Apple Fritters are easy to make at home in 30 minutes or less with NO yeast! These crunchy, sweet donuts are vegan but no one would guess it. Full of fresh apples!

looking down on a donut with more around it

Apple fritters are my favorite donut in the whole world. The soft, fluffy, apple filled filled center and the crunchy outside is simply irresistible!

They also happen to be one of the easiest donuts to make at home. Donuts of all kinds are actually incredibly easy to make without dairy or eggs.

There are a few things you will need to safely make fried apple fritters at home:

  1. Food thermometer – This is a very inexpensive kitchen tool that you really need if you want to fry anything. The oil needs to be hot enough, but not too hot, so a thermometer is essential.
  2. A large pot or skillet for frying. I like a deep pot when frying instead of a shallow skillet.

Ingredients you need

  • All purpose flour – I haven’t tried them with another flour. A gluten free mix might work, if you try it let me know in the comments.
  • Granulated sugar 
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Unsweetened applesauce – A perfect egg replacer in donut recipes, and so easy!
  • Soy milk – You can use another plant milk, like almond or cashew.
  • Apples – Use a crisp apple, like granny smith or honey crisp. Honey crisp is my favorite apple to use here!
  • Oil for frying – Make sure to use a high smoke point oil for frying, like peanut, vegetable or canola oil.
  • Powdered sugar – For making the glaze.
  • Vanilla

cut in half fritter with apples

How to make apple fritters

  1. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  2. Now add the applesauce and soy milk to the bowl and mix until just combined, being careful not to over mix.
  3. Add the diced apples and fold them in. I like a LOT of apples!
  4. Heat 2-3 inches of oil (to 375℉) in a deep pot or skillet. Scoop about 1/3 cup of the fritter dough and place in the hot oil, spreading it out a bit. They will puff up as they cook.

collage of how to make fried donuts, step by step

TIP: You can also place 1/3 cup of the dough on a floured surface, and using floured hands, press it down to flatten before using a spatula to carefully transfer it to the hot oil.

Cook 2-3 fritters at a time for 2-3 minutes on one side (maybe less, so watch carefully) until golden brown, then flip using tongs and cook for 1-2 more minutes until both sides are brown, but not burnt.

frying donuts in a large pot

Transfer cooked donuts to a cooling rack with a pan or parchment paper under it, to catch the oil drippings.

Make the simple glaze in a small-medium bowl by whisking the powdered sugar, soy milk and vanilla together until smooth. Dip each fritter into the glaze, then place back on the rack to drip and harden.

dipping donut in glaze

How long do fritters last?

In my house, they are usually gone within an hour! They are best soon after you make them, and while you could eat one the next day, it won’t be nearly as good and crispy. So enjoy these the same day if possible.

Can I bake them?

I tested a few in the oven instead of frying, and while it “worked”, it was quite disappointing. They don’t get crispy, so it’s more of a soft, apple filled cake.

Not my favorite, but if you go this route, bake at 350℉ for about 30 minutes, until cooked all the way through in the middle, and spray them with oil before baking.

many fritter donuts on a rack

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Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters are easy to make at home in 30 minutes or less with NO yeast! These crunchy, sweet donuts are vegan but no one would guess it. Full of fresh apples!
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 12 fritters

Ingredients 
 

Fritters

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 2 large apples (granny smith, honey crisp or other crisp variety)
  • vegetable oil, for frying*

Simple glaze

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and stir to combine.
  • Now add the applesauce and soy milk to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Fold in the diced apples.
  • Heat 2 inches of oil in a large, heavy skillet or pot to about 375 degrees (you do need a thermometer). Scoop 1/3 cup of the apple fritter batter and place in the hot oil, spreading it down to flatten quite a bit. You can also first flatten them on a floured surface, then transfer carefully to the pot for frying.
  • Cook on one side for about 2-3 minutes until golden brown, then flip with tongs and cook another 1-2 minutes until browned.
  • Place the cooked fritters on a cooling rack with a pan or parchment paper underneath to catch any oil drippings, as well as to catch glaze later.
  • Continue with all the batter until you have used it all, then turn off the heat.
  • Make the glaze: Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a small-medium sized bowl until smooth, then dunk each fritter into it. Place back on rack to harden and drip. Wait a few minutes if possible for the glaze to harden before enjoying.

Notes

  1. Use a high smoke point oil for frying - Peanut, vegetable or canola oil are good choices.
  2. Gluten free - I haven't tested them, but I think a quality gluten free mix would work quite well.
  3. Can you bake them? You can, technically, but they will taste MUCH different. They don't get very crispy, at all. Bake on a sheet at 350℉ for about 30 minutes, until done in the middle and I would spray them with oil before baking.
  4. Apple fritters taste best when eaten within a few hours of frying. They will get soft after a while.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 12 fritters | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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Comments

  1. If I made these with rhubarb (to use up the remaining rhubarb in my freezer) should I cook the rhubarb first or would it cook enough when the fritters were cooking?

    Going to make them with apples first (going shopping tomorrow and Honeycrisps are on my shopping list!).

    1. Hi Scout. I think making the batter a few hours in advance would be fine. I wouldn’t add the diced apples until right before making the fritters to prevent them from browning.

      1. I made these delicious packets of yumminess for lunch today.  They are super good.  I used small home grown apples.  An estimate of the number of cups of diced apples would have been helpful.  Perhaps I diced up a few to many but the result was still really tasty. Thanks for sharing this recipe.  I reserved about half the batter and will fry it up tomorrow.  I will let you know if that works 

  2. I use Bob’s Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour.  These are wonderful.  Even my non-gf family members love them and request them.  

  3. Love all your stuff! Do you think the batter could be made a bit in advance and then fried before consuming? Thanks!!

    1. I think making the batter a few hours in advance would be fine, Sarah. I wouldn’t add the diced apples until right before making the fritters to prevent them from browning.

  4. These look amazing!  Do you think they would work with whole wheat pastry flour?  By the way:  Your scones made even my child who is freaked out by blueberry chunks a convert!  Thank you for the fabulous recipes – your work is a gift to the world!  🙂  

    1. I haven’t tried using whole wheat pastry flour, but I’m sure it will work fine here. Thanks so much for your terrific feedback! 🙂

  5. These are a gift from the heavens! I ate them all besides 2 one for my wife and one for my kids lol, the are SO GOOD. I have been looking for a good doughnut recipe and I have found it. Thankyou so much! My whole family LOVED THEM!

  6. I agree… don’t make because your will eat them all!!!. So freaking good. I used gluten free flour and sugar substitute (a blend) 
    And they were really good. My meat eating husband even had one and was surprised he liked it so much … 
    The recipes here are so good! 

    1. I’m so glad you and your husband loved the fritters! They really are addictive LOL. Thanks for using my recipe, and for sharing your review and feedback! Happy cooking!

  7. I always get a little scared when a recipe wants me to deep-fry things in a pot of hot oil, but this was actually super easy! The effort to results ratio was great – it’s really just a few simple steps with everyday ingredients, and comes together in minutes! Not to mention, these were a huge hit with everyone 🙂

    1. I’m really not a huge fan of deep frying either, but every once in awhile it’s just necessary. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed them and found it pretty simple, thank you!

    1. Yes, you can! They will not turn out quite the same as frying them, however, they turned out pretty good when I air fried them! I would spray them with oil before air frying them.

  8. Oh. My. Gosh. These are so freaking amazing and easy to make that I immediately made a second batch after finishing the first! These are going to quickly become a staple in our house!! I substituted the sugars for Swerve sweeteners. 

    1. Thank you for sharing your fantastic review and feedback! I am so glad you are loving the apple fritters! Happy cooking!

  9. So good!!!!
    I just made a half-batch for me and my husband. It yielded four fritters. Followed the recipe exactly; used 1 medium apple, and it seemed like plenty for the half batch.
    I didn’t have a thermometer, but keeping my electric burner at the medium (5) point seemed to keep the oil at a good temperature.
    I loved the crisp outside with the soft, fluffy inside. Great recipe, Nora!

    1. Thank you, Emily! I’m glad you loved the fritters! I appreciate you taking time to share your fantastic review and comments!

  10. Delicious! the recipe looked too good to pass so i just made them, and so good!! i did use the baking method though. Then put them in my air fryer to crisp them up. it worked! & super yummy.

    1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! It’s making my mouth water! I’m so glad that you loved the apple fritters!

  11. Made these as written, and they are delicious! I’ve been making a lot of your recipes lately, and I appreciate what you do! ?

    1. Thank you for using my recipes! I’m so glad that you are enjoying them, and that you loved the apple fritters! Thank you for taking time to share your wonderful review and comments!

  12. How about air frying!? We love you and your recipes Nora!! Thank you SO much for changing the vegan game!

  13. Thanks for sharing the recipe! My batter seemed thick so some were undercooked but I was able to fix the rest. All were eaten but 1 which will go with hubby to work. Can’t wait to make more. Super easy and tasty!!

  14. I made these for the first time early this morning so my husband could take them to work,  and now I’m rethinking it – because I want to keep them all for myself! I had to “test” one to make sure I had cooked them all properly, and it was delicious. I am so excited about this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it. I have a feeling I’ll be making it again and again. 🙂

    1. Hi Kimbra! I am so glad that you love the fritters! I definitely think you need to keep a couple for yourself! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful and fun review and comments! I’m thrilled you’ll be making these again!

  15. I’m so not making these again. I ate them all! I actually made them with chickpea flour and air fried them, so probably the least delicious option, and I still ate them all. I love anything with apple in them. Luckily I avoided the glaze…

  16. Tried these guys with GLUTEN FREE FLOUR! (Bobs Red Mill “1 to 1 Baking Flour”) and they turned out AMAZING. Everyone was blown away (not to mention it was my very first time frying anything in my life!) Nora, you’ve out done yourself. 
    I’m not even sure I want to try making them without gluten free flour because they turned out so perfect the first time! 

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND!  

    1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review and comments! I am glad you loved the apple fritters! It’s good to know the gluten free option turned out wonderful! Thank you.

  17. Thank you for this recipe!! I followed the recipe except I subbed 1.5 cups of rhubarb for the apples as I have too much rhubarb! It was perfect batter. I actually used my air fryer and sprayed them with oil and fried them at 325 until brown, flipped them and oiled them, and fried them some more! They turned out great for me. 

    1. Note: they were softer than if you just fried them, I’m just lazy. Haha I thought they were still good. 

  18. O.M.G these apple fritters r literally delicious ? 
    So crispy , and fresh
     my non vegan family really enjoyed them and couldn’t believe they were vegan ,, 🙂 
    Definitely trying out some more of ur recipes 

    1. Hi Kameela! I’m thrilled that you and your family love the apple fritters! Enjoy your journey through my recipes, and let me know how they work out for you! Happy cooking!

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