I’m so excited to be sharing a recipe from Vegan Comfort Food: 5 Plant-Based Recipes to Satisfy Cravings and Warm Your Soul by Melanie McDonald—the creator from the very popular blog— A Virtual Vegan!
In Vegan Comfort Food, you will find 75 recipes that will satisfy any comfort food craving! From breakfast recipes, dinner recipes, snacks and lots of amazing of desserts, you’ll discover a new comfort food recipe to enjoy!
There is also color photo for every single recipe. I love when cookbooks have a photo of each recipe. And Melanie’s photos are just gorgeous!
It was a difficult choice deciding what recipe to share with you. Every recipe sounds delicious! Since zucchini is now in season, the recipe for Quick and Crispy Zucchini Fritters with Avocado Crema seemed like the perfect recipe to make! Plus, I just love anything topped with an avocado crema!
This recipe for zucchini fritters is so easy to make too! These fritters would be great for serving as an appetizer at a party or for dinner served with a side salad.
The batter for the fitters consists of shredded zucchini, onion, lemon zest, some spices, flaxseed meal, and garbanzo bean flour. Using garbanzo bean flour in the batter creates a really nice texture and consistency. Plus, it’s packed full of protein!
For this recipe you can either pan-fry the fritters or bake them in the oven. I love having the option between the two!
The avocado crema takes these zucchini fritters to the next level!
If you like things on the spicier side, drizzle some sriracha on top!
I can’t wait to make more recipes from Vegan Comfort Food!
I’m looking forward to making:
Loaded Zucchini Breakfast Casserole
Berry Good Breakfast Cake
Hearty Portobello and Ale Pot Pie
Drool-Worthy Cinnamon Donuts
You can pre-order your copy now! It will be published on July 9th!
- 3 medium zucchini
- 1 medium onion
- 1½ tsp (8 g) salt
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp (14 g) ground flaxseeds
- Zest of 1 small lemon (reserve the rest of the lemon for the crema)
- 1½ cups (138 g) garbanzo bean flour
- 1½ tsp (6 g) baking powder
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes, optional
- Olive or vegetable oil, for pan
- 1 medium avocado
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp sriracha or other hot sauce
- 2 tsp (10 ml) white wine vinegar
- 5 tbsp (75 ml) water
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil (optional)
- To prepare the fritters, grate the zucchini and onion. If you have a food processor, use the grating attachment to do this, which makes it really quick and easy. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with the salt, stir really well and leave for at least 30 minutes; longer is okay
- Transfer the mixture to a large sieve or colander and use clean hands to press out the water; alternatively, wrap in a clean dish towel and wring out the water. It is important to get as much water out as possible.
- Return the mixture to the bowl. Add the cumin, oregano, thyme, garlic, flaxseeds, lemon zest, garbanzo flour, baking powder and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir together really well so everything is distributed well and you cannot see any dry flour. It will be a very stiff batter. Leave it to rest for 10 minutes. During this time, it will loosen up a little.
- Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Grease with a little oil if it’s not nonstick. Once it’s hot, give the batter a quick stir, and then add it to the pan, using around 1/3 cup (80 ml) per fritter and leaving about 2 inches (5 cm) around each one. Use a spoon to flatten the fritters to about ½ inch (1.3 cm) thick and allow to cook for about 7 minutes each side, or until golden brown. Serve them immediately or keep warm in the oven on its lowest setting while you finish cooking the rest.
- You can also bake the fritters in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop the mixture onto it in roughly 1/3-cup (80-ml) amounts; then flatten them to about ½ inch (1.3 cm) thick. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, flip them and then bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- To prepare the avocado crema, cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit and scoop out the flesh into a blender or food processor. Add all the other crema ingredients except the salt and blend until completely smooth. Season with salt to taste. You can adjust the thickness by adding a little more or less water. The olive oil is an optional addition. It makes the crema glossier, but you can easily omit it and add 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 ml) of extra water instead.
- Serve the hot fritters with a generous dollop of avocado crema.
- Leftover fritters keep well for up to 5 days in the fridge. They also freeze really well. They can be reheated in a skillet over medium heat or in the oven. They are also surprisingly good cold! The crema will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
- tip: Enjoy leftover crema as a dip with chips, with tacos, burritos, veggie burgers and sandwiches or thin it out with a little more water or a drop of white wine vinegar to make a great salad dressing.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the cookbook in exchange for an honest review.