These churros with chocolate sauce are a healthier version from Chef Naxielly Dominguez, yet still a delicious pleasure. Her wonderful churros are made with whole wheat flour and are lower in fat thanks to... being baked in the oven instead of deep-fried. Eat one hot from the oven, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and dipped in a delicious hot chocolate sauce, and you’ll have given yourself a perfect cold-weather treat.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, water, butter, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
When the milk mixture starts to boil, add the all-purpose and whole wheat flours all at once and reduce the heat to medium. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until a tight dough forms and pulls away from the side of the pan — it will take about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and transfer dough to a medium bowl.
Let the dough cool slightly by stirring with the wooden spoon for 3 to 4 minutes before adding the eggs. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing rapidly until each egg is combined into the dough.
Transfer dough to a piping bag fitted with a ½-inch star.
Pipe dough into strips about three inches long on the prepared baking sheets, leaving space between them. Brush each churro with oil or coat lightly with cooking spray.
Bake 20 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes more. Turn off the oven, and leave the churros inside for another 10 minutes.
In the meantime, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
Remove the churros from the oven and transfer 5 to 6 churros into the bowl with the sugar mixture. Toss them in the sugar until they are completely covered. Set aside, then repeat with the rest of the churros.
To make the chocolate sauce: In a small saucepan, combine the honey, cocoa powder, and water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and add vanilla extract. Let the syrup cool, then drizzle it over the churros before serving.