Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free BeaverTails

It nearly broke my heart when my boys were not able to partake in the engorging of Ottawa’s ‘sweet trademark treat’ after skating the Rideau Canal on the last day of WinterludeThe BeaverTail.

BeaverTail treat midway on the Rideau Canal Family Day 2013 (possibility of cross-contamination with peanut/tree nuts)

Although there are no peanut/tree nuts in the actual BeaverTail…the environment that they are made in is not peanut/tree nut free…nor am I sure if they contain any dairy or eggs…therefore, a no-go for my boys.

On the way back to the car, Michael enquired, “Do you think you could make them?”

Such was my quest upon my return home…an adapted dairy, egg, soy and peanut/tree nut free version of ‘The BeaverTail.’

A BeaverTail is basically just fried dough tossed in cinnamon sugar, or squeezed with lemon and sprinkled with sugar or topped with your own inventive favourite. Turns out, it was much easier to adapt than I thought.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free BeaverTail

I found the perfect recipe to adapt at Canadian Free Stuff. Click here for the original recipe.


Substituted 1 cup warm Natur-a Soy Beverage or Natur-a Rice Beverage for milk.
Substituted 3 tbsp water mixed with 3 tbsp canola oil with 2 tsp baking powder added just before you stir into the liquid ingredients.

The boys invited their friends, Victoria and William over to give them a try as they have actually experienced the ‘real deal’.

They loved them!

Michael liked them but did find them a bit too sweet to enjoy more than one. Matthew, on the other hand, loved all the sugar and cinnamon…so much so, he was licking it off his plate in between helpings!

Victoria and William were quizzed as to whether or not my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free BeaverTails tasted like the ‘Real BeaverTails’ they remembered from their trips to Ottawa. Unfortunately, their recollection was marred by the fact that they have not tasted one in years. 

Both did agree that mine were pretty darn tasty!

Imagine how awesome it would be on a cold and snowy day when the boys and their friends are outside playing in the snow to call and surprise them all with a basket of hot and tasty Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free BeaverTails to munch on outside…just like on the Rideau Canal!

A basket of freshly made Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free BeaverTails

Matthew ran down the street with this freshly made basket of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free BeaverTails for our friends down the street to enjoy…and enjoy them they did!

Enjoying a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free BeaverTail in the great Canadian outdoors


Tip 1:  I added the 4 cups of unbleached flour to the liquid ingredients and used the remaining 1/4 cup to dust the area I kneaded the dough.

Tip 2:  I let it rise more than the 30-40 minutes…it was over an hour and everything worked out fine.

Tip 3: I used a ratio of 1 cup of granulated sugar to 3/4 tsp of cinnamon…gear it to your tastes. The second time around, I used a ratio of 1/4 cup of Demerara Sugar with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon.

Tip 4: There was plenty of dough leftover…I refrigerated the rest of the dough in a plastic container. I let the dough sit at room temperature for about an hour before starting to make the BeaverTails.

Tip 5:  The boys experimented with drizzling the Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free BeaverTails with pure maple syrup…a very decadent Canadian treat!

Have you ever experienced ‘The BeaverTail’ on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal or have food allergies kept you from trying one like my boys?