Like really good apple pie filling but healthier and without having to make pie 😉
This Air Fried Apples recipe is the thing that saved me from having to make an actual apple pie this year while still feeling like I satisfied everyone’s apple pie craving.
Warm, spiced apples coated in rich maple syrup that cook up in the air fryer and taste like heaven. They’re lightly crisp on the outside, tender inside and made in the air fryer in 10 minutes.
Let me ask you a question… Who doesn’t love apple pie? Can’t think of a single person. And who, honestly, loves making pastry? I can think of one… maybe two people, and I’m happy for them, I really am. I, on the other hand, will come up with a zillion alternate ideas just to avoid making pastry. Crisps, crumbles, toasts, tarts… you name it.
These apples are insanely easy to make and will definitely satisfy your apple cravings. I can think of endless ways to enjoy them, but a few of my favourite ways to eat them are:
For brunch, piled onto hot, buttered toast, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar & chopped walnuts and topped with thick greek yogurt (pictured below).
For breakfast, scooped on top of a bowl of steaming steel cut oats and topped with brown sugar, butter and cream.
For dessert, spooned into a bowl and topped with rich vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and a drizzle of salted caramel.
For a healthy snack, topped with granola and yogurt.
this Air Fried Apples recipe, how to make it…
The hardest part about this recipe is… there is no hardest part of this recipe. It honestly couldn’t be easier.
Peel and chop a couple of large, crisp apples. Coat them with some coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon.
Toss the apples into the pre-heated air fryer and let them cook for 10 minutes. That’s it. That’s the whole thing. And so I lied above… there is a hardest thing about this recipe… the hardest thing is figuring out how to eat these delicious apple treats.
Air Fried Apples Recipe ingredients, tips, substitutions:
Apples – I love a good honeycrisp apple, but just about any firm apple will work. Pink lady, Ambrosia and Granny Smith are all good.
Maple Syrup – use good, pure maple syrup. If you need a substitute you can use honey or golden syrup.
Coconut Oil – this will give a light coconut flavour to the apples, which I quite like, but you can use any other oil or even melted butter.
Doubling the Recipe – you can double the recipe as long as there is enough space in your air fryer so that the apples aren’t piled up on top of each other. They need some space between them so they crisp up nicely (you can see the air fryer I use in my favourites list here).
Air Fried Apples Recipe Variations:
- Make pumpkin spiced air fryer apples by swapping out the cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice.
- Make cardamom ginger air fryer apples by using 1/2 tsp cardamom and 1/4 tsp ginger for the cinnamon.
- Make maple walnut apples, by sprinkling some chopped walnuts on the apples as soon as they’re done.
looking for more recipes that scream fall? try these…
- Honey, Sage & Butternut Squash Grilled Cheese
- Instant Pot Apple Cider with Cinnamon & Ginger
- Fluffy Black Pepper and Grape Focaccia
- Honey Glazed Pork Chops with Apples
- Upside Down Puff Pastry Apple Tart
Air Fried Apples
- 2 large tart apples peeled, cored, cut into pieces*
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil**
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Add the apples to a bowl and toss with the maple syrup, oil and cinnamon.
- Preheat the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 380.
- Add the apples and air fry for 10-12 minutes.
- Serve as-is or with ice cream, yogurt or whipped cream. Eat in a bowl or piled onto buttered toast and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and chopped walnuts.
Let me know what you think below and if you like this Air Fried Apples Recipe then I know you’ll love my Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling and Streusel… go check them out!