Gluten Free Apple Fritter Donuts

Ok. I know this is not part of the program to get beach body ready for Hawaii in March (oh yes…my ‘4 years without hot vacation’ streak will finally be broken. Woot woot!) BUT… these Gluten Free Apple Fritter Donuts were way too good not to share.

Gluten Free Apple Fritter Donuts

I do feel like I need to give you a **flashing warning sign** with these. So, let me be 100% up front and tell you that these gluten free apple fritter donuts are in no way, shape, or form, low in calories, fat or sugar but I can tell you that EVERY single mouthful is 100% worth it. YOLO ?

We went to stay with my parents for my Dad’s birthday weekend and to celebrate we decided to make one of his favourite treats. Apple Fritters!  Back in Calgary, there used to be this little donut shop called Robin’s Donuts and they made such yummy donuts (sorry Timmy Ho’s but there was no question which donut shop we’d be heading to when donuts were on the brain). I hadn’t planned on making these gluten free apple fritters but after seeing my Mum’s deep fryer I figured a little experimenting was in order. I don’t own one of these contraptions myself (they kinda scare me to be honest…. in more ways than one!) but I love concocting new things and I’d always wanted to try making donuts. ☺️

Gluten Free Apple Fritters


Gluten Free Apple Fritter Donut Recipe

The donut dough is SUPER easy to put together and the hardest part is waiting for them to cook (which isn’t all that long except that you’re dying to eat them so it feels like forever ? ). We used grape seed oil for this batch which worked out great but in future I will opt for a more saturated fat such as coconut oil or grass-fed lard, tallow or ghee. This article from Authority Nutrition is a great little read on frying oils.

I turned the oil temperature to about 350 degrees and this temperature had the donuts cooking for about 2 minutes a side. I originally had the oil temperature higher but they browned really quickly and were still a little uncooked in the centre. Make sure to test a small amount of batter first to make sure you have the right temperature.

Gluten Free Apple Fritters

Gluten Free Apple Fritter Donuts
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  • 1 ¾ cups white rice flour
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 cups apples peeled & diced
  • Oil for frying (avoid industrial seed oil like canola!)
  • Donut Glaze:
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup whole milk


  • If using a stovetop, heat a couple inches of oil over medium heat.
  • If using a deep fryer, turn your dial to 350F.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  • Fold in the apples and set aside.
  • Whisk all the glaze ingredients together and set aside.
  • When the oil is hot, drop in a little sample of the batter. You want it to sizzle and rise to the top.
  • If it doesn't sizzle and rise the oil is not hot enough. If it burns quickly the oil is too hot.
  • When ready, drop small spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil.
  • Once they're a deep golden on one side give them a flip. This took about 1.5-2 minutes per side.
  • Remove and drain on a paper towel on a cooling rack.
  • While the donuts are still warm dip them in the glaze and let them set on a different cooling rack.
  • Now I dare you to eat only one 😉
  • Enjoy!

I have told myself that I will not be making these again until after my Hawaiian vacay (and my bikini is giving me a fist bump for that ?) but when I’m back I’m going to try making these on my stovetop and I’ll keep you posted on how they turn out!


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