These vegan apple fritters are crispy on the outside, fluffy and coated in an indulgent icing sugar glaze. Ready in 30 minutes and made with just simple ingredients, they’ll become your new favorite breakfast!

Vegan apple fritters recipe

My love for apple fritters is infinite. I mean, you all know how much I love starting the day with comfort food. So, whenever I’m craving dessert for breakfast, these little bites of deliciousness with a cup of tea or coffee are my go-to these days.

Another great thing about vegan apple fritters is just how easy they are to make. They don’t require an oven or any complicated preparation steps. In fact, you need just accessible ingredients and making them is as simple as whisking the ingredients together and frying.

Dairy-free apple fritters with a sugar glaze

My favorite aspect of these apple fritters is definitely the icing sugar glaze. It’s so easy to make and adds a magical finishing touch. You can serve them as either breakfast or dessert, and either way they work perfectly. You can expect plenty of crispiness and a true ‘wow’ factor!

Ingredients for vegan apple fritters

Ingredients for vegan apple fritters
  • Flour. I use all-purpose plain flour for this recipe. Although I haven’t tried it with a gluten-free blend, I’m sure it could achieve similar results.
  • Baking powder. This makes the apple fritters fluffy without the need to use yeast.
  • Cinnamon. This will make your kitchen smell amazing!
  • A pinch of sea salt for balance.
  • Brown sugar. You can also use white sugar or coconut sugar.
  • Apples. You can use any apple variety of your choice. I like to use Granny Smith because they have a great sweet and sour texture, and crisp flavor.
  • Plant based milk of your choice.
  • Lemon juice for a hint of tanginess.
  • Icing sugar for making the glaze.
  • Vanilla extract to add to the icing sugar.
Vegan pancakes with apples

How to make vegan apple fritters

Firstly, mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar. Then, peel and dice the apples into small cubes, and add them to the dry ingredients together with the plant based milk. Stir together well. A thick dough should form at this stage.

Next, cover the bottom of a skillet over a medium-high heat with vegetable oil. After a couple of minutes, add around 1/2 cup of the batter per apple fritter and flatten it down using a spatula. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for a few minutes more. They should be crispy and golden brown on both sides.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Add the vanilla extract to the icing sugar, then gradually pour in water and mix together continuously until a thick glaze forms.

Sweet fritters with a sugar glaze

Transfer the fritters to a plate or a cooling rack, and drizzle the glaze on top. You can also use a pair of kitchen tongs to dip them in the glaze. Allow them to rest for a few minutes for the glaze to solidify, then serve immediately.

Recipe FAQs

Can these vegan apple fritters be made gluten-free?

I haven’t tried to do so myself, but you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend.

How can I make sure that the apple fritters are crispy?

The number one way to ensure crispiness is to use a generous amount of olive oil, and to make sure that it’s hot enough before adding the fritters. And be patient while they cook! Which may be hard given how delicious they will smell.

Can they be made ahead of time?

Apple fritters are best eaten immediately because they start to lose their crispiness quite quickly.

Vegan apple pancakes on a plate

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Vegan apple fritters recipe

Get the Recipe: Vegan Apple Fritters

These vegan apple fritters are crispy on the outside, fluffy and coated in an indulgent icing sugar glaze. Ready in 30 minutes and made with just simple ingredients, they'll become your new favorite breakfast!

Ingredients

For the fritters

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 cup plant based milk
  • vegetable oil , for frying

For the glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Skillet

Instructions 

  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar.
  • Peel and dice the apples into small cubes, and add them to the dry ingredients together with the plant based milk. Stir together well.
  • Cover the bottom of a skillet over a medium-high heat with vegetable oil. After a couple of minutes, add around 1/2 cup of the batter per apple fritter and flatten it down using a spatula. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for a few minutes more. They should be crispy and golden brown on both sides.
  • Prepare the glaze. Add the vanilla extract to the icing sugar, then gradually pour in water and mix together continuously until a thick glaze forms.
  • Transfer the fritters to a plate or a cooling rack, and drizzle the glaze on top. You can also use a pair of kitchen tongs to dip them in the glaze. Allow them to rest for a few minutes for the glaze to solidify, then serve immediately.

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Notes

  • Use any apple variety of your choice. Granny Smith apples make a great option because they have a sweet and sour flavor profile, and plenty of crispiness.
  • Apple fritters are best served immediately because otherwise they start to lose their crispiness.
Calories: 184kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 203mg, Potassium: 193mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 29IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 1mg