With the cold winter months approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your favorite desserts for the holidays. What better way to celebrate than with a vegan twist on an old classic? These apple beignets are fluffy and sweet, perfect for dipping in your morning coffee or enjoying at night when you’re craving something sweet. The best part is that they’re both gluten-free and dairy-free! Get ready to make some vegan magic happen in your kitchen tonight! (And pin this recipe to your Pinterest board or share it on your social media to save it for later, you’ll want it!)

The Best Recipe For Vegan Apple Beignets

how to make vegan apple beignets

Where Do Beignets Come From?

Beignet is the French word for fried dough. In Louisiana, they are called “French doughnuts.” Beignets are traditionally served during Mardi Gras in New Orleans and in Louisiana Cajun culture. They’re also associated with the cuisine of Acadian people. Beignets are an old recipe. They’re believed to have originated with the Spanish, who brought sugarcane as a crop into Louisiana in the 1600s. The cane was used to make syrup and beignets were made from that syrup. Today in New Orleans, vegan apple beignet recipes are made by adding apples to vegan yeast dough and then frying them.

Beignets in Dutch Culture

In Dutch culture, beignets are a doughnut-shaped cake made with yeast. They’re usually filled with whipped cream and powdered sugar. They are called “suikerspootjes” which translates to sugarhairs. They’re typically eaten with coffee or tea.

Deciding if You Want Apple or Vegan Yeast Dough

If you want vegan apple beignets but don’t like vegan yeasted dough, you can use vegan batter instead. Batter is similar to vegan dough but it’s not yeasted like vegan dough is and it’s less dense so it doesn’t rise much when cooking

How do you fry beignets?

Preheat a skillet or deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Then you will dust a surface with flour and roll one dough ball at a time until it forms a long rope about 3/8-inch thick, then cut into 1-inch pieces (or just shape them into 2″ balls). Let excess flour fall off by shaking about 10 times over the surface before

What is the Difference Between a Doughnut and a Beignet?

A doughnut is typically covered in a sweet, heavy sugar-based glaze or icing. The cut edges are often finished with small points for decorating purposes. On the other hand, a vegan beignet is a fruit-filled vegan fried dough pastry whereas a vegan diabetic doughnut is just vegan yeast bread without the sugary coating.

What is the Best Way To Store Vegan Apple Beignets?

Vegan apple beignets are best stored in the fridge in a sealed container at room temperature for about two days. Best part? You can serve this warmed up or cold and they are just as good!

Are these Vegan and Gluten-Free?

For this recipe, our vegan apple beignets are vegan and kosher, but not gluten-free. You can substitute the flour for GF Flour, White Rice Flour or Almond Flour.

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How Do You Make Vegan Apple Beignets?

recipe to make the best vegan apple beignets

One of the best things about this dish is how simple it is to make. If your kitchen is anything like mine, you probably only need to go to the store for the apples! Here’s the list of ingredients you are going to need:

  • 3 large sweet apples (I used Gala apples)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup carbonated water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Frying oil (I used canola oil, but you can also use vegetable or sunflower oil)

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Vegan Apple Beignets

Simple to make and even better to eat, Vegan Apple Beignets are the perfect fall treat!
Servings 12 -15 beignets


  • 3 large sweet apples I used Gala apples
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup carbonated water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Frying oil I used canola oil, but you can also use vegetable or sunflower oil


  • 1. Start with making the batter by mixing the flour, baking powder, salt, and carbonated water. and mixing until it reaches a thicker consistency. If you find the batter is too runny, you can add a little flour. Stir completely until it is smooth.
  • 2. Then, peel and core the apples, slice as thick or thin as you prefer. I would recommend about a half inch thick.
  • 3. Add your oil to a deep pot with a thermometer and heat until it reaches a temperature of 350 degrees.
  • 4. Dip each of the apple slices through the batter and let the excess fall off the apple slice.
  • 5. Slowly lower the battered apples into the oil, frying for 3-5 minutes until they are golden brown.
  • 6. As they come out of the oil, dip each one in a mixture of cinnamon sugar and place on a drying rack.
  • 7. Allow the beignets to cool slightly and serve warm for a delicious treat!
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