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Air Fryer Apple Fritters

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Cook Time12 minutes
Cooking Temperature360 degrees Fahrenheit

The exact cook time can vary. Read below for our tips!

Air fryer apple fritters are a delicious warm, apple-filled dessert.

They are easy to make with fresh apples, flour, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and a few other ingredients – perfect for whipping up when the dessert craving hits! 

They come out of the air fryer soft and tender on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. Because they’re not deep-fried, they may taste a little different from the apple fritters you are used to – but they are delicious and satisfying without a lot of oil!

You can make a simple glaze to drizzle on top, or enjoy them with maple syrup, honey, or even berry compote for a little extra sweetness!

air fried apple fritters on plate with glass of milk and apple behind.
Enjoy the apple fritters fresh.

Ingredients

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The ingredients needed for this apple fritter recipe!

To make these apple fritters, here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • Apples – A crisp apple like Granny Smith balances the sweetness nicely, but any apple will work.
  • All-purpose flour – To make the batter.
  • Granulated sugar – To sweeten the batter.
  • Ground cinnamon – For extra flavor. You can also add nutmeg if you like.
  • Baking powder – Leavening agent; make sure it’s fresh.
  • Salt (not pictured) – Enhances the overall flavor.
  • Vanilla extract – For extra flavor. Alternatively, you can use vanilla bean paste or almond extract.
  • Eggs – To make the batter.
  • Milk – To make the batter; low-fat and whole milk both work. Non-dairy alternatives are also an option.
  • Vegetable oil – Helps with browning. Alternatively, you can use avocado oil, canola oil, or sunflower oil.

Recipe Tips

Before you take on these tasty apple fritters in the air fryer, have a read through these recipe tips so that you know exactly what to expect!

  • The type of apple you use will affect the taste of the apple fritters. If you want them to be very sweet, choose sweet apples. If you want them less sweet, choose crisp apples like Granny Smith for a tart contrast to the sweet batter.
  • Either cut the apples into thin, even pieces or grate them so they cook through in the air fryer.
  • Line your air fryer with parchment paper to keep the batter from dripping through the air fryer basket.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer. You’ll likely have to cook the fritters in batches.
  • Keep in mind that the exact cooking time may vary depending on your air fryer and the size of the apple fritters.
  • After baking, you can glaze the fritters with a simple sugar glaze or sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar if you like.
  • Enjoy the apple fritters warm and fresh for the best taste.
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Step by Step Instructions

In this section, we’ll show you exactly how to make these air fryer apple fritters. We’ve included all of the process photos so you can follow along at home.

Of course, you can find the detailed recipe cards at the end of this post.

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Add the dry ingredients to a bowl.

First, preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes or until it indicates that it is preheated.

While you wait, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

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Whisk well.

Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Whisk well until you have a smooth batter without lumps.

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Add the chopped or grated apples.

Peel and core the apples. Finely chop or grate them, then add them to the bowl with the batter.

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Mix in the apples.

Using a spatula, fold the apples into the batter. The batter should be thick and well mixed.

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Drop some of the batter into the preheated air fryer.

Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to place a small amount of batter on the prepared basket, leaving about 3/4 to 1 inch of space between each fritter.

Gently brush or spray the fritters with a little oil. You’ll likely have to cook the apple fritters in batches.

four air fried apple fritters on parchment paper in round air fryer basket.
The apple fritters should be golden brown on the outside.

Air fry the apple fritters at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes, then carefully flip them over, spray with more oil (optional), and cook for another 4 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

The exact cooking time can vary depending on your air fryer, the size of the apple fritters, and personal preference.

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Enjoy these apple fritters.

Optional: While the apple fritters are baking, you can make a simple glaze by whisking together powdered sugar and water or milk. Then drizzle it on top of the apple fritters once they are done.

Enjoy the apple fritters while they are warm and fresh for the best taste.

Storage Tips

As mentioned above, these apple fritters are best warm and fresh out of the air fryer. If you have leftovers, you can store them in a sealed container on the counter at room temperature for about a day or two.

However, we would recommend eating them sooner rather than later and not making more than you think you’ll eat.

You can reheat them in the air fryer for a quick minute or two at a low temperature, such as 280 degrees Fahrenheit.

Related Recipes

If you enjoyed these apple fritters, here are some more air-fried desserts you might want to try out next!

apple fritters stacked on plate with cloth underneath.

Air Fryer Apple Fritters

Air Fryer Apple Fritters are a delicious apple-filled dessert. Made with a simple sweet batter, these fritters cook to a golden perfection in no time at all!
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Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 7 apple fritters

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or oil spray
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, optional (for the glaze)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk or water, optional (for the glaze)

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 minutes or until it indicates that it is preheated.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
    2/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, a pinch of salt
  • Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Whisk until you have a smooth batter without lumps.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup milk
  • Peel and core the apples. Finely chop or grate them, then add them to the bowl with the batter and fold in with a spatula. The batter should be thick and well mixed.
    2 medium apples
  • Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to place a small amount of batter on the prepared basket, leaving about 3/4 to 1 inch of space between each fritter. Gently brush or spray the fritters with a little oil. You'll likely have to cook the apple fritters in batches.
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Air fry the apple fritters at 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes, then carefully flip them over, spray with more oil (optional), and cook for another 4 minutes, or until golden and crisp. The exact cooking time can vary.
  • Optional: Make a simple glaze by whisking together powdered sugar and water or milk. Then drizzle over the apple fritters when they are done.
    2 to 3 teaspoons milk or water, 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Enjoy your air fryer apple fritters while they are warm and delicious. 

Notes

  • The type of apple you use will affect the taste of the apple fritters. If you want them to be very sweet, choose sweet apples. If you want them less sweet, choose crisp apples like Granny Smith for a tart contrast to the sweet batter.
  • Either cut the apples into thin, even pieces or grate them so they cook through in the air fryer.
  • Line your air fryer with parchment paper to keep the batter from dripping through the air fryer basket.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer. You’ll likely have to cook the fritters in batches.
  • Keep in mind that the exact cooking time may vary depending on your air fryer and the size of the apple fritters.
  • After baking, you can glaze the fritters with a simple sugar glaze or sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar if you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

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Yuliia is a photographer based in the UK. Having a large family, she was excited to discover the air fryer two years ago. It has been her indispensable assistant ever since! She loves experimenting with air fryer recipes and cooking something new for her family.

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