Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Perfectly soft & moist baked pumpkin donuts topped with a sweet chocolate glaze & loaded with chocolate chips in every bite!

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If there’s one thing my family can all agree on, it’s D-O-N-U-T-S (or doughnuts).

When we were kids, my uncle had a part-time job as a baker for a coffee shop. Every few days or so he would bring over a couple boxes of freshly made donuts for us to enjoy. We would squeal at all the different choices – my favorites were always the glazed or frosted ones.

It’s still a special treat any time we get to pick up a few donuts for a weekend treat but whenever I make them at home, it’s the best treat ever.

That leaves more room for the glaze right? Haha, I know – my priorities don’t make sense – but hey, the glaze was and still is my favorite part.



Baked donuts are really easy to whip up with only 2 bowls to dirty – plus the donut pan. These are packed with pumpkin and pumpkin spices .  The melted coconut oil and pumpkin puree help keep these super soft and moist even after the next day.

Plus, if you love chocolate and pumpkin together, these are loaded with chocolate chips in every bite!




They bake up in about 10 minutes and while they taste amazing on their own, I promise that you will love them even more once you dip them into the chocolate ganache glaze. And don’t forget to toss on some fall sprinkles if you want to make them pretty and festive.




Make a batch of these to enjoy with your coffee or tea and since they’re baked, that means they make a healthy breakfast too right? At least that’s what I tell myself :)



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Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Super soft and moist gluten free baked pumpkin donuts loaded with chocolate chips in every bite. Topped with a chocolate ganache frosting, these donuts make a delightful fall treat!

10 minPrep Time

16 minCook Time

26 minTotal Time

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1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup melted coconut oil (or vegetable oil)

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 cup mini chocolate chips

Chocolate Ganache Glaze

4 oz (1/2 cup) semisweet chocolate chunks or chips

3 tablespoon heavy cream

2 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon light corn syrup (for glossy sheen - can omit if desired)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt together.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar. Gently beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the pumpkin puree.
  4. Pour slowly into the dry ingredients and fold together until just combined, be careful not to overmix. It's still okay to see some flour. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Transfer batter to pastry bag to fill pans or spoon batter directly into donut pans filling 3/4 full to the top.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 12-16 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow the baked donuts to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  8. Transfer the donuts to a cooling rack to cool.
  9. While the donuts are cooling, make the chocolate ganache.
  10. Chocolate Ganache Frosting
  11. Place chopped chocolate in a heat safe bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring heavy cream to just a boil. Immediately pour over chopped chocolate.
  12. Allow cream to sit for a 3-4 seconds and then whisk until completely melted and smooth. Whisk in butter and corn syrup * only for the sheen if desired. *
  13. Let ganache cool until just thick enough to spread or dip.
  14. Once ganache is done and donuts are cool, spread the ganache over the donuts (or you may dip the top of the donuts in the ganache then flip back over) and allow to drip onto the cooling rack. Glaze side up. Allow glaze to harden slightly or serve right away.
  15. Sprinkle the tops with sprinkles if desired while the glaze is still wet.


Glazed donuts are best enjoyed on the first day. If donuts are unglazed, store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. They will still remain moist.


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Lovely comments

  1. Oh my gosh, Hallelujah! These. Look. So. Good! I love the addition of the chocolate chips, too. Not something you see everyday in donuts, but now that you brought it up, I don’t know how we lived without it before!
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  2. Great and healthy treat for Halloween! I’ve been wanting to make donuts for a month now. Just wasn’t sure if I should make apple or pumpkin donuts, but now I know. I love baking with oat flour, taste is amazing. These are beautiful, pinning!
    Mira recently posted…Chocolate Zucchini Bread With Cheesecake Layer

    • You certainly can’t go wrong with apple or pumpkin donuts – or why choose and just make a batch of each:) haha. Thanks so much and for pinning Mira :)

  3. These are so pretty, Kelly! They look like they’re straight from a fancy bakery. Gorgeous pics and they sound so delish!

  4. I love how you always lighten up your recipes! These pumpkin donuts look so delicious and that chocolate glaze! I need these in my life.
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  5. Chocolate and pumpkin is such a great combination.. I puffy heart these donuts too!

  6. If you hadn’t mentioned that these donuts are gluten-free, I would never have guessed it! They look incredible, Kelly. That thick chocolate ganache glaze has my name written all over it!!!

    • They were so moist and tasty, my husband couldn’t even tell they were gluten free too and he can usually tell whenever I try to make things slightly healthier and without gluten haha. Thanks Kathi, I am a sucker for chocolate ganache too :)

  7. Ooooh, pumpkin chocolate chip. YES! Frosting, double yes. Love these!
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  8. Oh Kelly I am about to read Monday’s blog post I missed it!!! I am loving these doughnuts I know the family loved them especially if you made them for thanksgiving breakfast!! Greek yogurt and coconut oil in these doughnuts oh Kelly!! Happy Thanksgiving by the way :)
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  9. I don’t believe there was a time I didn’t like donuts – I think it’s donuts like this one that has helped me change my mind! I could have these pumpkin and chocolate donuts anytime – and – ALL the time – breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner even…being the good friend you are, I know you have my share in the mail right? 😉

  10. Of course these are healthy. Chocolate is good for you, and so is pumpkin (it’s a veggie, right?). So add the two together, and it’s a totally healthy treat! :)

  11. First off, donuts are my group. :) I can only imagine that these taste incredible!!
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  12. Delicious! Pumpkin and chocolate are such a treat together.
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  13. That must’ve been so nice to have your Uncle bring home fresh donuts! And I’m right there with you, the chocolate glazed ones were always my favorite! I love that you added chocolate chips to these donuts, Kelly! They look incredible, especially with that glaze. These would not last long in my house! Pinned!
    Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

    • Haha right?? I can never resist the chocolate glazed ones. Thanks so much Gayle and for pinning! Hope you’re having a great week so far :)

  14. OMG these are like the best looking and I bet tasting donuts girl! Kelly these will be gone in a matter of minutes at my place!
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  15. Kelly, I need a baker’s dozen of these bad boys! My favorite fall flavors in donut form :) I am such a fan of the donut pan (though filling them is always a little tricky for me)!
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    • Thanks Amy, I would totally love to share donuts and coffee with you any day :) Oh my, me too – sometimes I put them in a ziplock but other days I’m just lazy and use a tiny spoon. A little messy but it gets the job done :)

  16. Oh my gosh, these look wayy too good! They look like the perfect texture, they remind me of these old fashioned doughnuts I used to get when I was little when we would road trip to my aunts house in North Dakota… These doughnuts are like perfection!

    • So sweet of you to say that they remind you of the ones you used to get :) Thanks so much Michele and hope you’re having a great week so far!

  17. Your baked donuts always look amazing and these are no exception. The sprinkles really make these festive, I love them 😀

  18. These look so good, I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate. Also, healthy-ing up treat food always makes me happy! Can’t wait to try these!
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  19. Yes, I would love a donut? These are some of the best pumpkin donuts I’ve seen, and they do look so super moist! I need to make some of these stat, and that GF oat flour sounds terrific! Pinning.
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    • Haha I would totally send you some donuts any day :) Thanks Marcie, they were seriously moist even the next day and would not be able to tell they were gluten free. Thanks so much for pinning and hope you’re having a great week so far!

  20. I love baked doughnuts! These are super festive… love the pumpkin chocolate chip and the ganache looks awesome.

  21. They look super moist Kelly!Pinning!
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  22. That frosting though! It looks amazing and pumpkin and chocolate are my absolute favorite!
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  23. I’m now officially obsessed with these. I will have to go buy a donut pan because I don’t currently own one! :) Thanks for posting them. They look fantastic!
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  24. Those donuts from your uncle, the baker, sound marvelous! There is something about donuts, all laid out and colorful, that calls out to everyone. I have some buttermilk in my fridge and my son and I are actually planning to make some donuts tomorrow afternoon! I think Fall/going apple-picking makes me think of donuts! And at our farmer’s market, there is a gf baked goods stand that has a long line cued up for it. I don’t think they have donuts but they totally should if they look as good as yours. I bet these are so moist. I love the sound of oat flour and the chocolate chips totally cinches the deal for me! I don’t think my little one is ever willing to make baked donuts w/o choc chips again after we’ve tried it. : )

    • Thanks Monica! They were our favorite!!! Freshly fried donuts that we could eat so many of without having to worry about calories haha. Yay, have lots of fun making donuts – I know they will be amazing – you and your son have the BEST taste :)

  25. There’s no way I’d be able to resist these…pumpkin AND chocolate? They look delicious, Kelly!
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  26. Donuts are something I miss so much after trying to eating mostly gluten free. It is so hard to walk by them at the store and not buy a few! So, I love that you make these gluten free!! Thank you! I bought a donut pan a while ago, but it hasn’t gotten as much use as it should and these pumpkin donuts are calling out to it :)
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    • I have been trying to eat mostly gluten free after the new year. My husband isn’t on the GF train completely so I try to alternate whenever I make desserts :) Thanks Izzy :) Hope your donut pan gets more use soon and Happy Friday!

  27. These look like perfect donuts- AND gluten free! My favorite donuts are always the sugar raised. :) I could certainly use this recipe to make those too!

  28. I love the idea of the Greek yogurt – I can’t even believe that they are GF?! I am also sure that they taste great plain too, but seriously…One would be mad to turn down that ganache! Gah!! Love.
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  29. What a wonderful childhood memory of your uncle bringing you fresh donuts! That honestly sounds wonderful! The donuts with lots of glaze are always my fav. too and here you have combined two of my fav’s (pumpkin + chocolate glaze – woohoo!). Pinned :)
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  30. Nice donuts all the way! Love chocolate pumpkin combo…

  31. Oh, I love doughnuts too! Sometimes on Sundays my dad would bring them home before we woke up. It was the best! These homemade ones look even better!
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    • Aaaw, what a wonderful memory, it must have been so special whenever your dad brought home donuts – it does sound like the BEST :) Thanks so much Heather!

  32. Donuts are my weakness in every way. I love how you lightened them up. Now I can not feel so guilty for eating more than one. And pumpkin with chocolate, perfection. Pinning!
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    • I love that so many of us are obsessed with donuts – totally a big weakness for our family too :) Thanks Jen, I am always drooling over your gorgeous donuts – if only we could eat a mountain of them and still keep our figure 😉 Thanks so much for pinning sweetie!

  33. I would like one donut now! The pumpkin donuts will be perfect for Thanksgiving and I would like to make it for the whole family! :) The recipe looks quite healthy and the texture of donut is so moist. Plus, who can resist chocolate?
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  34. *Drool* More amazing healthy donuts! I gotta hand it to you, making the dough lighter is a great way to off set the best part: chocolate ganache! Pinned. 😀
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  35. You know I have a weakness for ganache, right? These donuts are just GORGEOUS. Seriously. Pinned!

  36. Damn delicious!!!
    i guess i didn’t feeling any guild to dig it because it’s baked!!!
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  37. When I was younger we would drive out to this farm and they sold hot just made donuts. It’s great that your uncle would bring fresh donuts. I bet these are amazing too. I am loving anything pumpkin right now. I need to invest into a donut pan
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  38. Oh Kelly, these pumpkin donuts loaded with chocolate inside out just sound and look phenomenal…yum!
    Have a great day 😀

  39. Chocolate on top and chocolate in the batter! I love these pumpkin doughnuts! :)
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  40. Oh my gooooooodness! I just want to take a big old bite out of these! Pinned!
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  41. My goodness, this is like my dream donut! Pumpkin topped with chocolate is the best combination. And you can never have too much glaze!
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  42. Gah, these look amazing Kelly! They look awesome just plain but with that glaze??? Come to mama!! haha We always had donuts as a special weekend treat as kids – so they always remind me of growing up!
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  43. Nothing goes to better than pumpkin and chocolate right now! Love that I can eat chocolate for breakfast too!
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  44. Oh my, these look to die for! Love that chocolate topping. I wish I had one right now!!
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  45. That ganache is everything! I literally want to make these, with loads of extra ganache and then put that on everything. That sounds like a good plan for Sunday to me :)
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  46. Did someone say pumpkin donuts?! WAAAANNNNTTTT. Especially loving that chocolate glaze. Such a perfect touch.
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  47. Baked donuts are the best! Love the ganache on these too, the more the better in my opinion!

  48. Hi Kelly, love these donuts with all the chocolate, look delicious!
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  49. One is not going to be enough for me, Kelly. These fall themed pumpkin doughnuts look terrific.

  50. Yum, donuts! I love the glaze you put on them! I also love a plain sugar glaze, like Krispy Kreme.

  51. These donuts look awesome, Kelly! Bring on the double chocolate! And the pumpkin! YUM! I desperately need a donut pan now!
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  52. I could go for a dozen of these! That chocolate icing is calling my name!

  53. Oh my God!! these doughnuts are gorgeous, Kelly! They look so tender and delicious.. I am so craving for a doughnut now.. I could prolly eat 2-3 in a go.. Yummyyyy!
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  54. Oh my Gosh, Kelly… I just bought a donut pan one week ago. I was looking on Pinterest a donut recipe to use my pan. Now, I have one. Thanks so much 😉
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  55. Pumpkin donuts with chocolate icing? YES PLEASE!
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  56. Love these donuts Kelly! I like the chocolate chips in them, and I love that you used coconut oil and yogurt! And only two bowls? Equally awesome! Cleanup is a breeze!
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  57. chocolate chips and frosting….sign me up

  58. I do love pumpkin and chocolate together, and these donuts look PERFECT! Glazed is also my favorite kind :)
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  59. I’ve yet to have a gluten-free donut, but I’m super excited about this recipe! Especially because it uses all oat flour (which I’m currently obsessed with in baked goods)! And I agree – the glaze is the best part (and those sprinkles!)
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  60. You make gluten free look SO DELICIOUS! Pinning!

  61. I am drooling over these donuts! And you are totally right, it is all about the glaze!! I like your logic, girl! Pinned! I need to get a donut pan, like, yesterday!

  62. Donuts are definitely one of our special weekend treats too. Love that I can devour a few of these with a little less guilt!
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  63. I’ve made pumpkin donuts before, but it has NEVER occurred to me to to throw chocolate into the mix! I am dying over how amazing these look, Kelly! That glaze is positively drool worthy. 😀 Pinned!
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  64. Chocolate covered donuts are my favorite Kelly! These look fantastic! Pinned!
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  65. Oh my!! Chocolate chips and pumpkin and donuts?? Totally winning!!

  66. oh my gawd, Kelly!! These donuts!!! amazing!!! I had some gluten and grain free cookies this past weekend and want to explore more GL oat flour and other stuff. . this may just be the recipe to make me do it!!! These donuts look soooooo good!!! love and pinned!!
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  67. What a beautiful story about you, your siblings and your uncle, I would totally squeal and go for the frosted donuts, too! Gosh, these donuts look heavenly exquisite, and only 10 minutes baking?! Unbelievable! I need a large batch of this with a huge pitcher of latte, hehe! I’ve never made donuts before, but mon petit ami has though! I need to remind him to make donuts for me again, these exact ones just like yours with pumpkin, chocolate chips and this luscious chocolate ganache frosting!

  68. These look absolutely perfect! So light and fluffy and that ganache is to die for!!
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  69. Yes, if it has oats it’s definitely healthy! Gracie and Lulu like pumpkin treats, but I don’t know if CC does. I’m sure the chocolate ganache would make him love your donuts. xo
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  70. Girl, I wish these were in my kitchen waiting for me in the morning! They would go perfectly with my coffee!! I puffy heart love them! :)
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    • Haha thanks girl! I would gladly send you some or we can trade for a few of your gorgeous treats that I puffy heart love and wish I had for breakfast right now :)

  71. I should make a use of my donut pans and make these! It’s about time to take the pans out. I love pumpkin flavors and what a great idea to make baked donuts! My son will definitely ask for chocolate cover and chocolate filling… 😀 This will be a fun project this weekend! Thanks for the idea, Kelly!

    • I haven’t used my donut pan in awhile too before this batch. Haha my son loves chocolate too. Thanks so much Nami! Hope you have a great weekend :)

  72. Okay…I think the donut gods are trying to tell me something – I’ve stumbled upon a number of donut posts this week and love every single one – this recipe included! I guess I’ll be pulling my donut pans out this week! recently posted…Apple Crisp with Walnuts

  73. These donuts look delicious and I really want to make them soon. I was reading the Ganache instructions and I’m a little confused. The ingredients listed are chopped chocolate, heavy cream & butter; but in the instructions it says to pour the hot heavy cream over the chocolate and then whisk, then later it says to melt chocolate again and talks about other ingredients (water & instant espresso powder). Could you please check the Ganache recipe and correct if necessary? Thanks very much!

    • Hi Janet, sorry about that and thanks so much for bringing that to my attention. I fixed the recipe and it should be okay now. Please let me know if you have any other questions or if you notice something else that needs to be fixed or clarified. Hope you love them as much as we do :)

  74. These look amazing Kelly! And gluten free?! Totally letting my GF friends know about these! Pinning!
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  75. I`ve been wanting to bake some pumpkin donuts this season, but I think I will fail this year since I cant seem to find time to bake everything I want to! LOL.

  76. I didn’t see the info for the ganache. How much of each ingredient?

    • Hi Laura, here it is – I also updated my page, hope that helps! :)

      Chocolate Ganache Glaze
      4 oz (1/2 cup) semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
      3 tablespoon heavy cream
      2 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened
      1 teaspoon light corn syrup (for glossy sheen – can omit if desired)

      In another large bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar. Gently beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the pumpkin puree.
      Pour slowly into the dry ingredients and fold together until just combined, be careful not to overmix. It’s still okay to see some flour. Fold in the chocolate chips.
      Make the chocolate ganache and dip the donuts inside as well as principle.

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