Gluten Free Apple Fritters Recipe

Gluten Free Apple Fritters Recipe

You know it’s apple fritter season when … the air is crisp, the evenings are cool, the apples are plentiful and state fairs are happening all around the country. In other words, right about now is the perfect time to make gluten free apple fritters!


In fact, October is designated as National Apple Month, so it seemed the perfect time to share an incredibly delicious recipe for fair food that isn’t typically gluten free – apple fritters.

A reader inspired me when she sent this recipe to me: Stacey’s Special Apple Fritters.* She raved about how perfect they turned out with my soft gfJules™ Flour and how her whole family was delighted with the results (in other words, they didn’t taste “gluten-free”!).


I couldn’t help but drool over her photo and wonder how different my state fair memories would have been if I could have found these gluten free gems there.

Until that day arrives, at least I now know (and so will you!) that these gluten free apple fritters could beat any apple fritter fair fare any day. Hands down!


You know it's apple fritter season when ... the air is crisp, the evenings are cool, the apples are plentiful and state fairs are happening all around the country. That is why now is the perfect time to share an incredibly delicious recipe for fair food that isn't typically gluten free - apple fritters.-gfjules-com

In fact, I was so smitten with these hand-held glazed balls of joy that I called friends and invited them over for dessert just so I wouldn’t eat them all by myself! The recipe made about 13 large-ish fritters and I really should have doubled the recipe because they were scarfed up, and I do mean scarfed up, by two families of 6 adults and 4 kids — only 2 of us were gluten free. High praise and cries for more were all I heard when these babies were sampled.

And in case you’re worried about the “frying” step in making these gluten free apple fritters, don’t worry! Check out this quick video of what it will look like and you’ll have the technique down in a flash!

Here’s a quick video of frying gluten free apple fritters.


I hope you’ll embrace National Apple Month (or heck, anytime you’re craving an awesome donut) and make this amazing gluten free apple fritter recipe one day soon. By the way, I think this recipe would also make delicious Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts – just follow the directions for my Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Baked Donuts or my Gluten Free Glazed Doughnuts.

You’ll wonder what took you so long, and you might just want to enter them in a state fair baking contest near you!


*Many thanks to reader Stacey Shaffer for sharing her Apple Fritter recipe and inspiration. The recipe below is very close to her recipe as shared; I made a few changes here and there, but I think it does her recipe proud!

Gluten Free Apple Fritters Recipe

Gluten Free Apple Fritters Recipe

Yield: 13-15 fritters, depending on size.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes


  • 2 cups peeled, chopped apples (cut to the size of blueberries) - pat dry if very wet - (Gala, Fuji or other crisp apple)
  • 2 cups (270 gr) gfJules™ Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. instant yeast (Red Star® Quick Rise)*
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. groung nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, beaten (or favorite egg substitute)
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. coconut oil, melted (or vegetable shortening or butter, melted)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for boiling fritters


  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice


Peel and chop apples to the size of blueberries or small grapes. Pat the pieces dry if they are very juicy. Set aside.

Whisk dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Toss the apples in the dry mixture bowl to coat, then set aside.

In a larger mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients through melted coconut oil. Once mixed, stir in the dry-apple mixture, adding the apple cider by pouring on top. Stir to combine well, but do not over-mix. The dough should hold together easily when scooped with a spoon; if it is too dry, add more apple cider by the tablespoon until the consistency is right.

Heat 3 cups of vegetable oil in a large pot -- or enough to cover the bottom of your pot to about 3 inches. Heat on medium-high to a temperature of 325 F.

If you do not have a thermometer to test the oil, drop a small amount of batter into hot oil to test: if it burns quickly, the oil is too hot; if it bubbles as pictured in the video -- and the fritter begins to gently brown and float -- the temperature should be right.

Once the oil is the proper temperature, drop 1/3 cup spoonfuls of batter into the oil, leaving enough room between them so they are not touching. Once the underside of each fritter has browned nicely, use tongs to flip the fritter over to cook on the other side.

Total cook time should be around 3-4 minutes. Remove to drain on paper towels on a wire rack or plate and repeat with remaining batter.


Once cooled, prepare the glaze by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl. The glaze should be thin but not watery.

Place one fritter inside the glaze bowl and turn over to coat on all sides; remove to a plate and repeat with remaining fritters.

Serve immediately or anytime on the day you make them; if serving later, allow glaze to set, then place in a container with a lid to keep the fritters crisp.


I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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62 thoughts on “Gluten Free Apple Fritters Recipe

    • Hi Barbara – I’m slowly but surely making it through my 430+ recipes and converting them to a recipe card format that is easily printable. Seeing your comment, I tackled this one today – hope you can print it and enjoy the recipe much more easily now!

  1. Made these delicious apple fritters last weekend…without the yeast (rapid rise yeast seems to be missing from the grocery shelves). They were so yummy! My husband (celiac) was so happy to have a GF version of one of his favorite things. He gobbled them up almost as fast as I made them! Thank you, Jules, for making such a gold flour and all the recipes. It’s made our switch to GF so much easier and TASTY!

    • That’s fantastic to hear, Jane! And you are so welcome – I’m just happy anytime someone actually uses my products and recipes and is able to enjoy delicious GF foods because of them! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know. Wishing you and your hubbie a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  2. These apple fritters are delicious! My husband gobbled them up. I didn’t use the yeast (no rapid rise yeast to be found) and they turned out great. Definitely try this recipe.

    • SO happy you both loved them! And thanks for letting me know about the yeast — I suspected they would be delicious without the yeast, but it’s good to know for sure!!!

  3. Just finished making these and they turned out great. I used the larger melon baller scoop and ended up with 36 fritters. Put them in a large bowl and then poured the glaze over. Tossed them around them a bit to coat them and then put in a cake pan. Wow!!Wow!! This is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

    • SO happy you tried it! And I love the idea of putting them all in a bowl to coat – so smart, JoAnn! Thanks for letting me know!

  4. This recipe was so easy and delicious! My husband hadn’t had an apple fritter since 2008 due to a Celiac diagnosis, and he was so happy! Will definitely make again. Thank you!

  5. We made these to bring with us to go apple picking.
    Well, these fritters didn’t disappoint. She absolutely LOVES them and wants them for her next bday dessert!
    I had to make them a little smaller and cook just a little longer, not sure why – perhaps moisture content of our apples.
    Regardless, they are very tasty and we are happy to have such a good GF recipe.

    • SO smart to take them WITH you to the apple farm! The smell of those fritters they make on apple picking and pumpkin farms is just too much to bear without getting to enjoy some yourself. So happy she got to have the best of both – what a great mama you are, Erica!!!

  6. Just made these (without the yeast) and they are absolutely DELICIOUS!!! The glaze is obviously a must. I had never made fritters before. Could not be happier and I can’t wait to bring them into work and not tell my coworkers that they’re GF until AFTER they eat/love them. Thanks, Jules!

    • That’s fantastic to hear, Eleni! I suspected the yeast would not make much difference — glad to know you found they worked so well without them. Have fun fooling everyone!

  7. This was such a great recipe! it was easy first of all. We had everything already. I whipped them up in about 25 minutes, including the cooking and NO ONE knew they were gluten free Thanks Jules – wonderful fall breakfast we can’t wait to have again!

    • That’s exactly what I wanted to hear, Kim! And most people wouldn’t think fritters could be made so quickly. Definitely makes them even more of a go-to breakfast treat! Thanks for letting me know how much everyone loved them!

  8. 10/12/16 Made this recipe for the first time. Outstanding and very easy to make. I am making a comment for the reason to add that I cannot eat eggs also in addition to gluten and did make this recipe with egg substitute. I use flax seed with the ratio of 1 tablespoon flax seed to 3 tablespoons of water for each egg. The fritters came out perfect and I will be making this recipe again. I chose not to glaze them rather I made small mixture of powder sugar and pumpkin pie small and lightly dusted the fritters with this. I chose to use coconut oil as I do like baking with this. I have been telling everyone about this recipe, it’s a keeper.

  9. Oh my goodness! I am honored!! I just made these a few days ago, and YEP!! The whole family gobbles them up!! PS… I only add yeast for a slight yeasty flavor! They turn out just fine if they need to be made yeast free! Also, I have made them with melted butter and shortening in place of coconut oil. 🙂 LOVE APPLE FRITTERS!! Love you Jules!

    • Hi Stacey! I’m so glad you saw the recipe! I couldn’t tag you on FB, so I sent you a friend request. 😉
      This recipe is AH-mazing! Thank you again for the inspiration and for sharing it! Thanks also for the yeast note – good to know my suspicious were true! I really appreciate that you added you’ve made it with melted butter and shortening instead of coconut oil — I’ll add that to the ingredients so folks have options.
      Keep up the great GF baking, Stacey!!!!

  10. If I don’t have coconut oil, is there something different I can use? I know the properties of coconut oil is very different from other oils and butter. Thanks. Can’t wait to make these! I have everything else!

    • Hi Darissa, I think you would find success using vegetable shortening in this recipe in place of the coconut oil. Just melt it as you would the coconut oil. I was going to try that myself, next time I made them. Let me know if you give it a try first!