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Chunks of apple tucked into a chewy dough; our Mini Apple Fritters bring that full-flavor goodness in a mini version. Even better, it’s baked, rather than fried, and we use only plant-based ingredients. These bake up quickly and easily and offer a healthy snack or dessert for everyone!
Mini Apple Fritters, Plant-Based Delicious!
History of Apple Fritters
Fritters of one form or another go back into early history. Apple fritters trace back to Europe, possibly to the 1300’s or before (source:Bendsource.com)
Today’s versions resemble chunky donuts more than the original slices dipped in batter and fried. But the concept is similar.
We love our mini apple fritters
Well, we love any apple fritters, truly. But we chose to make the minis to make them a bit easier for the whole family. Little hands manage the smaller sizes better. But the mini size also works better for adults who want to manage their intake a bit more.
However, the real health benefit comes from the plant-based ingredients and the change from frying to baking. Avoiding all that oil makes a big difference in the amount of fat these deliver.
In addition, we opt for Swerve sugar substitute instead of granulated and confectioners sugars. The standard American diet contains much more sugar than is needed or healthy. Swerve has the sweet flavor but is not metabolized by our bodies in the same way.
Mini Apple Fritters
- 1½ cups white wheat flour or all-purpose
- ½ cup Swerve or granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1½ tbsp cinnamon use less, if you prefer
- ½ tsp nutmeg we usually use 1 tsp for more flavor
- 6 tbsp vegan butter very cold
- 1 tbsp flax seed ground
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¾ cup silken tofu or vegan yogurt of your choice
- 1 cup apple peeled and chopped
- ½ cup apple peeled and shredded
- 2 cups Swerve confectioners, divided
- ⅓ cup apple cider
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray two mini muffin pans. Or, use silicone pans.
- In a cup or small bowl, mix the flax seed into the 3 tablespoons of water. Allow to set for 5 minutes. This becomes the flax egg.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Cut in the butter with a pastry blender.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flax egg, vanilla and yogurt.
- Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well combined. Fold in the chopped and shredded apples.
- Use a spoon to put equal amounts of the batter into each muffin cup.
- Bake about 15 minutes, until they begin to brown. Remove from the oven.
- Set the oven broiler to the high setting.
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or use silicone mats. Put the fritters on the sheets.
Prepare the Glaze
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons apple cider. The glaze will be very thin. Brush the glaze over each fritter and let it drip down the sides.
- Place the fritters on the trays in the oven. Broil for 2 to 4 minutes, until the glaze begins to caramelize on the tops of the fritters. You may need to rotate the trays at one minute intervals to ensure even caramelization. Be careful not to burn them!
- Remove from the oven.
- Whisk the remaining powdered sugar and the apple cider into the leftover glaze. It should be thick and smooth. Brush glaze over the broiled fritters.
- Allow to cool on the sheets for about 15 minutes, until the glaze hardens.
- Serve immediately or place in covered container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. To reheat, warm in a 350°F oven for about 5 minutes.