Butternut & Cranberry Fritters
(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.
Makes 30 toddler-sized fritters
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.
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.
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.
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!
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