Rich with the flavors of fall and the comfort of a donut shop staple, today I’m sharing my recipe for apple fritter bites, gluten-free & dairy-free. But first, how this recipe came to be…
Recently I was shopping at Trader Joe’s with my favorite fella. It was an early morning, very few folks in the store. I always browse the “What’s New” display, which is located adjacent to the sample counter. With few customers in the store, the sample gal was quick to offer samples of the pumpkin kringle. My fella, who eats gluten away from home, gladly took the sample. I’m content to just hear his thoughts, but the sample girl wasn’t going to let me leave without having a sample. She was insistent. I finally said, “I can’t eat that. I have Celiac disease.” To which she replied, “Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry. That’s miserable. You miss out on so much.”
So two things on this: I need to learn to say no and not explain myself AND no, it’s not miserable. Life before was miserable. While it has taken awhile for me to feel optimal (and I still don’t feel optimal every single day, who does?), I feel pretty darned good most days.
We finished shopping and loaded up the car. My fella said to me while we were driving away, “Doesn’t that just piss you off when people say things like that? Do you ever feel like you are missing out on anything?” Rarely. I rarely feel like I’m missing out on anything, especially with so many restaurants taking the time to prepare meals that are safe for me, so many places now offering fresh fruit and other whole, healthy foods for travelers on the go, so many talented gluten-free food writers sharing quality recipes I can make at home.
The one exception to this lately has been apple fritters. When I was writing about donuts, apple fritters weren’t one of my absolute favorites but my favorite fella and a couple of dear friends really love them, so I see them often. And I’ve never indulged in a gluten-free version. In our recent travels, we’ve stopped at a few Tim Hortons. I’ve had coffee or iced tea, my fella has had copious amounts of donuts. One thing that caught my eye in Tim Hortons was apple fritter bites, little donut hole sized nuggets of apple fritter goodness. I kinda wished I could have one.
Here is what I do on the occasions when I do feel like I’m missing out on something: I come home and make a gluten-free counterpart in my own kitchen. Lots of testing, lots of tasting…and finally, a finished product I’m proud of AND one that soothes my yearning.
So in response to your comment, Trader Joe’s sample counter gal, No, I’m not missing out on anything, not even apple fritters.
You don’t have to miss out either. Below is my recipe for Apple Fritter Bites, gluten-free & dairy-free. Go pick some apples at the local orchard and make these today.
A couple of quick notes: This recipe was inspired by a gluten-full, dairy-full recipe I saw over at Spiced. I have modified this recipe and tested it, making it gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free with exception of the glaze. I’ve used slightly different ingredients and amounts in a few additional spots and made it into fritter bites. I want to make sure I always give credit to other bloggers who inspire the recipes I share here!
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