Baked vegan gluten-free churros!Course: churrosDifficulty: Easy
Churros are often regarded as a classic indulgent treat. For many people with dietary restrictions, like vegans and gluten-free eaters, churros can seem out of reach. But now, you can have this delicious snack without having to worry about unwanted ingredients – thanks to this delicious vegan and gluten-free churros recipe!
60 g (¼ cup) coconut oil
50 g (⅓ cup) coconut sugar
150 g (1 ¼ cup) ground almonds (almond meal)
150 g (1 ¼ cup) gluten-free flour blend
2 teaspoons baking powder
160 ml (⅔ cup) unsweetened almond milk
- For the cinnamon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
- For the chocolate sauce
40 g (1.4 oz) dark chocolate
6 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave.
- Add the coconut sugar, salt, ground almonds, gluten-free flour and baking powder.
- Add the milk and mix well – I recommend adding the milk a small amount at a time until you get a soft batter that is soft, but still firm enough to pipe into shapes. If you make the batter too wet, you won’t be able to pipe it into shapes.
- However, if the batter does look too wet to pipe, place it in the fridge for an hour and it will firm up. If it looks too dry, add an extra splash of milk.
- Transfer into a piping bag with a closed star tip.
- Pipe the batter into churros measuring around 9 cm (3 ½ inch) in length onto baking trays lined with greased baking paper.
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown – be careful not to over-bake!
- Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for the cinnamon sugar.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the churros as soon as they are out of the oven – otherwise it won’t stick to the churros.
- They will still be very soft when they come out the oven, but will firm up as they cool down.
- Tastes best when fresh, but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days – can be reheated in a dry frying pan or in the oven.
- For the chocolate sauce
- Break up the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bowl with the milk.
- Place the bowl over a pan of boiling water and stir regularly until melted – make sure not to overheat it as the chocolate will ‘split’ if you heat it too much.
- If the chocolate does split, you can easily fix this by adding boiling hot water to it 1 teaspoon at a time and stirring well until the mixture goes back to normal.
- The chocolate sauce keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days. It will firm up as it cools down, but you can gently reheat leftovers over a pan of boiling water to make it liquid again.