You guys, I am so excited to introduce you to my guest blogger today. Maybe you already know her? Amy Stafford of A Healthy Life For Me. One look at the photos below and you’ll see that she is an amazing photographer. {Not surprising, thats how we met– through our monthly photography challenge group called Focus on Photography.} Please help me welcome her and I know you are going to love her! Be sure to visit her on her blog and follow her on social media too.

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Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Donuts

I am pretty excited to be over here at Healthy Seasonal introducing myself to all of you.  Mostly because I love Katie’s recipes, gorgeous photos and inspirational posts as much as you, but also because I share so many of the same beliefs about eating and fitness as she does.

I have a pretty big (way too big if I am being honest) organic vegetable and fruit garden where I grow anything and everything I can here in Cincinnati.  I also have backyard chickens that keep my family and most of my friends supplied with free-range eggs well throughout the year.  I am also a fitness nut, recently falling into the crossfit craze.  Yep, I am one of those people now.


When Katie asked me to contribute, I was half way through my Whole 30 Challenge, which is removing all grain, dairy and sugars from your diet completely for 30 days.  Eating was becoming a bit boring and needless to say a girl like me who loves her chocolate, and wine was going a bit out of her mind.  To make matters worse everywhere I seemed to look was a beautiful photo of donuts, and pumpkin baked goods for the holiday season.   I was loosing it!  Really… crazy-cray-cray.


I surrendered to Katie’s request and my cravings and started working on a grain free, dairy free pumpkin donut.  I played with the recipe adding more pumpkin and spices until I had the flavor and cakey donut texture that I wanted.  This donut recipe is even fussy husband and children approved; no small feat let me tell you.

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Donuts by Amy Stafford

If you are watching your gluten, dairy, or trying the paleo diet this recipe is sure to please.  I hope you enjoy it and please stop over at A Healthy Life For Me and say “hello” I would love to meet you.


paleo chocolate pumpkin donuts



  • ¾ cup of Almond Flour
  • 1/3 cup + 3 tablespoon Tapioca Flour
  • ¼ cup Coconut Flour
  • 1-teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup, dark or amber or honey
  • ¾ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil (melted), + additional for greasing pan
  • 1-teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of mini Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (find in organic section of your grocery), divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a donut pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl add flours, baking soda, spices and salt, and stir to blend. In a medium bowl whisk eggs, add maple syrup, pumpkin puree, coconut oil and vanilla extract together. Pour egg mix into your flour mix and stir until combined. Add in ½ cup of your chocolate chips and stir through the batter.
  3. Using a pastry bag with a tip pipe the flour mix into your prepared donut pan. I filled my pan up pretty generously.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and pop out onto wire rack that is on top of a baking sheet to cool. Fill donut pan and repeat.
  5. While donuts are cooling add remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips to a glass bowl and microwave for one minute, remove and stir. Microwave an additional minute and stir until smooth.
  6. Drizzle chocolate over donuts as much or as little as you like. Stick in the fridge to hurry along the chocolate setting or enjoy right away with the ooey-gooey chocolate.


  • Calories: 253
  • Sugar: 18 g
  • Sodium: 178 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 6 g