Learn to make Air Fryer Baked Apples for a quick and healthy dessert that everyone loves. This apple dessert is full of cinnamon flavor with a crunchy and sweet oat filling. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

Air fryer baked apples on a plate

Apple season is in the fall, but you can find sweet, crispy apples almost anytime of year anymore. This recipe for Air Fryer Baked Apples is the perfect sweet treat to use up all those extra apples.

You might also like my recipe for Instant Pot Baked Apples or Instant Pot Cinnamon Applesauce!

Why You Need This Recipe

  • It’s a healthy option when you’re craving a dessert. Apples are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This whole recipe only has 3 tablespoons of sugar which means each apple half has roughly a half tablespoon of added sugar.
  • Air Fryer Baked Apples are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan! Just be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
  • It’s super simple to make. You don’t even have to peel or chop the apples. Simply cut in half then core the middle and the apple prep is done. Recipes that take little prep work are my kind of recipes. You might also like my simple dessert recipe for Air Fryer Bananas.

Key Ingredients

Apples are of course essential. Any variety will work work but Honeycrisp and Pink Ladies are the perfect combination of crisp, sweet, and tart.

Rolled oats add a delightful chew to the oat filling. Make sure to buy oats that are labeled gluten-free if you are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease.

Cinnamon gives it that quintessential warm and spicy flavor. Be sure to use Ceylon cinnamon for the optimal health benefits of cinnamon.

Ingredients for air fryer apples and oat filling

Recipe Steps

Step One

Spray the inside of your fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray and then prep the apples. Wash them, cut them in half, and core them.

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

Step Two

Lay apples skin side down in the air fryer basket. Bake for 10 minutes.

Apples cut and cooked then filled with oat mixture

Step Three

While the apples bake combine the remaining ingredients to make the oat filling.

Step Four

Once apples are done evenly distribute the oat filling between the apples and bake for 10 more minutes.

Step Five

Let the apples cool for 5 minutes before serving.

up close photo of the texture of the baked apples

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

  • If you want to make a topping for your baked apples, you can use dairy-free whipped cream (or regular whipped cream if you aren’t dairy-free or vegan).
  • If you aren’t dairy-free, you can also use butter in place of coconut oil (learn more about the reasons to go dairy-free).
  • If you want this recipe to be gluten-free be sure to buy oats labeled or certified gluten-free. Oats are processed in facilities around gluten containing grains and are likely contaminated.
baked apple with oat filling inside an air fryer

FAQs

Can I use quick cooking oats in place of rolled oats?

Yes but the oat filling won’t have as much chewy texture to it.

Can I use maple syrup instead of brown sugar?

Yes the mixture will be wetter but just spoon it onto each apple and it will still taste delish!

What can I top these apples with?

You can add whipped cream, coconut whipped cream, or ice cream for a more indulgent dessert.

A baked apple with oat topping and whipped cream

Other Apple Dessert Recipes You Might Like

Or, check out my entire index of Clean Eating Desserts!

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A plate of air fryer baked apples

Air Fryer Baked Apples


Description

Learn to make Air Fryer Baked Apples for a quick and healthy dessert that everyone loves. This apple dessert is full of cinnamon flavor with a crunchy and sweet oat filling. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.


Ingredients

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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 Red or green apples
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (gluten-free, if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Spray the inside of your air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Wash your apples and cut them in half. Use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out the seeds and the core of each half of the apple
  3. Lay the apples skin side down in the basket of your air fryer. If the apples don’t want to lay flat, you can slice a tiny amount of the skin off to help them balance. Bake them for 10 minutes at 350°F for 10 minutes to soften.
  4. While the apples are baking, combine the oats, coconut oil, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
  5. After the 10 minutes are up, open the air fryer basket. Use a spoon to divide the oat mixture between the apples (about 1 ½ tablespoons per apple half).
  6. Close the air fryer and cook the apples for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Let the apples cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  1. If you want to make a topping for your baked apples, you can use dairy-free whipped cream (or regular whipped cream if you aren’t dairy-free or vegan).
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: air fryer dessert, air fryer apples, baked apples with oat filling

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