dessert donuts Fall gluten-free

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes [Gluten-Free Option]

September 6, 2019

Get the taste of fall with these baked pumpkin donut holes made with healthy ingredients like coconut oil and coconut sugar and baked in the oven. Gluten-free or non-gluten-free options available so the whole family can enjoy.

No need to fry anything with these baked pumpkin donut holes. Perfect for fall and made with healthier ingredients - including a #glutenfree option. #healthydessert #pumpkin #donutholes

This article was originally published in September 2013. It has since been updated with easier instructions, new photos and gluten and gluten-free donut hole options.

Apologies to anyone who had to read the original publication of this post in 2013. While the recipe was and continues to be delicious, you were unfortunately subjected to a lengthy diatribe on my love of all things pumpkin with the exception of the very basic #PSL. To be honest, not much has changed but at 30 I’m wise enough to know your time is better spent learning how to make these baked pumpkin holes and not reading a long article on all things pumpkin.

Maybe you’ve noticed this trend in my latest posts, that I’ve been republishing old content and updating it with relevant and useful information instead of some strange anecdote that apparently made sense in 2013?! As I discussed in this post, it’s important to me that The Healthy Maven be a space where you can learn something new, whip up a healthy recipe or support your version of health, which to be honest was not all that important when I started THM 7 years ago. So I’m going into some older posts that could use some sprucing up, including clearer instructions, more step-by-step photos and helpful tips when it comes to making the recipe. I’m also testing recipes for both gluten and gluten-free options so everyone can enjoy them. These Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes are no exception. So let’s get into it…

How To Make Donut Holes

Originally this recipe called to make the donut holes in a mini muffin tin. While that certainly remains an option, I decided to test them on a baking sheet to see how they hold up. Not at all surprising but they worked totally fine so no need to buy a special tin or tray. A gold old baking tray will work just fine. Definitely note that the bigger you make the balls, the more likely they will have a flat bottom. This doesn’t affect flavor but if you want a perfectly shaped circle make them smaller.

Step 1: Make the batter

The batter must be thick. This is why the coconut flour is essential. Do not skip or try to substitute. You need to use coconut flour so it absorbs the moisture, but don’t worry, the baked donut holes will remain moist. As for the other flours, I find a mixture of oat flour and brown rice flour makes for the best gluten-free blend or if not gluten-free you can use 1 cup of all purpose flour.

A thick batter for this baked pumpkin donut holes recipe

Step 2: Roll into balls + bake!

As I mentioned above, keep the balls on the smaller side so they stay round. Aim to get 15 on each baking sheet but I recommend baking each sheet separately so they get a good even bake. They’ll bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Baked pumpkin donut holes getting prepared on a baking sheet

Step 3: Coat donut holes

Once baked pumpkin donut holes have cooled, you’ll roll them in a coconut sugar and cinnamon mixture. My recommendation is to use one hand to dip the holes into the coconut oil and the other hand in the coconut sugar mixture. This keeps things from getting too messy.

pumpkin spice donut holes in a coconut sugar and cinnamon mixture

Step 4: EAT! 

Need I say more? These donut holes don’t last long in our house. I recently served them at family dinner and they were gone in one sitting. So if you’ve got a big crowd you may want to double the recipe. Or be sure to store them in an airtight container for 2-3 days if you have more willpower than me.

A plate full of pumpkin donut holes ready to be eaten.

I love hearing from you guys so definitely let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried this recipe (circa 2013 or 2019!) and if you have anything to add to it. It’s such a helpful resource to see how you guys tailor recipes for you and your families. Bon appetit!


Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

Baked pumpkin donut holes you can make at home with gluten-free and non gluten-free options so the whole family can enjoy.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 25-30 donut holes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1/2 cup oat flour*
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour*
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon**
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg**
  • 1/2 tsp allspice**
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves**
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 large egg +1 large egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

For the coating:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)

*Replace with 1 cup of all-purpose flour if not gluten-free.
**Can replace with 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl
  3. In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil and coconut palm sugar
  4. Add in egg and egg white followed by pumpkin puree and vanilla extract.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Dough should come together into a thick batter.
  6. Roll into 25-30 tablespoon sized balls and place onto a baking sheet (you will likely need to bake in two batches) and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.

For the coating:

  1. Place melted coconut oil in a small bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl combine coconut palm sugar and cinnamon for coating.
  3. For each donut hole dip into coconut oil using one hand and roll in cinnamon+coconut palm sugar mixture with the other hand until fully coated. Let sit to soak in mixture for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Keywords: donut holes, pumpkin donut holes, gluten-free donut holes

Like this recipe? Here are a few other desserts to enjoy:

Vegan Pumpkin Caramel Tart
Decadent Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Raw Nutella Bars

Get the taste of fall with these baked pumpkin donut holes made with healthy ingredients like coconut oil and coconut sugar and baked in the oven. Gluten-free or non-gluten-free options available so the whole family can enjoy


Join 20,000+ members of the THM Community to get access to exclusive recipes, healthy lifestyle tips and behind-the-scenes news from our team!

Powered by ConvertKit
  • Reply
    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    September 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    This seems like such a no-fuss recipe! I love it. I feel like it would be the perfect Thanksgiving morning treat.

  • Reply
    Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers
    September 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Yippie! I’m glad to see that a special donut-hole-maker-tin-thing isn’t a requirement. 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 12, 2013 at 1:02 am

      The last thing my kitchen needs is another type of pan!!! Regular muffin tin worked perfectly 🙂

  • Reply
    kumars kitchen
    September 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    OMG! these donut holes are just waiting to be devoured…moist tender and the palm sugar coating…this is for breakfast tomorrow and still hard to wait till morning…irresistible and scrumptious good and delicious food clicks as always… 🙂

    • Reply
      kumars kitchen
      September 12, 2013 at 5:56 am

      tried these yummy spongy donut holes today for breakfast and we finished off the other batch which we had saved for afternoon,so heavenly good…thanks and seriously your recipe is outstanding,thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      This makes me so happy to hear 🙂 I love when other people enjoy my recipe. You made my day!

  • Reply
    Kim @ BusyBod
    September 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Can I just officially proclaim my love to you forever? Because of my weirdo food intolerance I’ve been so sad that I’ll have to miss out on so many fall treats (anything with wheat or apples, among other things, aka all my old fall favorites). You are saving the season for me with these wheat-less options!! Now I just have to stock up on all the flours 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 12, 2013 at 1:00 am

      Kim!! I love you too! Glad you can eat theses 🙂 I’m guessing you would have to sub in regular sugar for coconut palm sugar yes? They will still be awesomeee (if not better!)

  • Reply
    September 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I never had pumpkin donut holes, but I remembered having vegan donut holes for few bucks at this awesome donut place: Ronald’s Donuts in Las Vegas! Pumpkin is my favorite produce for the fall season – especially some yummy vegan pumpkin pies!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 12, 2013 at 12:59 am

      Must make vegan pumpkin pies! I made vegan sweet potato pie which I’m thinking may need to be adapted for pumpkin 🙂

  • Reply
    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    September 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    These are TOO good. I just stocked up on pumpkin puree and I’m so excited to start baking up a storm! These are the perfect healthy stand-in for traditional donuts. Thanks for sharing, lady!

  • Reply
    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    September 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Ohhh yes. Definitely making these!!! I have never used coconut palm sugar, but I’ll have to see if I can find some. You are so creative, Davida!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 12, 2013 at 12:58 am

      check out whole foods 🙂 Thanks Megan!

  • Reply
    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    September 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    As soon as I saw the picture on Instagram I knew I had to come and check out the recipe for these babies!

    I totally agree with doughnuts after a workout or any time of the day for that matter, especially when they’re healthy doughnuts!

    I wish puréed pumpkin wasn’t so expensive here in the UK.

  • Reply
    Brittany Bendall
    September 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    So I’ve been seeing this coconut oil around a lot lately. I’m thinking I may need to get on the bandwagon. I am always reluctant to buy ingredients that I think I may not use because I don’t want to waste the money but I’m thinking this might be a good buy. Personally I love pumpkin but although I’ve stocked up on a few pumpkin-themed things, I’m holding off on breaking them out just yet.

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 12, 2013 at 12:57 am

      Coconut oil has a super long shelf life so you can buy it and not touch it for two years and it will still be good! Definitely think it’s worth your money. TJs has a really affordable one 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    September 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I <3 pumpkin and am so so excited it's finally "ok" to be obsessed with it again 🙂 Love that these are baked...I don't have a donut pan and have been admiring baked donuts from afar, but now I can finally make them :)Would have never thought to do donut holes, so thank you!!

  • Reply
    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    September 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I had no idea about pumpkins and potassium! I hate bananas, so I can never eat them as a source of potassium, but pumpkin is DELICIOUS.

    Also, I had a feeling you wouldn’t be able to wait to post these until Thursday or Friday! Just so good!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 12, 2013 at 12:56 am

      Totally redeemed from your banana aversion thanks to your pumpkin love!!! Not to self, make more pumpkin recipes for Amy (as if I hadn’t already started building my arsenal ;))

  • Reply
    September 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    yum, I could probably use almond flour in place of brown rice flour huh? I love dunkin donut holes, so good. So if I can make them healthy and enjoy then Im all for it!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      September 12, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Probably! They may be a bit dense since almond flour is considered a heavier flour but I think they would still turn out!

1 2 3

Leave a Reply

Recipe rating


Sign-up for a free weekly meal plan straight to your inbox.