Gluten-Free Vegan Cream Puffs / Profiteroles

Gluten-Free Vegan Cream Puffs / Profiteroles {Refined Sugar-Free}

These little gluten-free vegan cream puffs you see featured here have been a pure labor of love and were not an easy recipe to create. After many, many attempts I’m finally happy to have a recipe worth sharing — isn’t it amazing that you too can now have gluten-free, dairy-free, and eggless cream puffs? :)

Gluten-Free Vegan Cream Puffs / Profiteroles {Refined Sugar-Free}

Before you proceed to the recipe, please take the time to read this gluten-free vegan mini-eclairs recipe first, where I share some of the basics of how to get this recipe working properly, and also all my failures so you can learn from all my mistakes! This recipe is a little delicate and requires a careful following of the directions, so don’t skip on checking out the link above for best results.

There is also a video in that recipe you’ll find handy for this. Even though it is for eclairs, the basic choux pastry recipe is the same, it’s only the filling that is slightly different — so definitely worth watching. Once you read that and watch the video you’ll be well equipped to make your own tasty gluten-free and eggless cream puffs {or profiteroles, as some call them}!

I filled my cream puffs with a very basic non-dairy whipped cream recipe, but they can of course also be filled with savory stuffing, or a pastry cream of your choice. Or you can make mini gluten-free vegan eclairs instead too, of course :)

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Gluten-Free Vegan Cream Puffs / Profiteroles {Refined Sugar-Free}

Gluten-Free Vegan Cream Puffs / Profiteroles


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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 - 12 mini cream puffs

Ingredients

Choux Pastry:

  • ½ cup non-dairy milk {I used unsweetened almond milk}
  • ¼ cup non-dairy butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • The following gf flour mix: ¼ cup brown rice flour, ¼ cup tapioca starch, 2 tbsp sweet sticky rice flour {also called glutinous rice flour}, 1 tsp guar gum {or if using a store-bought gf mix use ½ cup Pamela’s Artisan Flour Mix + ½ tsp guar gum}
  • ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder

Egg Replacer:

  • 3 tbsp water {warm or room temp}
  • 1½ tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp guar gum
  • ⅛ tsp cream of tartar

Vegan Whipped Cream:

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk {chilled overnight}
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Optional:


Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place milk, butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and salt in a small sauce pan. Warm on absolute minimum heat just until the butter melts. Stir to help it melt faster. Do not let the mixture boil or heat up too much. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool a few minutes.
  3. {Mix the flour ingredients in a small bowl first if you’re making the flour mix from scratch} Add in flour and gluten-free baking powder into the butter mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture is pasty. Set aside.
  4. Place all egg replacer ingredients into a small mixing bowl and whip with a mixer until frothy and thick. Scoop the egg replacer mixture into the choux pastry batter and mix until the two mixtures are incorporated {only takes a few seconds}. Batter should be the consistency of something like a soft frosting at this point.
  5. Transfer batter into a pipping bag fitted with a round tip {or use a sturdy large zip lock bag and snip off one of the corners}. Pipe the mixture onto a the prepared baking sheet, using a circular motion, into 2″ round swirls {pipe upwards to give the mound a bit more height}. Space them at least 2-3” apart. {Make sure they are all the same size to avoid the smaller ones from burning!}.
  6. Lightly wet your finger tip with water and smooth out the spiky tip of each eclair {otherwise the tips will burn}. {Try not to wet the eclairs too much though — only use a tiny dab of water to prevent sticking as you’re smoothing them out}.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes {keep an eye out to avoid burning them}. They should be slightly browned at this point. Reduce temperature to 350 and bake a further 5-10 minutes, {keeping a very keen eye to avoid burning them}. {Note: the timing can vary based on the size of your puffs. The smaller they are the faster they will bake}.
  8. When done, they should look lightly brown. Test one of the eclairs by carefully taking it out of the oven and tapping it with your finger — it should sound/feel a little hollow and the shell should be a little hard. If it feels soft, bake a further 5-10 minutes {again keeping a keen eye to avoid burning them}.
  9. When ready, turn off the oven, open the door a bit and allow the eclairs to sit in the oven as it’s cooling for a further 20 minutes. Then remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack.
  10. In the meantime, prepare the whipped cream by opening the coconut milk can, scooping out only the white solid part into a mixing bowl and whipping it with a mixer until stiff. Then add in the sweetener and vanilla and mix to incorporate everything.
  11. Cut each eclair in half. If there are any doughy parts in any of them, simply remove them and discard. Spoon whipped cream filling onto the bottom half of each puff, cover with the other half. Dust with some powdered coconut milk and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Vegan Cream Puffs / Profiteroles {Refined Sugar-Free}

Happy baking!

Audrey

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Disclaimer: this post contains an affiliate links for a gluten-free flour blend and powdered coconut milk.

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