Baked Pumpkin Cake Donuts


There’s a crispness in the air that can only mean one thing…it is pumpkin season! It can be difficult on a low sodium lifestyle to enjoy all the pumpkin muffins, breads, cookies, and doughnuts that are so prevalent each autumn. You can definitely partake in the plethora of pumpkin sweets. You just have to bake your own!

These cake donuts bake up quickly in the oven. No frying these bad boys in hot oil. While they aren’t fried, I still wouldn’t classify them as “healthy” because they do contain a fair amount of sugar. However, you can easily dial back the sugar by skipping the glaze. Don’t worry, you’ll still enjoy the fall flavors without the glaze.

As with everything, you can customize these to your palate by playing with the spices. One suggestion is to add some Vietnamese cinnamon. I would suggest adding it to the batter as opposed to sprinkling it on top. Adding it to the top might make it too cinnamon-forward and drown out the other flavors.

Low Sodium Pumpkin Donuts

Low Sodium Pumpkin Donuts

Yield: 12 donuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Low Sodium eaters don't have to miss out on pumpkin spice season! These low salt pumpkin cake doughnuts are the perfect treat on a crisp autumn day.



  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of sodium-free baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of pumpkin (plain, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature


  • 1 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar
  • 5 teaspoons of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare the donut pan by spraying it with cooking spray that contains flour. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a separate larger bowl, whisk the oil, eggs, pumpkin, and sugar until creamy.
  4. Stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture until just combined. Do not overmix because you will end up with extra chewy donuts.
  5. Fill a large Ziploc bag - or pastry bag - with your batter. (Notes on how best to do this below) Snip off a corner of the Ziplock bag, or the tip of the pastry bag, and pipe the batter into the donut pans. Fill each tin equally - a little more than 3/4 of the way to the top of the pan.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the donut springs back when you press it with your finger.
  7. When the donuts are finished, let them cool on a cooling rack.
  8. While donuts are cooling, prepare your glaze. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of milk. Stir together. Slowly add more milk, about a half teaspoon at a time, until you achieve desired consistency.
  9. Once donuts have cooled, sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar (optional) before drizzling glaze across the top.
  10. To drizzle glaze, fill a large Ziploc bag - or pastry bag - with your glaze. Snip off a corner of the Ziplock bag, or the tip of the pastry bag, and pipe the glaze over the donut using a back and forth sweeping movement. Allow glaze to set before removing donuts from the cooling rack.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 donut Amount Per Serving Calories 150Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 47mgSodium 19mgCarbohydrates 48gFiber 1gSugar 25gProtein 4g

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