Soft. Doughy. Coated in cinnamon and sugar. Dipped into rich (dairy free) chocolate. These gluten free churro poppers are the quintessential Cinco de Mayo treat that you will want to sink your teeth into over and over and over again. And maybe one more time…
It’s a very simple process so trust me on this! Hey you, don’t you dare scroll away. Yes, you CAN do this. I believe in you. You got this. Need more encouragement? You incredible gluten, egg, and dairy free baker you, you are ready to dominate! *I’m rubbing your shoulders and throwing water into your mouth* Seriously though, once you see how easy this is, you will wonder why you haven’t been making gluten free churro poppers every night for dessert. Well, that might be a bit of an overkill…
Gluten Free Churro Poppers
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: Approx 4 dozen poppers 1x
- 1 1/2 c. Cara’s Light Flour Blend
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 c. nondairy milk, heated
- 1/4 c. vegetable oil
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
Chocolate Dipping Sauce (optional):
- 1/2 c. nondairy chocolate chips, melted
- In a small saucepan, heat up 2 c. vegetable oil over medium heat. Line a plate with a paper towel (to absorb the oil) and place the cinnamon sugar coating over the towel. Set aside and have ready right next to the stove.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients into the dry mix and stir until just combined. The batter should be on the thick side and should not be overly sticky or wet.
- Place into a large plastic baggie with a corner cut out or a piping bag. Squeeze out a good 1 1/2″- 2″ sized poppers onto a piece of parchment paper. These batter should be able to stay within its shape without sticking to the paper or losing shape.
- You can test first to see if your oil is ready by throwing one popper into the pan. It should immediately sizzle and brown evenly within a minute.
- Throw in the poppers in small batches. Once nicely browned, drain using a slotting spoon. Place onto the plate with the cinnamon sugar and evenly coat. Repeat for the remainder churros.
- Best if served immediately and warm.
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Now go throw some fiesta into your night when you make your family these egg, dairy and gluten free churro poppers for dessert. They might be allergen friendly but they are BIG on taste!
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My food sensitive daughter and I just finished making these and we give them two thumbs up! They were super easy, Only challenge was finding the right temperature for the oil so that the middle cooked up before the outside burned. We settled on about 350 degrees. Also, we had a happy accident when the oil temperature was too low and it took a while to cook the batter…end result was very much the consistency of a donut hole! Overall, we will definetley make this recipe again and again and again! Thank you!
Oh yay, super helpful feedback Sharon, thank you! So happy you liked them 🙂
Also, I forgot to say that we used a cookie dough scoop to just plop the batter in the oil…worked great!
What does c. mean?
Hi Cara. Just a quick question. My little one turns out can’t have lemon or vinegar 🙁 his list of allergies is longer than we thought…. What can I do? Obviously this makes my vegan and gf baking for him V tough 🙁 any tips?
Hey Gabi! So the baking soda and vinegar are the egg replacer in this recipe so if you need to change it up, keep in mind that whichever sub you do use, you might have to play around with the ingredients. Have you ever heard of an egg replacer called Ener-G egg? It’s a powder-based egg sub that is a great option for this recipe. Just use the equivalent of 1 egg (according to the box’s directions) in place of the baking soda and vinegar.
Any way you think a portion of this could be done ahead? I’m thinking of making the batter, piping the bites, but refrigerating and frying off the next day. I want to serve warm, but taking to an event and don’t have time to make from start to finish that day.
You can always give it a try!
I LOVE and MISS churros so so much. Cinnamon & Sugar are my absolute favorite! I cannot wait to make these! Thanks so much!
Do you think these would work with regular white flour? I’m not gluten free but these look delicious!
Yes, they will absolutely work. You might want to hold back on a couple TBSP of flour and add at the end to ensure the batter is just right (since gf flours absorbs liquid at a different rate than regular flour). Let me know how they turn out!
Any guess as to how straight up cassava flour would work for these? :”D
Hmmmm, that might be tricky. I foresee them being very gooey and rubbery in the middle if you use straight cassava flour as the sub without eggs. You can try adding a mix of nut flour and cassava flour and try it out but I think it might need more tweaking even then. A possible kitchen experiment in your near future? 😉 Good luck!
These look amazing! I’ll be making these when I get off of my sugar cleanse!
Hurry up sugar cleanse, there are churros to make! xo
Gorgeous churro poppers or gorgeous me? hehe. Love you!
Abby @ Heart of a Baker
Oh these look PERFECT! I haven’t attempted churros yet, but really, nothing can be wrong with hot fried dough with sugar and cinnamon, right? 🙂
You speak troof, girl! I could live off of fried food and sugar 😛