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.

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing much more comforting than stuffed apples with a sweet, oat filling. It’s perfect for fall when the weather starts to get cooler and we crave apple recipes.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • These baked apples are a healthy option when you’re craving a quick and easy 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 recipes for Air Fryer Bananas or Air Fryer Banana Chips.

Key Ingredients

Ingredients for air fryer apples and oat filling

Whole apples are of course essential. Any type of apple will work, but Honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala, or Pink Ladies are the perfect combination of crisp, sweet, and tart. Feel free to use your favorite apples. You could even use Granny Smith apples if you like.

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.

Coconut oil helps add healthy fat to this dessert and crisp up the filling. If you aren’t on a vegan or dairy-free diet, feel free to use melted butter instead.

Brown sugar adds a little extra sweetness!

Recipe Steps

Let me show you how easy it is to make this air fryer recipe.

Apples cut and cooked then filled with oat mixture

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. You can use a spoon, apple corer, or melon baller to remove the cores from the apples halves.

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 in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Step Three

While the apples bake combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl 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.

I hope you enjoy these delicious Air Fryer Baked Apples as much as I do!

up close photo of the texture of the air fryer 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 or a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you aren’t dairy-free or vegan). Caramel sauce would also be an amazing topping.
  • 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).
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
A baked apple with oat topping and whipped cream.

Recipe 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.

baked apple with oat filling inside an air fryer.

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A plate of air fryer baked apples

Air Fryer Baked Apples

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.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

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
  • 1/4 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 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).
  2. If you aren’t dairy-free, you can also use butter in place of coconut oil.
  3. 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.

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