17 December

Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles. - Edwin Louis Cole

Butternut & Cranberry Fritters Recipe

(gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free)






Pumpkin fritters are a South African classic! My sister-in-law, Ady, is well known for hers and she makes them for every big family meal. I simply had to come up with a gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free alternative to avoid the food envy at these occasions!


Many of the traditions and symbols of Christmas come from the Northern Hemisphere – think snow, reindeer and… Father Christmas. Cranberries have become synonymous with Christmas too, but being a winter berry that is mostly cultivated in Canada and North America, those of us that have a Summer Christmas make do with dried cranberries.


When buying dried fruit, make sure to check the labels – they are often a source of added sugar, GMO vegetable oils, preservatives and artificial flavourings and food colouring.


This recipe is taken from my book Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics.

Mila's Meals Butternut and Cranberry Fritters

Key: gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegetarian, for adults too

Makes 30 toddler-sized fritters


(t. = teaspoon; T. = tablespoon, C. = cup)


  • 1/3 C. chickpea flour
  • ½ T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ C. coconut milk (or other dairy-free alternative)
  • 1 cup butternut, cooked and puréed
  • 2 organic eggs, beaten
  • 4 T. dried cranberries, chopped
  • ⅓ C. potato flour
  • ⅓ cup tapioca flour
  • 1 t. aluminium-free baking powder
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • ½ t. desert or sea salt
  • Coconut oil for frying






  1. Place the chickpea flour, lemon juice and milk in a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Cover with a dish towel and leave to soak for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Once the soaking is complete, add the butternut purée, beaten eggs and cranberries. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients with a whisk (the potato flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt).
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butternut mixture and mix well to form a thick batter (while being careful not to over mix).
  5. Heat just enough coconut oil in a frying pan to coat it.
  6. Scoop tablespoons of the batter into the pan.
  7. Fry them until they are firm and golden on the underside then flip over for another couple of minutes. Test to see if the fritters are done by pressing lightly on them. If they are done, they will spring back. Transfer to some kitchen towel to drain and cool.
  8. Serve as is – or with some raw honey or maple syrup drizzled on top!
  9. Left over fritters can be frozen and placed in the toaster to defrost and reheat as and when you need them.

Health Benefits


Butternut is a source of vitamins A, B’s, C and K and fibre. Mixed with the cranberries you get a meal with an astonishing array of phytonutrients which offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer health benefits. The addition of chickpea flour makes these fritters a source of protein too.


‘Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics’ has a detailed glossary for all 156 ingredients used in the book with information like this:

Mila's Meals Glossary - Cranberries



Cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and have long been valued for their ability to help prevent and treat urinary tract infections. Now, recent studies suggest that this Native American berry may also promote gastrointestinal and oral health, lower LDL and raise HDL (good) cholesterol, aid in recovery from stroke, and even help prevent cancer.

Mila's Meals Glossary - Butternut



Butternut is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene) and vitamin C and a very good source of manganese and dietary fibre.

Mila's Meals Glossary - Chickpea Flour

Chickpea Flour


Chickpea flour has double the amount of protein than whole-wheat flour and six times more than all-purpose flour. It’s an excellent source of folate, and also provides vitamin B6, iron, magnesium and potassium.

Food envy no-more! Now those of us with food intolerances can enjoy a South African classic too!

Be sure to come back to our advent calendar tomorrow to open another surprise 🙂

mila's meals advent calendar 17 december
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