This post is sponsored by Ontario Apple Growers, who I love for their apples that are fresh and crunchy all year long- even in February!
Donut-y apple fritter goodness all baked up and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Yus puh-LEASE!
I had a hankering for a donut-like treat- I think it's something about the February blahs that makes me crave sweets even more than usual- but I had a bit a dilemma. I also wanted something not too bad for me because I have an upcoming trip to Jamaica, and this girl plans to have a 6 pack by then...or at least not a winter one pack. Plant power!
So, I pulled some sneaky deaky tricks outta my sleeve to meet both qualifications. I took fresh sliced apple rings and dipped them in a simple homemade batter. I baked them instead of fried then, then I lightly (ok heavily) sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar. The result is a small apple stuffed cinnamon sugar fritter that are only 100 calories each!
I was actually shocked when I calculated the nutrition. Now I don't feel quite so guilty for immediately scarfing down 4 of them...whoops!
These are so scrumptiously yummy served still warm from the oven. Soft, fluffy dough encasing a sweet apple center, then a cinnamon sugar topping just makes them! Wonderful served with coffee or tea. Omnomnom.
To make Vegan Baked Apple Cinnamon Fritters: Use an apple corer to core the apples, then slice the apples into ¼" thick rings. If you don't have an apple corer, you could alternatively, slice the apples first, then use the tip of a knife, a small round cookie cutter, or a shot glass to cut the core out of each slice.
In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry and combine until the batter just comes together. Don't over-mix, lumps are totally cool.
Take an apple ring, one at a time, and dunk it in the batter. You can use a spatula to help flip and coat. You want a nice thick coating of batter. This part will be messy! Then place the batter coated apple on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Like so. Give them a bit of a room as they will grow. You may need two baking sheets.
Bake for about 20 minutes until the batter is puffy and just begins to get golden. Let cool for 5 minutes before handling.
They really won't be the prettiest of things, but that's where cinnamon sugar comes to the rescue!
Melt the vegan butter, and then brush a little on the top of a fritter, then sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar mix.
I love them best when still warm from the oven! They are still good the next day but not quite as good, so if you don't think you will be able to devour them all fresh, feel free to half the recipe.
A healthier dessert that's only 100 calories each!
- 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cup non-dairy milk (such as soy or almond)
- 2 tablespoons light oil, such as vegetable or canola
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 - 3 gala apples, cored and sliced into ¼" rings
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted
Preheat to 375F (190C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You may need two sheets.
In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together ¾ non-dairy milk with all the remaining wet ingredients (except for the apple slices). Pour wet into dry and combine until the batter just comes together. If your batter is too thick, add more non-dairy milk to reach a thick batter consitency, up to ½ cup more non-dairy milk. Don’t over mix, lumps are totally cool.
Take an apple ring, one at a time, and dunk it in the batter. You can use a spatula to help flip and coat. You want t a nice thick coating of batter. This part will be messy! Then place the batter coated apple on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the batter is puffy and just begins to get golden. Let cool for 5 minutes before handling.
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping in a small bowl. Brush a little melted vegan butter on the top of a fritter, then sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar mix. Repeat with the remaining fritters. I love them best when still warm from the oven! Omnomnom.
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