Celebrate fall flavors with this easy Air Fryer Apple Crisp. Bake this dessert right in your air fryer basket. Everyone loves this healthy fruit dessert with a sweep crumble topping. This recipe has vegan and gluten-free options.

two bowls of apple crisp topped with ice cream

It just isn’t fall without an apple crisp and this air fryer version is an absolute favorite. You might be surprised how many delicious desserts you can make in your air fryer.

An air fryer is basically a small convection oven which makes it the perfect appliance when you want something crispy like a crumb topping! See my list of the best air fryers under $100.

Now that apples are in season, they are great for making desserts. Most red varieties are high in natural sugars which means you don’t need as much added sugar.

In this recipe, I only add sugar to the topping and it’s still perfectly sweet. It tastes amazing on its own but even better with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream (use dairy-free ice cream for vegan diets)!

Why You Need This Recipe

  • It’s the perfect fall dessert to use up all those sweet apples!
  • If you’re looking for a healthy air fryer apple crisp, this one uses significantly less sugar than others but it still tastes delicious and satisfying!
  • You don’t even have to turn on the oven. If you’re out of room or just don’t want to heat up the entire kitchen the air fryer is the go-to appliance!
a spoonful of apple crisp

Key Ingredients

Apples – You will need about 2 1/2 cups of thinly sliced apples. This took about 4 large apples for me so if you’re apples are medium or small, I would use five. Use a red, sweeter variety like Gala, Fuji, or Honeycrisp. Granny smith are so tart they need sugar to be sweet enough for a crisp or pie.

Lemon – Lemon juice really brightens up the flavors of sweet ingredients like fruit. You may be surprised how much a little lemon juice does for a fruit dessert.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon not only adds warmth and spice but it’s also great for you. It’s packed with antioxidants that fight inflammation. See my recipe for Lemon Cinnamon Water if you love this warming spice.

All-purpose flour – If you are on a gluten-free diet you can substitute equal parts gluten-free all-purpose flour in its place (I like Bob’s Red Mill 1-to1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour). Otherwise just use regular flour.

Sugar – This whole recipe only calls for 1/4 cup of sugar which means each serving only has one tablespoon of added sugar. That’s not bad for a dessert!

Butter or vegan butter – If you’re on a dairy-free or vegan diet, you can substitute vegan butter in it’s place. You can usually find it in the same area as regular butter.

ingredients for an apple crisp

Recipe Steps

Step One

Wash and dry your apples. Core and thinly slice them then place the slices in a medium bowl. You should have around 2 1/2 cups of sliced apples.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Add the water, lemon juice, and cinnamon to the apples and then stir to combine. Pour the apples into a 6 inch round baking dish (or one that will fit inside your individual air fryer basket). I recommend this air fryer baking dish that should fit most regular-sized models.

cored and cut apples with topping

Step Three

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, sea salt, and softened butter then use your hands to combine the mixture. It should be crumbly.

Step Four

Spread the topping evenly over the apple mixture.

apple crisp in pan with topping

Step Five

Place the baking dish inside of the air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 325 degrees for 30 minutes. The apples should be soft and the top browned when the crisp is done.

baked apple crisp inside air fryer basket

Step Five

Serve warm. Enjoy by itself or with ice cream!

a bowl of apple crisp

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • If your air fryer basket is on the small side, you may need to use ramekins instead of the baking dish. If using ramekins, divide the apple and topping mixture between each bowl and bake according to the directions.
  • You can use green apples for this recipe, but you may need to add an extra tablespoon or two of sugar to make sure the final product is sweet enough.
  • You can use coconut sugar instead of white granulated sugar, if you prefer. Coconut sugar has a slightly lower glycemic index than white sugar.
  • You don’t have to peel the apples, but you can if you want to.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

FAQs

How should I reheat the apple crisp?

You can reheat the apple crisp in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds and if it’s not warmed through keep reheating in 15 second intervals until warm.

What can I top the apple crisp with?

You can top it with vanilla ice cream (regular or dairy-free), whipped cream, caramel sauce, or coco whip for vegan or dairy-free diets.

What kind of baking dish do you use in an air fryer?

You’ll need an oven-safe baking dish that will fit inside your air fryer basket. I like this air fryer baking dish, but you’ll need to make sure that it will fit your specific model.

apple crisp with ice cream and whipped cream

Other Yummy Apple Dessert Recipes You Might Like

Or, see my entire index of clean eating desserts.

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apple crisp with ice cream

Air Fryer Apple Crisp


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Description

Celebrate fall flavors with this easy Air Fryer Apple Crisp. Bake this dessert right in your air fryer basket. Everyone loves this fruit dessert with a crumble topping. This recipe has vegan and gluten-free options.


Ingredients

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  • 4 large apples (I like Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Gala)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup + two tablespoons all-purpose flour (for gluten-free diet, use a gluten-free baking flour; I like Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour)
  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or vegan butter, softened

Instructions

  1. Wash your apples and pay them dry. Then, thinly slice them and place the slices in a medium mixing bowl. You’ll need about 2 1/2 cups of thinly sliced apples (from about 4 large apples).
  2. Add the water, lemon juice, and ground cinnamon to the apple slices. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour the apple mixture into a 6-inch round baking dish (see notes).
  4. To make the topping, place the flour, sugar, sea salt, and softened butter in a medium bowl. Use your hands to combine the mixture until crumbly.
  5. Place the topping on top of the apple mixture in the baking dish.
  6. Place the baking dish inside of your air fryer basket. Set the temperature to 325°F for 30 minutes. The apples should be softened and bubbling when the crisp is done baking. The topping will have browned slightly.
  7. Serve warm, either plain or with your choice of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes

  1. If you air fryer basket is on the small side, you may need to use ramekins instead of the baking dish. If using ramekins, divide the apple and topping mixture between each bowl and bake according to the directions.
  2. You can use green apples for this recipe, but you may need to add an extra tablespoon or two of sugar to make sure the final product is sweet enough.
  3. If your apples are medium-sized, use 5 apples.
  4. You can use coconut sugar instead of white granulated sugar, if you prefer. Coconut sugar has a slightly lower glycemic index than white sugar.
  5. You don’t have to peel the apples, but you can if you want to.
  6. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Air fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: air fryer apple crisp healthy, air fryer apple crisp slices, air fryer apple crisp no oats

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