Healthy Zucchini Fritters (Gluten Free)

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Zucchini Fritters (Gluten Free)

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.

Zucchini

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?

Eggs

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.

Good Fats

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!

Ingredients
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

Instructions
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.

Wanna see these fritters being made? Check out my video HERE >>>>

 

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Zucchini Fritters (Gluten Free)
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Zucchini has high water content. When paired with protein and fat from the eggs, these fritters make a filling, nourishing meal without that unwanted heavy feeling
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Grate the zucchinis with the skin on and add some salt. Let the mixture stand for a while you chop the onion.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. Serve with a tossed green salad dressed with lemon and olive oil.
  5. Options –adding olives or avocado make nice additions to this meal.
 

6 Comments on “Healthy Zucchini Fritters (Gluten Free)”

  1. These were delicious! I’ve been trying a bunch of zucchini recipes lately, and this one is by far my favorite! My husband loves it too!

  2. I just saw this today, however yesterday I made a batch on my own. I sautéed Swiss chard, A little baby spinach, and a little baby kale. I used lots of onion powder, coconut oil salt, pepper, and a little chili powder for some kick. I Purchased gluten-free pancake mix.. I whipped two eggs, and I used the trick I learned from a restaurant, I added club soda, to make a fluffy batter. I browned them all in a pan with a little olive oil in the bottom. They were delicious. I’m going to try this recipe next, as I have lots of zucchini.

    1. You should try them, they are delicious and my most popular recipe. Also, I’d check that ingredients of the pancake mix, not all gluten free mixes have the best ingredients. Just something to be aware of 🙂

    1. HI Katy – no I don’t. I am not a believer in drilling down on everything I eat in that way… As long as the ingredients are balanced, and portion size is what it should be.

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