Kolaches are Czech pastries made of puffy dough shaped like a half doughnut and filled with either fruit, jams, or cottage cheese. The traditional recipe is delicious, but it's not suitable for people with dairy or gluten intolerances. Today we change this!
Our blueberry-compote kolaches are both vegan and gluten-free, as we have prepared them without eggs, butter, and wheat flour. Our recipe is also low in sugars. We used zero refined sugars, opting instead for naturally sweet ingredients.
To make this kolaches recipe easy for you to follow, we have written in-depth, step-by-step instructions below. You can scroll straight to the recipe, or keep reading a bit more to learn how we have made these kolaches wholesome and allergy-free!
For a vegan kolaches dough, we have replaced butter with applesauce - an excellent plant-based alternative to both fats and refined sugars.
Flaxseeds mixed with a splash of water replace the egg, in what is known as a flax egg. You can use chia seeds as well and follow the same procedure shown below.
Instead of wheat flour, we used a mix of oats, buckwheat and a little potato starch, to make these pastries gluten-free. We love using oatmeal in our gluten-free recipes. This cereal is not just a rich source of fibres, but also many essential minerals, B vitamins, and antioxidants.
Finally, to keep sugars in our recipe low, we used another naturally sweet ingredient: maple. Maple has 30% less sugar than white sugar, but it's much tastier and can also act as a binder. If you want to cut carbs even further check out the tips at the bottom of the page.
Overall, two of our healthy kolaches - a portion - has 290 calories, 6g of fibres, 4g of fats, and 9g of sugars. Compare this with traditional kolaches, and our recipe has half the fats, half the sugars and three times more fibres! The only thing left to do now is baking these out! Let's jump into it.