Due to some assorted health issues and an overactive anti inflammatory system I am trying to go gluten free for a couple of months to see if it helps me feel better. It hasn’t been easy but I am about 10 days into my new diet (with the exception of one or two meals out) and am having to learn to get a bit creative when shopping and cooking. One of the things I miss most with this gluten free diet is sweets and baked goods. I love breads, cookies, brownies and other assorted treats but since they all call for flour I wasn’t sure what to do. I found a wonderful site called Gluten Free on a Shoestring and she has a lot of really great recipes. I found this recipe for gluten free apple fritters and while I did not use the brand she recommended they still came out very good. My kids loved them and I will definitely be making these again. Let me just say that I have no idea what Xanthan gum really is and I probably don’t WANT to know but it did thicken up the batter quite nicely. If you are trying some gluten free cooking you may want to invest in some.
Gluten Free Apple Fritters
Yields 25 fritters
10 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 small apples, shredded
- Neutral oil (like canola) for frying
- Confectioner’s sugar for dusting
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt)
- Add in the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix until starting to get thick and set aside.
- Shred the apple in a food processor.
- Add the shredded apple to the batter and mix until combined.
- Heat oil over medium heat until hot (you can use a candy thermometer and heat to 350, toss in a bit of batter and make sure it sizzles, or just eyeball it...it should shine a bit when it is hot enough to use)
- Scoop batter into hot oil with either a rounded teaspoon or a small cookie scoop. Heat approximately 1 minute and flip. Cook another minute.
- Remove from oil and drain on plate with paper towel
- Serve warm dusted with additional cinnamon and some powdered sugar.