Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Well, Thanksgiving is almost here and I have surrounded myself with all things pumpkin.  I love me some pumpkin!!!  I found several recipes for Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins, but some called for crazy ingredients that I would never be able to find at your normal grocery store.  Others were full of shortening and stuff I knew I didn't want to put into my body -  I've lost 25 pounds now, so I am more cautious about the ingredients I use.  So, I combined a few recipes, made a few adjustments of my own and this is what I came up with. 




 1 Cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/3 Cup Organic Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup light brown sugar
1 Large egg
1 Teaspoon vanilla
3/4 Cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 Cup milk (I used skim)

3 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin puree and milk until smooth.  Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.

Spray a 24 cup mini muffin tin with non-stick spray and scoop 1 oz. of batter into each cup.  I used a 1 oz. scoop for even distribution.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

While the donuts are baking, prepare one bowl with the melted butter and a Ziploc bag of the cinnamon sugar mixture.   Remove the donuts from the oven and allow to cool just enough to handle.  I used a pastry brush to brush the donuts with butter and then drop in the bag of cinnamon and sugar and give a good shake.  Take them out and let them cool completely.  Try not to eat all of them. 

P.S.  I am thankful for Jesus, my Hubby and 4 sweet kiddos, the best parents and family ever, Beachbody (which has helped me lose 25 pounds and 23.5 inches) AND two jobs (school and Beachbody) that I absolutely love.

What are you thankful for?  I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving with your families!!