Baked Pumpkin Buttermilk Donuts with Butterscotch Frosting


This weekend was…heavenly. I had nothing to do other than play hockey last night (and I scored a goal!).

Mr. Prevention arrived Saturday night and we ate chili (entry #6 – delicious!) and watched Illinois lose. Again. But I guess that was predicted so the blow was less painful.

I studied after the game. Nothing like some light advanced diabetes management studying on a Saturday night.


Sunday we slept in…some more than others. I got up after…10 hours of sleep. And Mr. Prevention after THIRTEEN hours.

I made donuts while nursing an entire (small) pot of coffee with Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer while wearing my fluffy pink robe. I don’t know how others would describe a perfect weekend morning, but it was a perfect Sunday…especially after the insanity of last week.


I haven’t made donuts since August and that is far too long. I’ve been looking for the perfect donut recipe and not so shockingly, Pinterest turned up a winner. I tweaked it, of course. I used whole wheat flour, less oil, halved the sugar, and made one heck of a butterscotch frosting that is a prefect compliment to the pumpkin donut.

The best thing about this recipe is that these keep very well. This may be the first baked donut recipe that tastes good the next day. And it’s a good thing since the recipe made 17!


  Another busy week…wee! At least I’m well rested! :-D

Be well,


  1. They look so yummy! I haven’t caved and bought a donuts pan yet – I think I should hold off while I’m still living the single life. No girl needs more than 6 donuts in her house at one time.

  2. Generally, I’m not a baked donut type-of-person, but these look so moist and delicious I might have to gave and bake these into mini muffins! Thanks for sharing, Nicole! :-D

  3. I’ll take 15…I need to leave two for you guys. :-)

  4. You seriously earned that super relaxing weekend! It sounds heavenly. And these donuts to top it off for the win! The glaze looks so yummy. :)

  5. Oh my gosh – I think I just gained a pound by looking at this post. These donuts sound heavenly!

  6. These look amazing!
    Every time you make donuts, I keep telling myself I need to go and buy a donut pan. I seriously need to after reading this post.
    I am glad you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend! :)

  7. I spent my morning in my pink puffy robe too! We woke up at 9, which was actually 8, then proceeded to sleep another hour – love!

    I’ll have to give this recipe a try – I bought a donut pan and the few recipes I tried they tasted like ass.

  8. I think I might like to study some diabetes management after studying federal taxation and doing tax returns all weekend. ;) We had a nice Sunday, too; slept in, had a lovely breakfast, then took it easy for a while. We both needed it after a stressful and difficult week.

    Have a good week, Nicole!

  9. Butterscotch is one of those flavors I rarely seek out, but always love when I have it. Funny how those things happen…

    And I’m terribly upset my friends and I have yet to have one champagne brunch full of champagne and donuts since football started. We’re hoping for it to make it’s comeback during basketball season again…

  10. Oh HELLO! What a day to stumble upon your blog… you just blew my mind with this recipe… I’m Emily, and I will now be following your blog no doubt about that! :)

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Emily, I’m so glad you left a comment! I love your blog and I love, love, love meeting other nutrition professionals and RD’s-to-be! I look forward to following you! :)

  11. Cara Roxanne says:

    I just got a donut pan and I have every single one of these ingredients on hand! I know how I’m starting my day tomorrow!

  12. I am so unbelievably, ridiculously jealous of your weekend mornings!


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