Keeping the Fall flavors going with this apple fritter meets waffle recipe. Introducing Mini Apple Fritter Waffles.
If I had to choose a favorite donut, it would have to be the apple fritter. Apple cinnamon goodness all fried up into a warm, cozy ball of dough. Mmmmmmm….
While I’m not about to bust out some deep fried donuts, I do love to make waffles. My kids gifted me with the BEST waffle maker last year, and my waffle game has been pretty strong ever since. I’ve shared recipes for The Best Crispy Waffle, Gingerbread Waffles with Maple Cream, and Savory Sweet Potato Waffles.
And today I’m adding another one to the list: Mini Apple Fritter Waffles.
I’m not big on sweets in the morning, so waffles for me are usually a little treat or snack. Or I make them for a special birthday/holiday/celebration brunch. But I have to admit that I’m a bit obsessed with these little waffles. Apple season is in full force, and we have a tart little apple tree on our new land that we are moving to. It’s been fun to cook and bake with those apples. And because these waffles are made with all real food ingredients, I can feel good about eating them any time of day.
Here’s the details:
warm chunks of apple and cinnamon….perfect Fall time flavors for your holiday brunch or just about anytime you like.
crispy texture….I used the recipe for my Crispy Waffles for the base : a gluten and grain free mix of cassava flour and arrowroot that creates the perfect crispy waffle when cooked.
mini waffles….because cute, mini food is awesome. The presentation is fun and festive and is good to feed a crowd.
the glaze….a creamy maple vanilla glaze takes these little mini apple fritter waffles from tasty to uh-may-zing. I love how the glaze creeps into every little nook and cranny.
you’ve got options…..if making the glaze is not your thing, you can serve with real maple syrup and butter, apple butter, sauteed apple slices or a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. To make cinnamon sugar, simple combine 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. YUM!
freezer friendly….all of my waffle recipes freeze well for easy meals later on. They warm up and crisp up nicely in a toaster oven or oven.
The smell of these little mini waffles brought all the people wandering into the kitchen. Warm cinnamon and apple deliciousness that tastes amazing right off the waffle iron. Hubby said they taste just like apple fritters. Little One couldn’t stop licking the glaze. And I ate more than my fair share while editing photos for the blog post. Definitely a keeper recipe around here.
Stay cozy this fall. I’ll just be here eating more of these little waffles.
Mini Apple Fritter Waffles (gluten free and paleo)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 24 mini waffles 1x
- Category: breakfast
- Cuisine: American
- 3/4 cup cassava flour (I use THIS brand)
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder (like this)
- 1 tsp baking powder (I like THIS corn free brand)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of milk of any kind
- 1/4 cup ghee, butter, or coconut oil – melted
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup apples, peeled and chopped into small 1/4 inch cubes
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Combine cassava flour, arrowroot, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together egg, milk, melted fat, and maple syrup. Once waffle iron is hot, add dry to wet and toss in apple pieces. Mix until thoroughly incorporated.
- Liberally brush melted butter/ghee on waffle maker. To make mini waffles, drop 1-2 tablespoon sized scoops of mixture in different areas of hot waffle griddle. I can fit 4 on my regular sized AllClad waffle maker. Each waffle maker will vary. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot.
- TO MAKE GLAZE: Combine coconut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup in a small pot on low heat. Stir until creamy smooth and melted. Add melted mixture, drained cashews, vanilla, and salt to high speed blender. Add 3 tablespoons of HOT water and process until creamy smooth. If necessary, thin with an additional tablespoon of water to get desired glaze consistency.
- Spoon a bit of glaze onto mini apple fritter waffle and allow excess to drain back into bowl. Repeat until all waffles are glazed. Enjoy!
- Baking powders traditionally have GMO corn in them. You can find a corn free brand HERE, I prefer to make my own: 1 part baking soda, 2 parts cream of tartar, and 2 parts arrowroot powder.
- If mini waffles aren’t your thing, you can totally make regular sized waffles with this recipe. You will get 3-4 regular waffles.
- If the glaze is not your jam, you can make a simple cinnamon sugar to make these mini apple fritter waffles even more fabulous: 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar (or any dry sugar you have) plus 1 tsp cinnamon powder.
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Melissa @Real Nutritious Living says
That glaze looks amazing! I am not a big syrup fan!
Katja Heino says
Thanks, Melissa! The glaze is pretty dang tasty!! 🙂
ChihYu Smith says
They are so cute and gorgeous. I totally love them!
Katja Heino says
Thanks, ChihYu!! 🙂
STACEY CRAWFORD says
Whaaat, apple fritter waffles? What is not to love about this recipe!! Genius!
Katja Heino says
HA! Thanks, Stacey!