These aren’t your average apple fritters. These are fluffy and light, with no oil in sight – apple fritters. I would describe the texture to be somewhere between a fritter and a muffin.

❤️ Why You’ll Love Sourdough Discard Apple Fritters

These fritters are easy like a fritter, but fluffy like a muffin. They are cooked in the air fryer with absolutely no oil in sight, so this is a dessert you can feel good about eating. Not only is there no oil, but you don’t need to use the stove or the oven so not only are these delicious, but so so simple.

🍲 Ingredients

Sourdough Discard – This is just inactive sourdough starter that hasn’t been fed. It is equal parts flour and water that has already risen and fallen and now can be added to a multitude of recipes.

Flour – All-purpose flour, which I have learned is not only a kitchen staple, but a kitchen necessity.

Apples – In almost every apple dessert I make, I prefer a combination of apples. I used gala and granny smith for this recipe, so just use what you have.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Sourdough Discard Apple Fritters

In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice. Make a little well in the middle and add in milk, sourdough discard, eggs, and applesauce. Mix until just combined. Fold in your apples until just combined.

Maple glaze: powdered sugar, maple syrup, milk and cinnamon stirred together until you’ve reached the desired consistency.

Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees. Use a kitchen spoon and scoop out a dollop of batter onto a piece of parchment paper. Air fry for 10 minutes. These are best served warm with a healthy drizzle of maple glaze. ✨

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • Scoop your fritter batter onto parchment paper for easy transfer in and out of the air fryer
  • The air fryer takes a lot of the moisture out of the apple while cooking, so if you like extra apple flavor, sauté the apples in a little bit of cinnamon and butter first.

🗒 Variations

In the spring/ summertime you can substitute the apples for peaches and make air fried peach fritters

  • Peach Fritters


🗒 Substitutions

You can substitute the apples and the spices that you are using. In the summertime you can switch the apples out for peaches. If you like a crunchy texture, throw some honey granola right on top.


🗒 Best Served With

  • Ice cream
  • Maple Glaze
  • Granola on top

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Store your leftover apple fritters in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.

🤔 Common Questions

What if I don’t have an air fryer?

If you want to fry these in oil, melt 1-2 cups of coconut oil in a pan and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side. Or you can bake them at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.

sourdough apple fritter on a wooden board
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Sourdough Discard Apple Fritters

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Air fried apple fritters make these a guiltless fall treat that uses up your sourdough discard
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cup milk
  • ½ cup sourdough discard
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 TBS applesauce

Maple Glaze

  • 1 ½ – 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 TBS milk
  • 1 TBS maple syrup

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, apple pie spice.
  • Make a little well in the middle of the flour mixture and add in milk, sourdough discard, eggs, and applesauce. Mix until just combined. Fold in your apples.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees.
  • Use a kitchen spoon and scoop out a dollop of batter onto a piece of parchment paper. Air fry for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk together the maple glaze ingredients and drizzle over top the warm fritter.

Nutrition

Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 115g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 671mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, fall, Sourdough Discard
Servings: 5
Calories: 510kcal
Cost: $5

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