This is a New Orleans-inspired recipe for low sodium beignets. Not only are these tasty treats low in salt, but they are easy to make because they use an air fryer. So while I don’t pretend that these low sodium air fryer beignets are a copy of what you would find at Cafe Du Monde, they are a tasty low salt alternative.
A NEW ORLEANS INSPIRATION
A classic beignet is a square piece of fried dough generously coated in powdered sugar. This French-style doughnut is quintessential New Orleans. If you are looking for a recipe that will replicate that treat step by step, let me stop you here. This recipe is not a Cafe Du Monde copycat recipe.
This recipe is, however, a great solution for someone who is looking to make a beignet that is low in salt and doesn’t require deep frying. The result will be a bit more cakey than pillowy. But it will still be a scrumptious dessert inspired by New Orleans food culture.
SQUARE VS ROUND
If you are looking for a more authentic look, you could certainly make these in a square shape. However, if you are looking for a quick and easy solution, I recommend using a silicone egg-bite tray. Yes, your beignets will be round but this tray is ideal for the air fryer.
Speaking of the air fryer, this will be a time saver. If you were to deep fry your beignets you would encounter some tedious steps because it will be essential for you to keep your oil at a consistent 360 degrees. That’s easy with a commercial fryer but I find it to be a pain on a home stovetop. This is where your air fryer saves the day. Plus you save some calories and fat over oil frying.
Beignets are best served warm. So enjoy your low sodium air fryer beignets as soon as you can. I don’t recommend storing them for later. Besides, there’s nothing better than a freshly made beignet with a cup of coffee or hot tea.
This recipe will make seven low sodium beignets. Need more? The recipe can easily be doubled. But here’s a little trick for pumping up the beignet output. Don’t actually double the recipe. Make one batch and put the first seven in the air fryer. While those are cooking, whip up a second batch of dough. Why should you do it this way? Because I find it easier than trying to figure out how much batter to use per batch. This way, I’m using the correct amount for each batch I make.
- 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/8 cup of water
- 1 large egg, separated
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon of sodium-free baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Cooking Spray
- Powdered Sugar for topping
- Cut a circle out of parchment paper; the shape should be big enough to fit the bottom of your air fryer basket.
- Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees.
- Spray a silicone egg-bite pan with cooking spray, set aside.
- Whisk flour, sugar, water, egg yolk, butter, salt-free baking powder, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until batter is combined.
- Beat egg white in a small bowl using an electric hand mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gently fold into batter.
- Add beignet batter to the prepared mold using a small hinged ice cream scoop.
- Place filled silicone mold into the basket of the air fryer. Cook for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, carefully remove the mold from the air fryer. Pop beignets out onto a piece of round parchment paper.
- Place parchment round with beignets back into the air fryer basket. Cook for an additional 4 minutes. Remove beignets from the air fryer basket and dust with confectioners' sugar.
- Try drizzling some thin lines of chocolate sauce on the beignets before adding the powdered sugar or roll in cinnamon sugar for an additional flavor blast. Get creative!
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Nutrition InformationYield 7 Serving Size 1 beignet Amount Per Serving Calories 146Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 29mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 0gSugar 24gProtein 2g
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