This easy stir-together baked donut recipe is one of our favorites—especially in the fall, though we’ve been known to make them in any season! They are perfectly tender, quick to make, and have the perfect amount of spice.

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Sweet Potato Donuts

Baked donuts are like classic donuts, only they are baked, not fried. Which means that they are way easier to make at home, yet deliver super yummy results.

They are just as easy to make as muffins and this version is one of our favorites for fall, but totally work any time of the year.

This recipe has mashed roasted sweet potato and a little pumpkin pie spice, which a total win of a combination as far as the flavor goes.

And they are soft and tender for the texture. The icing and sprinkles are optional, but are a really fun way to finish these.

They’re a fun kids breakfast or snack, and you could also serve them for dessert if you wanted to!

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Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe you need a few basic pantry staples including:

  • Whole wheat flour: The density of this flour works well with the other ingredients so there is a lot of nutrition, but also moisture.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Mashed sweet potato: Plan to make this ahead of time so it’s cooled fully, or use canned sweet potato puree from the store.
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract: “Pure” vanilla extract is preferred over imitation vanilla as the flavor is better. (To me anyway!)
  • Brown sugar: I like to use a little brown sugar here as it adds both sweetness and a little moisture.

TIP: You can use any kind of milk you like, dairy or nondairy.

Ingredient Substitutions

how to make sweet potato donuts step by step

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in making this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.

  1. Stir together the wet ingredients. You can use a fork or a whisk.
  2. Add in the dry ones. Stir gently, but thoroughly to make sure the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Spoon into a donut pan, spreading the batter around. The mixture will divide evenly between the 6 cups.
  4. Bake until lightly brown around the edges and a cake tester comes out cleanly.
  5. Let cool on a wire rack.
  6. Top with optional frosting if desired.

TIP: You can use pumpkin puree or canned mashed butternut squash puree if you prefer in this recipe. Pumpkin will be a little less sweet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best donut pan?

In my opinion, the best baked donut pan is from Wilton. It’s reliably nonstick and it bakes very evenly. I like this 6-cavity donut pan.

Do these donuts require yeast?

These baked donuts don’t require yeast, so the recipe is very fast to get into the oven. No rising required! Baking powder helps these baked donuts to rise, so if you have it in your pantry, you’re good to go.

What kind of sweet potato do you like to use?

You can use mashed sweet potato baby food, Crockpot Sweet Potatoes, or unsweetened sweet potato puree from the store.

baked sweet potato donuts on wire rack

Easy Icing for Donuts

All you need to make a quick icing is yogurt, honey, milk, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract. Stir together, dunk one side of the donuts in and add sprinkles if you want!

I recommend stirring the icing together in a wide bowl or pie plate, dunking the tops (or whichever side of the donut is the smoothest), and then placing on a wire rack over a piece of parchment paper.

This way, when you add the sprinkles, you’ll be able to easily clean up any spills after.

TIP: You could also drizzle with a little vanilla Greek yogurt as an option too.

baked sweet potato donuts on counter

How to Store

Store for up to 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature. If you need to store longer than that, I’d recommend freezing before you frost them, then add the frosting after you let them thaw at room temperature or in the fridge overnight.

Best Tips for Success

I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe, so please comment below to share!

This post was first published October 2018. Recipe updated September 2021.

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Sweet Potato Baked Donuts

You can roast the sweet potato up to 3 days ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you're ready to bake these. Or use canned or jarred puree. (Recipe updated Sept 2021.)
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 172kcal
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled)
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and coat a 6-cup donut pan with nonstick spray.
  • Add the egg, milk, butter, sweet potato, and vanilla to a medium bowl. Stir well to combine.
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients and spoon into prepared donut pan, filling each full. (You'll use a heaping ¼ cup batter in each.)
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes or until lightly golden brown around the edges and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven, let sit for 2-3 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool slightly.
  • Serve topped with a drizzle of frosting (see below in the Notes), if desired.

Notes

  • For the frosting: Stir together ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons honey, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice until smooth in a wide bowl. Dunk one side of each donut in the frosting, then place onto a wire rack. Add sprinkles if desired. (Place a piece of parchment underneath to catch any drips.)
  • Store for up to 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • You can use mashed Roasted Sweet Potato, or canned or jarred puree.
  • Let cool for 2-3 minutes in the pan and run a small knife around the edges to loosen before inverting onto a rack to cool.
  • Coat the pan thoroughly with nonstick spray.
  • Use pumpkin puree or butternut squash puree instead of the sweet potato for a different flavor, if desired.
  • Gluten-free: Use a 1:1 style gluten-free flour blend in place of the whole wheat flour.
  • Dairy-free: Use nondairy plain milk and coconut oil in place of the butter.
  • Egg-free: Omit the egg. Add ¼ cup additional milk and use ½ teaspoon baking soda.

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 242mg, Potassium: 163mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 1764IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 1mg
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    1. Yes, let cool and I would place on a paper plate and wrap tightly with plastic wrap or foil then place into a freezer bag. Should be okay for about 3 months.

  1. Can’t wait to try these!!

    How long do they last once cooked and how do you recommend they are stored?

    1. I would try to eat within 2-3 days. You can store at room temperature or in the fridge in an airtight container.

  2. I noticed you use rolled oats in many of your donut and muffin recipes. My son is allergic to oats, what would you say would be a good substitute?

    1. Quinoa flakes would be an option or in many cases you can use flour as a substitute for oat flour or any oats that are ground up in a blender or food processor. You may need to adjust the baking time a little, so I’d check for doneness 2 minutes earlier using a cake tester (insert it in the center of a muffin and look for it to come out mostly clean) just to avoid over baking. The timing should generally be similar though.

    1. Yes, usually any recipe written for a donut pan can be made in a mini muffin pan and baked for about the same amount of time.

    1. Hi! I haven’t tried this with canned sweet potatoes. My only thought would be that if there’s any liquid around the sweet potato, then you’d want to drain it. If not and you open the can and it just looks like puree, it should be okay. You may need to add a tablespoon or two extra oats. Let me know if you give it a try!

  3. I make baked doughnut at my home before, but I don’t use sweet potato. I really don’t know how will be that test. Whatever its test, it looks very delicious. Well, I will try that recipe sometime later. Thanks for your post. Like it.