Air Frying Apples (Yay Or Nay?)

We’ve been into air fryers lately, and many dishes have been on our list to try in our air fryers. Either it is something sweet or sour. But one thing I found recently that sounded quite weird was that air fryers are amazing with fruits too.

You know what, apples can be air fried too. Isn’t it surprising? So what I discovered was that air-fried apples have a very tender and saucy taste, just like apple syrup.

Let me give you an overview of the air frying apple slices method.

To start with the recipe, you’ll need:

Six apples

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon.

The first step is to peel and slice the apples. Then toss them with the vegetable oil. In the air fryer basket, arrange the apples in a single layer. Cook for about 14 minutes at 400 degrees F, or until the apples begin to color and become soft.

The apples don’t require any stirring or tossing during the cooking process. Add the maple syrup, sugar, and cinnamon to the apples in a bowl. And that’s all. It’s a short and precise recipe.

We’ll also talk about several other methods of making air-fried apples. You’ll get a quick review of various questions about air fryers and the fruits cooked in them.

Let’s get to it, guys!

What Is An Air Fryer?

Like an oven, an air fryer bakes and roasts; however, its heating elements are only on the top and are accompanied by a large, powerful fan, resulting in super crispy food in no time — and, more notably, with less oil than deep-fried counterparts.

Air fryers typically heat up quickly and cook food quickly and evenly due to the combination of a concentrated heat source and the length and placement of the fan.

Another benefit of air frying is the simplicity of cleanup. Most air fryer baskets and racks are dishwasher safe.

Can You Cook Apple In An Air Fryer?

The air fryer makes the apple slices tender, and a simple sauce makes them tempting. 

There are numerous options when it comes to Air Fryer Apples. Apple chips, baked apples, and tender slices of apple like these. But that is essentially what occurred. If you like Cracker Barrel’s fried apples, you’ll love these. 

Can Fruits Be Cooked In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook fruits in an air fryer easily. Although it sounds weird, air-fried fruits get extremely yummy and scrumptious!

Simply sprinkle your preferred spices over the fruit (cinnamon is usually a nice idea). Place the fruit slices in the air fryer, and cook for a few minutes or until the fruit is extra sweet and delicious. You will need roughly 3 cups of fruit to maintain the proper glaze proportions.

The fruits you can try out in an air fryer are:

Pineapples, mangoes, apples, pears, nectarines, bananas, berries, peaches, apricots, and plums.

You can add a little oil to help the fruits get brown (this is optional). Depending on how you want your fruit, you can change the cooking time to be shorter or longer.

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Air Fryers cook food with no use of oil!

What Ingredients Are Needed To Make Apples In Air Fryer?

The following ingredients are needed to make apples in an air fryer.

Apples: For these air-fried apples, choose delicious and crisp apples. Although Honey Crisp and Golden Delicious are both excellent, I prefer Gala or Fuji.

You can choose to peel the apples, but I don’t because it takes too much time, and I detest throwing away all the skins.

A little cinnamon is used to season the fruit before frying, and more are added with the sugar at the end. The cinnamon in this dish steals the spotlight!

Any cooking oil with a moderate flavor should work. I’ve read that canola oil works excellent for these apples because oil spray is not recommended for air fryers. A tiny bit of vanilla for flavoring.

These air-fried apples’ signature fried apple flavor comes from butter. Even though you don’t need much, a little will make the buttery, creamy sauce delicious.

You can add sugar to your food as desired. You can also add to your taste. I use a little sugar, but you can also use maple syrup or brown sugar.

How Are Apple Slices Cooked In The Air Fryer?

Apply non-stick cooking spray to the air fryer basket’s interior. Slice some apples, then sprinkle cinnamon on the slices. Cook apple slices in the air fryer for 18 minutes at 390°F while shaking the basket halfway through.

For even more flavor, spices like ginger, nutmeg, and allspice could be added. With these apples, even apple pie spice would be delicious!

Try adding a layer of parchment paper instead of frying oil if you discover that these apples make your fryer basket filthy and sticky. This will shield your air fryer from the apples’ stickiness. This recipe can be modified to fry other fruit slices too.

Peaches and pears would both provide quite stunning results. Since they are softer than apples, reduce the cooking time. 10 to 15 minutes ought to be adequate.

Baked apples, apple chips, and apple slices are examples of apple products. I had no intention of creating a knockoff dish. But in essence, that is what took place. You’ll adore these if you enjoy the fried apples from Cracker Barrel.

They taste just as good while being healthier. Making these apples is quite easy. They are a delicious dessert that won’t make you feel bad.

air fryers are easy to use
The tenderloins in the air fryer are so juicy!

Are Air-Fried Apples Healthy?

Apples with warm cinnamon and maple sauce cooked in an air fryer make a healthy and delicious dessert. They are vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free and have an apple pie filling flavor.

They are simple to make and taste delicious with a comforting maple cinnamon icing. They taste better than baked apple pie fillings and are also healthier.

The flavor of maple syrup is superior to every additional sugar used in conventional recipes. There are a few reasons why this meal is nutritious.

First, only four basic and healthy ingredients are required: apples, cinnamon, oil, and maple syrup.

I strongly advise selecting sweet, crisp, and firm apples. Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, Gala, and Jonagold apples are the finest for air frying.

Can Apples Be Dried In An Air Fryer?

Yes, apples can dry out in the air fryer to make crispy, crunchy apple chips.

Here is the step-by-step process:

  1. Allow your air fryer to heat up at 350°F (181°C). Afterward, place apple slices in a single layer at the bottom of the basket.
  2. Cook the apples for 8–10 minutes, tossing them twice.

Due to the shrinking process, you may cook a lot of dried apple chips with a relatively small amount of storage space needed. They’ll last up to weeks if stored under controlled conditions.

The air fryer enables you to experience dried apple rings that are crispy or slightly leathery (if cooked or dehydrated for a shorter period).

My favorites are cinnamon apple crisps and dried cinnamon apples. The cinnamon should be applied liberally to the slices. The amount of cinnamon will vary based on batch size. Start with 1/4 teaspoon, then add more as necessary.

To produce deliciously “warm” nutmeg-cinnamon apple chips, simply sprinkle a small amount of nutmeg over the cinnamon. I use homemade pumpkin pie spice for a comforting autumnal flavor.

Apple chips with caramel sauce on top is my favorite step to do. Gently brush the apple slices with a tiny amount of caramel sauce (or vegan caramel sauce).

mini pizzas in an air fryer
Pizzas can also be made in an air fryer

Cooking Chart For Air Fryers

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Cooking chart

How Can You Make Apples Chips In Ninja Chef Air Fryer?

Making apple chips in the Ninja air fryer is no different from simple ones. I would advise adding little oil; it’ll enhance the sweetness. The best oil is canola oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, and corn oil.

Peel and cut the fresh apples into round shapes. You can season the mixture with as many flavors as you choose. Apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice would be wonderful additions.

Add some whole-wheat flour, rapeseed oil, as well as cinnamon. Use cooking spray to brown the tops of your apple slices.

On top of these, you could also pour vanilla ice cream or sprinkle melted icing.

Healthy Chips Recipes that you can try in an air fryer


In conclusion, I’d like to say;

  • Many recipes can be followed to try air-fried apples. It’s easy, and the fruit turns out to be tender, crispy, and yummy. The maple syrup adds more taste to it.
  • Here, I’ll tell you a quick preparation technique for air-fried apples.
  • First, thoroughly wash and dry the apples. Then, cut the apple into 1/8-inch rounds using a mandoline or a sharp knife.
  • You can choose to core any slices that contain seeds or leave them alone. The rounds could alternatively be cored and sliced into smaller pieces. You’ll be able to fill the dehydrator/oven tray more.

I’ve already discussed the recipes and ingredients needed to make amazing apple chips and slices in your air fryer. You can try any one of them according to the type of air fryer you have.

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