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Baked Pumpkin Donuts | Thou Swell x Common Comfort

I’m excited to introduce a new contributor to Thou Swell, Isabella Rael of Common Comfort. She’s a NYC-based blogger, photographer, graphic designer, and vegan/gluten-free chef. She’s 15 years old and already commands a foodstagram Instagram with over 20k, a beautiful blog, and VSCO recently announced her as a recent awardee of their Artist Initiative program! She will be developing a book on all things creative, with images of seasonal outings and delicious recipes to fill the pages. I’m ecstatic to have her sharing recipes on the blog.

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As Kevin probably already mentioned, my name is Izzy, and I live in New York City. I am the writer, photographer, designer, and everything-else-do-er for my food and design blog, Common Comfort. I am (now) 15 years old; still the same old graphic-obsessed, trombone-playing me.

Fall is my favorite season. It’s that small, yet beautiful transition between the humid summer and the bitter winter, (at least here in New York, anyway). Naturally, to celebrate the first few chilly days of autumn, I baked something… pumpkin-related. What’s better to accompany your morning cup of pumpkin-spiced tea than pumpkin-spiced donuts?

These baked donuts are not only pumpkin-flavored (and who can resist anything that has the word ‘pumpkin’ in it), but they’re vegan, and SO good.
Although the glaze is entirely optional, I highly recommend it, as it gives the donuts another boost of sugar-y moistness.

for the donuts
1-3/4 cups spelt flour (alternatively, you can use plain AP flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon pumpkin spice (or your own mixture of fresh ground nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon)
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 almond milk (I used sweetened)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/3 cup applesauce
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup of maple syrup, to taste

for the glaze
1-1/2 cups vegan powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray/brush a donut pan with canola oil.
2. Sift spelt flour with salt, baking soda, and pumpkin spice(s). Mix until thoroughly combined.
3. In the same bowl, add the rest of the “donut” ingredients.
4. Using a spatula, carefully fold the ingredients together, being cautious not to over mix.
5. Once all of the ingredients are entirely incorporated and there is no excess unmixed flour, spoon batter into the donut pan.
6. Bake for 14-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
7. Once baked, remove donuts from the oven and immediately take them out of the pan, letting them cool on a cooling rack.

8. While the donuts are cooling, make the glaze!
9. Sift powered sugar in a bowl, and add almond milk and vanilla, using a whisk to combine.
10. If the glaze is too thick, add a splash more milk. If the glaze is too thin, add more sifted sugar.

11. Once the donuts are completely cool, drizzle with glaze (or complete submerge them in the glaze, also complete acceptable).
12. Serve with maple syrup, and enjoy!

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12 Comments

  1. Sarah Rose wrote:

    Oh, that looks so delicious! I’m always so inspired by young artists. She is super talented! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Posted 10.14.14
  2. my oh my! this looks delicious – I love the lightness in the photos too!

    Posted 10.14.14
    • Why thank you, Annie!

      Posted 10.16.14
  3. Soo fun! I love a good recipe, especially with something sweet 🙂 Thanks for sharing Izzy!

    Posted 10.15.14
    • Of course! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Posted 10.16.14
  4. thefolia wrote:

    We bought a pumpkin to make muffins but I would love to give these a shot–I need to start foraging garage sales to get a doughnut tin! Happy Nesting.

    Posted 10.15.14
    • Thank you! Have a lovely end of the week.

      Posted 10.16.14
  5. Katerina wrote:

    Oh boy these look yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 10.16.14
    • Thank you, Katerina!

      Posted 10.16.14
  6. Jenna Opsahl wrote:

    Your blog is awesome and these look ridiculously delicious.

    xx
    scarlettandgiselle.blogspot.com

    Posted 10.17.14
  7. Yummm!! Pumpkin flavored foods and drinks should be a year-round thing! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 10.18.14

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