Keto Apple Fritters

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Filled with an apple cinnamon flavor, these keto apple fritters are gluten-free and fried to produce a nice cruchy crust around this sweet, buttery low carb donut.

Keto Apple Fritters Ingredients

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup confectioners Swerve or use sweetener of choice
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Keto Apple Fritters Directions

  • 1
    In a small bowl, add finely diced zucchini, cinnamon, lemon juice and apple flavoring. Add more or less apple flavoring to taste. Mix and set aside.
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  • 2
    Add the dry ingredients to a medium bowl. Mix until combined.
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  • 3
    Mix in wet ingredients.
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  • 4
    Fold in apple flavored zucchini mixture.
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  • 5
    Add lard to a small non-stick skillet and heat to medium heat. Add enough lard to cover the donut almost halfway. Scoop about a 1/4 cup of the apple fritter donut into the skillet. Can swirl the oil in the pan to help coat the donuts as they cook. Flip once golden brown on the bottom (about 3-5 minutes) and fry the other side until golden brown.
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  • 6
    Remove from skillet and place paper towel or wire rack to cool.
  • 7
    To make the apple fritter glaze, add confectioner's Swerve, heavy cream and vanilla to a small bowl. Mix to combine. Microwave for 20 seconds to get a thin consistency if needed.
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  • 8
    Drizzle or dip the top of your apple fritter donut into the glaze and place on a wire rack to set.
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Low Carb Apple Fritter Recipe

a plate full of apple fritters with glaze on top next to sliced apples
The apple fritter donut is a favorite, classic American donut loved by many and I figured a way to make it very low carb and keto approved! These keto apple fritters are easy to make and it’s unbelievable how much they taste like real apple fritters but without the apples.

Really, these should be called keto zucchini fritters because we use zucchini place of apples in order to cut down on the net carbs. To give these keto donuts an apple flavor, we use a concentrated apple extract mixed with lemon juice and cinnamon to mimic a crisp granny smith apple.

These keto apple fritters are delicious topped with the creamy glaze or even with melted butter on top. It makes for a tasty keto breakfast with a hot cup of coffee.

a stack of keto apple fritter donuts

Are Apples Keto?

Apple are quite high in carbs compared to other keto approved fruit. One cup of diced red delicious apple has over 12 net carbs in it. In general, apples are not keto approved. While this doesn’t impart that many carbs to each keto apple fritter, it still adds up.

If you absolutely don’t want to use zucchini in place of apples in this recipe, you can probably get away with using an apple in this recipe. Just make sure you adjust the macros.

Try these other keto apple recipes if you are missing apple:

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Zucchini in Place of Apples in Low Carb Recipes

Zucchini is used in the place of apples in many keto recipes because it have a neutral flavor while imparting a similar texture and appearance to an apple. The neutral flavor allows you to manipulate it by adding apple flavor extracts to yield an delicious apple taste in this keto apple fritter but without all of the carbs.

Apple Flavoring

In order to mimic the apple taste in apple fritters without adding actual apples, which are too high in carbohydrates, we use apple flavoring. There are many types of apple flavoring and extracts to choose from. My favorite is the flavor from a granny smith. These flavors are the closest to traditional apple fritters which use granny smith apples. I have also Fuji apple flavoring too.

Clicking on the link above from One-on-One Flavors gives you a discount on these keto approved flavor extracts.

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Keto Approved Protein Powder

One of the main ingredients in this apple fritter recipe is the protein powder. It helps these donuts to from structure, provide flavor and helps them rise. You can use whey protein powder or a vegan protein powder.

My favorite keto approved protein powder is whey based from Perfect Keto. For this recipe, I recommend either the unflavored or vanilla flavor whey protein. Perfect Keto whey is made from grass-fed cows and contains a small amount of MCT oils. You can save 15% off your first order with my discount code KETOFOCUS15 or just click the link above.

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Keto Apple Fritter Storage

This recipe for these gluten free apple fritters makes 18 donuts! Unless you are having a party, there is no way you can eat all of those keto donuts in one setting. Any extra low carb apple fritters you have, I recommend you store them in a paper bag. This will help keep them crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Other Keto Donut Recipes to Try

If you loved this keto apple fritter recipe, you should try these other keto donuts to sink your teeth in.

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