Gluten-free Pumpkin Doughnut Holes

Pumpkin Doughnut Holes (gluten free)

Since many stores are putting up their Christmas decorations, it’s a sure bet that Thanksgiving is around the corner! So it’s time to indulge in the flavors of fall — apple crisps, butternut squash soup, pumpkin bread and of course, the highly anticipated seasonal coffee drinks at places like Starbucks, right?

I know everyone is eager to talk about the weather and holiday plans, but I’d like to get back to the fall goodies for a few minutes, particularly these baked pumpkin doughnut holes/mini muffins. What exactly are they — doughnuts or muffins? Let me first say they’re gluten free and easy to make. Since I do a lot of writing about gluten-free foods and recipes for work, I like to try my hand at making gluten-free dishes.

Don’t let that scare you if you don’t follow a gluten-free diet. These goodies are super-tasty — just like the holiday-flavored doughnuts from the local shops, but they’re baked not fried — bonus! If it’s not necessary for you to follow a gluten-free diet I’m fairly certain you can use regular all-purpose flour, baking powder and skip the xanthan gum.

Looks can be deceiving

The only problem I found with these treats is the name (or maybe it’s just me)! You read “doughnut holes” so you expect the result to be the little round, bite-sized cast-offs, right?

I followed the recipe’s directions and put the batter in the mini muffin tin (should that have been my first clue?) to bake. When they were finished baking, lo and behold! Umm, mini muffins not doughnut holes!

I’m not complaining, though, because these “doughnut holes” are amazing, especially with a glass of milk or maybe that coffee drink you’ve been enjoying.

I still can’t figure out how to keep the dough in the shape of a doughnut hole and not a muffin so if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

I adapted this recipe from

Recipe for gluten-free pumpkin doughnut holes
(a.k.a. mini muffins):

Makes 48 doughnut holes/mini muffins