.”

  1. #
    Debbi — October 31, 2013 @ 12:47 am

    OMG! I’m not a vegetarian and I don t need to eat gluten free but these look just too good not to make!


  2. #
    Kristen M — October 31, 2013 @ 1:13 am

    Sweet potato is my love language; I cannot wait to try this recipe.


  3. #
    Rachel — October 31, 2013 @ 1:22 am

    My brother can’t eat anything gluten so I would love to make something from the recipe book for him!


  4. #
    Blue — October 31, 2013 @ 2:05 am

    This is such a fun way to enjoy food that is different but really, it is the same as what is so tasty and yes, mom, even good for you! I have always been afraid of Fry a lators.. but baking, now that I can approach with grace! thanks to this recipe!
    Thank you!


  5. #
    Anne — October 31, 2013 @ 5:51 am

    My friend just told me about you and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook, which is also a blog. I just “Liked” his page and came to your site. I like it. Anne


  6. #
    Kathy C — October 31, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    All donuts are yummy!


  7. #
    Louise A — October 31, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Would love to win this. I’m never very successful making doughnuts so hoping this book can give me some tips. Have a number of vegetarians in the family so I would be in their good books forever if I made vegetarian doughnut


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    bella smyth — October 31, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    OMG i dont want i NEED this book it looks amazing i never knew you could make such a huge range of them to make and i want to make all of them !! thank you for the chance x


  9. #
    scott sullivan — October 31, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    This would be amazing doughnuts are my most fav thing ever, my gf even got me a giant one as a birthday cake


  10. #
    Dani — October 31, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    Yum! I’m not vegetarian or GF, but I would definitely give them a try!


  11. #
    Sara @ Confectionary Tales — October 31, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    I don’t know if I’ve ever tried a gluten free donut!


  12. #
    Christina Gathright — October 31, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    I’m down for trying any and all doughnuts! These look awesome!


  13. #
    Barbara S — October 31, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    Oh, dear. I have been limiting my gluten intake and just ignored all donuts. I may really have to bake some of these. They look really good….and I love nuts on and in everything!


  14. #
    amyt — October 31, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Those look so good!!!


  15. #
    Michael Clyma — October 31, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    Tripple Dipped Doughnut Suprise- Doughnuts covered in milk, then plain, then white chocolate, with popping candy centre, hence the suprise


  16. #
    Stacey — October 31, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    Yum – I’m not gluten-free but I’d look forward to making my way through the recipes in her book!


  17. #
    Brittany — October 31, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    Ashley’s book has been on my wish list…those peanut butter cup donuts look soooooo delicious!


  18. #
    Carolyn — October 31, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    These look delish! I need more baked doughnut recipes in my life.


  19. #
    Leah B. — October 31, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    VEGETABLE DOUGHNUTS! Brilliant. But sweet potatoes are probably the only vegetable that would work here.. won’t see me eating a broccoli doughnut. Oh but there’s pumpkin! Bam two veggie doughnuts. Or is pumpkin a fruit?



  20. #
    Kristin — October 31, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I have always wanted to make homemade donuts and have never tried, I think these might give me the excuse to try!


  21. #
    Shanna — October 31, 2013 @ 8:51 pm



  22. #
    Katya — October 31, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    Incredible!!! Can’t wait to try to make these.


  23. #
    Felice/All That's Left Are The Crumbs — October 31, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

    I really do need to make some doughnuts as these look amazing.


  24. #
    Erin — October 31, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    Substituted almond milk for the milk–delicious!


  25. #
    Ashley — October 31, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    Win or not, these donuts are happening in my house stat!


  26. #
    Chelsea — October 31, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

    I am very intrigued — would love to try!!!


  27. #
    Annette Bjorkman — October 31, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

    Holy doughnuts!! These look amazing. I need a doughnut pan or two!


  28. #
    Amy @ So There. by Amy — October 31, 2013 @ 10:37 pm



  29. #
    Stephanie — October 31, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

    Love donuts!!!! Love both of your blogs too!


  30. #
    Kim — November 1, 2013 @ 12:07 am

    These look amazing!


  31. #
    Denise — November 1, 2013 @ 12:27 am

    I actually agree about nuts in baked goods!!! They look great


  32. #
    Kim C. — November 1, 2013 @ 12:35 am

    Oh Wow, those doughnuts look phenomenal!! I love sweet potatoes so I’m definitely going to try these!!


  33. #
    Debra Pearson — November 1, 2013 @ 5:28 am

    These sound so good! Sweet potato rules in our house!


  34. #
    Dannell — November 1, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Something lacking in my cooking repertoire! I guess I need a donut pan too :) Yummy!


  35. #
    maddie — November 1, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    This has bought my doughnut infatuation to a whole new level!


  36. #
    Julia — November 1, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    I love doughnuts, and I love veggies in doughnuts- carrots, zucchini, beets…


  37. #
    Lauren — November 1, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    Sweet potatoes + doughnuts + pie = unbelievably good!!!!


  38. #
    Yas Bahji — November 1, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    I love doughnuts–and the idea of gluten free ones with pecans–WOWSERS! I am in so much trouble!


  39. #
    Lynne — November 1, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    I just used my 50% off coupon at Micheals’ yesterday and bought a doughnut pan .. And as luck would have it,
    today i find this fabulous sounding doughnut recipe! I will be baking these! I can taste them now with a cup of hot spiced cider…..


  40. #
    Dionna — November 1, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    Gluten-free Goodness! As a gluten-free goddess, I miss my darn donuts! So excited to try these.


  41. #
    Donna D — November 1, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    Oh how I love sweet potato goodies, these look good!


  42. #
    Melanie C. — November 2, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    I just have to say that I soooooo love your blog! Glad you came over to the doughnut side of life. Such a delicious place to be. Very excited to have a GF recipe like this to make on Friends& Family dinner night. Thanks for sharing.


  43. #
    Lisa Swope — November 2, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    Having just purchased this amazing inn I am always on the lookout for delicious gluten free recipes. …this definitely fits the bill!!


  44. #
    Amanda N — November 2, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    I love love love donuts no matter how you spell it!


  45. #
    Theresa Sea — November 2, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    Oh man. I love me some doughnuts.


  46. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — November 3, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    Is it rude if I just say give me!


  47. #
    Jen N. — November 4, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Those looks amazing, and I love that they’re gluten free!


  48. #
    Shirley — November 5, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Love baked donuts and these look fantastic! Must make a batch ASAP!


  49. #
    alexisemily — December 25, 2013 @ 2:02 am

    SO GOOD! I used butter instead of applesauce (I’m allergic to apples), and they turned out so good! Thank you so much for this.


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