Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Basil Cashew Cream- Vegan + Gluten Free
I saw this recipe a few months ago in a Bon Appetit Magazine, and I just knew I had to put my own spin on it. I love fritters, but I’m not so down with eggs…an ingredient they always contain. I made these egg free by using a flax-egg, and I replaced the all purpose flour with gluten free chickpea flour. I used a mix of green and yellow zucchini, because that’s what I had on hand. Lastly, the cornstarch was nixed, and arrowroot powder joined the party!
When it came to serving these, I wanted something fresh and summery….lemon and basil- it had to be! Instead of using sour cream or yogurt as a sauce, I whipped up a lemon-basil cashew cream. I love everything about it from it’s light, minty green colour to it’s balanced, fresh flavour. It helps that the basil and chives came straight out of the backyard garden, too. You just can’t beat that.
I hope you’ll give these a try!
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Zucchini Fritters with Lemon Basil Cashew Cream
Gluten-free, and vegan zucchini fritters accompanied by a lemon-basil cashew cream
- Zucchini – 1 1/2 pounds, grated
- Kosher Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Ground Flaxseeds – 1 Tbsp
- Water – 3 Tbsp
- Chickpea (Garbanzo) Flour – 1/4 cup
- Chives – 3 Tbsp, finely chopped
- Arrowroot Powder – 1 Tbsp
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper –
- Vegetable Oil or Coconut Oil – 1/3 cup
- Raw Cashews – 1 cup
- Water – 3/4 cup
- Lemon Zest – From One Lemon
- Lemon Juice – 2 Tbsp (1/2 lemon)
- Basil – scant 1/2 cup
- Dijon Mustard – 1 tsp
- Salt + Pepper
Combine flax seeds and water and let sit 5-10 minutes, until thickened.
Place zucchini in a colander set in the sink and toss with 1/2 teaspoons salt. Let stand 10 minutes, then wring zucchini dry in a clean kitchen towel. Place zucchini in a large bowl and gently mix in flax mixture, flour, chives, and arrowroot powder; season with salt and pepper
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in 2 batches, drop 1/4-cupfuls zucchini mixture into skillet, flattening slightly; cook until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer fritters to a paper towel–lined plate; season with salt. Serve with lemon basil cashew cream.
For cashew cream: Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Taste, adjust seasoning.