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. #
    Amanda — October 30, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    The doughnuts look fabulous!


  2. #
    Kathy Nordmann — October 30, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    These doughnuts look scrumptious! Can’t wait to try the recipe!!!


  3. #
    emily — October 30, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    I really want that book! Like, I want it enough that I’ll actually *buy* it if I don’t win it ;)


  4. #
    Germaine — October 30, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Well baked doughnuts, not a doughnut fan, once in awhile I will have one..we don’t have a deep fryer in the house. Sweetie he doesn’t like the smell of the grease, may have to try out these baked ones and see if he likes them


  5. #
    April V — October 30, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Oh how I would LOVE to have this book!! To be able to make any kind of doughnut at ANY time of the day… yes, please.


  6. #
    Ro — October 30, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    no tricks but lots of treats in that recipe!!


  7. #
    Ali F — October 30, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Those doughnuts look amazing!


  8. #
    Julie — October 30, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    I like bunnies


  9. #
    Karly K — October 30, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    I have a friend who is getting married soon & has always dreamed of having a giant spread of donuts at her wedding. Hmmm wouldn’t this be the perfect shower gift!


  10. #
    Miriam — October 30, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    Those doughnuts look amazing!!


  11. #
    Alyse — October 30, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    My grandchildren love doughnuts! How fun it would be to make them together. Send me that book.


  12. #
    BJ — October 30, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Must. have. that. book. Today. All I want for dinner now is donut casseroles.


  13. #
    Debbie — October 30, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I LOVE doughnuts! Thank you for posting one I can rationalize!


  14. #
    Jeannie — October 30, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Like you I have never really been a donut fan so I really must try these esp. since they are gluten free as well! Would love to win Ashley’s new cookbook as I seem to be a cookbook hoarder and the donut recipes that I’ve seen look delish!


  15. #
    Alison — October 30, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Those look delicious


  16. #
    Crystal High — October 30, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    Am I too late to make a comment about donuts that might win me that recipe book? Because if not, I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate veggies into doughnuts. Hm….I’m still thinking. but please, oh please don’t not include me for not including such thoughts as veggies + doughnuts = yumminess.


  17. #
    TrishH — October 30, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Your emails are as much a treat as the goodies you picture! I can’t wait to open them and see what’s inside. thanks.


  18. #
    Sierra — October 30, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    Yum! These look amaze.


  19. #
    Lydia — October 30, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Ohmygosh! What a book this would be to own!! I love doughnuts. And I love your blog…you make me laugh, smile and enjoy everyday.
    I need to win this!


  20. #
    Nicocobell — October 30, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    I’m on a sweet potato kick. I can’t get enough. I made 2 sweet potatoes for dinner and shared with my dogs, they love it just as much as I do. I can’t wait to try these donuts!!


  21. #
    Molly — October 30, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Pick me, pick me! I want doughnuts for everrrr!


  22. #
    mary leduc — October 30, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    The Donuts look amazing – I need this book!!!!


  23. #
    Emma — October 30, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Oh my goodness….I WANT.


  24. #
    Michele W — October 30, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    These doughnuts look amazing! I’m gonna break down and buy a doughnut pan.


  25. #
    Cari — October 30, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    veggie doughnuts!!!!! YES!!!!


  26. #
    Jenn — October 30, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I just bought a donut pan this summer to make a recipe I saw on shutterbean. I certainly encourage sneaking vegetables into my diet so these are on my to-do list!


  27. #
    Angela — October 30, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I not just want this book – I feel the need! And I agree with what some others said before, if I don’t win I’ll buy it! AND, I’ll finally break down and get those donut pans! Thanks, this recipe, well, I can taste it already!


  28. #
    cheri — October 30, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Can’t wait to make these….thank you.


  29. #
    Katie — October 30, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    These doughnuts seriously look delicious!


  30. #
    Marie K — October 30, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    Always looking for a good doughnut recipe! excited to try this one! Hoping I win Ashley’s book – it sounds intriguing and we aren’t even gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan.


  31. #
    Stacy — October 30, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    I just recently found out I’m gluten intolerant! My kids and I love to bake(especially donuts!lol) so this would be the perfect little cookbook!


  32. #
    Michelle — October 30, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    These donuts (yes, I prefer this spelling also) look so deicious and wholesome!


  33. #
    Diana Semionova — October 30, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Interesting! ;o


  34. #
    LB — October 30, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Now I’m at work craving a donut!


  35. #
    Alie O. — October 30, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    These donuts look amazing!


  36. #
    Hannah — October 30, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    Sweet potatoes in a doughnut? Yes, please! These look scrumptious.


  37. #
    Christi — October 30, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    I have never made doughnuts. I am now determind to try to make these! Thanks for such an awesome blog, I love reading it!


  38. #
    Heather — October 30, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    I’ve been wanting to try baked doughnuts! Can’t wait to see who wins and try some myself!


  39. #
    Erin — October 30, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    I’ve never made donuts myself but I might have to give these a try!


  40. #
    Melinda — October 30, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    I was just going to ask where I could buy this doughnut recipe book! Oooh, I hope I win!


  41. #
    sharon meagher — October 30, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    would love to add to my donut obsession!


  42. #
    Emily Knight — October 30, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    Vegetable donuts? Parsnip would work. Or pumpkin. Mmmmm…donuts…


  43. #
    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life — October 30, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Oh man these look SOO good. I’ve been using sweet potato in place of pumpkin in a lot of recipes lately. I want a donut right this instant thanks to your amazing photos!


  44. #
    Meg G. — October 30, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    Doughnuts (donuts?) are totally a thing nowadays..and I’m digging it. “The new cupcake”. There is even a Doughnut Crawl in D.C. where I live! I may have to participate. Would love this cookbook, just bought myself a mini doughnut pan.


  45. #
    krystal — October 30, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    I really, REALLY can’t wait for my doughnut pan to get here already!!!


  46. #
    tiffany — October 30, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    never made donuts before but those look gooooood


  47. #
    Sara — October 30, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Awesome giveaway! Love those doughuts – potatoes in baked goods are soooo good…they make the dough so tender!


  48. #
    Yana — October 30, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

    These look gorgeous. I am not a doughnut person myself, but I quickly bookmarked this recipe. I love Ashley’s blog, and have made many of her recipes, just not doughnuts. This will be the first one.


  49. #
    Macy O — October 30, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    These look so delicious! YUM!


  50. #
    Julie Turner — October 30, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    I received a donut pan for my birthday-these look amazing!!



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