When I was at the grocery store yesterday morning, I saw apple fritters near the checkout stacked high in clear plastic containers. My eyes wanted them so bad! I had to read the ingredients to remind myself that stomach would not be happy with them.
Local, end-of-season apples were at a discount price for a bag so it was a sign! “If you want apple fritters, make them yourself”. So, that’s exactly what I did.
I used to make a variety of fritters, called Vada, when I worked in the Indian café. I could mold and shape them, just needed to create a perfect batter.
My goal was to create low-sugar, vegan, gluten-free apple fritters and to make them even better than the ones from the store bakery. These were definitely a success.
Apple Fritters (vegan & gluten-free)
• 1 cup tapioca flour
• 1 cup white rice flour
• Scant 1 cup arrowroot starch
• 1/4 cup amaranth flour
• 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
• 1/4 cup Urad Dal flour (black matpe flour or white bean flour)
• 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
• 1 tsp cinnamon powder
• 1 tsp Chinese five spice
• 1 cup pureéd apple (approximately three apples, skinned), or unsweetened applesauce
• 2 Tbsp organic raw sugar other sweetener
• 1/2 cup homemade sunflower milk
• 2 Tbsp Tropical Traditions extra virgin coconut oil
• 1/4 cup water
• 1 active dry yeast packet
• 2 Tbsp organic raw sugar
• 2 Tbsp baking powder
• 2 Tbsp water
• 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1/3 cup small chopped apple bits
Vegetable oil for frying
1) In a small mixing bowl, add 1/4 cup hot water. Mix in 2 Tbsp raw sugar. Stir in yeast. Set aside to let proof.
2) Sift all dry ingredients together in large mixing bowl.
3) In separate bowl, mix apple purée with sunflower seed milk. Stir in sweetener and coconut oil.
4) Fold the wet ingredients into the dry flour mix in the large mixing bowl. Mix until well incorporated.
5) In small bowl, stir together the flaxseed meal and baking powder. Stir in the warm water. (Water added to baking powder makes it foam up quite a bit)
7) Mix the yeast mix into the large mixing bowl. Stirring as little as possible to incorporate all ingredients.
8) Fold in the chopped apple pieces. Set the bowl to the side.
9) In small bowl, add powdered sugar, coconut oil and sunflower seed milk. Mix until there are no clumps in this glaze.
10) Heat up enough oil in frying pan to fry the fritters.
11) Prepare a small bowl water to dip hands it to make wet and a kitchen towel for the work station.
12) Make both hands wet to handle the dough without sticking to hand. Scoop large spoon of batter into one hand and toss it from hand to hand to form ball. Flatten in hand and use other wet hand to remove and gently lay into hot oil. (If the dough sticks to hands, your hands are not wet enough.)
13) Fritters will fry for approximately 4 minutes on each side, it until browned. If the oil is too hot, the inside won’t cook evenly and outside will become crispy quickly. Try to testing a small piece first to gauge frying time.
Note: if you want them to look like doughnuts, poke a hole in the center before dropping.
14) Set fritters on paper towels or wire rack to let oils drip off.
15) Once cooled down after sitting for 5 minutes, you can glaze them with the coconut glaze. (optional)
Makes 16 fritters.
Serve with cold non-dairy milk!
Be sure to check out my Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway!