Jalapeno Corn Vegan Fritters (Oil-Free & Crispy)
I love fritters, but since I prefer to cook without oil it’s not a food that I get to eat often. Fritters are great because you can pack a lot of veggies into them for a healthy snack, appetizer, or side. I came up with these oil-free Jalapeno Corn Fritters by using a few key ingredients to make them crispy and delicious! Aquafaba goes into the batter to replace eggs. Then I used quinoa as the base for the fritters which makes them high in protein and extra nutritious. Finally, they’re baked instead of fried!
I paired the fritters with a homemade garlic aioli that is beyond easy to make and is ready in 5 minutes or less. I love the combination of the sweet corn and the spicy jalapenos with the creamy garlic aioli. But don’t be afraid of the spice. I don’t tolerate spice well and this is the perfect level of spiciness for me. I used 2 small jalapenos with the seeds. Once the jalapenos are cooked, the spice level is reduced dramatically, so it was perfect! I absolutely adore ingredients like corn, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, and lime. I hope you love this one as much as I do!
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 1/4 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
- 3/4 cup oat flour (or spelt or all-purpose flour)
- 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
- 1-2 jalapenos, including seeds, finely chopped (1 for moderate spice, 2 for spicy)
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 3/4 cups cashews
- 1/2 cup aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 medium garlic clove
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium pot. Reduce it to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, or until fluffy.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- When the quinoa is finished, add it to a large mixing bowl along with all of the rest of the fritter ingredients. I suggest using oat flour if you’d like the recipe to be gluten free. You can easily make your own oat flour by blending rolled oats in a blender until it becomes a super fine flour. You could use all-purpose flour or spelt flour instead if you’d like.
- Mix all of the fritter ingredients until it is well combined. If you feel that you need a bit of extra flour, you can add a little bit at a time. They should form a nice patty and not be too sticky or fall apart too much. Adjust seasonings to taste if necessary.
- Wet your hands with some water and form about 15 fritters. I used about 3 tbsp of batter per fritter. Wet your hands as needed if you find the batter is sticking to your hands. Place them on a parchment lined baking tray.
- Bake the fritters on the bottom rack of your oven for 15 minutes. Flip them, then bake for another 10 minutes.
- While the fritters are baking, you can make the garlic aioli. Blend all of the aioli ingredients in a blender until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. If you like a lot of garlic flavour, you can add another clove.
- Remove the fritters from the oven and serve hot. Enjoy!