Vegan Zucchini and Corn Fritters

These allergy-friendly fritters are gluten free and vegan, packed with fresh zucchini, corn, carrot, chilli and dill. Chickpea flour, psyllium husk and vegan cheese combine to replace flour and eggs. These are even better enjoyed for lunch the next day.

a dozen bite sized vegan vegetables fritters on a chopping board with fresh herbs on top

When did it become so hard to have fun? This has been a really industrious month for me so far, not at all like my usual leisurely drift into the new year. I very nearly came up with an excuse not to go for an adventure to a beach out of Auckland yesterday, until I remembered that I answer to nobody but myself and that family and self-care are important, so pens down girlfriend! You need a break!

We day-tripped to Mangawhai heads which is a gem of a place – soft white sand and frothy blue seas, lined with a rugged coast. We climbed sand dunes and hunted for crabs with the nephews, and finished up at a local vineyard. It was nice to wake up this morning tired from sun and adventure – but not lack of sleep!

It’s true, self-care is an art, something that needs practice and attention. But like good nutrition being critical for your physical health, self-care is critical for your mental and emotional wellbeing.

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Today’s recipe is one I made my partner suffer through three nights in a row – in my quest to create the perfect vegan fritter! Hard life, huh?!

The challenge of course with this kind of recipe is finding a suitable substitute for the eggs. I think I got there, although it isn’t quite the type of fritter you would expect – it is crisp on the outside but soft on the inside – and this is because I’ve used vegan cheese (store-bought) – which melts as it cooks and gives it that lovely creamy texture when you bite into it.

Overhead shot of grated vegan cheese, vegetables and herbs on a chopping board ready to make fritters

The fritters are a fun way to sneak in extra vegetables – fresh summer sweet corn, zucchini and carrot. To flavour, I used chilli, onion powder (this is different to onion salt – it adds a lovely sweet taste), fresh dill, and white pepper.

In lieu of eggs, as I mentioned, we have the vegan cheese (a great binder once it starts to melt), chickpea flour and psyllium husk. I’ve tried out a few recipes for fritters that relied solely on the chickpea flour – which tends to make things turn out a bit on the dry side.

The psyllium husks are something I have on hand in bulk in the pantry at all times because they are so versatile. They swell and bind the ingredients together whilst adding in some dietary fibre (BIG tick!).

Close up of a dozen bite-sized vegetable fritters on a chopping board garnished and ready to serve

Because these fritters have the vegan cheese folded throughout, they will be, as mentioned, a bit softer than you would expect – though they firm up as they cool. In fact, they are a-mazing cold the next day for lunch if there are leftovers.

To make it a complete meal, just add an abundant garden salad with avocado, some toasted seeds and a simple olive oil and apple cider dressing. Roast some tomatoes and add a spoon of raw, unpasteurised sauerkraut to give the gut a bit of love, and you’re good to go!

A nutritionally balanced dinner plate filled with fresh salad, roasted tomatoes, sauerkraut and bite-sized vegetable fritters

Health + Nutrition Highlights

  • Fresh, seasonal corn provides vitamin C, some B group vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and phosphorus
  • Chickpea flour is a great alternative to wheat flour and is a good source of plant protein
  • The psyllium husks provide added dietary fibre
  • Red chillies are a natural circulatory stimulant
  • Dill is an aromatic herb with carminative actions, meaning it is helpful for relieving digestive disturbances such as bloating and wind
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Vegan Zucchini and Corn Fritters

These quick and easy fritters are naturally gluten free thanks to the chickpea flour. An allergy friendly recipe. Makes 14-16 bite-sized fritters (4 serves, as a side).

Course Dinner, Lunch, Sides
Cuisine Gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 257 kcal
Author Lauren Glucina

Ingredients

  • 1 cup corn kernels if frozen, thaw and pat dry with a paper towel
  • 1 cup vegan cheese grated
  • 2 medium carrots grated
  • 2 medium zucchini grated
  • 4 spring onions green parts, sliced fine

  • 1/2 red chilli, de-seeded, sliced fine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

  • Generous sprinkle of red chilli powder for extra spice optional
  • tablespoons onion powder - not onion salt! 
 optional
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper optional
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ¼ cup psyllium husks
  • 2/3 cup cup chickpea flour

  • 1/2 cup oat milk/other plant milk or water

Instructions

  1. First, prepare the zucchini – place in a clean tea towel and wring out to remove excess water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well to combine. The mixture may initially look very dry – but before adding any more liquid, give it a really good mix with your hands, there is a lot of moisture still in those vegetables and you’ll find it comes together a bit like a dough. Remember the cheese will melt while cooking to moisten it up again. If you do need more liquid - add 1 teaspoon at a time.

  3. Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, then turn it down to low to avoid burning as you cook.
  4. Shape about 2 tablespoons worth of mixture into patties and cook 3-5 minutes on each side or till golden. It may be easier to wet your hands a little before you shape them.
  5. Transfer to a paper towel to blot up excess oil, then serve and enjoy!

Lauren's Notes

  • This recipe makes between 14 and 16 fritters – serving around 4. Halve the recipe if you only need the 2 servings to save on the prep with all that grating.
  • Remember these will be softer than a regular fritter – because they contain cheese! However they do firm up the next day having been in the fridge.
  • The brand of vegan cheese I used was the Zenzo Cheddar.
  • I like to enjoy these with a small spoon of coconut yoghurt – finely chop fresh dill and fold it through with some lemon zest and a pinch of sea salt.
  • To make it a complete meal, add a fresh salad with avocado and toasted pine nuts, roasted tomatoes and a tablespoon of raw, unpasteurised kraut for some friendly bacteria!

If you make and enjoy this recipe, please leave a rating!

Close up of vegan fritters on a plate with saladA healthy meal of salad, tomatoes, kraut and vegan fritters on a plant on the kitchen bench

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Easy Gluten Free and Vegan Zucchini and Corn Fritters

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Lauren Glucina is a plant-based whole foods Nutritionist, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist. She is a passionate advocate for food as medicine. Lauren has also formally trained as a Raw Foods Chef and has a soft spot for raw treats. 

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