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Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Donut Recipe

These Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Donuts are a hit with everyone, gluten-free or not!

I have a treat for you today. Well, actually I don’t. I already ate them all.

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But, don’t you fret, you can make these at home. And you’ll want to. BECAUSE THEY ARE AMAZING. My lovely friend Ashley from Edible Perspective recently released her donut cookbook (yes, a donut cookbook….yummmmm), and best of all, they are all gluten-free donut recipes so I can eat them. The donuts I’ve made with her recipes are the best donuts I’ve ever had, gluten-free or not.

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I met Ashley for the first time at the Foodbuzz Festival a few years ago (oh hey red hair!). And I’ve adored her and her recipes for years. She’s seriously talented in the kitchen. I’m doing a little Q&A with Ashley today so you can get to know her, learn about her gluten-free journey, and some tips for when you make her recipes (and you will want to make them).

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Q: How did you figure out you were gluten-intolerant?

It all started about 2 1/2 years ago. Well, the stomach discomfort started about 10 years ago, but it took awhile to figure out that I actually had control over it. Without going into detail, I had fairly constant [mostly at night] stomach discomfort that I was told by a few doctors to be normal. Everyone has these issues, I was told. I believed them but was still annoyed at how I felt nearly everyday. So, just about 2 1/2 years ago I decided to see if food was the cause (I had been tested negatively for Celiac). After talking my idea over with my doctor I decided to try eliminating soy, dairy, and gluten for and then slowly bring them back into my diet one at a time to see if I had any type of reaction. Soy and dairy were completely fine (I was actually surprised) but gluten was immediately the obvious culprit! Once I stopped eating gluten my discomfort decreased by around 90-95%. (Please consult your doctor before conducting any type of food elimination diet.)

Q: Where can I track down the flours in your recipes?

I actually have a section in the back of my cookbook called, Resources, which calls out the ingredients and tools I use throughout the book and where they can be found. The main flours I use are gluten-free oat flour, almond meal, and sweet rice flour. The brand of GF oat flour I use is Bob’s Red Mill. This can easily be found online, at Whole Foods, and other stores that carry BRM products. You can also grind oat flour at home with oat groats, steel cut oats, or even rolled oats (be sure to use certified gluten-free if needed).

If you are unable to tolerate gluten-free oat flour you can substitute it with your favorite all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. I buy almond meal at a natural food store called, Natural Grocers-Vitamin Cottage. You can also find almond meal at Trader Joe’s, or you can even grind your own at home with raw almonds. Sweet Rice Flour is usually the most difficult but Whole Foods and Natural Grocers both carry this in my area. I buy the brand, Ener-G. If your Whole Foods doesn’t carry it try talking to a team member to see if they can order it for you. Otherwise, you can order online or find sweet rice flour in an Asian food market.

Q: How important is it to use the exact flours you recommend?

In gluten-free baking it is extremely important to follow ingredient lists exactly as written, especially when you’re new to gluten-free baking. After you get the hang of things you can try experimenting with different flours. Also, using the specified flour combination will yield the best possible texture outcome. It’s worth hunting them down! 🙂

Q: What was the hardest part about writing the cookbook? Writing/testing recipes or taking/editing all the pictures? Or something else? 🙂

I think the time frame was the most difficult part, which included the writing, testing, and photographing. I had a short three months to finish the entire book of over 101 recipes. The time flew and it was hard to stay organized. My doughnut calender kept me sane!

Q: What is your absolute favorite donut in the cookbook? Is that like asking you to pick a favorite dog? 😉

Haha, yes!! This is seriously the hardest question, and I’m not just saying that. It really changes by the day and season. Right now I am obsessing over all of the spiced, fall doughnuts. Pumpkin, molasses, and apple cider are at the top of my list these days! [note from teri: the pumpkin one is AMAZING. can’t wait to try the others!]

Q: What other cooking/baking blogs do you love?

Bridget from Bake at 350 has the most amazing cookies you’ve ever seen. The detail will blow you away. Naomi, at Bakers Royale, is extremely talented with both her recipes and photography. A work of art in every way! I just adore Melissa, over at The Fauxmartha. I love how she keeps her recipes simple and the photography clean. She offers up kitchen tips each week, too!

Q: Any other cookbooks on the horizon?

To write another cookbook would be a dream! Fingers crossed!

Q: What made you decide to write a cookbook? Was it always a goal of yours?

I was lucky enough to be approached by the publisher about this cookbook topic, however, writing a cookbook was definitely a major goal of mine. I still had to go through the proposal writing and approval process but it was great knowing they were already on board with the idea. I had a good list of doughnuts on the blog so I felt comfortable with the subject.

I think starting with a 1-subject cookbook was a great place to start, and I was still able to get creative with things like the “savory” and “and more” chapters. You’ll find things like cornbread doughnuts, jalapeno cheddar doughnuts, and even a doughnut biscuit recipe specifically for dogs! Maizey is already looking forward to you making them. 😉

Thanks for the Q&A Ashley! I’ve made a few recipes (but not the doughnut biscuit recipe yet! eek bad dog mom!) and they are super simple and delicious. I can’t wait to make some more this weekend.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Cinnamon Glaze 

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Donut Recipe

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  • Author: Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit

Description

Recommended Pans: Standard, mini, holes, twist


Ingredients

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For the Doughnuts:

1/2 cup (60 g) oat flour

1/2 cup (70 g) sweet rice flour

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (76 g) pure cane sugar

1/4 cup (28 g) almond meal

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

2 large eggs

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (88 ml) milk

1/3 cup (82 g) pumpkin purée

2 tablespoons (30 g) unsweetened applesauce

2 tablespoons (28 ml) oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Glaze:

1 cup (120 g) powdered sugar

2 tablespoons (40 g) pure maple syrup

1/2 to 1 tablespoon (8 to 15 ml) milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4) and grease your doughnut pan.

2. Combine the oat flour, sweet rice flour, cane sugar, almond meal, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, salt, allspice, and ground cloves in a large bowl, mixing well. in another bowl, whisk the eggs together. Then add in the milk, pumpkin purée, apple- sauce, oil, and vanilla extract. whisk until well combined.

3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a large wooden spoon until just combined, being careful not to overmix (stop when you no longer see dry flour).

4. Spoon the batter into the doughnut molds filling to just below the top of each mold, 1/8- to 1?4-inch (3 to 6 mm) from the top. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until lightly golden brown around the edges. a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. slide a thin spatula around the edges of the doughnuts to help loosen them out. Then place on a cooling rack and allow to cool fully before topping.

To make the Glaze:

Mix the glaze ingredients together until smooth. add more milk if a thinner consistency is desired.

5. invert the doughnut into the glaze, letting the excess drip off, or drizzle the glaze over the doughnut. Let set until the glaze has hardened.


Notes

RECIPE NOTE: Feel free to use 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons (4 to 5 g) of pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and clove.

 

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62 Comments

  • Reply
    Heather
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    Holy yum! Ashley is one of my favorite bloggers. I have been following her for a few years now and every post gets better and every recipe gets more incredible. I want her book!!! Thank you for the Q&A, too. Loved reading that 🙂

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    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
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    My favorite doughnut is a blueberry cake doughnut! YUM! I am hungry just thinking about it, but I have to say these look delicious!!

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    [email protected]
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    I loved reading the Q&A you did with Ashley! My favorite donut would have to be cinnamon crumb donut. I have a feeling that the pumpkin pie one just may hit my old favorite out of the ballpark though! 🙂

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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
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    I love any doughnut involving maple flavoring — yum!

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    Kelly
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    My favorite donut flavor is the classic maple bar! I also love the sprinkle cake donut as well. I think these pumpkin spice donuts with maple cinnamon glaze sound amazing though and may become a new favorite!!

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    Megan
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    I currently love Apple Cider Donuts because of the Fall season (my favorite season), but believe me…there are many that I love! I love Ashley’s site and have been very excited for the release of her book!

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    Laura
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    Pumpkin doughnuts are my favorite!

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    Trisha
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    Hmmm…anything maple works for me! This cookbook looks fantastic!

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    Rachel jones
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    I love vanilla donuts with a maple icing…with bacon pieces on top.
    I can’t help it. I LOVE salty and sweet!

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    Nicole
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    I like most but my favorite is a basic cake doughnut!

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    Kate @ KaCo Living
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    I have loved Ashley’s blog and recipes for several years now. I can’t wait to order her new cookbook. Hm.. favorite donut is probably just a glazed one.

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    Mina
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    For me it’s a toss up between a Boston Cream donut and a plain cake donut!

    Mina

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    Megan
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    Right now, I am loving pumpkin donuts!

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    tara
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    My favorite doughnuts are apple cider ones from the farm in the fall! They are a special treat so I would love to try making some healthier baked doughnuts at home!

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    Becca F
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    Apple spice doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar

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    Shelley
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    I love old-fashioned, plain cake doughnuts! They are my Grammy’s favorite also, so we have to stop at Dunkin if we see one. They don’t have old-fashioned cake doughnuts at Krispy Kreme!

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    Katie
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    MmM…Those look delicious! Pumpkin of course 😉

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    Melissa C
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    All this doughnut talk s making me hungry! My favorite type of doughnut is pumpkin spice! I am looking forward to making this recipe 🙂

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    Annie
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    Ohhhhh yum, I’ve never met a donut I didn’t like!!!

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    A
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    As a celiac, I love any donut that is gluten free! I’ve been without donuts for the past 2 years since going gluten free so I’d say any flavor is my favorite! 😉

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    Anna Keller
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    First of all, these look amazing!

    But back to the question at hand: fave donut is blueberry cake, hands down. Yum!

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    Jess H
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    My traditional favorite is a simple raised donut with chocolate frosting, but i LOVE pumpkin cake donuts in the fall also!

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    Anu
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    Love a classic chocolate glazed!

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    Katie
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    I either like Blueberry or Apple Spice! Baked of course!

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    Lisa @ Lisa Living Well
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    Boston creme donuts have always been one of my favorite types.

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    Meaghan
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    Nothing beats a simple glazed donut in my book. That said, it’s been over 6 years since I’ve had one due to my celiac diagnosis. Can’t wait to get my hands on Ashley’s book!

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    Rachel
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    I love apple cider doughnuts!

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    Stephanie
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    I just gave my friend a doughnut pan today for her birthday! My favorite is chocolate glazed.

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    RLR at Mom's Magic
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    OOOOH – I do like cake doughnuts! Pumpkin spice is my favorite, but I also like the sour cream, too. We are considering giving GF a try (for some skin issues that I have), and it sure is exciting to see that doughnuts aren’t out of the question!

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    Livi
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    pumpkin- yum!

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    theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine
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    As a kid I always stuck to the maple logs, but these days I like to try the non-traditional donuts!

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    Maria
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    Glazed doughnuts take the cakes (har har)…but really. Doughnuts are doughnuts. I don’t discriminate.

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    Debra Lee
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    I love blueberry cake and coconut pecan doughnuts!

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    Courtney
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    My favorite kind of doughnut is pumpkin! That recipe looks great!

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    Haley
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    I love chocolate frosted donuts (or glazed if I can’t get frosted)…thanks for this!

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    Helena
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    My current favourite is cinnamon-sugar, but it would be wonderful to discover so many ideas from Ashley’s book.

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    Jonna Green
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    Hi! Pumpkin or gingerbread or peanut butter would have to be my favorites! Would love to make these with my kids. Thanks!

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    Hannah
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    My favorite donut would have to be pumpkin! But after this book it would probably change 😉

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    Kristina
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    Blueberry donuts are my favorite. But you know, pumpkin spice is starting to sneak up to the top of the list pretty quickly!

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    Sarah
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    Ashley’s blog is one I frequent. I LOVE her creative recipes and beautiful pictures.

    Doughnuts…a simple sugar and spice is my go-to. Another default is classic chocolate – it’s like a brownie for breakfast, and, I mean, who doesn’t want that? 😉

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    Amy Rock
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    Yum! I keep seeing this on other blogs I read and, of course, Ashley’s! I’ve never made donuts before but I feel like I should after seeing these! My favorite donut is a glazed or plain cake donut but I’m willing to taste test and expand on that so I hope I win.

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    Cole
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    chocolate glazed!

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    Jessica B
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    My favorite donut, right now, would either be an apple fritter or pumpkin spice!

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    Jessica
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    Apple fritters…yum!!!

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    shannon
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    Pumpkin is tops for me this season

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    Rachel Wilkerson
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    Mmmm I love cake donuts or cinnamon donuts!

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    Emma
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    Pumpkin spice! Can’t wait to try this one!

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    Caroline
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    Can’t go wrong with a chocolate cake donut! Reminds me of summers at the beach!

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    Maggie
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    I like apple donuts- but I haven’t had one in forever!

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    Meaghan
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    My favorite doughnut would have to be a plain vanilla iced with rainbow sprinkles! But I haven’t had a doughnut since I was 16 (I’m 29 now btw lol), but I’ve been dying to try Ashley’s doughnut recipes. I’ve also been patiently waiting for her book to come out!

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    Emily
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    My favorite donut is probably the whole wheat glazed cake donuts from a small town in NW Ohio….so good!

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    Stephanie
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    My favorite donuts are from the apple orchard. But these donuts look amazing. I’ll have to try!

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    Sherie
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    The pumpkin doughnuts are deeeeeelicious!! I loved the Q and A….Ashley Is super talented !!!

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    Natalie
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    This cafe down the road from me makes homemade Orange, Honey Pistachio donuts. They’re amazing! Maybe I’ll go get one right now…

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    Chelsea
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    My favorite doughnuts are pumpkin maple donuts!

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    Sherry
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    My favourite donut is sour cream.

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    Meagan
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    Chocolate glazed!

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    Kristi
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    My fave is an apple cider doughnut with maple glaze, but I’m super curious to try Ashley’s jalapeño cheddar— sounds lovely!

  • Reply
    Lauren
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    Blueberry or a classic chocolate cake donut, for sure!

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    Jessica
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    My favorite donuts are the old fashioned or maple. Always my first choice!

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    nicole
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    plain ol glazed 🙂

  • Reply
    Kim C.
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    A cinnamon cake dougnut is absolutely my favorite kind of doughnut.

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