Apple Fritters were one of my favorite options at our local donut shop. I loved the crispy, fried edges and the soft, sweet centers with little chunks of apples. In our area, you will have a really hard time finding a gluten-free/dairy-free donut of any type, especially one that is Celiac safe.
I knew I was going to have to recreate these – but in a healthier version. Personally, I don’t tolerate fried foods, even if I do miss them on occaision. BUT, the air-fryer has really helped with those cravings! Sure, things aren’t EXACTLY the same as the fried version, but they taste great and don’t leave me feeling guilty – or extremely sick.
If you don’t have an air-fryer, you could try baking these in the oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. However, if you are interested in an air-fryer, check out this one! We use ours all the time for cooking vegetables, meats and even treats like these fritters!
These Air-Fryer Apple Fritters use a simple gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. I really love Bob’s Red Mill GF 1:1 Flour and King Arthur’s GF blend. I’ve had the best success with their blends on recreating recipes. I also used dairy-free milk but you can use whatever milk works best for you.
These fritters will have a slightly different texture than traditionally oil-fried fritters. They still have that tasty crisp but have a more cake-like texture. Still delicious! This recipe makes about 8 fritters.