• RECIPE: Baked Churros

RECIPE: Baked Churros

Baked Churros and Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Did you know that the Mayans and Aztecs worshipped the cacao bean and at one stage it was used as a form of currency? Me either, but when I was researching chocolate (because you know… chocolate) I learnt this cool little fact.

So it got me thinking, what tastes amazing when dipped in chocolate? Churros of course! Now when it comes to this Churros recipe, it is definitely one that should be considered a treat. It does use sugar, butter and maple syrup, but compared to its deep fried counter part, I’m calling it a win.

This recipe uses spelt flour, which is closely related to wheat and therefore not gluten free. However, spelt flour is high in fibre, which aids digestion, supports healthy hormones, lowers blood sugar and keeps you regular! Spelt also contains iron, which as women we need to regularly consume and copper to support energy production and increase circulation.

The chocolate dipping sauce is high in antioxidants and magnesium from the cacao, with a base of coconut oil to create a creamy finish. The thing you need to remember with nutrition, no one is perfect all the time. It’s OK to have a treat such as these delicious home made Churros every now and then. And with that, onto the recipe!

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Spelt flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • 2 TBS organic butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 TBS coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Coating Ingredients:

  • 1 TBS organic butter, melted
  • 1 ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBS castor sugar

Chocolate Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup cacao
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 TBS maple syrup

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Combine dry dough ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add milk, melted butter and apple cider vinegar to the dry ingredients. Stir until well combined. It will form dough-like consistency.
  4. Whisk 2 eggs in a separate bowl and gradually add to the dough, you’ll really need to crush and stir to combine the dough and eggs into a thick, sticky dough.
  5. Spoon into a piping bag . Pipe out into 10cm long churros sticks.
  6. Bake in the oven for 10mins.
  7. Whilst the churros are baking, melt the remaining butter and set aside. In a separate small bowl combine cinnamon and sugar, stir until well combined, then spread the cinnamon sugar out onto a plate.
  8. Remove the churros and allow to cool for about 5mins.
  9. Brush each churros with a little melted butter either side, then roll around on the plate covering them with the cinnamon sugar.
  10. Combine chocolate dipping sauce ingredients in another small bowl. Stir until combined and enjoy immediately.

Tips:

-I combined the cinnamon and castor sugar in a little jar, shook it to combine and then spread out on a plate.

-You will need a large piping tip to get a good size for the churros, as they bake they will lose their shape a bit and end up looking like a character from South Park but it doesn’t change the flavour.

-I like a thick dipping sauce, if you want thinner reduce the amount of cacao.

-You can also used melted 70% dark chocolate too.

Recipe created by Nutritionist Jessica Worth. Find more of her delicious recipes and great health tips on her blog and instagram.


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