These air fryer baked apples are a delicious, easy dessert with a cinnamon, oat, and maple syrup filling. They come together quickly and are a wonderful alternative to traditional baked apples.
Why You'll Love This Dish
This is a relatively healthy dessert and extremely delicious. The baked apples are filled with a delicious, soft, lightly chewy, sweet oat, cinnamon, and maple filling that's so comforting and warming.
Baked apples are an easy recipe to put together. Plus, baking apples in the air fryer makes for easy cleanup. Check out this post on how to use parchment paper in the air fryer for even easier cleanup!
This baked apple recipe is a great way to use extra apples, too!
What You'll Need
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- Fresh Apples The best apples for this recipe in my opinion are honeycrisp, but pink lady, gala, something milder like golden delicious, or tart apples like granny smith will all work well here.
- Old-Fashioned Oats
- Maple Syrup
- Cayenne You don't need to include this if you don't have it on hand.
- Butter I prefer using unsalted butter so that I can decide on the level of salt in my recipes. However, you can use salted butter here as well. Just use a light touch when adding any additional salt.
- Kosher Salt If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of kosher salt to the oat mixture.
- Flaky Sea Salt like Maldon salt
How to Bake Apples in the Air Fryer
Follow the step-by-step directions below to make this recipe.
Step One If you have one, use an apple corer to core the apples, then slice them in half. If not, just slice the apples in half through the core and stem.
Step Two Scoop out a little more of the apple with a spoon or paring knife.
Step Five Air fry apples at 350 degrees F until the apples are soft and the cinnamon oat apple filling is lightly browned and caramelized, 12 to 15 minutes. Let apples cool just enough to handle or use tongs to remove from the air fryer.
Yes. Fruits and vegetables cooked in the air fryer retain more of their nutrients than other cooking methods.
Read more about the health benefits of air frying in this article from Healthline.
Air frying fruit allows you to develop a baked texture, with a soft interior and lightly crisp exterior.
- Air fryers can vary in size and temperature, so your cook time may vary slightly from the recipe. Check early if you believe your air fryer runs on the hotter side.
- Work in batches. If you want to make more than two apples at a time, work in batches to avoid crowding the air fryer.
- Try different warm spices and apple varieties to find the flavor combination that you like best!
Try adding walnuts for a little extra texture and flavor.
Add brown sugar in place of maple syrup for a sweeter apple.
Nutmeg, apple pie spice, or other warm spices can be added for a more savory note. Use your favorite spices to see what flavor combination you like best.
Leave out the oat mixture and brush apple slices with butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup for a dish more similar to apple pie filling.
You can also make in the oven. Place the apples in a baking dish with about a cup of water in the base and bake the apples at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour or so, until the apples are soft and the topping is golden brown.
How to Store
I recommend serving these apples right away.
Fridge Store any leftover baked apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Keep in mind that the texture of the filling may become soft.
Freezer I do not recommend freezing.
Reheating Heat your apples in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until warmed through.
How to Serve
These apples are delicious on their own, but you can also serve them with...
- whipped cream
- a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream or one of these delicious ice cream sandwiches
- a drizzle of extra maple syrup
- alongside some amazing air fryer cinnamon rolls
- other fruit desserts, like fruit salad or these white chocolate covered strawberries
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Easy Air Fryer Baked Apples
- 2 apples large
- ⅓ cup oats
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon divided
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- pinch flaky sea salt or to taste
- If you have one, use an apple corer to core the apples, then slice them in half. If not, just slice the apples in half through the core and stem and use a spoon or knife to remove the core and seeds.
- Scoop out a little more of the apple with a spoon or paring knife to create a round cavity.
- Make the filling: combine the oats, melted butter, maple syrup, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, cayenne, and a pinch of salt to a medium bowl and mix well.
- Sprinkle each apple half with ½ teaspoon cinnamon and fill each apple cavity with the oat mixture. Place the apple halves in the air fryer basket.
- Air fry apples at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until they are soft and the cinnamon oat filling is lightly browned and caramelized, 12 to 15 minutes. Let apples cool just enough to handle or use tongs to remove from the air fryer.
- I like to use honeycrisp apples, but any variety of apple should work well.
- Fridge Store any leftover baked apples in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Keep in mind that the texture of the filling may become soft.
- Freezer I do not recommend freezing.
- Reheating Heat your apples in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until warmed through.