Gluten-Free Sweet Apple Fritters

I’m used to making savory fritters with all kinds of veggies – potato, zucchini, butternut squash, you name it. But I’ve never even thought of making them with fruits. So these Gluten-Free Sweet Apple Fritters were a complete revelation to me. I decided to make them instead of my usual Slavic Thick and Fluffy Apple Blini, and I was just blown away by the light texture and wonderfully intense apple flavor. As much as I love traditional pancakes, I would trade them for these babies any time.

Apple Fritters
Cooking Tips

Choose Tart Apples. To be fair, this is a very low-key recipe, and you can use any apples you have at home—no big deal. However, I find that tart apples, like Granny Smith, have an excellent balance of sweetness and tartness, which really make these fritters shine.

Use some butter for frying. Apples and butter belong together. If you have some clarified butter, aka ghee, it will work amazing as well.

GF vs not GF.  This recipe needs a bit of starch or flour to hold the mixture together. I used corn starch, but all-purpose flour works equally great. The batter might be a bit heavier, but it will taste delicious! Making them gluten-free or not it’s up to you.

Balance the flavor. Some apples are just better than the others. In this recipe, I didn’t use any sugar or lemon juice. But if you feel like your apples need an extra boost of flavor, just sprinkle some sugar or squeeze a bit of lemon juice. Everything to taste!


There are only one strict serving rule – serve these fritters right away when they are hot. Everything else if optional. Here are some topping ideas for you:

  1. Powdered Sugar and Cinnamon. Cinnamon and apples are a classic combo. Mixt the powdered sugar and cinnamon together and dust the fritters right before serving. So beautiful and delicious.
  2. Honey or Maple syrup. Both of those work great! Dark and rich maple syrup and orange blossom honey are my go-tos.
  3. Dairy. Plain yogurt or sour cream would be a great addition, just like in savory fritters.
  4. Caramel sauce. If you’re a sweet tooth, you’ll like this option. It reminds me of caramel apple on a stick – the taste of childhood.

Gluten Free Apple Pancakes

Gluten-Free Sweet Apple Fritters

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples cored
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 oz butter for frying
  • powdered sugar ground cinnamon, or honey for serving


  • Grate the apples and transfer the grated mass into a mash thieve. Gently press with a back of a spoon to drain most of the juice out. Reserve or drink the apple juice.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the grated apples and egg together. Add the corn starch, baking powder, and salt. Mix well to combine.
  • In a frying pan, melt 1 oz of butter over medium-high heat. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of apple mixture into the hot butter, flatten slightly with a back of a spoon.
  • Fry 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to a serving plate. Continue with the rest of the mixture. Add more butter when needed.
  • I like serving these fritters very hot dusted with some powdered sugar and cinnamon.
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