Updated: Jan 1
Tart crab apples are suspended in cinnamon-spiced doughnut batter and fried in avocado oil then dipped in sugar-free vanilla glaze. Get the recipe!
Apple fritters are often the hero of the supermarket doughnut line-up. Who can resist a glazed deep-fried cinnamon doughnut with warm apples inside? They were always my favorite before going lectin free. But the problem with the supermarket fritters is all that gluten and sugar. I've got you covered. Now you can enjoy that familiar weekend treat with your polyphenol-rich coffee without gluten and sugar and without sacrificing taste.
But, Kristine! Aren't apples full of sugar? According to Dr. Gundry, the Plant Paradox author, apples can be eaten in season. Even though apples have a lot of fructose, they also have plenty of fiber to offset that sugar.
We want to avoid the sweeter varieties like honey crisp and fuji. A better choice is Granny Smith apples. They're very tart and have a higher fiber to sugar ratio. You could use the tart green apples in this recipe. If you want an even healthier option, look to crab apples. In fact, I chose crab apples for this recipe because they have the least amount of fructose and are simply tangy and delicious in a fritter.
You can often find crab apples in your grocer's produce section in fall. Or try the local farmer's market. Even ask a neighbor if you might snag a bushel of crab apples if you don't have your own tree. Crab apples are pretty easy to find in season.
Now let's make the recipe, shall we?
LFG Crab Apple Fritter
2 Cups LFG Flour Blend*
1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1/4 Cup Non-GMO Allulose Granules
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
* 2:1:1 cassava, coconut, and blanched almond flours
3 Omega-3 Eggs
1 Cup A2 or Blanched Almond Milk
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Cubed Crab or Green Apples (peeled and cored)
Avocado or Coconut Oil for frying
1 Cup Powdered Sweetener
1/4 Cup Blanched Almond Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Step 1: Mix Dry Ingredients
In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients including flour, xanthan gum, allulose, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Whisk until well incorporated.
Step 2: Add Wet Ingredients
To the dry ingredients, add eggs milk, apple sauce and vanilla. Mix with a spoon until all dry ingredients is moistened. Finally, fold in the peeled, cored and cubed crab apples.
Step 3: Deep Fry the Batter
In a deep fryer or deep skillet add enough avocado or coconut oil to submerge the fritters. Heat oil to 325 degrees F. Drop 1/4-cup amounts of fritter batter into the hot oil. Fry for about 8 minutes or until a rich golden brown outside and "baked" inside. Cool on paper-towel-lined rack.
Step 4: Glaze Fritters
In a small bowl, whisk powdered sweetener, almond milk, and vanilla together until smooth. Dip the tops of the fritters in the glaze. Set the fritters on their bottoms to dry. Glaze will set in a matter of minutes.