These air fryer baked apples are a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth with wholesome ingredients. The apples are “baked” in the air fryer with butter and cinnamon, and then topped and baked again with a maple oat crumble. They only take about 20 minutes to make and the recipe uses everyday items from your pantry!
One of the things I love most about this dessert is how easy it is to bake. Then enter the air fryer, which makes the entire process even simpler. There’s nothing quite like the taste of old fashioned cinnamon apples, and their natural sweetness means you won’t miss the artificial sweetness of other desserts. I always say that fall isn’t complete without apple pie, and this dessert is a healthy alternative for those Autumn cravings.
This recipe is also versatile! As a dessert, it pairs wonderfully with some whipped cream. You can serve it with some Greek yogurt for breakfast or cut it up into snack bites. Change up the fruit by making baked pears, or get creative by adding nuts and raisins to the filling.
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What You’ll Need
Apples– I used a gala apple and a granny smith apple for this recipe. I loved the contrast in flavors of the tart granny smith apple with the sweetness of the rest of the ingredients.
Water– Water helps soften the apples during the baking process.
Butter– Organic butter from grass-fed cows is loaded with good-for-you fats that make these apples even more filling and nutritious!
Cinnamon & Nutmeg– Because what are baked apples without some cinnamon and spice?!
Old Fashioned Oats– I used organic old fashioned oats for this recipe. Don’t confuse old fashioned oats with instant oats – they won’t turn out the same!
Maple Syrup– 100% pure maple syrup adds just the right amount of natural sweetness without going overboard.
Air Fryer– I used a basic Chefman Air Fryer in this recipe, but any air fryer should work! Just be sure to read the cooking instructions first, as each brand will cook your food a tad bit differently.
Tongs– Don’t attempt to remove the freshly baked apples with your bare hand! I love these wooden tongs that came with a beautiful set of teak wooden kitchen utensils.
Pastry Brush– To spread the melted butter across the surface of the apples. I also love my wooden brush that came in the same set as the wooden tongs above!
You’ll also need a sharp knife, a cutting board, and a small mixing bowl.
How to Make Air Fryer Baked Apples
Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Cut your two apples in half and then core them using an apple corer, knife, or spoon. Save the excess apple flesh for later (minus the seeds and core).
Pour 1/2 cup of water into the air fryer basket, and then place the apples onto the basket rack, flesh side up.
Melt 2 tsp of butter and brush the butter over the 4 apple halves.
Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
While the cinnamon apples are baking, chop up the leftover apple flesh and place into a small bowl.
Mix in the old fashioned oats, remaining apple, nutmeg, cinnamon, maple syrup, and 2 tbsp butter.
Once the apples are done, scoop the filling into the center of the apples.
Bake again at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. The apple should be soft when poked with a fork, and the filling should come to a crisp.
Tips & Notes
- Air fryers cook differently depending on the brand, so be sure to follow the cooking guide that came with yours. I’m using a basic Chefman Air Fryer, and 20 minutes cooking time bakes these apples perfectly at 350 degrees!
- Don’t skip out on adding 1/2 cup of water to the air fryer basket! This water will help keep the baking environment moist, since air fryers were made to cook food to a crisp.
- The best apples for this recipe are the ones that are more firm so that they’ll hold their shape when baked. These include gala, granny smith, pink lady, Fuji, and honey crisp!
- Pair your air fryer baked apples with whipped cream/ice cream for dessert, Greek yogurt for breakfast, or cut up into bite-sized snacks.
- If you have leftover apples (although I doubt you will!), you can store them in an air tight container refrigerated for 2 days.
If you’re looking for another tasty but health fall recipe, check out these Sourdough Pumpkin Muffins!
For ideas on living simple during fall, be sure to read my 10 Fall Bucket List Ideas for Simple Living in Autumn.
Easy Air Fryer Baked Apples - With a Maple & Oat Filling
Satisfy your sweet tooth with wholesome ingredients and just 25 minutes time! You'll loved air fryer baked apples with a maple oat filling.
- 2 apples
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Optional: Greek yogurt, whipped cream, and/or ice cream for serving!
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Cut your two apples in half and then core them using an apple corer, knife, or spoon. Save the excess apple flesh for later (minus the seeds and core).
- Pour 1/2 cup of water into the air fryer basket, and then place the apples onto the basket rack, flesh side up.
- Melt 2 tsp of butter and brush the butter over the 4 apple halves.
- Sprinkle the apples with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- While the cinnamon apples are baking, chop up the leftover apple flesh and place into a small bowl.
- Mix in the old fashioned oats, remaining apple, nutmeg, cinnamon, maple syrup, and 2 tbsp butter.
- Once the apples are done, scoop the filling into the center of the apples.
- Bake again at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. The apple should be soft when poked with a fork, and the filling should come to a crisp.
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