Air Fryer Apples are easy to make and can be ready in just 15 minutes. Buttery, soft, sticky and sweet, they are perfect for dessert or breakfast.
Got lots of apples? Then warm, fragrant and cozy Air Fryer Apples are your friend.
These delicious brown sugar cinnamon apples are just the right amount of soft, buttery, sticky and sweet, and are amazing enjoyed for dessert or breakfast.
Bonus points for being low maintenance, low effort and taking little more than 15 minutes start to finish. Apple recipes don't get much easier than this!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Here is what you will be needing to make Air Fried Apples:
Important note - You might be tempted to use a spray like Pam spray in your air fryer instead of oil. Don't do it! Sprays like that are not pure oil and have ingredients that leave a film that is impossible to remove. Very quickly this will cause the air fryer (or pan) to lose its non stick performance. If you want to use a spray, buy a mister and fill it with oil.
And a few ingredient notes:
- Oil & vegan butter - A tiny bit of oil is required to coat the apples so they don't stick to the air fryer basket, and the melted butter is to add that classic fried, buttery flavour and some sauciness to the air fried apples.
- Cinnamon - The apple's best friend. Apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice work great instead though. All flavors reminiscent of fall!
- Sugar - My preference is brown sugar because it makes the apples taste caramel-y. Coconut sugar would make a great sub. White or cane sugar can also be used but you'll lose that caramel flavour.
How To Make Air Fryer Apples
Air fried apples are really easy to make. Here's how:
- Core, then slice your apples with a paring knife, toss in a tiny bit of oil (to stop them sticking), pour into the air fryer basket and air fry.
- Once soft, tender and golden, spoon into a bowl.
- Add the melted butter, sugar and cinnamon.
- Stir to coat the apples in the sticky glaze.
Success Tip - Be sure to prep and cook your apples very soon after you have sliced them so they don't have a chance to turn brown.
Keep air fryer apples in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat in an oven proof dish in your air fryer (350°F for 3 to 4 minutes), in a pan on the stovetop, or in a microwave. Add a little more vegan butter, maple syrup, or a drop of water to moisten them up if necessary.
Pile those warm, buttery, cinnamony air fryer fried apples in a bowl and top with vegan yogurt, vanilla ice cream or vegan custard. They are also really good used as a topping for pancakes, oatmeal, and Vegan French toast.
Crispy firm apples work best. Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Empire, Jonagold, Braeburn, Fuji and Gala all work well. Granny Smith apples are great if you want a more sweet-tart flavour.
Yes you can bake the apples in an oven. Toss in the oil then spread out on a lined tray. Bake at 400°F ( 200 °C) for about 25 minutes, or until soft and golden. Then toss with the other ingredients as per the recipe.
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Air Fryer ApplesAuthor:
- 6 medium apples
- 2 teaspoons oil , such as vegetable, canola, sunflower, olive
- 1 to 2 tablespoons melted dairy-free butter , or refined coconut oil (or maple syrup)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (if you used maple syrup instead of butter use 1 tablespoon)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon , or apple pie/pumpkin pie spice
- Core the apples and cut into ¼ inch thick wedges or slices. I prefer to leave the peel on. Peel if you prefer though.
- Put the apple slices into a bowl and toss with the oil.
- Tip into your air fryer, spread into a single layer and air fry on 400°F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden and soft. Give them a little shake halfway. All air fryers cook a little differently so keep an eye on them.
- When done remove the apples from the air fryer and spoon back into the bowl from earlier.
- Add the melted butter, sugar and cinnamon and stir well to coat the apples.
- Serve immediately.
Nutritional information is provided for convenience & as a courtesy. The data is a computer generated estimate so should be used as a guide only.