Churros

  • 10MINS
  • 40MINS
  • 23KCAL

Our slimming-friendly Churros will remind you of summer holidays – but much more Weight Watchers and calorie counting friendly!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories23
  • Carbs2g
  • Protein1g
  • Fat0.3g
  • Saturates0.1g
  • Sugars0.02g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

These slimming friendly Churros will take you right back to your summer holidays – but they’re Weight Watchers and calorie counting friendly!

Deep fried and sugar coated, Churros are the ultimate indulgence, but with just a few simple tweaks you can create these equally delicious, low calorie versions!

This recipe is pretty easy as long as you make sure to follow the instructions carefully! Choux pastry like this can take a bit of practice, but it’s sooo worth it!

Enjoy these low calorie, sweet treats with a delicious sweet sauce or on their own! Just remember to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values of any accompaniments!

What diets are these Churros suitable for?

This Churros recipe can be made gluten free by replacing the following with a gluten free alternative;

  • Self raising flour

You can also make this Churros recipe dairy free by replacing the following with a dairy free alternative;

  • Reduced fat margarine spread

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Churros recipe?

These tasty Churros have just 1 Point each! They’re amazing little treats to dip into various sweet sauces – just remember to add on the Points of whatever you choose – or just enjoy them as they are!

Do you need any special ingredients to make these Churros?

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You can get all of the ingredients for this recipe in the supermarket!

We usually use a natural, granulated sweetener which weighs the same as sugar, and tastes really good! They tend to cost a little more than the powdered type, lightweight sweetener, but because it’s a like-for-like weight with sugar you don’t need as much!

These Churros taste as good as the deep fried version and the granulated sweetener coating works an absolute treat – there really is no replacing it in this recipe as you must have the sugary crunch to the outside which you just won’t get with a powdered sweetener.

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There are several brands available in the supermarket or online, such as Sukrin, Natvia or Canderel Sugarly.

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For this recipe you will need a piping bag and star nozzle. Disposable ones are often more convenient, though a reusable one is really cost effective!

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How many calories are in these Churros?

There are 23 calories per portion in these Churros, which means this recipe falls into our Everyday Light category.

These Churros are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper. In a saucepan on a medium high heat, melt the reduced fat margarine spread, granulated sweetener, salt and water together until boiling.

Step 2

Take pan off the heat and beat in the flour until the mixture forms a ball – this can take about 5 minutes and is hard work on the arms! Mix in the egg until the mixture is glossy.

Step 3

Add the mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe 32 churros. Bake for 40 minutes until risen and crisp.

Step 4

When cooked, turn the churros over on the baking tray. Put back into the warm oven for 10 minutes with the door ajar to dry them out and help them to crisp up.

Step 5

In a bowl, mix together the granulated sweetener and cinnamon for the sugar coating.

Step 6

Whilst still warm, spray lightly with low calorie cooking spray and toss in the sugar coating. Enjoy warm!

These Churros take us straight back to our summer holidays and are perfect served with a dip such as:

  • Choc Shot/Choc Pot
  • Reduced sugar jam
  • Fresh/frozen fruit
  • Melted chocolate

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How do you know when your Churros are cooked?

Bake these Churros for approximately 40-50 minutes or until risen, golden brown and crisp.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep store Churros for?

Once you’ve put them out, ideally you should eat them within 4 hours.

If you want to keep any leftovers then pop them in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.

Can I freeze Churros?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen before you add the cinnamon sugar coating, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Churros?

From chilled: Place on a baking tray then put into a hot oven for 10 minutes to crisp up, then spray with low calorie cooking spray and toss in the cinnamon sugar coating.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, then as above.

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Churros

Our slimming-friendly Churros will remind you of summer holidays – but much more Weight Watchers and calorie counting friendly!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    40 MINS
  • KCals 23
  • Carbs 2G
  • WW Points:
  • 1 Green
  • 1 Blue
  • 1 Purple

Ingredients

For the churros

  • 100 grams self raising flour
  • 100 grams reduced fat margarine spread
  • 200 ml water
  • 2 tbs granulated sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg

For the cinnamon sugar

  • 1 tbs granulated sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper. In a saucepan on a medium high heat, melt the reduced fat margarine spread, granulated sweetener, salt and water together until boiling.
  2. Take pan off the heat and beat in the flour until the mixture forms a ball - this can take about 5 minutes and is hard work on the arms! Mix in the egg until the mixture is glossy.
  3. Add the mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe 32 churros. Bake for 40 minutes until risen and crisp.
  4. When cooked, turn the churros over on the baking tray. Put back into the warm oven for 10 minutes with the door ajar to dry them out and help them to crisp up.
  5. In a bowl, mix together the granulated sweetener and cinnamon for the sugar coating.
  6. Whilst still warm, spray lightly with low calorie cooking spray and toss in the sugar coating. Enjoy warm!

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JodieSunday 16th August 2020

When you put them back in the oven for the final 10 minutes with the door ajar is this with the oven still on or off? Thankyou

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    HollyWednesday 26th August 2020

    Hi Jodie, turn the oven off and leave the door ajar. Hope that helps!

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HeatherFriday 13th July 2018

Can the mix be made in advance?

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LaurenWednesday 27th June 2018

I took the mixture off the heat and beat in the flour but it didn’t work at all and looked like pancake batter

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KaraTuesday 13th March 2018

Hi can these be frozen??
Thanks

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RobertThursday 18th January 2018

Have you tried freezing them pre or post cooking?
I know what im like and I’ll eat alot more then 3 or 4 in one go.

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mandyThursday 26th October 2017

how long will these keep in an airtight container for? thank you

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RebeccaTuesday 26th September 2017

Can these be frozen?
Thankyou

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Emma TMonday 11th September 2017

Hi Eileen,

Hope they go down a treat ????

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Beverly priceSaturday 15th April 2017

I made these with porridge oats (blitz into flour ) instead of Sr flour ,and they are gorgeous thankyou ,i was thinking of dipping one half into melted nuttella or choc ,but I was good lol xx

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SjThursday 30th March 2017

Would sukrin gold work?

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EmmaWednesday 1st February 2017

These are delicious!

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LiaaWednesday 9th November 2016

Hi I can’t get sukrin could I use canderell instead

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    KateMonday 14th November 2016

    Hi Lisa,

    We use Sukrin as it doesn’t have any nasty aftertaste and it’s just like using regular sugar, but you could try using Canderel instead.

    Reply

NickiSunday 9th October 2016

Hi,
I’m dairy free so couldn’t have flora light as this has buttermilk in. Do you think this would work with spreads such as vitalite and what would the suns be with that?

Thanks

Nicki

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    Emma TSunday 9th October 2016

    Hi Nicki,

    It’s not something I’ve tried but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work!

    Thanks

    Emma

    Reply

LaurieFriday 7th October 2016

Where can I buy the sweetener from or is it just online

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BeckyWednesday 5th October 2016

I tried to make these today and although they were yummy they didn’t look or taste much like churros! The consistency before I put the egg in seemed good but the egg made it really runny. So I added more flour to thicken it but it was still a bit liquidy when I piped it so they turned out a bit flat. The extra flour would have changed the consistency too. Any tips??

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    Emma TWednesday 5th October 2016

    Hi Becky,

    When you add the flour you need to mix it really hard off the heat until the mixture forms a ball – it can take several minutes but you shouldn’t add the eggs before this has happened. Once you add the eggs, you again need to beat it really hard until the mixture is thick and glossy.

    Hope this helps!

    Thanks

    Emma

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      Emma TWednesday 5th October 2016

      Oooo and also make sure the fat and water mixture is boiling before taking off the heat and adding the flour – there needs to be residual heat to cook the flour out when you add it ????

HasSunday 2nd October 2016

Can you freeze the mix and bake as & when needed?

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    Emma TSunday 2nd October 2016

    Hi,

    I would have thought it would be ok to freeze but it’s not something I’ve tried and tested so you’d have to see how it worked!

    Thanks

    Emma

    Reply

LorraineTuesday 20th September 2016

Hi, how big should the churros.

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    Emma TSunday 2nd October 2016

    Hi Lorraine,

    They should be 8-10cms long ????

    Thanks

    Emma

    Reply

BeckyWednesday 14th September 2016

Hi. Not sure what I did wrong but mine were perfectly crispy on the outside but totally uncooked on the inside! Any suggestions?

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    Emma TSunday 2nd October 2016

    Hi Becky,

    As all ovens are so different it’s likely to be down to the cooking temperature and times. Try turning the oven down and cooking for longer, and then leaving them longer when you turn the oven off wth the door ajar.

    Thanks

    Emma

    Reply

Angelina PelopidaWednesday 14th September 2016

Hi, I am from Cyprus and as I know we dont have Sukrin 1 here, and if I order from Amazon it wll take 3 weeks to come here.. Can I use something else instead of Sukrin 1?

Thanks

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    Emma TSunday 2nd October 2016

    Hi Angelina,

    I would recommend any natural, granulated sweetener. Avoid the artificial powdered type sweeteners as they taste horrid and have a high calorific value.

    Thanks

    Emma

    Reply

StaceyWednesday 14th September 2016

How long do you pipe your churros to make the 32?

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    Emma TSunday 2nd October 2016

    Hi Stacey,

    They should be 8-10cm each ????

    Thanks

    Emma

    Reply

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