Light baked castagnole: one bite and they melt in your mouth (45 calories each)!

Light baked vanilla castagnole are a typical carnival treat. Depending on the region where they are prepared, they can be called in different ways, carnival tortelli, sweet favette, you name it. The basic version involves frying, but to make a different snack and stay fit without weighing yourself down, we bake them in the oven.

They are soft, fluffy, delicious chestnuts, they bring only 45 calories, they are perfect for breakfast, for a snack, for a little party among children, or for a light and tasty dessert. Everyone really likes them, young and old, and are also good if you are following a controlled diet regime.

Light baked vanilla castagnole (45 calories each)!

Light baked vanilla castagnole

Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes
Servings: about 50 castanets
Calories: 45 per castagnola


550 grams of manitoba flour
170 grams of water
90 grams of skimmed milk
50 grams of extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 sachet of baking powder
30 drops of liquid sweetener, or whatever you like best


  1. Mix together in a bowl all the liquid ingredients, water, oil, milk, vanilla and sweetener.
  2. Sift the flour separately with the baking powder.
  3. Add the flour to the liquid mixture, mixing well with a hand whisk as long as you can, then transfer the dough to the work surface.
  4. Knead vigorously and carefully until you see that it has become smooth and well compacted.
  5. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest for at least half an hour.
  6. Turn on the oven and let it reach 180°C.
  7. Make about 50 grape-sized balls from the dough, they should weigh between 15- 20 grams each.
  8. Place the castagnole on the baking sheet covered with parchment paper not too close to each other, because as they grow they may stick together.
  9. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, they will take on a slight coloring, do not leave them too long otherwise they will become hard.
  10. When done, remove from the oven and let cool. Dust, if you like, with a little powdered sugar and serve.

Notes and tips

If you do not have weight problems, these chestnuts will also taste great if you replace the sweetener with 40 grams of brown sugar. If you use powdered sweetener, such as stevia, 15 grams will suffice. With this recipe you get about 50 castagnole. If they are left over, you can store them in a food bag or tin and use them up within 3-4 days of preparation.

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