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. #
    Corisa — October 30, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    I can’t be more excited about a doughnut book… first I need to buy a doughnut pan


  2. #
    Clare F Wood — October 30, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    Wow would love to win something new to make, never made doughnuts before


  3. #
    Opal — October 30, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    My favorite thing about you is you agree about NO NUTS in brownies, you can totally trust me. Yup.


  4. #
    caitlin — October 30, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    I would make these for a thanksfoving potluck. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my face.


  5. #
    Sally Rice — October 30, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    I LOVE anything with sweet potatoes!


  6. #
    Caryn Hornbuckle — October 30, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    DOUGHNUTS. nuff said.


  7. #
    Joyce Lail — October 30, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    I’ve never made doughnuts before.


  8. #
    Kelsey S. — October 30, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    These sweet potato donuts remind me of the sweet potato puffs that my baby niece eats :)


  9. #
    Elizabeth H — October 30, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    I prefer fried doughnuts, but I justify baked doughnuts as being healthier! These look especially yummy!


  10. #
    Jackie Harrison — October 30, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    Wow, would love to win, never made dougnuts before


  11. #
    LB — October 30, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    my comment is, as it should be: OM NOM NOM.


  12. #
    Kelli — October 30, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    I’ve been trying to resist buying a donut pan….


  13. #
    Elizabeth — October 30, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    I’m not usually a big fan if sweet potatoes, but I think I might have to make an exception for this recipe! It looks delish! :)


  14. #
    Sarah @ The Cyclist's Wife — October 30, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    Oh my. I almost bought a donut pan the other day and then I didn’t. I was afraid of what might happen to my thighs with a donut pan in the house. But I think I need one now….maybe I will reward myself with a donut pan in exchange for riding my bike home from work! Seems like an equal trade right?


  15. #
    vandervaulk — October 30, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant cook book. I would love to have a go a making some of the doughnut recipes


  16. #
    Heather d — October 30, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    Those doughnuts look incredible!


  17. #
    Jennifer — October 30, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    Jessica – my first comment but I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now, I think (maybe a bit longer). Let me tell you, your posts are the joy in my personal email reading experience. I’ve tried some of your recipes and have many others saved just waiting in the wings. MMMMMM Love it!!


  18. #
    Lani Nash — October 30, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    What a great giveaway!


  19. #
    Mark Palmer — October 30, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    Great prize


  20. #
    Christine P — October 30, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    Yup, these donughts look amazing!! I wish I were skilled enough/had the right baking pan to make them – maybe they’ll be on my “cooking challenges” list soon!!


  21. #
    Mickie Bull — October 30, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    I made Marmite doughnuts once….not quite as bad as they sound….


  22. #
    Christina R. — October 30, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Since they have veggies in them, I can totally make those & have them for dinner! Those look soooo tasty!!!! :D :D :D


  23. #
    Katrina — October 30, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    They look sooo good!


  24. #
    Yvonne — October 30, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    We just got a donut pan and I’d love to make some veg donuts! Pumpkin–and now these–are next on my list.


  25. #
    Tracy | Pale Yellow — October 30, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    Baked doughnuts are perfect for home, I’ll save fried doughnuts for the professionals! Love the use of vegetables in doughnuts, perfectly fall!


  26. #
    Jennifer — October 30, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

    These look like Thanksgiving dessert! Yummy!


  27. #
    Grace — October 30, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Sweet potato in a doughnut?! Pure genius!

    Gahhh must tryyyy.. OBSESSED.

    -Grace :)


  28. #
    Erin — October 30, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

    These look fantastic! would love to win the cookbook!


  29. #
    Meredith — October 30, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    I love some nuts–in my dessserts, of course. but you can still trust me!


  30. #
    Erica C — October 30, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    This donut lover NEEDS this book.


  31. #
    tammy cordery — October 30, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    I love donuts a cookbook of donuts I’m there


  32. #
    John Lynch — October 30, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

    a doughnut cookbook sounds like such a bad idea to own, yet so right!


  33. #
    Daisy Ray @ flowers fruit and fun — October 30, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    Ooh! A healthy version! Yay!


  34. #
    Joanne Griffiths — October 30, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    I absolutely love doughnuts so vegetable doughnuts just sound like heaven in a mouthful!


  35. #
    LB — October 30, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    These look so good!!!


  36. #
    Lietle — October 30, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    Today’s my birthday and I LOVE sweet potato. And doughnuts. And I would really really especially love to learn how to bake proper doughnuts. Like…I would give up this birthday for it. Mhm.


  37. #
    Estefani — October 30, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    These sound so amazing. I’ve never actually tried to make doughnuts before… maybe, it’s time I tried! :D


  38. #
    Noel — October 30, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    Great giveaway. Thank you so much!


  39. #
    Alison — October 30, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    I love giveaways… How fun!


  40. #
    Keroppi — October 30, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    Man, these look amazing!!


  41. #
    Courtney — October 30, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

    love the concept of the doughnut book!! :) These doughnuts look delish – thanks for giving me my Sunday afternoon activity!


  42. #
    Tia — October 30, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    I can see myself making these.


  43. #
    Nikki — October 30, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    Homemade(compared to store bought) has totally changed my feelings on doughnuts. Having my own mini obsession too


  44. #
    Barb — October 30, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    Looks so yummy!!!


  45. #
    Amy S — October 30, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    I love any way to make doughnuts more healthy!


  46. #
    joanne sassonr — October 30, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    Omg I really cannot wait to make this… definitely a fall recipe I’ve been waiting for! Thank you and thank you Ashley!


  47. #
    Robin M — October 30, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    These look sooooooo good!


  48. #
    Ann — October 30, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    These doughnuts look devine! I’d love to have the cookbook too!


  49. #
    Adrienne Green — October 30, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

    I’ve never made donuts before, but I know my 1 & 3 year old would love it! Would love to win!


  50. #
    Ashley Lynn — October 31, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    An entire book of this deliciousness?! Le sigh



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