Beaver Tails | Vegan, Gluten- and Nut-Free | Canada Day Dessert!

Beaver Tails for Canada Day - homeatsix.comToday I’m sharing another fun Canada Day recipe: Beaver Tails!

If you don’t know what a Beaver Tail is, it’s a delicious fried dough pastry and a Canadian favourite. I think there’s a similar thing called an Elephant’s Ear in America. They’re especially popular in Ottawa where they’re sold to skaters along the Rideau Canal. Now you can find them all over. Even at the top of the ski hill!

The classic Beaver Tail is topped with sugar and cinnamon, and maybe drizzled with lemon juice. But you can have them done up with all sorts of toppings including a variety of fruits, candies and sauces.

This version is baked, not fried, but it’s still light and airy, just like the original. I kept it classic with sugar and cinnamon, and red and white chocolate for Canada Day.

Baked Beaver Tails

(Yield: 6 servings)


  • 8 g active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar

For topping:

  • 2 tbs granulated white sugar
  • 2 tbs cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup white, dairy-free chocolate chips
  • red food colour

Directions: In a small bowl, activate yeast by mixing with brown sugar and water. Whisk together with vanilla and oil. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. You should now have a sticky dough. With wet hands, knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Allow to rise for 30 minute to 1 hour. Preheat oven to 250F. Using wet hands, separate dough in 6 and form into ovals no more that 1/4″ thick. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden. Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips, colouring half with red food dye. Drizzle with chocolate and enjoy!

Beaver Tails for Canada Day

Don’t forget to check out my other Vegan and Gluten-Free Canada Day recipes!


  1. Wow, I’m loving your Canada Day recipes. They all look so yummy! I’ve never hear of Beaver Tail’s, but I’m definitely want to try them!

  2. If you cant eat gluten you can eat these right?? my Italian transfer student wants to bake some candian food! and i love beaver tails! But she cant have gluten if she does she gets very sick. will it still taste the same ?

    • Just make sure to use gluten-free flour. If it’s her first time trying a beaver tail, I suggest topping it with the traditional granulated sugar and cinnamon, or sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice 🙂

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