Churros…need I say more? Crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, covered in cinnamon and sugar. YUM! I remember going to festivals and enjoying them every chance I could get. Of course as an adult the guilt of how unhealthy churros are sets in and I began to avoid them. So, since I am in the process of writing my very own plant based latin cook book, I wanted to have these tasty treats on the list. I didn’t think they would turn out that great especially on my first try in making them healthy but to my surprise it was a success! I was too excited about them to keep the recipe under wraps until my book is done so here they are! Just for my readers! Post a comment and let me know how your churros turn out. Enjoy!
¼ cup applesauce
2 ¾ cups water
¼ cup raw sugar
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
2 cups whole wheat flour
Extra cinnamon and raw sugar for dusting
*You will need a piping bag, medium sized star tip, non-stick Silpat or wax paper.
Combine water, applesauce, sugar, and sea salt in a medium sized pot and bring to boil stirring occasionally. While water mixture is heating, combine whole-wheat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Turn off heat and add flour mixture to water mixture and stir vigorously until mixture forms into a thick, sticky consistency. If it’s too dry, add a little water at a time and mix until you get a sticky consistency. Let cool for about 10 minutes or until easy to handle but still warm.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Using non-stick spray, lightly spray the inside of your piping bag and medium sized star tip. Spoon mixture into a piping bag and fill it a little more than half way. The mixture is very thick so it requires more force than actual icing to pipe.
Using a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or wax paper, pipe logs of dough approximately 5 inches long. You may do them any size you want but the longer they get the more likely they are to break easily. Once you have covered your sheet with logs, dust with raw sugar and cinnamon and bake about 12 minutes or until slightly browned on the outside. Remove from oven and let them sit for about 2 minutes.
Using a spatula, gently remove them from the pan and serve warm. You may dust with more sugar and cinnamon if needed. For a move festive look, dust churros with confectioner’s sugar.