It all started with an inconspicuous trip to Angel Donuts & Treats (my go-to for the occasional, irrepressible donut craving). Angel’s happy owners, freshly made products, gorgeous packaging and seasonal flavors have made me a follower of their smart brand. I am a fool for clever marketing & cute pastries, and this shop is covered in it.
Like sweet indulgences go, once you have a little you gotta have more, but fried dough dipped in sugar is hardly a daily necessity (darn) – So the morning after my visit to Angel’s I started tinkering with a grain-free / processed sugar-free version of an apple fritter. It worked!
Since I cook primarily gluten free at home, my pantry is stocked with gluten & grain-free flour alternatives, but it took some experimenting to figure out which work best and which are worth the investment. These three are the most versatile and get used the most around here: almond flour, coconut flour, and garbanzo bean flour. For a while, I avoided recipes that contained Xanthan Gum (a binder & thickener used to replace gluten in baked goods) because I didn’t want to buy that little bag for $11 dollars. But come on, it’ll last forever since you only use a teaspoon or so at a time, so go ahead and add that to the list.
For the liquid in the recipe you can use apple juice, apple cider, or even a fermented apple cider like Ace Pear. Tart Granny Smith’s worked well for the apple, but anything you like is fine to use.
Clean Tip: Just because something is labeled “gluten free” or “paleo” doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Many packaged products with these labels are made with highly-processed empty carbohydrates and sugars that react in your body just like junk food by spiking insulin, influencing mood, causing cravings & digestive discomfort. Choose items with whole food ingredients like brown rice and raw nuts or seeds.
Baked Apple Cider Fritters (makes 6 fritters) *Best served warm!
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
- 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
- 1 tsp. xanthan gum
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 Tbsp. honey (or more if you prefer a sweeter dough)
- 1/2 cup apple cider or Ace Pear
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, diced in 1/2 inch cubes
- 4 Tbsp. butter
- 4 Tbsp. honey
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl and set aside.
- Crack egg into a measuring cup and add apple cider to the same cup so that the egg and apple cider measure 3/4 cup total.
- Whisk vanilla and honey into the apple cider mixture.
- Add wet ingredients to dry, and stir just until combined. Fold in diced apples.
- Spoon dough onto a greased baking sheet (1/4 cup servings) and flatten dough to something around a 1 inch height. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the peaks of the fritters begin to brown and dough is cooked through.
- While fritters are baking, in a small saucepan over low heat melt the butter, honey and cinnamon together and stir to combine. Pour glaze over fritters and serve warm.