100% Whole Grain Apple Fritters

These super quick, easy, yeast-free apple fritters are made a little healthier with 100% whole grains (but you really can’t tell with all the cinnamon that’s in there!) Naturally dairy-free.

I always thought it was useless to “healthify” fried food. I mean, come on, what’s the the point? I tried it anyway with these apple fritters and they are amazing. Don’t need or want to try any other fritter recipes! This is the one for me.

This apple fritter recipe is not only delicious, but also incredibly easy. When I have a long day of work, sometimes I’ll come home to Mr. Texanerin frying me up a few of these fritters as a surprise. I swear… if he can do it, so can you! I love that they don’t have yeast. I tend to screw up anything with yeast and I hate waiting. These apple fritters just use baking powder!

Quick and easy yeast-free apple fritters {100% whole grain and dairy-free}

I’m not kidding when I say I was laughing maniacally when I bit into the first one. And it left me dancing around the rest of the day. SO happy. And somebody who doesn’t like whole grain goodies loved these and requested peach and plum fritters!

I haven’t had a store bought apple fritter in years, but these are just like how I remember them. The texture is kind of fluffy, but not overly, and not at all dense. And most importantly, they taste like normal white flour fritters! The only thing is that if you try to make them bigger, they’re a little hard to fry properly. I’ve tried a few times and perhaps I’m just not getting the oil temperature right, but the middles are always still raw. So keep ’em small. :)

Quick and easy yeast-free apple fritters {100% whole grain and dairy-free}

I promise it’s not scary to fry these apple fritters! I only used about an inch of oil. And I tried using a super small amount, like a teaspoon per fritter. Don’t do this. Just fry the suckers. You won’t be disappointed!

100% Whole Grain Apple Fritters

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  • Yield: 16 - 20 fritters



  • 1 cup (125 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups (200 grams) peeled apple chunks (about 1/4" in size)
  • canola oil for frying
  • Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup (65 grams) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a medium or large pot, preferably with high sides to minimize mess, pour enough oil so that there's about an inch covering the bottom. If you have a thermometer, use it! Heat it to 350°F / 176°C over medium high heat.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and chop the apples (I used about three apples but go by the gram measurements). I chopped them pretty finely, but not too finely. You want to be able to notice them!
  4. When the oil reaches 350°F / 176°C, and not before, add the apple juice and egg to the dry mix. Gently stir until combined and then fold in the apples. Do not over mix!
  5. To fry the fritters: I highly recommend frying one fritter first, just to make sure the oil is at the right temperature (my thermometer lies sometimes) and to get the hang of it. If the first one doesn't come out how you'd like it to, do one at a time until you've find the best way for you.
  6. I took two tablespoons of batter at a time, flattened it slightly in the palm of my hand, and then used a butter knife to help get the sticky fritter batter off my hand and into the oil. I can see this being dangerous because of the oil, so you could also just flatten them slightly on a plate and then slide the fritter into the oil. Or you could drop spoonfuls of batter into the oil, but the cook time might be affected.
  7. Fit as many as you can in the pot without overcrowding them. They shouldn't be touching. Fry each side for one minute, and then flip, for a total of two minutes.
  8. After the two minutes are up, use a slotted spoon to remove the fritters from the oil and place them on a paper towel lined plate.
  9. Make sure the oil is still around 350°F / 176°C and then fry the remaining fritters.
  10. While the fritters are cooling, prepare the glaze by mixing all the glaze ingredients together in a bowl big enough to dip the donuts in. If it's too runny, add more sugar. This is enough glaze to only lightly glaze the donuts. Once the donuts are completely cool, dunk the donuts in the glaze and make sure you get both sides. Let the fritters sit on a cooling rack until the glaze hardens, about 15 minutes. These didn't last longer than an hour, but I'm pretty sure these are best when super fresh, just like all donuts.

Recipe by  | www.texanerin.com

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  • MLO says
    August 16, 2020 @ 2:12 am

    I made this recipe in a Belgian waffle maker and they came out super delicious. And they are healthier because I did not fry the fritters.

    • Erin replies to MLO
      August 16, 2020 @ 5:55 am

      Oh, wow! That was daring. I love it. :) I’m so glad that it worked out well! Thanks a ton for the tip.

  • vanessa says
    June 25, 2015 @ 11:37 am

    Hello, how do you store them and for how long?

    • Erin replies to vanessa
      June 25, 2015 @ 11:39 am

      Hi there! They’re best when eaten immediately or within a few hours of frying. You can leave them at room temperature for about a day and reheat them in the microwave but they won’t be nearly as good. I hope you’ll enjoy them! :)

  • Erin says
    September 1, 2014 @ 10:21 pm

    Mmm! Blueberry fritters sound amazing! I definitely want to try that. And palm shortening?! That’s interesting! I’ll have to look into that. I’m so happy that your family enjoyed the fritters! Thanks a bunch for the feedback. :)

  • vanessa says
    August 27, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

    Also do you think I could use moscovado sugar?

    • Erin replies to vanessa
      August 27, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

      That shouldn’t be a problem. :)

  • vanessa says
    August 27, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    Hello, they look so good.
    Do you think they would be ok if baked in the oven?
    Or is that not possible?

    • Erin replies to vanessa
      August 27, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

      I don’t think it’d work because the dough is quite thin. It might work in a baked donut pan but I’m really not sure about that! I hope you’ll enjoy them if you try them out. :)

  • Anonymous says
    December 22, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    how many cal. are in them

  • Anonymous says
    December 15, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    Good bulk coconut oil can be ordered from here: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/

    It is so good in baked goods as well as frying. And it is a safe high heat oil.

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    October 14, 2012 @ 12:53 am

    Ahhh, these look so incredible! I'm afraid of frying(not sure why exactly, I have done it before I just really don't like to…) I used to avoid it because of health reasons too, but really, a treat is a treat, you might as well live it up :D And speaking of twitter, I am so bad at it too! Um… I should go check it now…. Lol!

    • Erin replies to Heidi @ Food Doodles
      December 19, 2012 @ 8:26 am

      Whoops… how did I miss this?! Sorry, Heidi. And don't be afraid of frying! It's fun. :D And yeah, I'm still bad at Twitter. I just can't get into it.

  • angela says
    October 9, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I made these and they turned out delicious. The apples came from an apple tree my grandmother(deceased) planted when my father was a young child. Can't wait for them to blossom next year, then I can give to the whole family. Again, Thanx!!!

    • Erin replies to angela
      October 12, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

      Wow, with apples from grandma's tree. That sounds amazing. :) I'm so happy that you enjoyed the fritters and thank you very much for leaving feedback! Sorry I took so long to reply. I'm not usually so bad. :)

  • Carla Walker says
    October 9, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    Wow, these look really amazing! I havent had a fritter in years either, but these look just perfect, and I would LOVE to sub these for any store bought ones. So YUM!

    • Erin replies to Carla Walker
      October 12, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

      Thanks! And you should totally start back with fritters with these. :)

  • butterbaking says
    October 1, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Erin these look delicious! I want to visit your kitchen again!!!

    • Erin replies to butterbaking
      October 1, 2012 @ 11:01 am

      Yes, do come over and we'll fry stuff! :)

  • baking.serendipity says
    October 1, 2012 @ 3:55 am

    I think it's the actual act of frying that always freaks me out. These look so good though…I just might have to get brave and figure it out!

    • Erin replies to baking.serendipity
      October 1, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      Get yourself a frying thermometer and go for it! It's not scary at all. And then you'll have fritters. Yay!

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction says
    October 1, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    These look fantastic! I may just have to try frying. . .

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    September 30, 2012 @ 4:13 am

    Oh boy, these fritters look scrumptious. I love it when a dessert makes you dance. Yum!

  • Amy (Savory Moments) says
    September 29, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    Yum – your apple fritter look delicious! I may need to try these. We are going apple picking next weekend!

    • Erin replies to Amy (Savory Moments)
      October 1, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      Lucky! I've been wanting to go apple picking since the beginning of September. I hope you had fun. :)

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says
    September 29, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    Mmm…these apple fritters look soo yummy. I wonder, did you ever look into whether frying with coconut oil makes things healthier?
    Isn't strange how we click with one social media and almost get addicted to it, but others we can't seem to warm up to? I am not very good at tweeting either, and Google+ still confuses me.

    • Erin replies to Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations
      October 1, 2012 @ 10:56 am

      I haven't even thought of that! I imagine it would be healthier but that would require a LOT of coconut oil. They come in small packages over here so I don't think I'll be doing that. I don't even really know what Google+ is really for and I've got to find you on Twitter! We can be bad together.

    • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations replies to Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations
      October 1, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

      I should have realized that coconut oil isn't as available everywhere as in Asia (where coconuts grow like crazy everywhere). I am just so fascinated by all the health benefits it offers that it made me wonder about it's frying capabilities.

    • Erin replies to Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations
      October 1, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

      Does it come in huge packages over there? I guess it wouldn't take so much oil. I'll look into it!

    • Miranda Cunningham replies to Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations
      January 30, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

      Frying with coconut oil would be a bad idea as it has a low smoke point. Maybe if you were outside? Olive oil would be fine but personally I have not found one yet that I like for baked goods. I taste it strongly.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    September 28, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    Yum!! How good do these look?!
    I am horrible at twitter too. I try, but I am just not good at it, so you are not alone!

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says
    September 28, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    my hubby loves apple fritters…his first choice at the bakery…now to try at home…me, fry pan and oil don't usually do so well together…:-)

    • Erin replies to Angela @ AnotherBitePlease
      September 28, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

      But it's only an inch of oil! You can do it. Just use a thermometer. I hope you'll give them a shot. :)

  • Tina @ MorePleaseRecipes says
    September 28, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    Wow! These look so yummy! I've been wondering what I'll do with my apple bounty this season. Thanks for the great recipe idea!

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    September 28, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    uh, YUM! these look flippin' delicious. and I can totally picture you biting into the first one, laughing maniacally, then dancing around. that's SO something i would do. =)

  • cookies and cups says
    September 28, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    You're killing me. I can't even…

  • london bakes says
    September 28, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    I definitely don't see anything wrong with a fritter every now and then; they look wonderful and I bet they taste even better!

    • Erin replies to london bakes
      September 28, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

      They do! The pictures didn't do them justice. I couldn't go on taking pictures and not eat them. It was like torture.

  • Cassie/Bake Your Day says
    September 28, 2012 @ 4:28 am

    I love these, Erin! Fried treats are definitely worth the splurge every now and then!

  • eatgood4life.blogspot.com says
    September 28, 2012 @ 1:23 am

    I think frying desserts in genius. As long as one doesn't have them all the time and have large quantities all at once, I think eating some is perfectly fine.

    I also think trying to healthify frying goodies is quite smart :-) the healthier the ingredients the better!!

    These are sure something that I would like to try. Just curious, why do you say not to add the egg and the apple juice to the dry mix before the oil reaches the specific temperature reading?

    So you have a twitter account? Cool. I am going to try as long as I can to go without one :-) I feel bombarded with so much social technology nowadays….I think I have plenty with FB :-)

    • Erin replies to eatgood4life.blogspot.com
      September 28, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

      You have to try them! SO good! You don't want the baking soda to start reacting too quickly, which I was worried it might do sitting in all that liquid. Maybe it doesn't matter, but I wasn't going to risk it with my precious fritters. :) I always said I'd never get a Twitter account but here I am. I just have to get into it!

  • mohalakitchen says
    September 27, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    oh man these look good!


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