Air Fryer Apple Crisp

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Air Fryer Apple Crisp is the perfect comfort dessert made with simple ingredients such as diced apples, ground cinnamon, and rolled oats.

air fryer apple crisp

Air Fryer Apple Crisp is a tasty dessert made by cooking sliced apples with cinnamon and sugar until they’re soft and flavorful. On top of the apples, you add a crispy topping made from oats, flour, sugar, and butter. The magic happens in an air fryer, which cooks the apples and makes the topping crispy without deep frying.

Why You’ll Love It

  • You can either eat the Apple Crisp plain or serve it with ice cream or whipped cream. We make this every Fall, it always goes down a treat!
  • This recipe yields two servings, ensuring you won’t have an entire dessert dish left uneaten.

» You might also like these Air Fryer Apple Turnovers.

Ingredients Needed

ingredients for air fryer apple crisp
  • Butter – This is for greasing the ramekin to keep the apple crisp from sticking.
  • Diced Apples – Apples are the star of this dessert. You can use different apple varieties like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Fuji.
  • Water
  • Sugar – granulated sugar or a sugar substitute like allulose
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Rolled Oats – You can use your favorite brand of rolled oats.
  • All-Purpose Flour – Flour helps bind the topping ingredients together.
  • Brown Sugar – Brown sugar provides a caramel-like sweetness to the topping.
  • Melted Butter – Use salted or unsalted – the choice is yours.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
  • Ramekins – You will need two 6-8 ounce ramekins. Make sure that they will both fit into your air fryer basket at the same time.
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Tinfoil – This is for covering the ramekins during the first part of cooking to keep the apples from drying out.
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air fryer apple crisp

Tips for Making Apple Crisp in the Air Fryer

  • Tuck the tinfoil around the ramekins tightly so that the tinfoil doesn’t blow off during cooking. The apples will dry out.
  • Cut the apples similar in size so they all cook at the same rate.
  • Select apples that are firm and slightly tart for the best flavor and texture. Varieties like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Fuji work well. Granny Smith apples hold up well to cooking and give a slight tartness to go along with the sweet.
  • Make sure the topping is golden brown and crispy before removing it from the air fryer. You can cook it a bit longer if needed.
  • Feel free to customize the topping with nuts like chopped almonds or pecans for extra crunch and flavor.

How to Make Air Fryer Apple Crisp

Step One: Cut the Apples

peeling and cutting apples.

Wash and peel 1 large or 2 medium Granny Smith apples equaling 2 cups. Take care to cut the apples similar in size so they all cook at the same rate.

Step Two: Preparing the Apple Crisp

chopped apples with spices and ramekins

Use 1/2 teaspoon of butter to grease 2 ramekins that will fit into your air fryer. 

Combine apples, water, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Spoon into the prepared ramekins and cover with aluminum foil. Make sure to press the tinfoil tight around the ramekins so it doesn’t blow off during cooking.

Step Three: Air Fry the Apples

apple crisp covered in tinfoil in the air fryer basket

Air fry at 350°F (175°C) for 15 minutes.

Step Four: Add and Cook the Topping

Mix together the rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl until it resembles rough gravel.

crisp topping on partially cooked apples ready to go back in the air fryer

When the 15 minutes is up, remove the foil from the top of the ramekins. Spoon the topping onto the top of the apple mixture in each ramekin. Air fry for another 6 minutes to crisp up the topping.

air fryer apple crisp

Storing and Reheating Options

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Be sure to let it cool to room temperature before refrigerating.

To enjoy leftover apple crisp, reheat it in the air fryer at a lower temperature (around 300°F) for a few minutes to maintain its crispiness. You can use a microwave too but it will most likely make the Apple Crisp a little soggy and will lose the crispy texture.

air fryer apple crisp with ice cream on top

Optional Serving Ideas

  • Vanilla Ice Cream: You might want to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your hot apple crisp.
  • Caramel: Add a drizzle of caramel and some sea salt on top.
  • Whipped Cream: You can’t go wrong adding a little whipped cream on top.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen apples for this recipe?

While fresh apples are recommended for the best texture, you can use frozen apples if you prefer. However, they may release more moisture during cooking.

Can I make this recipe in a traditional oven?

Absolutely! Simply follow the same steps and bake the assembled crisp in a preheated oven at 350°F or 25-30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.

How do I prevent the topping from getting too brown in the air fryer?

If you find the topping is browning too quickly, you can cover it loosely with aluminum foil during the last few minutes of cooking to prevent over-browning.

What can I substitute for butter to make this dish dairy-free?

You can use dairy-free substitutes like coconut oil or a vegan butter alternative to replace regular butter in this recipe.

What are some creative serving suggestions for this dessert?

Aside from the classic vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, you can serve it with a drizzle of caramel sauce, a sprinkle of chopped nuts, or a dusting of powdered sugar it’s up to you what you prefer.

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air fryer apple crisp with ice cream on top

Air Fryer Apple Crisp

Air Fryer Apple Crisp is the perfect comfort dessert made with simple ingredients such as diced apples, ground cinnamon, and rolled oats.
4.8 from 17 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 233 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) butter
  • 2 cups (250 g) peeled and diced apples
  • 3 tablespoons (44 ml) water
  • ½ tablespoon (6 g) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon (0.8 g) salt
  • 2 tablespoons (12 g) rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons (15 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (24 g) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) melted butter

Instructions
 

  • Use ½ teaspoon of butter to grease 2 ramekins that will fit into your air fryer.
  • Combine apples, water, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Spoon into the prepared ramekins and cover with aluminum foil.
  • Air fry at 350°F (175°C) for 15 minutes.
  • Mix together the rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl until it resembles rough gravel.
  • When the 15 minutes is up, remove the foil from the top of the ramekins. Spoon the topping onto the top of the apple mixture in each ramekin. Air fry for another 6 minutes to crisp up the topping.

Notes

  • Tuck the tinfoil around the ramekins tightly so that the tinfoil doesn’t blow off during cooking. This will keep the apples from drying out.
  • Cut the apples similar in size so they all cook at the same rate.
  • Select apples that are firm and slightly tart for the best flavor and texture. Varieties like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Fuji work well. Granny Smith apples hold up well to cooking and give a slight tartness to go along with the sweet.
  • Make sure the topping is golden brown and crispy before removing it from the air fryer. You can cook it a bit longer if needed.
  • Feel free to customize the topping with nuts like chopped almonds or pecans for extra crunch and flavor.

    All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 208mgPotassium: 184mgFiber: 4gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 289IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword Apples, Oats
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