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!
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.😉)
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