Healthy Zucchini Fritters (Gluten Free)
It’s hard to imagine the word “fritter” in the same breath as “healthy”. But my take on these scrumptious Zucchini Fritters will have you a believer!
Now I know you are probably wondering how something fried can be healthy, so let me explain. These simple-to-make yum-cakes have three main power-packed ingredients that make them nutritionally sound.
The main ingredient is zucchini, which has a high water content. This makes them low in calories and fat, as well as hydrating. Zucchini is an excellent source of electrolytes, antioxidants and Vitamins C and B. It’s also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s ability to reduce inflammation in the GI tract also helps improve digestive problems. I know, right? Who would have thought the simple zucchini would be so packed with goodness?
6 grams of protein and healthy fat from each egg makes the fritters very filling and loaded with nutritional benefits like good cholesterol as well as 13 essential vitamins and minerals. Eggs are considered a superfood and studies also show they aid in weight-loss when part of a balanced nutrition program.
As for the frying: have no fear. Using coconut oil or butter is your best bet for these healthy fritters as the type of saturated fats found in them make these fats a healthier choice than other cooking oils.
The higher saturated fat content of butter and coconut oil make them a stable oil. Stable oils are better for high-temperature frying than their non-stable counterparts such as canola or sunflower oil. Non-stable oils cause smoking and are linked to cancer due to the polymers and free-radicals they release at high heat.
Also, because these fritters are pan-fried and not deep-fried you only need a small amount of the oil or butter to get that same crispy-fried affect and delicious taste. I find I use about 2-3 tbsp. per batch.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can never eat something that contains fat. It just means enjoying the right fats in moderation.
If you are in the mood to indulge in something fried, these easy to make fritters provide a filling, healthy choice that doesn’t leave you with the unwanted, heavy feeling fried foods can leave. I hope you enjoy these tasty fritters as much as I do!
2 cups grated zucchini
2 free range eggs
½ cup onion, finely chopped/grated
Butter or coconut oil for frying
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Optional: ½ cup Almond or gluten-free oat flour
Mixed green salad
Grate the zucchini with the skin on and add some salt. Let the mixture stand for a while you chop the onion.
Squeeze the zucchini in order to get rid of excess water, and then mix with the onion, the spices and the eggs until you have a thick pancake-like batter (add optional flour at this time).
In a frypan heat the oil or butter and fry the batter in batches of 4 small pancake size fritters for about 2 minutes each side on medium heat, or until slightly brown.
Serve with a tossed green salad dressed with lemon and olive oil.
Options –adding olives or avocado make nice additions to this meal.
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- 2 cups grated zucchini
- 2 free range eggs
- ½ cup onion, finely chopped/grated
- Butter or coconut oil for frying
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: ½ cup Almond or gluten free oat flour
- Mixed greens for salad
- Grate the zucchinis with the skin on and add some salt. Let the mixture stand for a while you chop the onion.
- Squeeze the zucchini in order to get rid of excess water, and then mix with the onion, the spices and the eggs until you have a thick pancake like batter. (add optional flour at this time)
- In a frypan heat the oil or butter and fry the batter in batches of 4 small pancake size fritters for about 2 minutes each side on medium heat, or until slightly brown.
- Serve with a tossed green salad dressed with lemon and olive oil.
- Options –adding olives or avocado make nice additions to this meal.