Easy Air Fryer Baked Apples

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Air Fryer Baked Apples pack all the delicious flavors of fall – apples, cinnamon, nutmeg – into a sweet and crunchy dessert that’s so delicious and yet so simple to make.

baked apple

Why You’ll Love It

  • Fall ingredients: This is a great recipe to help you use up all of those fall apples that you have sitting on the counter. Who knew the air fryer could make such a perfect apple dessert.
  • Simple: The ingredients used in this recipe are basic and common pantry staples. If you don’t have oats use granola, don’t have cinnamon, use nutmeg. Change it and tweak it for a simple dessert.
  • Delicious & nutritious: Most desserts are packed with sugar. This recipe relies on the natural sugars in the apple along with a little bit of honey for its delicious sweet tart flavors.

What Are Baked Apples

Obviously baked apples are typical “baked” in the oven, but this version is baked in the air fryer instead. That might seem strange if you’ve never baked in the air fryer before, but it’s really just a convection oven that circulates air around the food to cook it more quickly and evenly.

Baked apples can be made with any type of apple. You just need to remove the core and then either cut them in half, slice them, or dice them and bake them. In this recipe, we’ve halved the apples and use them as a vessel for sweetened oats that we put in the middle of the apples, which make them similar to an apple crisp.

» You might also try these Air Fryer Apple Crisp or 22 Air Fryer Breakfast Recipes.

Ingredients You’ll Need

ingredients for air fryer baked apples
  • Apples – Use your favorite apples or whatever extra apples you have on hand – Fuji, golden delicious, red delicious, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp… They’re all good!
  • Butter – This is for brushing onto the apples to keep them moist, and to add to the crumble filling. Remember, butter makes everything better.
  • Old fashioned oats or granola – You definitely want to use oats in this recipe, but it’s okay if they are in the form of granola. You might need less honey in the filling if using a sweetened granola.
  • Honey – This is the glue that holds it all together and makes it sweet.
  • Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon (and maybe some nutmeg if you like it) give this baked apple a delicious fall flavor.

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.
  • Basting brush: The brush on the melted butter, you’ll need a good basting brush.
baked apple cut in half

Helpful Tips

  • If you like the apple to be completely baked and mushy, cook for 15 minutes. For a slightly firmer apple, cook for 10-13.
  • Don’t feel the apples before baking. The skin will help the apples hold their shape and keep the filling from falling out as it cooks.
  • Use your favorite apple. I love to use cosmic crisps or pink lady apples.
  • Make sure to cook the apples skin side down.

How to Make Air Fryer Baked Apples

Step1: Prep the Apples

The best way to bake apples in the air fryer is to half them and set them on their skin side. So cut the apples in half and cut out the core with a paring knife. Brush melted butter on the tops of the apple halves. 

raw apple half being brushed with butter

Step 2: Mix up the Filling

Mix the remaining melted butter with the oats, honey, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add some nutmeg, if you like it. It gives it a nice aroma and flavor.

Spoon the mixture evenly onto the tops of the apples. I find this easier to do outside of the air fryer, so hold an apple half in your palm and scoop in the mixture, then place it gently into the air fryer basket, one by one.

baked apples in the air fryer basket

Step 3: Bake

Bake at 375º F (180º C) for 13-15 minutes. Check on them after about 10 minutes to make sure everything is coming along well. If you want there to still be bite left to the apple, you might want to take them out at this point. If you want them apple to be mostly cooked through and soft, continue cooking for 3-5 minutes.

You can eat these apples on their own, straight from the air fryer, or pile them up with whipped cream or ice cream for a more substantial dessert.

baked apple

Questions About the Recipe

Are air fried apples healthy?

Air Fryer Baked Apples are definitely a healthy dessert. While apples do have a bit of natural sugars in them, this isn’t bad for you if you maintain a low-sugar diet. These apples taste like the best part of an apple pie, and since it doesn’t have the crust, it’s way healthier of an option.

Should I peel the apples before baking?

It’s not necessary to remove the peel of these apples. In fact, it holds them together and gives a little extra texture if you leave it on. You can peel your apples before you bake them if you don’t like the skin. However, it’s usually easier to just peel off the skin after you bake the apples, as it comes off easily.

What apples are best to use?

Use your favorite apples or whatever extra apples you have on hand – Fuji, golden delicious, red delicious, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp… They’re all good!

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baked apple with whip cream on top

Air Fryer Baked Apples

Air fryer baked apples pack all the delicious flavors of fall into a sweet and crunchy dessert that's so delicious and yet so simple to make.
4.8 from 47 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 153 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 2 apples cut in half and cored
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter melted
  • 1/2 cup (41 g) oats
  • 3 teaspoons (15 ml) honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Brush the butter on the tops of the apple halves.
  • Mix the remaining butter with the oats, honey, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly onto the tops of the apples.
  • Bake at 375º F (180º C) for 13-15 minutes.
  • Top with extra cinnamon sugar, whipped cream, or ice cream, as desired.

Notes

  • If you like the apple to be completely baked and mushy, cook for 15 minutes. For a slightly firmer apple, cook for 10-13.
  • Don’t feel the apples before baking. The skin will help the apples hold their shape and keep the filling from falling out as it cooks.
  • Make sure to cook the apples skin side down.
  • Use your favorite apple. I love to use cosmic crisps or pink lady apples.

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: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 68mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 300IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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