For the perfect warm dessert, air fryer baked apples are a classic!
Loaded to the brim with cinnamon, syrup, and oats, they bake to perfection in about 20 minutes.
These tasty apples look beautiful and smell delicious which makes them a perfect holiday dessert!
Here are the ingredients to make these baked apples in the air fryer:
- Large Apples – e.g. Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Golden Delicious
- Maple Syrup – To add sweetness; alternatively you can use brown sugar.
- Quick Oats – For the delicious filling.
- Chopped Pecans or Walnuts – Use any chopped nuts of your choice for some added crunch.
- Butter – Will make the filling soft and delicious.
- Ground Cinnamon – To add flavor; add more or less to taste.
To make an air fryer baked apple, read through these tips so you know what to expect.
- Use large apples that stand up well on their own – then you can add more filling and don’t have to worry about them falling over in the air fryer.
- We would recommend using an apple corer to core the apples, but if you don’t have one, a small paring knife also works. Also remember, leave the bottom of the apple intact – we don’t want there to be a hole where the filling runs out of.
- If you’re having a hard time coring the apples, you can also cut the apple in half to remove the core and seeds. Keep in mind that if you do this: the cooking time will likely shorten and we’d recommend using brown sugar instead of maple syrup because the syrup will run out of the apple since there is no longer a “pit” to hold all the toppings in during air frying.
- Be careful when you remove the baked apples from the air fryer. They are hot and soft and likely require silicone-tipped tongs to not damage them (or burn yourself!).
We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.
Step by Step Instructions
If you want to make an air fryer baked apple, you can follow the recipe step by step in this section and check out the process photos so see just how we did it.
If you’re feeling confident with the recipe, head to the bottom of the post for the cooking time and temperature for baked apples.
First, preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
While preheating, wash the apples, dry them, and then core them to remove the seeds out the top.
Don’t cut all the way through to the bottom – leave the bottom intact.
The hole should be roughly 1.5 inches wide at the top for the filling.
Next, mix the maple syrup, quick oats, ground cinnamon and chopped nuts in a small bowl.
Once mixed, fill the apples with the mixture with a spoon.
Now add a 1/2 tablespoon of butter on top of each apple. Press this butter into the oat mixture slightly.
Next, place the apples into the air fryer and air fry the apples at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-18 minutes until soft.
The cooking time can vary by air fryer and depends on the size of the apples and personal preference.
When they are done, carefully remove the apples from the air fryer.
You can enjoy them as is, drizzle more syrup on top or serve them with whipped cream or ice cream.
Baked apples taste best when they are warm out of the air fryer. However, you can store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Eat them within 4 days but keep in mind that they will likely get softer in the fridge.
Yes, you can reheat these baked apples. To reheat baked apples in the air fryer, heat them at 280 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes until warm again.
You might want to add a little more butter on top (since the oats may have dried out a bit) but this step is optional.
What to Serve Baked Apples With
With flavors rich in cinnamon and sugar, there are some classic additions that you can serve them with!
- Whipping cream is a nice addition to add some sweet cream to the soft apple.
- On that note, a scoop of ice cream – like vanilla – also goes well. The hot and cold desserts pair perfectly!
- As for toppings, you can always drizzle more syrup or crumble more chopped nuts on top – it’s really up to personal preference!
Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions about making baked apples in the air fryer:
To make baked apples in the air fryer, core the apple but leave the bottom intact. Mix the sugar/spice blend and spoon it into the apple. Then air fry the apples for 13-18 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of the apple.
Choose an apple with a firmer texture, a crispness to them, and a nice sweetness. Pink Lady and Honeycrisp apples fit this criteria well – they are also good all-around baking apples. Golden Delicious will also work but they won’t stay as firm when baked as the above apple varieties.
If you enjoyed these baked apples, here are some more tasty air fryer desserts that all have to do with other fruits!
- Air Fryer Peaches
- Pears in the Air Fryer
- Air Fried Banana Chips
- Air Fryer Pineapple
- Air Fryer Apple Chips
Air Fryer Baked Apples
- 4 large apples, e.g. Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Golden Delicious
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 3 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While preheating, wash the apples, dry them, and then core them to remove the seeds out the top. Don't cut all the way through to the bottom – leave the bottom intact. The hole should be roughly 1.5 inches wide at the top for filling.4 large apples
- Mix the maple syrup, quick oats, chopped nuts and ground cinnamon in a small bowl.1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup quick oats, 3 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Once mixed, use a small spoon to evenly fill the apples with the mixture.
- Add a 1/2 tablespoon of butter on top of each apple. Press the butter slightly into the oat mixture.2 tablespoons butter
- Place the apples into the preheated air fryer and air fry them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-18 minutes until soft. The exact cooking time can vary by air fryer and depends on the size of the apples and personal preference.
- When done, carefully remove the apples from the air fryer and serve warm. You can drizzle more syrup or serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!
- Remember to leave the bottom of the apples intact – we don’t want the filling to run out a hole in the bottom.
- If coring whole apples is too much work, can also cut the apples in half and then remove core/seeds. In that case, we would recommend using brown sugar instead of maple syrup since the syrup will run out of the apples much easier and cause the inside spice blend to be drier/not as sweet.
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.