Are They Breakfast or Dessert?!
I am probably taking my life into my hands by sharing today’s recipe. I was careful about what I called this creation because I didn’t want to conjure up any preconceived expectations and then have an angry mob of apple fritter enthusiasts, or purists, hunt me down for fritter blasphemy! I understand that a traditional apple fritter is deep-fried, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that. As with all my recipes, I wanted to keep the taste without the regret. So, I decided to find a middle ground and skip the deep-frying, but not go all crazy and try to bake them, so I am going to say that they are “browned” therefore making them Browned Apple “Fritters”. 😉
Now that I have issued a friendly warning about these yummy little treats I can proceed to tell you how amazing they are! I don’t know whether I should categorize them as breakfast or dessert, so I will do both and let you decide. Either way you can’t go wrong since they are only 53 calories each, refined sugar-free, and made with stone ground wheat flour. I can already feel some foodie hearts sinking as they read the ingredient run down, but never fear…. They don’t taste healthy! That is part of my mission, all of the naughty taste without the fear of stepping on the scale or fitting into your favorite jeans later in the week. You can even eat 2 or 3 and you will be safe. I found that a small amount of lite whipped cream on top really sets them apart and makes them absolutely indulgent.
This is probably by far the easiest apple fritter recipe you will ever find. It has very few ingredients and doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare. They also refrigerate well so you can make them the day before you want them and reheat them. If you decide to go the breakfast route and aren’t a real big whipped cream fan you can always drizzle a slight bit of sticky sweet maple syrup over the top to bring out the true fall vibe that these little fritters exude. If you have 20 minutes, you have time to make these. This recipe is as simple as chop an apple; throw in a couple of other ingredients, stir, and brown (I can’t say “fry” because that sounds super messy.) You can make the presentation of these humble fritters as earthy or as delicate as you would like, in the end they are going to taste amazing!
Browned Apple “Fritters”
By Angie Gouchenour
1 small apple (I used Gala) – Chopped
2 Tablespoons of egg whites
2 Tablespoons of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (You can use any kind)
½ teaspoon of vanilla flavoring or extract
¼ cup of stone ground wheat flour
1/8 cup of Truvia zero calorie sweetener
¼ teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon of coconut oil for browning
Core and chop one small apple (I made my chunks about the size of the tip of my thumb, but you can chop them smaller if you would like.)
In a separate bowl combine the flour, Truvia, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg
Stir apples into egg whites, milk, and vanilla
Fold apple mixture into flour mixture until completely coated
Heat a fry pan on the stove top on medium heat with the coconut oil
Using a spoon place scoops of apple mixture into the pan, spread out into a circle with the back of your spoon (Kind of… they are pretty lumpy)
Brown on each side approximately 5 minutes until firm, and heated through (These are pretty delicate so be careful when you flip them over, and then take them out of the pan)
Transfer from the pan to a serving platter and top with whipped cream or maple syrup, ENJOY!
53 calories each