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. #
    Kathleen — October 29, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    I’m not a doughnut person either, but I do love a hot cinnamon roll with plenty of icing!


  2. #
    Jennie — October 29, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    That book looks fantastic! Donuts and they look beautiful!


  3. #
    Jessica Herring — October 29, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    I’m definitely putting a doughnut pan on my wedding registry after seeing this post!!!


  4. #
    Melissa — October 29, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    YUM! I love doughnuts so much. And with vegetables – now they’re a health food! ;)


  5. #
    shannon — October 29, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    They look great! I use the donut spelling too :(


  6. #
    Bri — October 29, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    I love donuts! Baked ones would be even better if they contained hidden veggies. Yum


  7. #
    Juyeon Suh — October 29, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    Oh vegetable doughnuts, you will haunt my dreams


  8. #
    Tina@tinasdeliciousdishes.com — October 29, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    Doughnut girl all the way! Plain glaze my least favorite, jelly glaze I die for! Chocolate covered cake? Only at places I know that do them well, I think of them like I think of a Bloody Marys, when they are good they are freaking amazing, when they are bad, well, I would rather suck on old tennis shoes!
    Great job!!


  9. #
    Tory — October 29, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    During my Sunday nap I dreamt I was eating a doughnut and since then I have been craving one like WHOA.


  10. #
    Melissa — October 29, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    Looks so good! Yum, I love donuts!


  11. #
    Katie — October 29, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    Sweet potatoes in donuts?! Sign me up!


  12. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 29, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    I am so down with veggies in donuts. YUM!!


  13. #
    Melissa — October 29, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    I don’t much like the sound of vegetables in doughnuts, lol, because I think of broccoli or asparagus or something. But sweet potato doughnuts sound amazing!!


  14. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 29, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    I’m amazed that Ashley has put together so many gluten-free donuts everyone can enjoy. I’d love a copy of her book!


  15. #
    Kristine — October 29, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    I absolutely love doughnuts! These look amazing! I can’t wait to make them!


  16. #
    Fran — October 29, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    They are beautiful.


  17. #
    lisa — October 29, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    I love donuts!


  18. #
    Jenny — October 29, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    cookbook + doughnuts + win.


  19. #
    Jan — October 29, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    Amazing mouth-watering little gems!


  20. #
    Judy — October 29, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    My mother-in-law has started going gluten free and put a bit of a cramp in our cooking and baking when she visits. I happen to have a donut pan and she’s coming for brunch this weekend. I can’t wait to try it.


  21. #
    Jesu Campos — October 29, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    Wow, those sound delicious! and I want that book!


  22. #
    Laura — October 29, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    Yay!!! Finally a donut that I can eat and not feel guilty!!! Right??!! :) Looks absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! :)


  23. #
    Renee C — October 29, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    Must try making donuts!


  24. #
    Allie S — October 29, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    I think I’m ready for a second breakfast…


  25. #
    Kayley Maybe — October 29, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Every Sunday, my 2 year old gets excited about going to church just for the doughnuts. Wondering if he’ll get more excited about church itself if he gets doughnuts at home too!


  26. #
    Heather Krah — October 29, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Oh my word! These look amazing! and the pecans…yum


  27. #
    Caroline! — October 29, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Oh. My. I know what I will be making this weekend


  28. #
    Kari — October 29, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    I sneek veggies in a lot of things and I love that you put them in donuts. Sweet potatoes and pecans are two of my favorites… :) These look delicious!!


  29. #
    laura — October 29, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Vegetable donuts? Yum!


  30. #
    Maggie S. — October 29, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    This looks wonderful, and I am mainly an any kind of sweets person. You know, calories don’t count if you eat the whole batch at once.


  31. #
    Sara Staffeldt — October 29, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    I’ve always wanted to try to make my own donuts!


  32. #
    Lindsey — October 29, 2013 @ 7:33 am

    Sweet potatoes in anything, I lurve!


  33. #
    jo — October 29, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    I only eat donuts like once a year, but I wouldn’t say no to these beauties


  34. #
    David — October 29, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    I think these sound delicious!


  35. #
    Jessica — October 29, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    Yum-o, these look absolutely amazing, I love sweet potatoes! I can only imagine how good the other recipes are!


  36. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — October 29, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    love that you made these gluten free. I also made a batch of sweet potato baked donuts for my blog ( brown butter topped with a brown cinnamon glaze and smoked almonds ); so I know now addictive these will be.

    We always need more veggie donut recipes in our lives don’t we?


  37. #
    Diana — October 29, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    Totally making these for my bff when she comes for a visit from Moscow in a couple of weeks. She’s gf and the variety of gf food there (let alone delicious doughnuts!) is extremely limited. She might need Ashley’s book & a donut pan for Christmas!


  38. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 29, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    OMG these look brilliant! Ashley is the donut queen and I absolutely love her recipes. I’ve just learned that I’m gluten and wheat-intolerant so I’d love to get my hands on a copy of her book!


  39. #
    Elizabeth Ditty — October 29, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    I have a feeling a comment like this could get you into trouble, but… can you imagine these with a little candied bacon? Oof.


    • Ashley — October 29th, 2013 @ 9:09 am

      Hahaha, it’s okay, I understand. ;)


  40. #
    Izzie — October 29, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    I love love love baked donuts. YUM.


  41. #
    Tracey Peach — October 29, 2013 @ 7:42 am

    I adore doughnuts!

    But i have no recipes on how to make them!


  42. #
    kazza — October 29, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    Never tried a vegetable doughnut but would like to :)


  43. #
    Anna — October 29, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    I don’t even really care for pecans and these look INCREDIBLE. Also, they remind me of sweet potato pie, i.e. The Best.


  44. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — October 29, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    These look marvelous! Love Ashley (and you!) for sharing these with all of us.


  45. #
    Kristen — October 29, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    Yeah for doughnuts!


  46. #
    Julianne — October 29, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    Wow! Sweet potatoes and donuts…two of my favorite things in one recipe!!


  47. #
    Molly — October 29, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    They sound perfect for fall!


  48. #
    Katya — October 29, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    I absolutely love Ashley’s site and these donuts look so incredible! I will be dreaming of these all day at work


  49. #
    Morgan — October 29, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    Donuts and iced coffee are my two favorite things= I should own stock in DD


  50. #
    bridget350@gmail.com — October 29, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    I want to try vegetable doughnuts!!!


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