These Gluten-free Apple-Banana Fritters taste like dessert but are perfect for a healthy breakfast. They are easy to make, have only a handful of ingredients and can be enjoyed on a busy weekday morning or lazy weekend.
A few years ago Pinterest went crazy with Banana-Egg Pancakes. For weeks I kept wondering how banana and eggs together could result in pancakes and not sweet omelet. The recipe sounded magical, impossible, and really easy. One morning before work when I had a few extra minutes and a sad-looking banana on the counter I finally decided to try the recipe. I mashed my small and over ripe banana, added an egg, a pinch of baking powder, and a couple of teaspoons of oat bran just in case as couldn’t imagine how bananas and eggs could hold together without anything to thicken the mixture and I also wanted to add some extra fibre to my breakfast. The batter took about a minute to mix and then I started pan frying the pancakes. “Aha,” I thought, “this will never work!” I drank coffee and was ready to have a piece of toast but then a few minutes later the pancakes (yes, they were definitely pancakes) got cooked and flipped and cooked some more and my toast was forgotten as I tasted soft fluffy and deliciously banana-y pancakes.
Dozens of bananas and eggs later I still make these pancakes. They are healthy, easy, delicious! A couple of weeks ago as I put the baby for her morning nap and surveyed my kitchen counter and found one banana and one apple I was trying to decide if I should make the Banana-Egg Pancakes or Apple Pancakes. This is when inspiration happened. How about combining that lonely apple with the banana and eggs? I wasn’t sure if it would work. I mashed the banana, added two eggs, a pinch of baking powder, some cinnamon and a little bit of rice flour. I cored and sliced the apple. I dipped apple slices into the eggy mixture and pan fried the rounds on coconut oil.
Often I analyze recipes, techniques, flavour combinations and it takes days of thinking before a picture of a recipe starts to appear. And sometimes recipes just happen. These Gluten-free Apple-Banana Fritters (yes, they are so good that they remind me of fritters more than pancakes) are a perfect example of one of those accidental recipes. It’s like having dessert for breakfast and not feeling guilty. Full of healthy fruit, protein packed eggs, and without any refined sugar these fritters will keep you feel satisfied until lunch. They are perfect with a cup of steaming coffee and easy enough to make that can be cooked on a weekday morning although you do need a few extra minutes to make them. I made them a few times dusting apple slices in some extra rice flour and without it too. Both versions taste the same but dipping apples in rice flour helps the banana batter stay on the slices a bit better. There’s maple syrup on photos but to be honest they are sweet enough that I don’t think maple syrup is really needed.
Gluten-free Apple-Banana Fritters
- 1 apple
- 1 large banana
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons rice flour (1 more tablespoon for dipping apple slices, optional)
- coconut oil for frying
- Heat pan on medium heat and brush with coconut oil.
- Core an apple and slice into 1/4 inch rounds. You can also slice the apple first and then use a knife or a small round piping tip to remove the core.
- In a medium bowl mash the banana with a fork really well.
- Add eggs to the mashed banana and mix until well incorporated.
- Add baking powder, cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of rice flour and mix.
- If using, dip each apple slice into extra rice flour to lightly coat. Then dip into banana-egg batter.
- Fry banana dipped apple slices for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until completely cooked adding more coconut oil if needed.