Hi dear friends!
Are you having trouble deciding what to serve at your next carnival or festival party? Do people in your circle care about eating well or have food/health issues and you don’t know what to go for to please everyone?
Don’t worry, I’ve got a functional version of a traditional Carnival taste that will add more nutritious fare to your next carnival menu. My secret is no other than provide a wide variety of healthy ingredients for your classic carnival cake so that everyone may enjoy it no matter their health or diet situation.
I’m not sure about you, but the signature cake that brings back memories of summer vacation for me is those flakey sweet funnel cakes. Even though they were not among the healthiest options available (and definitely not ones I would consume on a regular basis now), I really really want to have them this Carnival season!
For those of us who want our funnel cakes warm and a little chewy yet crispy on the exterior, this is the best option. The first warm bite would send the powdered sugar flying in all directions. At its best, fair food.
How would you feel if I told you that you could make the same funnel cake in your own home with healthier (but still delicious) ingredients? You can do it! This recipe for gluten-free funnel cake also uses less sugar.
- 1/4 organic sugar
- 2 cups nut milk of choice
- 3 2/3 cups cassava flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Coconut oil to fry these bad babies in
1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients EXCEPT the oil.
2. Coconut oil should be heated to medium-high in a large frying pan. Your frying pan should be filled approximately halfway up its sides with oil.
3. The batter should be placed in a gallon-sized zip-top bag for easy transport.
4. Use a piping bag if you want, or just roll the bag at an angle to resemble a piping bag.
5. Using a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip, pipe the batter into the oil in the pattern of your choice.
6. Fry each side until golden brown (this takes me about 3 minutes or so per side)
7. When done, drain off the excess oil and serve with your preferred garnishes.
TOPPING IDEAS FOR GLUTEN-FREE FUNNEL CAKE:
Classic gluten-free funnel cake! A sprinkle of powdered coconut sugar
Honey with cinnamon flavoring
Drizzle chocolate over the top
A drizzle of caramel on top.
A honey walnut spread atop honeyed sliced bananas
After coating your funnel cakes, don’t forget to add fresh fruit to enhance the flavor. Seriously, see how yummy this looks!
You have to try this out, this state fair-inspired dish will bring the carnival to your kitchen. No need for a ride on a ferris wheel to enjoy this mouthwatering sweet and deep-fried snack, which is very healthy as well.
I wish you a wonderfully fun and sweet healthy carnival!