Vegan Apple Fritters (Better Than Tim Hortons!)

It’s APPLE FRITTER TIME! If you’ve been following along in my Instagram stories you’ll know that when I was pregnant with Elias, I had the HUGEST sweet tooth. Nearly everyday while pregnant, I’d take the kids to school and b-line to the nearest Tim Hortons and grab an apple fritter and coffee to go.

Truthfully I’m shocked I didn’t have gestational diabetes with all the sugar I ate when I was pregnant with him, but I do think it explains how incredibly SWEET he is!

When you switch to a vegan diet, you quickly realize how the world isn’t catered to you. Gone are the days of driving through many a drive-thrus (maybe that’s a good thing?!) and I often find myself wanting to find vegan versions of the comfort foods I love.

Fast forward to this past weekend where I finally nailed a delicious vegan version of my favourite donut- THE APPLE FRITTER!

These apple fritters are:

  • delightfully doughy
  • crispy and soft in all the right places
  • perfectly cinnamon-y and apple-y
  • not overly sweet!

A few notes before you start the making the recipe:

  • the dough needs lots of love and rest – this will ensure that your dough is easy to roll and rises nicely
  • a candy thermometer is ideal to have while making these apple fritters as it’s essential to have even temperature while frying
  • allow the oil to come back up to temperature between frying, this will ensure you don’t over/under cook the fritters
Vegan Apple Fritters

Vegan Apple Fritters

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 4 minutes



  • 2 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 1.5 cups warm plant based milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted salted vegan butter
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour,, plus extra for kneading
  • vegetable oil for frying

Apple Filling

  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp plant milk


  1. In a bowl combine flour, yeast and sugar.
  2. Stir in warmed milk and melted butter until dough forms.
  3. On a floured surface knead dough for about 5-7 minutes (set a timer so you know how long you've been kneading for) until dough is soft, slightly sticky but overall coming together beautifully.
  4. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a warm damp cloth and set aside to rise for approximately 45 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the apples and place in a saucepan with the sugar and cinnamon and cook down until liquids have evaporated. Allow to cool.
  6. When dough has risen, punch down and knead until a nice ball has formed. Allow dough to rest for a few minutes.
  7. On a floured surface roll dough into a large rectangle. Allow dough to rest for a minute or two between a roll in each direction. Do not stretch the dough with your hands!
  8. Spread apple filling around entire dough surface, then fold in half.
  9. WIth a sharp knife cut roughly 1" slices horizontally, then vertically until a grid is formed. Then with your hands, mush the dough together until you have a mound of dough pieces with the apple filling.
  10. Using a 1/3 measuring cup, pack the mixture in to portion fritters and place mounds onto a cookie sheet. Allow fritters to rest for another 20 minutes before frying.
  11. Heat approximately 2.5" oil in a large pot until thermometer reaches 365º F. Ensure that the temperature stays as consistent as possible so the fritters cook evenly.
  12. Gently drop 3 fritters into the pot and allow to cook for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a wire rack with a cookie sheet underneath so the excess oil can drip onto the sheet. Allow to cool for a few minutes before adding glaze.
  13. In a small bowl mix icing sugar and plant milk to form a glaze. Drizzle glaze over apple fritters. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container for upto 3 days- if they last!
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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