Healthy Homemade Churros

Guilt Free Homemade Churros

I don’t think the words “healthy” and “churros” have ever gone into the same sentence before today, but alas my fellow health-seeking friends…  healthy homemade churros finally exist!

(and no deep fryer or gallon of oil needed)

Guilt Free Homemade Churros

Looky here ^^ super soft and moist on the inside.

Guilt Free Homemade Churros

^^ And with that wonderful crunchy, “sugary” sweet coating reminiscent of real churros.

These churros aren’t made with processed and bleached white flour, they are 100% whole grain (and gluten free too)!

These aren’t packed with refined sugar and hormone-filled butter either, they are low in sugar and free of butter.

Nor are these churros fried in sizzling hot oil (which destroys nutrients, eliminates delicate vitamins, yada yada yada), these babies are baked in the oven!

Healthy Homemade Churros (baked, not fried!)

Yield: 15 churros, ~5 to 6 inches each



  1. Line two cookie sheets with Silpats and prepare a pastry bag with a piping tip (use the one that looks like shark teeth, like this: ^^^^^^)
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour, sucanat, flax, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a medium-sized pot, add the almond milk, shortening, vanilla paste and extracts. Stir with a rubber spatula over medium/low heat until shortening is completely melted. Remove from the heat.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Stir the dry ingredients into the pot with the almond milk/shortening.
  6. When all is incorporated, place the pot back over the heat and stir with the spatula until thick and it forms a ball (should take ~8 minutes)
  7. Scoop the dough into the prepared piping bag and pipe long churros out onto cookie sheets (use an oven mit if the bag is too hot for you to handle)
  8. Bake the piped churros for ~12-13 minutes.
  9. While the churros are being baked, whisk together the vanilla sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  10. When you take the churros out of the oven, carefully transfer the Silpats off the hot baking sheet and onto the counter.
  11. Brush the liquid coconut oil over the churros and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.


This recipe is: low sugar, eggless, gluten free, vegan!

making Guilt Free Homemade Churros making Guilt Free Homemade Churros

Guilt Free Homemade Churros

nutrition label for Healthy Homemade Churros

If you have ever seen a nutrition label for typical churros, you will appreciate how much better the DWB nutrition label is.  Only 230 calories and 7g of sugar, plus the benefits of 3g of fiber, 5g of protein, healthy fats and whole grains!

Guilt Free Homemade Churros

Sweet tooths rejoice.

9 comments on “Healthy Homemade Churros

  1. Hi Jessica,
    Do you have any suggestions for replacements for oat flour for someone who does not currently eat grains. Do you think almond flour would work?
    Thank you- recipe looks amazing!

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Oat flour is a very unique ingredient, its fiber content seems to absorb liquid well and create a nice dough. In my experience, almond flour tends to make baked goods crumbly, so in order to compensate for that you need to use more binding ingredients (such as ground flaxseed, eggs, etc). Since this recipe is eggless, you might run into more problems with a crumbly texture. If you don’t mind some recipe testing and possibly some trial and error, you can give the recipe a shot using almond flour, more ground flaxseed (or an egg or two) and a little more almond milk if needed (you probably won’t need this if you use eggs).
      Good luck!!

  2. Oh wow. You’re really making me crave churros now. I used to get those yard sticks of a churro from Costco when I was a kid. Mmm, all that cinnamon sugar dropping all over the car on our way to ice skating practice. Can’t believe you made a healthy churro! You are always so innovative!

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Awww thanks so much Pauline!! You totally made my day 🙂
      And those Costco churros? Oh gosh, I used to get those all the time too!! It’s amazing how you remember those little details about skating practice when you think of churros… all I remember is being at Costco getting criticized for wanting churros and ice cream when everyone else was getting savory stuff like pizza and hot dogs haha

  3. Wow…these look amazing!! Churros have been on my ‘to do’ list to healthify for abut a year and I still hadn’t got round to attempting it. Great job! 🙂

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  5. I made these today except I halved the recipe and used butter not shortning. The mixture did not form a ball until I had to add more milk/butter. Also it was too hard to pass through the piping bag so I hand formed them. In oven right now.

    • Justice-
      I’ve heard that sometimes halving a recipe can change the overall outcome, but for me, most of the time it works out okay. The butter for shortening substitute shouldn’t have affected the recipe all that much either. Was your dough cold (from cold almond milk or cold butter)? If it was, it may have been more firm and harder to pipe.
      I hope you liked the recipe though!! 🙂

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