That's right, today we are eating some Vegan Baked Oil-Free Hushpuppies! Sayonara grease bombs, hello healthy, but-still-delicious, hushpuppies. My husband said something the other day that cracked me up. He said he hated hushpuppies growing up because they were so greasy, that after one bite your whole face would break out into zits. Hahaha!
Well, here ya go folks, zit-free hushpuppies! Ok, now I'm cracking myself up....that sounds gross, sorry. However, I'm not sorry that these little hushpuppies are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and baked....making them healthy and guilt-free!
If you are not from the south, then you may have no clue what the heck these are. Well, they are basically super popular where I'm from (Texas) and also very popular in Louisiana (where hubby is from). Basically, they are a cornbread type of ball that is deep fried in a bucket of oil. Pretty nasty, right? They have chopped onions and sometimes corn inside them and a mild heat to them, I made mine very mild. They are really delicious and I've missed them, so I created a non-greasy version and they are still delicious, soft and full of flavor. Typically they are served with seafood, but I found myself VERY content just eating these all on their own!
For these I used corn flour, not cornmeal. It is superfine and gives such a better, wonderful soft texture. I tried them with coarse cornmeal first and was not a fan at all. In case you are wondering, no, Bob is not paying me to share this product with you. I just happen to love it, found it at my local HEB and can't wait to use it in other baked goods. Sooo cheap too, only $2 if you get it off Amazon. Awesome stuff.
These look a bit different on the exterior once baked up because they didn't take a bath in grease like traditional ones. Since these hushpuppies are baked and not fried, that means absolutely zero oil. So, to avoid these being as dry as a cotton ball, I used an unconventional ingredient that probably has never been used in a hushpuppy before, almond meal. The almond meal does 2 things, it gives moisture and a wonderful texture, it also makes these gluten-free, where as most hushpuppy recipes contain white all-purpose flour.
I kid you not, my 3 year old daughter ate 6 or 7 of these in one sitting. I asked her if she thought they were pretty okay. Her response, "Mommy, these aren't okay, these are very yummy!" I was shocked she liked them so much, since they aren't like a muffin or cookie.
I'm just so dang happy to be posting these bad boys. I think I did 5 trials on these. If you all haven't figured me out by now, I'm a perfectionist. The first batch I made was good, but not good enough. I kept tinkering with the flour amounts and then the liquid and even the baking powder. I ended up only using a small amount of baking powder because the first couple of batches just nearly exploded and I didn't like the way they looked. I kept at it, while continually shoving my face with hushpuppies, until I was happy with the recipe. I am like this because I have tried way too many recipes online that have been a big FAIL. People don't list accurate measurements or poor instructions. In gluten-free baking, it is soooo worth it to weigh and list measurements that way. Too many people don't measure accurately or differently and end up with a different result. Buy a $13 kitchen scale from Walmart, it is worth it!
Awesome golden brown exterior with a wonderful, soft interior. These are so good. Using a corn flour and almond meal coating for their exterior, helps them form a bit of a crispy shell. SO GOOD.
I can't wait to hear what you think of these Vegan Baked Oil-Free Hushpuppies! Let me know by dropping me feedback below after you make it! I’ll be dying to hear. You can also tag me on Instagram @thevegan8 and don’t forget my hashtag in your caption #thevegan8 so it’s saved to my page and I don’t miss it. Enjoy!