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Air Fryer Apples Recipe

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Air Fryer Apples Recipe

Air fryer apples are a quick and delicious way to enjoy a sweet treat without much effort. With just a few simple ingredients like apples, cinnamon, and a bit of sweetener, you can whip up a delightful snack or dessert in about 10 minutes.

Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack, a tasty side dish, or a cozy dessert, air fryer apples are perfect for any time of day. The air fryer cooks the apples to tender perfection, and the added spices make them irresistible.

Plus, you don’t need to heat up your oven, making it an ideal option for hot days or quick prep. Give it a try and see how easy and delicious air fryer apples can be!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make air fryer apples, you’ll need a few simple ingredients. Each one adds its own touch to the final dish.

Main Ingredients

  • Apples: Choose firm, sweet apples like Honeycrisp, Gala, or Fuji.
  • Butter: Adds richness and helps caramelize the apples. You can use margarine or coconut oil as substitutes.
  • Cinnamon: Adds warmth and flavor. If you don’t have cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin spice can work too.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the sweetness. Almond extract can be a substitute.


  • Brown Sugar: Brings in a deep, molasses flavor. White sugar or honey can be used instead.
  • Maple Syrup: Great for a more natural sweetness. Agave syrup or simple syrup can replace it.


  • Lemon Juice: Prevents apples from browning. A squeeze of lime juice can work too.
  • Nutmeg: Adds an additional spice layer. Allspice can be used as an alternative, but use it sparingly.

Example Ingredient List

IngredientSubstitute Options
ButterMargarine, Coconut Oil
CinnamonNutmeg, Pumpkin Spice
Vanilla ExtractAlmond Extract
Brown SugarWhite Sugar, Honey
Maple SyrupAgave Syrup, Simple Syrup
Lemon JuiceLime Juice

Feel free to experiment with these substitutes to find what works best for you.


  1. Preheat Your Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).

  2. Prepare the Apples:

    • Peel and core the apples.
    • Cut them into 1-inch chunks or 1/4 inch slices, depending on your preference.
  3. Coat the Apples:

    • In a large bowl, toss the apple pieces with 1-2 tablespoons of melted butter or coconut oil.
    • Add 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
    • Mix well until the apple chunks are evenly coated.
  4. Optional Ingredients:

    • You can add a dash of nutmeg, ginger, or vanilla extract for extra flavor.
    • A touch of lemon juice can keep the apples from browning too much.
  5. Arrange in the Air Fryer:

    • Place the apple pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
    • It’s okay if they overlap a little, but try to keep them mostly spread out for even cooking.
  6. Cooking Time:

    • Air fry the apples at 375°F (190°C) for about 7-10 minutes.
    • Shake the basket or turn the apples halfway through to ensure they cook evenly.
  7. Check for Doneness:

    • The apples should be tender and slightly caramelized when done.
    • If needed, cook for an extra 2-3 minutes until they reach your desired level of tenderness.
  8. Serve Warm:

    • Enjoy the air fried apples as a snack, side dish, or dessert.
    • They pair well with ice cream, yogurt, or oatmeal.

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Peeling and Cutting:
Peel apples with a peeler or paring knife. Cut apples into uniform slices or chunks. This helps them cook evenly.

Flavor Boosters:
Mix apples with melted butter, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Some recipes suggest adding brown sugar or maple syrup for extra sweetness.

Air Fryer Settings:
Preheat your air fryer for a few minutes. Cook apples at 380°F for about 8-10 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

Prevent Browning:
Dip apple slices in a bowl of water with a squeeze of lemon juice to keep them from browning before cooking.

Single Layer:
Place apples in a single layer in the air fryer basket. This ensures proper airflow and even cooking.

Serving Ideas:
Serve your air fryer apples with ice cream, on top of pancakes, or with a dollop of whipped cream. These apples also make a great oatmeal topping.

Store any leftover apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep well for about 3-4 days. Reheat them in the microwave or briefly in the air fryer to warm them up.

Reheat in the air fryer at a lower temperature for a few minutes. This helps maintain their texture and flavor.

Feel free to experiment with different spices or even add a handful of nuts for a crunchy texture.

By following these tips and tricks, you can make delicious and perfectly cooked air fryer apples every time!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.