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5 from 19 votes

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 Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 fritters
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Nora Taylor

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