Fluffy and delicious, these Vegan Apple Fritters are easy to make, but taste like they’re straight out of a bakery! These deep fried donuts packed with apples and cinnamon are made without yeast, so there’s no rise time required. Finished with a sweet maple glaze.
We can’t think of anything more autumn than a warm, glazed Vegan Apple Fritter. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a plethora of apples and cinnamon. Every bite is like true autumn comfort.
This simple vegan dessert come together in just 30 minutes and because they’re made without yeast, there’s no need to let the dough rise for hours. Inspired by our Pumpkin Apple Fritters in our Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice E-book. This fall favourite will be your new go-to donut.
What are apple fritters?
A fritter is something (like seafood, fruit, vegetables, or other ingredients) that is battered and deep-fried. They can be both sweet and savoury. American Apple Fritters, like the ones we’ve made, are a deep fried pastry usually made of flour, milk, eggs, fat, sugar, salt, apples, and cinnamon. Often it’s also topped with a vanilla glaze.
Top tips for making Apple Fritters:
- Dice apples evenly. To be sure that all the apples are cooked evenly, cut them into a 1/4″ dice.
- Don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing the batter can result in a chewy unpleasant texture. Mix until the ingredients are just combined and no dry flour remains.
- Flavour to taste. Every has different tastes and preferences – we recommend tasting the batter before frying to ensure you have the perfect spice ratio for you.
- Deep fry until golden on both sides. For the best fry fritters should be fried at 325F until they are a medium golden colour. Test the temperature by frying a fritter and cutting in half to ensure the batter is cooked all the way through. If its undercooked you didn’t cook it long enough or your oil is too hot.
- Let cool on a wire rack. To keep a crispy outer crust let the fritters cool on a wire rack so no condensation build up.
- Glaze twice. For an extra sweet touch, double glaze your fritters!
Ingredients you need:
The best part about this recipe is how simple it is, and with just a few ingredients you can make delicious plant based Apple Fritters.
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Vegan Butter
- Soy Milk
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Maple Syrup
- Honeycrisp Apples
- Icing Sugar
- Maple & Vanilla Extracts
Can these be made ahead of time?
You can make the batter ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge. However we don’t recommend frying them too far ahead of when you want to serve them.
How do you properly store apple fritters?
Store in an air tight container or sealed bag for 1-2 days at room temperature.
Which types of apples can I use?
Honeycrisp apples are best for this recipe, but you can also use Kat’s favourite Granny Smith.
Cake you bake apple fritters?
We don’t recommend baking this recipe, its best made by frying in a deep fryer or heavy bottomed pot.
What oil is best for deep frying?
We like to use vegetable oil, but any neutral high smoke point oil will work. You want an oil with a smoke point of 100F or higher like peanut or canola oil.
How to make Vegan Apple Fritters:
Vegan Apple Fritters with Apple Glaze
- 180 g (1½ cups) all purpose flour
- 10 g (2 tsp) baking soda
- 3 g (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
- 2 g (½ tsp) ginger powder
- 2 g (½ tsp) ground nutmeg
- 1 g (¼ tsp) ground cloves
- pinch salt
- 120 mL (½ cup) applesauce
- 30 mL (2 tbsp) butter, melted
- 180 mL (¾ cup) soy milk
- 5 mL (1 tsp) apple cider vinegar
- 15 mL (1 tbsp) maple syrup
- (3) honeycrisp apples, diced
- 165 g (1⅓ cup) icing sugar
- 60 mL (¼ cup) soy milk
- 5 mL (1 tsp) maple extract
- 5 mL (1 tsp) vanilla extract
- In a large bowl combine all purpose flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ginger powder, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt. Mix until evenly distributed.
- To the flour mixture add applesauce, melted vegan butter, non-dairy milk, and maple syrup. Mix until combined. Add diced apples and mix until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
- Heat 1-2 inches of oil over medium heat to 325°F. Using a cookie scoop, drop batter into the hot oil and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden on all sides. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Make the maple glaze by combining icing sugar, soy milk, maple extract, and vanilla extract until smooth. Dip slightly cooled fritters into the glaze and let sit until it has solidified.
- Optional: Double glaze donuts for an extra sweet bite.