Vegan Apple Fritters…and They’re AIR-FRIED!!

James purchased a ton of apples a couple of weeks ago because he was making plum-apple chutney. As usual, however, he “overbought,” so he was anxious to use up what was left before the apples started to rot.

He settled on apple fritters and decided that they should be vegan and air-fried, not deep-fried…or even pan-fried. This, quite frankly, surprised me because James loooooves himself some oil. I was also surprised that he veganized the fritters since he’s been buying quite a bit of dairy since the plague times started back in March.

He found this promising-looking recipe, doubled it, and adapted accordingly. The result is surprisingly delicious!! I mean, they aren’t your doughnut-shop, deep-fried fritter, but they are damn good and super easy!

Dr. P’s Apple Fritters

  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 TBS sugar
  • 1.5 TBS baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 and 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 TBS vanilla
  • 4 TBS melted vegetable shortening/margerine
  • 6 apples
  • 6 TBS lemon
  • Peel and chop apples into half-inch pieces. Toss with lemon juice and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together applesauce, vanilla, and almond milk, and pour into dry mixture, mixing until almost combined.
  • Add apples and mix together until apples are coated.
  • Add melted butter and mix.
  • Line a tray of air-fryer with parchment paper and spray lightly with oil.
  • Using a 1/2 cup measuring scoop, scoop fritters onto parchment paper leaving space in between. You’ll need to do fritters in two batches unless you have two air-frying trays for your air-fryer.
  • Lightly spray the fritters with vegetable oil.
  • Air-fry at 400 for 16 to 20 minutes; fritters should achieve an internal temperature of about 210 degree and should be crispy and brown on the outside.
  • Remove fritters to a cooling rack and drizzle with glaze.


  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 TBS lemon juice fresh
  • 1 TBS water
  • Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Add more water if need be.

This is a perfect dessert for a chilly, overcast Denman Island evening!

And the song of the day is Paloma Faith’s “Better Than This.”

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