How to Make Vegan and Gluten-Free Churros You'll Love

by Trishia Mae Cordova on Apr 10, 2024

How to Make Vegan and Gluten-Free Churros You'll Love


Let's be real, sometimes that churro craving hits hard. You see them at the food truck park, glistening with golden perfection, and suddenly your healthy intentions fly out the window.

But what if you have dietary restrictions like gluten intolerance or follow a vegan lifestyle? Does that mean you have to forgo this delightful indulgence? Absolutely not!

This recipe is your answers against major FOMO (fear of missing out). This recipe offers a delicious and satisfying alternative that's both gluten-free and vegan.


Vegan and Gluten-Free Churros Recipe (Baked Version)

This recipe creates delicious baked churros that are both vegan and gluten-free. Feel free to adjust the spices and dipping sauce according to your taste.



  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter/coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional, for extra binding)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil for greasing
  • Cinnamon sugar mixture (1/2 cup granulated sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon) for coating



  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease it with vegetable oil.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat plant-based milk, vegan butter/coconut oil, sugar, and cinnamon over medium heat until the butter melts and sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, xanthan gum (if using), and salt.
  4. Gradually pour the hot wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing with a wooden spoon until a thick, sticky dough forms. Be careful, the mixture will be hot!
  5. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a large star-shaped tip.
  6. Pipe churros onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch of space between each one. You can also use a spoon to form churros if you don't have a piping bag.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and slightly puffed.
  8. While the churros are still warm, roll them generously in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy warm, with your favorite dipping sauce (see recipe suggestions below).


Vegan & Gluten-free Ingredient Alternatives

Traditional churros rely on wheat flour for their structure and texture. Gluten-free flours come to the rescue in this recipe. Popular choices include:

  • Almond Flour: Made from finely ground almonds, it provides a nutty flavor and a good amount of structure.
  • Tapioca Flour: Also known as tapioca starch, it adds chewiness and helps bind the ingredients.
  • Brown Rice Flour: Offers a slightly grainy texture and a touch of nuttiness.
  • Oat Flour: Made from rolled oats, it adds a subtle oat flavor and a soft texture. (Note: Ensure your oats are certified gluten-free to avoid contamination.)

For the vegan twist, we replace dairy ingredients with plant-based alternatives. Here's what you'll typically find:

  • Plant-Based Milk: Any unsweetened milk like almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk works well. Choose a variety with a neutral flavor that complements the other ingredients.
  • Vegan Butter/Coconut Oil: These replace butter for a dairy-free fat source, adding moisture and richness to the dough.
  • Flaxseed Egg: A clever egg substitute made by mixing ground flaxseed with water. It creates a gel-like consistency that helps bind the dough.

While cinnamon sugar is a classic churro companion, there's a whole world of dipping sauces waiting to be explored. Here are some creative ideas to tantalize your taste buds:

  • Chocolate Magic: Melt some dark or vegan chocolate chips with a splash of plant-based milk for a rich and decadent dip.
  • Fruity Fiesta: Puree your favorite fruits like strawberries, mangoes, or raspberries for a refreshing and tangy dip. A squeeze of lime juice can add a delightful zing.
  • Caramel Comfort: Make a simple vegan caramel sauce by simmering brown sugar, vegan butter, and plant-based milk until thickened. A pinch of sea salt elevates the flavor.
  • Nutty Nirvana: Combine chopped nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, or pistachios with some agave nectar and melted vegan butter for a crunchy and flavorful dip.
  • Spicy Surprise: For a kick, mix some chili powder, cayenne pepper, and a touch of lime juice with your favorite vegan yogurt.

Experimentation is key! Feel free to combine different flavors and ingredients to create your own signature dipping sauces.


Method of Cooking

There are two main methods for cooking churros: frying and baking. Both have their merits, and the choice depends on your preference.

Frying: This traditional method achieves the iconic crispy exterior and fluffy interior. However, it requires hot oil and can be messy.

Baking: A healthier alternative, baking yields lighter churros with a slightly different texture. It's perfect for those who want to avoid deep-frying.


Tips and Tricks

Here are some additional pointers to ensure your gluten-free and vegan churros are a success:

  • Use high-quality ingredients for the best results. Freshly ground spices and flavorful plant-based milks will elevate the taste.
  • If the dough is too thick and difficult to pipe, add a tablespoon or two of additional plant-based milk.
  • Don't overmix the dough. Once the ingredients are combined and a cohesive dough forms, stop mixing to prevent tough churros.
  • Let the churros cool slightly before rolling them in cinnamon sugar. This prevents the sugar from melting completely and ensures a beautiful coating.
  • Leftover churros can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat them in a toaster oven for a few minutes to restore their crispness.


With these tips and our amazing Churro Maker, you're well on your way to enjoying delicious gluten-free and vegan churros. So next time you're craving a sweet treat, whip up these delightful bites and indulge without dietary restrictions holding you back.

After all, good food should be inclusive and accessible to everyone.

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