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Healthy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spiderweb Donuts – Perfect for Halloween!

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These Healthy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spiderweb Donuts are refined sugar free, contain no butter/oil, and can be made gluten free! Perfect for Halloween, no one will be able to guess that these pretty spiderweb donuts are in fact healthy!

Healthy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spiderweb Donuts #healthy #refinedsugarfree #glutenfree #pumpkin

Guess what?

It’s Halloween tomorrow! With the mention of Halloween, various thoughts are conjured into my mind. Orange light glowing from grimacing pumpkins… Spiders crawling over tangled cobwebs… Wigs, costumes and face paint… Sweet treats with a spooky theme…

When I was looking for Halloween baking inspiration on Pinterest the other day, I came across many recipes which would be perfect for a Halloween party! After pinning them to my Halloween board, I decided to make some pumpkin donuts.

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But of course, these are made with healthier ingredients. Yet you wouldn’t be able to tell, as the texture is so soft & spongy, and the taste so sweet and irresistible!

What makes them so healthy?

Instead of butter, we’re using Greek yoghurt. As well as being high in protein, Greek yoghurt curbs cholestrol and gives the donuts moisture which contributes to the gorgeous texture!

To replace caster sugar, we’ll be using unrefined muscovado sugar (you can use light brown sugar instead). This is because muscovado sugar is less processed, so it still contains many healthy nutrients.

Rather than refined flour, we’re using whole-wheat self-raising flour, which is healthier and higher in fibre. If you need these to be gluten free, you can use a gluten-free self-raising flour blend. The donuts won’t be quite as soft, but will still taste delicious!

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As for the topping, this cream cheese frosting is made with just 2 ingredients: cream cheese and honey (or maple syrup). This way, it contains no refined sugar and the honey/maple syrup gives it a glossy sheen.

For the chocolate element of the topping, we combine cocoa powder, honey (or maple syrup) and a dash of water. Then we create this lovely spider web design:

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To do this, simply spread the cream cheese frosting on top of each donut. After that, draw 3 circles with the chocolate mixture, before dragging a cocktail stick in straight lines from the centre to the edge.

And voila!

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These healthy pumpkin cream cheese spiderweb donuts are so scrumptious that you wouldn’t be able to tell that they are healthy! My family really loved these, so if you’re looking for something to bake for Halloween, these will be a popular choice that will go down a treat!

(Just for reference, in England, donuts are spelled ‘doughnuts’, but as they are interchangeable I went with ‘donuts’ because it’s shorter.😉)

Happy Halloween!!

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Healthy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Donuts – Perfect for Halloween!

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 24 donuts

Serving Size: 1 donut

Healthy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Donuts – Perfect for Halloween!

These Healthy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spiderweb Donuts are refined sugar free, contain no butter/oil, and can be made gluten free! Perfect for Halloween, no one will be able to guess that these pretty spiderweb donuts are in fact healthy!

Ingredients

    For the Donuts:
  • •80 g Greek yoghurt
  • •1 tbsp coconut or rapeseed oil (prevents sticking to the pan)*
  • •2 eggs
  • •120 g muscovado or light brown sugar
  • •240 g pumpkin puree
  • •1 tsp cinnamon
  • •½ tsp ginger
  • •155 g whole-wheat self-raising flour**
  • For the Cream Cheese & Chocolate Frosting:
  • •10 tbsp cream cheese
  • •2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • •1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • •1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • •½ tsp water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, 350°F, gas 4). Grease a donut pan - I used 2 pans, each with 6 donut-shaped cavities of about 6cm diameter. This made 24 donuts.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yoghurt, oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree, cinnamon and ginger.
  3. Stir in the whole-wheat self-raising flour, ensuring it is fully incorporated.
  4. Spoon into the cavities of the donut pan, about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until soft, springy and cooked through. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, then gently ease the donuts out of the pan (I usually just twist them slightly to release from the pan, but you can use a small rubber spatula). Re-grease the pan, and repeat, until all the batter is used up.
  6. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese and honey. In a separate small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, honey and water.
  7. Spread the cream cheese frosting over the top of each donut, smoothing it with the back of a spoon.
  8. Give the chocolate mixture a quick stir and lift the spoon out so that it is coated in the mixture, with a little point as it is beginning to drip off the bottom (it should be thick enough to stay there without running off the spoon. If not, add a little more cocoa powder).
  9. On one of the donuts, begin in the very centre and slowly guide the spoon in a circle, so that the chocolate mixture gradually draws a circle on top of the cream cheese icing in the centre. Leaving about 1 cm gap, draw another circle around the donut in the same way, followed by a final circle another 1 cm distance away from the second circle.
  10. After these 3 chocolate circles have been drawn, use a cocktail stick to draw a straight line through the icing from the centre outwards. Repeat all the way around the donut, doing the same for all the other donuts.

Notes

*But you can use another tablespoon of Greek yoghurt **You can use a self-raising gluten free blend but the donuts won't be quite as soft. I recommend using the whole-wheat flour as it is more nutritious and healthy if you can tolerate gluten fine!

~The cooking time may vary depending on how many batches you have to do (I did 12 donuts at a time, as I have 2 baking pans of 6, so it took me 30 mins)~

http://KatrinasCleanCooking.com/healthy-eating/healthy-pumpkin-cream-cheese-donuts-perfect-for-halloween/

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    NeedToGetFit

    October 31, 2016

    These look great! Love the photos too 🙂

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