Crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside, these vegan air fryer churros are the cinnamon sugar dessert that dreams are made of.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Because you cook these churros in the air fryer, you don’t have to deal with deep frying and greasy oil.
- This vegan air fryer churros recipe is pretty hard to mess up.
- It’s fried dough in cinnamon sugar. That seems like a pretty good reason to love them to me.
- Is it necessary to chill the dough for an hour before frying? Yes. The time in the fridge will help the churros to hold their shape as they begin to heat up. If you skip this step, you’ll end up with really flat churros.
- Do these vegan air fryer churros save well? I recommend eating them fresh if at all possible and then making sure you eat and/or share them all so that you don’t have to worry about saving them. Similarly to a donut, these churros are best fresh and their quality starts to decrease the longer they are saved. You can however slightly freshen them up by heating them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before serving.
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Vegan Air Fryer Churros
- Air fryer
- 2 tbsp ground flax meal
- 1 cup + 5 tbsp water
- 1/3 cup vegan butter
- 2.5 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Prepare baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper and greast with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine ground flax meal and 5 tbsp of water in a small bowl and stir to create your binder. Set aside for at least five minutes.
- Pour 1 cup of water into a medium saucepan. Add the butter, sugar, and salt. Stir. Turn the heat to medium until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved.
- While the saucepan heats, add all purpose flour to a medium mixing bowl.
- After the butter has melted and the sugar is dissolved, carefully pour the hot saucepan mixture over the all purpose flour and use a rubber spatula or whisk to stir until a dough is formed. Set a timer for 5 minutes and allow the dough to cool.
- Once your timer has gone off, add the flax meal mixture and vanilla extract. Use an electric hand mixer to beat until the mixture is well combined.
- If the mixture is cool enough, transfer it to a large piping bag fitted with a large star piping tip such as Wilton 2D or 1M.
- Pipe churros into approximately 4 inch strips and either pull away or clip the ends with scissors for a cleaner cut.
- Place the piped churros in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.
- Gently transfer the churros to your air fryer basket. It's important that the churros do not touch. If necessary, cook in multiple batches. Spray the churros lightly with nonstick cooking spray to help them crisp up.
- Air fry at 350°F for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- While the churros are in the air fryer, combine the sugar and cinnamon in either a deep bowl or a plate. Stir.
- Once the churros have been fried, toss them in the cinnamon sugar coating and turn a few times to make sure they are well covered.
- These churros are best served warm and fresh.