Apple Fritters with Coconut Palm Sugar

Apple frit­ters can do won­ders if you crave some­thing sweet, but still want it to be a rel­a­tively healthy snack. Or, if you’re caf­feine deprived…like me. Apple frit­ters are noth­ing new, and I’ll some­times whip up a batch for break­fast, and eat them with a side of yogurt. I made the frit­ters with coconut sugar this time — both the in bat­ter and for the caramelized crust. I bought a huge bag of coconut palm sugar last sum­mer, and I still have enough left to last til the end of time. The brand in the link is the one I use, and I rec­om­mend it — and it doesn’t taste of coconut, btw, it’s made from the sap of the tree. I have no prep pic­tures because I made a giant mess of things.

Apple Fritters with Caramelized Coconut Palm SugarThe apple frit­ters are not deep fried — pour just enough olive oil to barely cover the bot­tom of your pan, that’s all you need. The apples inside will soften, and the bat­ter and caramelized crust will be so yum. For best results, cut the slices about 1/​3 of an inch thick at most — if cut too thick, and they won’t soften enough. I used organic Red Deli­cious apples for my recipe, although any sweet apple will do.

If you don’t have a 4lb bag of coconut sugar in your pantry, no wor­ries. You can swap in white sugar, but use about 3/​4 of what this recipe calls for. Coconut palm sugar is less sweet than white, but low on the glycemic index — it won’t cause a spike and crash in blood sugar. I use it because I love the fla­vor — it’s a bit like caramel, smoke and coffee…if you’ve never had it and enjoy try­ing new things, I say go for it and try.

No cof­fee drink­ing update: 10 days. I’m still on my get-​better diet after stom­ach funk, which means I con­stantly fan­ta­size about sip­ping a cap­puc­cino /​stuff­ing my face with tiramisu /​choco­late cheese­cake. The very smell of cof­fee could bring me to tears right now. And I tech­ni­cally wasn’t sup­posed to be hav­ing these:

Apple Fritters with Caramelized Coconut Palm SugarI said that I made a huge mess — ya — I had an idea that I’d dip each batter-​covered slice on a plate of sugar. You already see where this is going — plate of sugar grad­u­ally cov­ered in bat­ter, drippy, gluey bat­ter EVERYWHERE. Here’s an idea, sprin­kle some coconut palm sugar on top of frit­ters as they are brown­ing in the pan.

Apple Frit­ters with Caramelized Coconut Sugar
Serves: 6
  • bat­ter:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup plain white flour
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar + more for sprin­kling over while frying
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • frit­ters:
  • olive oil
  • 6 medium sweet apples, such as Red Deli­cious, peeled, cored, and sliced into ⅓ inch rounds
  • pow­dered sugar for garnishing
  1. Whisk all bat­ter ingre­di­ents in a medium bowl until smooth.
  2. Pour just enough olive oil into a pan to cover the bot­tom and warm up over medium heat. Dip each apple round in the bat­ter, and place in the hot oil. Don’t over­crowd the pan. When the whole batch is placed and fry­ing on the pan, use a spoon to sprin­kle more coconut palm sugar on top of each frit­ter (only one side). It will caramelize when flipped over.
  3. Serve gar­nished with pow­dered sugar.


  1. Seri­ously, you and your cof­fee rela­tion­ship remind me me + wine cat­a­stro­phe. Are you ever evr goign to drink cof­fee again? These look very cute! I keep look­ing at coconut sugar at Costco every time I go there and don’t buy. What’s the dif­fer­ence between reg­u­lar organic brown sugar? I guess I don’t bake much…

    • it’s made from the palm tree sap — it’s low glycemic and still sweet, same idea as agave (although I learned how processed agave is!!! and I won’t be using it again) There are Indone­sian ver­sions of palm sugar that come in solid cake that you grate off — that stuff is amaz­ing, it has a smoky/​coffee taste.

  2. These really sound (and look, of course!) amaz­ing, Aleks. I’ve just had break­fast but I could still chow down a plate or two!
    Your com­ment about mak­ing a mess made me laugh. My hus­band always com­plains about how much mess I make and wash­ing up I leave when I’m cook­ing! I think it’s because I always seem to be in a hurry so end up almost throw­ing things around in my haste! Haha!

    • Hi, sorry I didn’t reply sooner, I was busy break­ing my Word­Press. I’m guess­ing your hus­band does the wash­ing up — lucky 😛 mine does too, but not nearly as often as I’d like.

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