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Baked Churros

Churros are the epitome of the fried sugar and cinnamon combo that is the face of an unbalanced diet. Relished by many as a fried street food, churros would seem like the last thing you'd ever attempt to do healthy. While these shouldn't be a replacement for your morning toast, they are a significantly healthier alternative.

Ingredients

Grapeseed oil

1 cup water

1/2 cup light butter

4 tablespoons sugar, divided

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle about 2 teaspoons of oil in a baking sheet, and spread around with a paper towel. (chemical-free cooking spray alternative). Save the paper towel for the last step.
  2. In a medium size saucepan, combine water, butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in the flour with a spoon. Stir until the mixture forms a ball, and add the egg until it is smooth.
  4. Move the dough to a pastry or freezer bag with a large tip for spreading the dough into shape. (Star-shaped for authenticity would be awesome).

Pipe dough onto prepared baking sheet into 12 8-inch strips. Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden.

  1. In a small bowl, combine remaining sugar with the cinnamon.

6. Brush churros very lightly with the oiled paper towel, adding a small amount of oil as necessary to add an even coat to the top of the churros. Dust with cinnamon and sugar mixture, and serve warm.

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