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Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

There’s nothing quite like greasy, fried zucchini fries especially when you dip them in ranch. But, I always think everything is better with ranch. This recipe is gluten-free AND oil-free because it uses an air fryer and gluten-free flour and breadcrumbs. You could also bake them which also keeps them lighter.

The key is all in the mixture to coat the zucchini fries. You could always use your own homemade breadcrumbs, but I used a store bought GF-safe option. For the flour coating I chose almond flour to keep it GF and with knowing that almond flour tends to work well with liquids. The order is also essential: flour, milk, then bread crumbs.

This would also work well if you chopped the zucchini in coins for chips, but who doesn’t love fries? I did find that layering the breaded fries in the air fryer limits how crispy the first layer gets. I’d recommend doing rounds in the air fryer depending on how many you make.

Seasoning is also essential depending on what flavors you want to come through. My personal favorite is some nooch (nutritional yeast), salt, pepper, and herbs de provenance. I think that some garlic salt or everything bagel seasoning would be perfect as well. Don’t forget the dipping sauce! I’ve tried burger sauce, ranch dip, and caesar dressing which tasted wonderful with the cheesy-ness of the fries.

What’s your favorite fry dip? Let me know in the comments below and enjoy!

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

June 14, 2019
: 3
: 10 min
: 10 min
: 20 min
: Easy

GF & oil-free

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Ingredients
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nooch
  • 1/2 tsp herbs de provence
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees (or oven)
  • Step 2 Slice zucchini into wedge/fry shapes
  • Step 3 Place flour in one bowl, milk in another, and bread crumbs in a third
  • Step 4 Dip zucchini into flour, then milk, and finally bread crumbs
  • Step 5 Repeat the process until all or coated
  • Step 6 Place into air fryer tray
  • Step 7 Cook for 10-12 mins until crispy

Soul-warming Granola

Soul-warming Granola

If I could, I would buy a share of Purely Elizabeth’s granola because it is one my (many) cruxes. Have any of you tried it? It’s somehow buttery, spicey, and oh so addicting. Which is why I’ve tried to step back and figure out how to make my own favorite granola. I’ve seen many recipes around the internet but all that I’ve tried aren’t quite spot-on. So I got into the kitchen and tried my hand at granola. Not gonna lie, I may have burned a batch and made my apartment smell bad for the rest of the day. All for the price of some wonderful granola. After trial and error, I have come up with a soul-warming absolutely delicious granola!

 

Soul-warming Granola

July 1, 2018
: 6
: 35 min
: 10 min
: 45 min
: Easy

Soul-warming granola that's oil-free and will become a staple in your pantry.

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Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup of whatever dry ingredients you love, PE typically has seeds (nuts, seeds, cereal, coconut, quinoa, buckwheat, etc.)
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (+1 more tablespoon for extra clusters)
  • Optional: 1/3 cup almond butter--this replicates that buttery taste
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Step 2 Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Step 3 Stir to evenly coat all the dry ingredients.
  • Step 4 Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Step 5 Press it into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Step 6 Bake for 10 mins at 375F until the edges are just starting to brown. Do not stir it.
  • Step 7 Remove from the oven. Let it cool for at least 30 mins before stirring or moving or touching.
  • Step 8 Then break apart into chunks.
  • Step 9 Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

What add-ins do you love in your granola? I’m a fan of seeds and lots of cinnamon. Ginger can also be a great add-in, as well. Hope you enjoy!