Perfectly fried dough that is layered inside with delicious, juicy apples and drizzle with a simple glaze is what makes these no yeast vegan apple fritters so incredible.
If you have never had an apple fritter before, then literally drop everything you are doing. Head to the kitchen 9or store0 right now and get the ingredients to make these no yeast vegan apple fritters.
Hear me out. If you love donuts and you love apples, then you are going to love this recipe. Also if you love donuts, but you don’t have a donut mold or cutter, then you are going to love this recipe even more.
While this recipe is dough based, there’s no yeast, so the recipe comes together quickly and no waiting for a rise or hoping that your yeast is active. There’s also no need to use any cutters or molds, just drop a big ol’ scoop of batter into some hot oil and let the oil work its magic.
Literally, perfect vegan apple donuts in under 45 minutes. What is there not to love!?
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NO YEAST VEGAN APPLE FRITTERS INGREDIENTS:
Below are notes about the ingredients before we get into the full recipe located lower in this post on how to make these vegan apple fritters:
- flour – we use all purpose flour for the recipe to make it wasy and accessible for most people
- brown sugar – Sugar helps with sweetness, and brown sugar helps with moisture from the molasses as well. If you want to learn more about why your sugar may not be vegan, you can learn more by clicking on the link.
- applesauce – this is acting like an egg in the recipe, but also helping with moisture and texture. We are using unsweetened applesauce in this recipe.
- baking powder – this is to help the fluffiness and rise of the donuts since there is no yeast added to them.
- apples – we prefer to use a mixture of sweet and tart apples to give variation in the recipe. For the photos we used fuji and granny smith. Gala would be another alternative.
SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS:
- flour – gluten free flour can be used
- brown sugar – you could sub for cane sugar, coconut sugar or granulated date sugar
- applesauce – mashed bananas or another fruit puree could be used, as well as flax egg (see FAQ below)
- apples – try other fruit like berries, bananas, or peaches instead of the apples! be mindful of the juiciness of what you swap as you may need to adjust some ingredients
Frequently Asked Questions:
A donut and a fritter has similarities in that they are both forms of fried dough. Donuts may or may not be yeast, the same with fritters. The key difference is that fritters have their filling folded into the batter before being fried; whereas, donuts are usually either piped inside the dough after being fried or the filling is put onto the top.
There is flour, dairy free milk, and vegan butter in this recipe.
If you are completely Top 8 Free, use an alternative dairy free milk like oat or hemp for this recipe.
For the vegan butter, use a soy free version like Flora or Earth Balance soy free.
And for the flour, sub with a gluten free 1:1 flour blend.
Honestly, these are best consumed immediately; however, they will last for up to 2 days when stored in an air tight container.
Best if warmed for 10-15 seconds if not eating immediately or air fried at 350 degrees F until warmed (about 5 minutes).
They can be stored at room temperature and do not need to be refrigerated.
Yes! Mashed banana (will add a banana flavor) or sweet potatoes can be used. Alternatively, you could use flax egg (2 tablespoon ground flax and 6 tablespoon of water mixed together and let sit for 7-10 minutes until gelantinous).
This purpose of using this is to be the “egg” in the recipe. So you can use any of these in a similar manor.
WHAT OTHER VEGAN DONUT IDEAS COULD I MAKE?
If you love donuts as much as us, then you may want even more recipes! Here’s some more ideas!
- Black Chocolate Vegan Brioche Donuts (photoed above)
- Strawberry Cream Filled Vegan Donuts
- Fried Vegan Donut Holes
- Chocolate Cream Filled Vegan Donuts
Cake Like Donuts
- Vegan Chocolate Donuts
- Vegan Maple Donuts
- Glazed Vegan Donuts
- Vegan Eggnog Donuts
- Vegan Apple Cider Donuts
Also try our Vegan Apple Cider Donut Cake!
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No Yeast Vegan Apple Fritters
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅔ cup non dairy milk
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups apples, peeled and diced (we like to use a variety of sweet and tart)
- vegetable or canola oil, for frying
For the Glaze
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup non dairy milk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)
- To a large heavy bottomed pot, add a few inches of oil. Heat to approximately 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
- In a large bowl, add flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk together.
- In a separate bowl, add non dairy milk, applesauce, butter, and vanilla. Stir wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Add chopped apples to the batter and stir again, just until combined well, making sure not to overmix.
- Once oil is hot, drop ¼ cup of batter into the oil. Do not overcrowd your pot and work In batches to use all the batter. Fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side, flipping halfway. Remove and place on prepared baking sheet.
For the Glaze
- Add all the glaze ingredients, except salt, to a bowl and whisk together well, Allow fritters to cool and dip or drizzle glaze over the top. Sprinkle with salt if desired.
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Can these be cooked in an air fryer?
Baked possibly, we haven’t tried. But it’s not going to work in an air fryer because of the holes in the trays.
Can these be Baked??
We haven’t tried, and the batter may be too loose. If you do let us know!
Recipe came together very quickly and was way easier without the yeast. Fritters were delicious. I used 2 tbsp Bobs Red Mill egg replacer with 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar and water to replace the apple sauce. Best eaten same day as anything fried and glazed gets a little soggy the next day. Pop them in the microwave for next day delight.
So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing your swaps
Being a “dessertie” or person with a huge sweet tooth, I have a critical tongue when it comes to all things sweet! The vegan apple fritters surpassed my expectations! Absolutely delicious. Easy recipe and can go for breakfast or anytime really. Thanks so much guys! Love your recipes!
Such a compliment, thank you
Love your work… 😉 Thought you might take a look up near the top again though… “Head to the kitchen 9or store0 right now” I love apple fritters and will put this on my list to try asap!
I made these apple fritters this morning and they are delicious!!! They had a perfect crispness and using both sweet and tart apples was the best idea! Keep sharing your amazing recipes.
These were amazing! My 4 year old loved them and they were quick to make so we could eat them for breakfast!
Thank you for this recipe!