Delicious gluten-free apple fritters are the perfect fall dessert. Puffy, golden and fragrant, they unite butter, vanilla and cinnamon in an amazing symphony of textures and flavors.
I love making these gluten-free apple fritters in the fall! Apples, pumpkins, and cinnamon – these are the flavors I associate most with this beautiful season.
Even here in California, where September is very warm, you can see that peaches and plums are no longer as abundant. Cuties Mandarins take their place, and – of course – pumpkins and winter squashes. That’s when I start craving all things apple and pumpkin.
Gluten-free apple fritters
I’ve been contemplating these for quite a while now. I just wasn’t sure how to make them gluten-free.
Then it occurred to me. Why not coat them with the batter from this coconut flour pancakes recipe. It’s a thick, delicious batter. Surely it will work to coat apple slices?
YES! It absolutely works. These fritters are so good. Puffy, fragrant, delicious. The apple core becomes soft and warm, and the batter is golden and buttery.
I add just a hint of cinnamon to these apple fritters. Which you don’t have to do, but I think it adds wonderful warmth.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make these tasty fritters. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
- Whole milk
- Vanilla extract
- Coconut flour
- Ground cinnamon
- Baking soda
- Unsalted butter
How to make gluten-free apple fritters
It’s so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
- Peel and core the apple and slice into rings.
- Whisk together the remaining ingredients except for the butter until smooth.
- Dip each apple ring into the batter, then fry in butter until golden.
How to sweeten the batter
As with all my pancake recipes, I don’t sweeten the batter, leaving it up to you to serve these fritters with any topping your heart desires.
In my experience, they are wonderful with warm maple syrup, with honey, or with barely-sweetened homemade whipped cream.
But if you’d like to sweeten the batter, simply add 2 tablespoons of any granulated sweetener or the equivalent in stevia.
Are they healthy?
Unless you have a specific issue that requires you to minimize your consumption of saturated fat (in which case I highly recommend these baked apple slices), current research says that for most healthy people, full-fat dairy is fine to eat.
However, since it IS a sweet recipe (whether you sweeten the batter or add syrup), it shouldn’t be a staple of your diet. But it’s great for the occasional fall weekend breakfast.
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- 1 large apple
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup whole milk (use non dairy milk for Paleo version)
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons coconut flour (20 grams)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sweetener (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Peel the apple, core and slice into 1/4-inch thick rings. I got 8 rings out of one large apple.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla.
- Whisk in the coconut flour, sweetener if using, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until very smooth.
- Allow the batter to rest for a couple of minutes, then check its consistency. It should be thick, but not so thick that it would be difficult for it to coat the apple rings. If it's too thick, add a little water or milk, 1-2 tablespoons at a time, until the batter is pancake-batter consistency.
- Heat the butter over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. I used a 14-inch skillet, which accommodated all the apple slices.
- When butter stops foaming, it’s hot enough. Dip each apple ring into the batter, coating it thoroughly. Allow excess to drip back into the bowl.
- Place the coated apple rings in the hot skillet. Cook until golden brown, 3-4 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.