Apple Donuts are a must every year, when the cloudy, rainy fall hits us. It is quick to make as the juicy apple slices are dipped into a 3-ingredient pancake batter. All I need is the smell of apple and cinnamon to fill my home and I immediately feel cosy and warm.
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This recipe was tried and tested several times since my father-in-law called the apples growing in the garden useless. No idea what the name of these apples are. I don’t think he knows it either. He firmly believed that these apples were only good for apple sauce. Until… my mother-in-law made them into apple donuts. Since then the family loves these apples. They are big, so you get a huge apple donut with each slice. They are also firm enough that the apple slices won’t go all mushy in the frying pan. And the taste is just the right kind of combination between sweet and sour. This is the kind of apple you should looking for if you would like to make this recipe.
Compared to my mother-in-laws apple donut recipe, mine is
- gluten-free and
- has only 3 ingredients.
I use the combination of oat and corn flour. Oat for consistency and corn for a bit of sweetness. Maybe it is just me, but if I use corn flour in any dish, it somehow turns them a bit sweeter compared to other flours.
To have the apple donuts ready in no time, use a hand mixer (we have a cheap Philips mixer) and combine the flour, the milk of your choice and the psyllium husk together. (Click here if you are looking for a vegan, organic and gluten-free psyllium husk.) Have the pancake batter rest for a couple of minutes to ensure the husk does its job i.e. thickens the batter.
Now, you are ready to dip your apple slices in it and fry them for a couple of minutes in a non-stick pan.
Going the extra mile
Don’t forget to cover them with cinnamon sugar while they are hot. These apple donuts go perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some caramel cream. Enjoy!
They are vegan, vegetarian, nut-free and gluten-free. It can also be WFPB-friendly (whole foods plant-based) if you have a really really good non-stick frying pan or use an air fryer to make them without oil.
What more you need to try them? If you’re ready, watch our short Apple Donuts instructions video on YouTube.
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Quick Apple Donuts with 3-ingredient Pancake Batter
- 3 Apples (large)
- 2 cup Gluten-free flour (I used 1,5 cup oat and 0,5 cup corn) 200g
- 3 cup Dairy-free milk (I used oat milk) 5-6dl
- 2 Tbsp Psyllium husk (or alternatively use 2 flax eggs)
- Cinnamon sugar
- Peel the apples and cut them into max 0.5 inch / 1 cm slices. Remove the seeds and cores to get nice apple donuts.
- Add the remaining 1 cup milk to get a thick but liquid batter.
- Heat a frying pan on medium-heat with a little oil.
- Dip the apple rings in the batter one by one and fry them as they were pancakes. Flipping them after a couple of minutes to have both sides light brown.
- While still hot, dip them into cinnamon sugar. (If you wait, and the apple donuts cool down, the sugar won't stick to them.)