Churros

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

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With a few simple tweaks, you can turn the deep fried, sugar covered version into our equally delicious recipe!

We’ve got loads of tasty sweet treats for you to try!

How many Calories are in these Churros?

There are 23 calories in each of our slimming friendly Churros. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.

This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits 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.

What diets are these Churros suitable for?

This recipe is not suitable for gluten free or dairy free diets. We haven’t tested it using gluten free flour.

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

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Churros?

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!

How to make this Churros

This recipe is pretty easy if you follow the instructions carefully – choux pastry like this can take a little bit of practice but it’s sooo worth it! Here’s a summary;

  • Bring the margarine, water, salt and sweetener to the boil
  • Take off the heat and quickly add the flour. Mix until it forms a ball
  • Add the egg and beat until glossy
  • Put into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe 32 Churros onto a lined baking tray

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  • Bake until golden and crisp
  • Mix up the cinnamon “sugar”
  • Spray the Churros with Low calorie cooking spray and toss in the cinnamon sugar
  • Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below

What should you should serve with Churros?

You can serve these delicious Churros on their own, or with a dip:

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

Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values. 

Do you need any special ingredients to make 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, light weight sweetener, but because it’s a like-for-like weight with sugar you don’t need as much! There are several brands available in the supermarkets or online, such as Sukrin, Natvia or Canderel Sugarly.

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.

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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Can you cook Churros another way?

You need to cook this recipe in the oven/on the hob as per the method below.

How do you know these Churros are cooked?

You should cook these Churros until the are golden and slightly risen.

This should take approx 40-50 minutes in the oven.

How long can you keep Churros?

Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat this dish within 4 hours.

If you want to keep any left overs, make sure you pop them in an air tight 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 10 minutes 40 minutes

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23kcal 1

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INSTRUCTIONS
  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.
  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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28 Comments
  1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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

  2. 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??

    1. 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

      1. 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 ????

  3. 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

    1. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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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