When we are in a rush to cook we always make discounts when it comes to desserts and sweet treats. Most of us probably turn to readymade sweets which are usually full of preservatives and very high in sugars. We are in need then, for simple easy-to-make recipes that any home cook can prepare with simple ingredients and in no time.

If you are on the hunt for sweet treats that are super easy to make and are delicious and aromatic, we have got you covered! Fill in your kitchen counter with spices, fruits and nuts and get ready to experiment with this sweet couscous fritters. All you need is 25 minutes and lots of love to prepare this lovely recipe.

Recipe by Giallo Zafferano’ Simona Novarini



  • 100 grams of Couscous Martino
  • 130 ml of whole milk
  • a spoonful of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 of an apple
  • 20 grams of flour
  • orange zest
  • 2 grams of baking powder
  • peanut oil
  • powdered sugar


Hydrate the couscous:
As always use a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, pour 130 ml of whole milk and a tablespoon of granulated sugar and bring to a simmer. Once simmering pour 100 grams of Martino couscous making sure you are spreading it evenly. Cover with a lid and set aside for about 4-5 minutes.

Once the couscous is fully hydrated, fluff it with the help of a fork. This will remove any lumps and separate the delicate grains without crushing them to give the couscous a light, fluffy texture.

Prepare the fritters mixture:
Bring a large mixing bowl and pour inside the hydrated couscous. Add 20 grams of flour and 2 grams of baking powder. Mix with the help of a spoon. Continue by adding one egg (white and yolk) and the zest of an orange. Dice ¼ of an apple and toss the cubes inside the mixture. Mix everything well.

Ready to fry:
Take a small portion of the sweet couscous mixture in your hands and form small balls with your palms. Pour cooking oil to the depth of about 4cm into a pan and heat over a medium flame to 170 degrees Celsius. Fry the croquettes several at a time in the oil, turning them over as needed so they brown evenly. Adjust the flame as needed so the oil doesn’t get too hot (which would brown the croquettes before the interior is hot). Cook them in batches; do not crowd the pan. When the croquettes are browned and hot, drain them on paper towels. Serve immediately.

Ready to serve:
Sprinkle the fritters while still warm with powdered sugar and add a pinch of cinnamon. Or if you are filling whimsical, feel free to play with all kinds of sweet syrups or even honey! Finally, if you are into a hot – cold flavor, serve the couscous fritters with vanilla ice cream or even cold yogurt. What a delish!

You can practically use any fruit you want in this recipe. Replace the apple with pears, bananas, peaches or use dried fruits or even nuts if you like. For Halloween season use pumpkin! It is up to you.

Another variation you can make is replacing the cinnamon with nutmeg, anise, cardamom, or any spice that you fancy.

For vegans replace whole milk with rice milk, or even coconut milk!

Everybody deserves to treat themselves and their family something sweet after lunch or during an afternoon break. But with no time on our hands, we need simple, easy-to-make recipes to achieve this. Our aromatic couscous fritters with cinnamon and apples are ideal for this situation. You will need just less than 25 minutes to prepare them. Follow the recipe and if you are always on the hunt for more delicious ideas subscribe to our newsletter to receive them directly in your inbox.

As you can see these fritters are the perfect recipe to unleash your imagination and make combinations of fruits, nuts and spices and all your favorite toppings. As always enjoy these sweet treats, experiment and leave us a comment to tell us your favorite couscous fritters variation.

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